Eating On The Road, A Spoon and A Pint of Frozen Yogurt

Eating On The Road, A Spoon and A Pint of Frozen Yogurt

All I’ve got is a spoon…

I’m stuck in my car hungry and the first thing I buy is a pint of frozen yogurt. Middle of summer, I can’t let it go to waste melting right? I’m way too cheap for that. After I finished devouring black cherry flavored guilt, reality set in. I know better, why the heck did I just fall victim to an impulse?

With all the new technology out there it shouldn’t be that hard to eat healthy.

Now while one good meal isn’t going to make or break a diet, you can’t allow those lapses every time. That’s why I’m here to help you figure out how to eat on the go. Sometimes you will get caught traveling or just working and you will forget to bring food.

Will your eating be perfect on the go? No, but you can avoid being trapped in your car with a spoon, frozen yogurt, and a bag of candy if you use some of these tricks.

In a perfect world…

By far the most effective approach is simple. Pack your food, bring a cooler, plan ahead. Benjamin Franklin said “If you fail to plan you plan to fail.” Truer words have never been spoken. But, that’s not what we’re here to talk about. Sometimes you’ve got to make plays and call an audible on the fly when your first plan fails.

Let’s break this down by location.

The entire equation hinges on where you stop

  • Grocery Store- Limitless possibilities here, healthy is definitely on the table.
  • Fast Food Chain- Limited healthy choices, what’s really in your food?
  • Gas Station- You’re screwed, we both know it. There are options though.

Grocery Stores

Use your imagination! For a quick fix I’ve never gone wrong with a rotisserie chicken, hot sauce (I consider this a personal must), a handful of almonds and a gallon of water. You can get more than one meal out of those things for relatively cheap.

Fast Food Chains

Not ideal but not the worst in the world. Here are three quick ideas:

  1. Be A King- Have it your way. Pick places that allow healthy substitutions.
  2. Be Particular- Ask to have things baked, broiled, grilled and ask for things like dressings on the side.
  3. Enjoy it- One bad meal won’t make or break you.

Gas Station

Pretty much limited to snack foods. Best bet would be to avoid impulse buying all the candy you see. Something like nuts, chocolate milk and possibly a piece of fruit might work. If they’ve got it.

Want to avoid all this?

Just pack something. Here are some ideas. Also think non-perishables:

  • Nuts
  • Trail Mix (Make it yourself)
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Jerky
  • Canned Seafood
  • Fresh Veggies (Hardest to get on the road)
  • Fruit
  • Oatmeal Bars- I love oatmeal. DIY

Share some of your favorite ideas for eating on the go in the comments below!