Here’s how to eat healthy on the go
Planning to drive to your favourite getaway spot to enjoy the monsoon? We suggest you give the custom visit to the en route dhabas a miss this time, and make use of all the travel trivia we have got for you on eating healthy during road trips.
CARRY A FOOD COOLER
On those long vacation car trips, installing a food cooler in the car is the first step towards kicking the drive-through habit. This permits you and your family to enjoy familiar favourites from your very own kitchen.
BALANCE IT OUT
Apart from fresh fruits and nuts, make sure you carry whole grains, a rich source of protein, and veggies, that consist of fibre and vitamins. Compact and proteinrich, hard-boiled eggs not only make for a satisfying snack, they can be sliced and served with vegetables such as lettuce and tomato for a salad. For a non-vegetarian protein source, include lean meats such as chicken and turkey that can be added to salads or sandwiches. Pre-packaged smoked salmon is also a great protein source and contains omega-3 essential fatty acids, which provide numerous health benefits.
PICK THE RIGHT LEAF
Try to avoid iceberg lettuce, as its nutritional value is sparse, and aim for kale instead, which is high in beta carotene, Vitamin K and Vitamin C, and also rich in calcium.
SLEEP-PROOF YOUR TRAVEL
Make it a point to carry coffee or tea, lest the driver become sleepy, but avoid sugary drink additives — certainly for those traveling with children — to avoid the energy roller coaster.
Opt for fruits as your family’s main source of sugar, particularly those with a peel that require no refrigeration and won’t take up space in your cooler. You can pick bananas for potassium and oranges for vitamin C. Oil, vinegar and a spice pack to pep up a salad are also a must, but choose either extra virgin olive oil or canola oil, as both contain minimal amounts of saturated fat. Also, don’t forget to pack whole-grain bread and nuts, as they make for a filling snack.