Yesterday, during me and Matt’s 8 hour drive from Bald Head Island to D.C., I was bemoaning the fact that America makes it so hard for people to eat healthy while on the road. On the way to the beach on Friday, I had packed us some food, but coming back yesterday, we had to rely solely on the road. Mile after mile went by with only the standards. McDonalds. Wendy’s. KFC. Burger King. Ugh, ugh, ugh! There’s always Subway, which is a travel staple of mine, but I’ve kind of OD’ed on it lately (too many road trips). Then, I had a brilliant idea. Let’s find a grocery store!
Using Matt’s phone (he has a “food locator” app), we found a Food Lion about 10 minutes away from the highway. Lunch was saved. :)
I grabbed a whole bunch of random stuff to snack on, both for lunch and throughout the rest of the car trip. First up — a bagged salad:
Spinach, dried cherries, almonds, and a balsamic dressing. Yum.
Next up — pita chips and hummus!
Those Kashi pita chips are new — very yummy!
Plus a Chobani yogurt (lemon… my love):
And some baby carrots and an orange to snack on later, too.
- Protein: hummus + yogurt
- Whole grains: pita chips
- Veggies: spinach salad + baby carrots
- Fruit: orange + dried cherries in salad
Total win! I was able to get a plastic spoon, fork, and some napkins from the grocery store deli. I ate the Greek yogurt and a good amount of the salad for lunch, and Matt and I ended up sharing the hummus, carrots, pita chips, and orange during the rest of the drive. Perfect! And there was a Subway a couple doors down so Matt could get a sandwich, too :)
How do you stay healthy on a car trip when you haven’t been able to pack your own food? Any other good tips?
I’m back in D.C. now and will be visiting with various friends and family this week. So excited! Stay tuned for adventures :)