Eating Healthy on the Road

Nutrition & Good Eats

I see no rest in sight for our busy “go-go-go” lives! I am definitely learning to adapt and find ways to keep our healthy lifestyle even when we are busy with projects or on the road. This week we had to make a two day trip, which entailed two doctors appointments, two planned errands, a handful of unplanned errands, and a total of 10+ hours in the car with a three year old and a one year old.

While traveling, most parents would say “Hit that next drive-through and continue on the road so we can get this over with!” Am I right?!

Not us. We were fully prepared.

See, I am that mom that stresses if I cannot provide a balanced, nutritious diet to my family. I am that mom that worries if her kids have gotten enough greens, and also if they have all been organic. I am that woman who knows that for myself, I must be prepared because making last minute decisions leads to regret and an uncomfortable belly. Not to mention, I am also that woman who doesn’t want to spend an arm and a leg eating out for breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for two nights! For a family of four, that adds up to hundreds of dollars real quick.

So how do we do it?

First of all, I ask for help. The day before we leave I sent the kids to Grammy’s house and while they were there I cleaned out the car, packed, and prepared food. I made a packing list so I knew I wasn’t forgetting anything.

My food list looked something like this:

  1. Breakfast: gluten free banana pancakes made and put into the fridge. All we needed to do was heat them up and apply peanut-butter.
  2. Almond milk
  3. Snacks: fruit strips, greek yogurt, apples, banana chips, fig-bars, sliced carrots and pepperjack cheese, cucumber slices, teething crackers, and garlic multi-grain crackers for the boys.
  4. Drinks: kombucha, juice boxes, and black coffee
  5. Lunch: pre-packaged salads, with additional avocado **Typically I make these at home with grilled chicken, however I bought pre-made organic chicken salads because they were on sale, and this made my job much easier for this trip.**
  6. Dinner: Leftovers. **I knew we would be traveling, so for the previous couple nights I intentionally made extra dinners that would be easy to heat and re-serve.**

The one stop we made for food was on our way home, and we expected it. We found lunch at a natural food store that happened to have a deli. For the four of us, our lunch and drinks came to a whopping $19.00! (Not bad ey?!)

So say “No way!” to the ever-tempting fast-food restaurants. I know convenience is a big deal to many, especially to us busy moms…but planning ahead (in my opinion) gives just as much convenience. Not to mention, we got to picnic and enjoy our prepared meals as a family in parks, so the kids could also get out energy along the way. There was no waiting in a busy line for 10+ minutes because EVERY SINGLE drive through is always WAY TOO busy!

So, although a bit tired, we arrived home feeling good about not over-spending, and also about fueling our bodies with healthy foods. The kids actually slept in the car, which makes everyone’s day a little more enjoyable.

Now, here’s to planning the next road trip!