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Healthy Travels – Tips for Eating Right on the Road

Eating well away from home is hard, particularly when you're on a tight schedule while on a business trip or a tour. More often than not, you find yourself eating at restaurants, picking up snacks from vending machines in rest stops and grabbing quick grub on the go from gas stations. Although the number of healthy foods you run across is greatly limited, it is possible to eat healthy while on the go if you keep a few simple tips in mind.

1. Make a cheat sheet. Fast food and chain restaurants are common stops for meals when you're on the road, and most of these places have at least one healthy eating option. Before you leave for your trip, research the calorie counts and nutritional information for major restaurants and either write down healthy options or enter them into your phone. This cheat sheet can be a valuable resource even when you're not on the go.

2. Pack a snack. You know that healthy foods will be in short supply while you're away, so bring along a few quick, wholesome foods that you can eat on the go. Bananas, whole-wheat crackers, roasted nuts and seeds are all healthy snack options that are highly portable.

3. Plan your stops. By planning ahead and determining which exits along the highways you'll be traveling have access to healthier fare, you can plan to get gas and stretch your legs in places where you can also score a nutritious meal or snack. Grocery stores are great sources for low cal prepared foods, and many convenience stores now carry easy-to-eat healthy snacks like fresh fruit and Greek yogurt.

4. Don't forget about beverages. Drinks are one of the sneakiest sources of calories in our diets both at home and on the road. Make sure when you're choosing beverages, you pick water, 100 percent pure fruit juices and unsweetened green tea. Keep yourself well hydrated, even if it means frequent bathroom pit stops. Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger and result in a sudden travel-eating binge.

5. Supplement it. Even if you make smart choices for your on-the-go dining, you may end up deficient in key nutrients, as it can be hard to eat a completely balanced diet on the road. Consider taking a daily multivitamin to ensure that you're getting everything your body requires.

By following these tips, you should have an easier time eating healthy while you're traveling, but on those occasions where you do slip up, don't panic. Remember that a healthy diet is a lifestyle; one meal is unlikely to lead to a weight problem. Forgive yourself, move on and get back on track the next day.

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