How to Plan a Road Trip and not Bust Your Diet
SUMMER IS COMING! And today we want to talk about how to plan a road trip or vacation and not blow your diet. Kevin and I will be taking a trip soon to see my sister in Washington. I started thinking about all the times we took a road trip where we would stop for the kids, and I had to Google fast to see what I could have at each place or in the airport.
Subway has always been my go to food, but often the kids want something like nuggets and fries, and in an unfamiliar town, we would stop at the first place we came too. Then I had to make the best choice I could, which is not always the best option.
Here are our tips for how to plan a road trip
or vacation to stay on plan and not screw up all of your weight loss efforts.
1. Eating on the go.
Food seems to be the biggest obstacle when you are on the road. These are some fast food choices I like:
- Pizza Hut 6″ Personal Pan Pizza: These range in calories from 550 for Ham and Pineapple to 720 for the high calorie meat ones. I love that I can have this ENTIRE THING (feels like a treat) and still not break the calorie bank. I love pizza. LOVE IT. So to me its worth saving the calories to eat a whole one of these for lunch or dinner, and then eat something lighter for other meals.
- Subway: Of course it goes without saying that the 6″ seven under seven are fabulous. My personal choice is the roasted chicken breast. I can get everything I like on mine and clock it in at under 400 calories. Not too bad and they do fill me up.
- McDonalds: The new Egg White Delight McMuffin is a great choice. For years I have been getting the regular McMuffin and throwing the cheese off to save the calories. With this handy new item, I can have the cheese and it’s only 250 calories. No it’s not the best choice, but you do get whole grains and egg whites and I found it filling! The Chipolte Barbeque Snack Wrap is a good lunch option. It is small, but tasty. I was surprised at how good this was, and again, at 250 calories when you are on the go with your kids, it’s hard to say no to this. I admit I have have not yet tried the Sweet Chili Grilled Chicken premium wrap (I heard this tasted so great) so I am not sure how much bigger it is, but it appears to be full size and is only 330 calories.
- Wendys: The large chili without the cheese is only 270 calories. It’s also cheap! I think the last time I paid $2! It’s pretty filling, and when its cold here (not often truthfully), it hits the spot. They have a new smoky honey mustard flatbread that has 370 calories. I haven’t tried it yet but someone told me it was good.
Also, check out this list from Fitness Magazine for a list of choices at other fast food restaurants around the country.
2. Go Grocery shopping.
Sure it is the last thing you want to do on vacation, but it can really save you a lot of calories. Purchase a bunch of bananas, bagels, and applesauce. Try to book a hotel that includes a small refrigerator in the room, for example Hilton Garden Inn, so that you can purchase perishable items such as skim milk, low fat cheese, and yogurt as well. If your room has a microwave, you can even buy breakfast sandwiches to heat up. Buying enough for the entire family can even same some money.
3. Pack for weight loss success.
Bring along a cooler stocked with water and healthy snacks for the road. This isn’t only useful in the car, but can also be used at your destination to store cold things in your room or to hold picnic lunches for day outings. Also, save room in your suitcase for some healthy snacks like protein bars, nuts, and whole grain crackers. You can also take Ziploc bags to pack up individual portions of healthy snacks you pick up while you are on the road.
Going on vacation doesn’t have to equate to weight gain. If you follow these tips on how to plan a road trip then you will not blow your diet.