As a little girl, I can remember the long road trips to Cedar Point Amusement Park and Sea World each summer. Tina and I would sing Madonna songs in the back seat, and my dad would stop and get us small vanilla cones from Dairy Queen for a snack.
Pretty soon the kids will be out of school and your agenda will be packed with vacations, too. With being out and about more often, you might find yourself stuck at a road stop with only a Dairy Queen.
So what do you eat?
These suggestions aren’t necessarily clean and healthy BUT they are the best options if you get stuck.
Here we go… my 8 suggestions for healthier fast food:
Taco Bell- There are a few options: Tacos, Taco Salad, Crunch Wrap and Vegetable Cantina Bowl. Make sure to replace the meat with beans and opt for no cheese. You can also omit the dressings for the salads.
Wendy’s -Garden Side Salad with Italian Vinaigrette, Sweet Potato and Apple Slices
Chipotle – Vegetarian Burrito with black beans, Mexican rice, Three Bean Chili
Starbucks – Steel-Cut Oatmeal with Nut Medley, Black Bean Bowl (omit the chicken). The Bowl has some good ingredients like quinoa and apple cider vinegar.
KFC – Three bean salad
Panera Bread - Hummus Bowl (without chicken)
Subway – Veggie Delight with olive oil blend. As for bread, the best option is 9 Grain or Honey Oat. Add an avocado for a boost of good fat.
Chili’s (or the Big Pepper as my little 3 year old niece calls it)- Black Bean Burger topped with guacamole. Add a side salad topped with lots of veggies and Citrus Balsamic.
(These suggestions are based on info I got off their websites. Be mindful that the info might change so check before you go.)
I was going to add an option for Dairy Queen, but who wants to eat a side salad with a banana split staring you in the face? So I couldn’t come up with an idea for this one.
*Feel free to switch up the menu when ordering. I do it, and yeah, I my family gets annoyed, but waitstaff are usually cool and are willing to make adjustments.
Eating clean isn’t about low calories or low fat so this was a hard list to make. It’s taken all I have to mention Taco Bell (we used to call it Taco Hell) and other fast food joints in a post. I don’t advocate eating fast food, but I’m all about keeping things real, and let’s face it, you might find yourself there with three tired, hungry, and grumpy kids on a road trip.
Now of course, if you want to avoid fast food as much as possible, here are a few apps you can use to make sure you stay as healthy as possible on vacay:
If you are traveling by plane, I’ve been hearing lots of good news about the airports these days. They are stepping it up with the healthy food. If you know you have a lay over for a couple of hours, Google the airport restaurants and plan your meal.
You can even pack up your juices for the plane. I checked into it, and all you have to do is check your juice with your baggage. You MUST have two ice packs inside the cooler bag, but is not recommended if your juice will be out of the refrigerator for more than 8 hours. So for most flights this could work.
You can also bring your blender. My client, Anne, flies with her Blendec everywhere so she can have green smoothies on hand.
The last idea I have for you is to keep your eyes open. You can find healthy food just about anywhere if you look hard enough. You shouldn’t eat where you get gas, of course, but even 7 Eleven is trying. I saw an ad for grabbing a banana for $1 at the gas pump. A little expensive but I will take it!
I’m on my way to Park City, Utah next week. I’ll be sure to plan my snacks and find places with healthy food. I’ll try my best, though. Eating clean isn’t about being perfect. I’ll strive for 80% clean and healthy and 20% letting go. Maybe I’ll have that vanilla cone at Dairy Queen, too!
Headed anywhere awesome this summer? Do you have a tip for eating healthy on the road? What is it?
PS. If you need more ideas, check out 6 Tips for Healthy Eating While Traveling.