Dining out at restaurants is one of the perks of being on the road, for the first couple of days anyway. By day three or four, dining out gets boring, expensive and it can leave you feeling tired. The next time you’re traveling on the road, consider taking along some healthy snacks that will keep you full, lift your energy levels and save you some money.
Here are some ideas of what to bring next time you visit InTown Suites. These items can be brought from home or picked up at a grocery store near your destination. Many of these items can even be found at pharmacies or corner stores.
Refrigerated Goodies – At InTown Suites, all rooms come with a full sized refrigerator, giving you even more food options.
Eggs – Many people call eggs nature’s perfect food. When eggs are boiled, they are good for up to a week if you put them in the refrigerator. They make a great breakfast when you’re running late to your morning meeting.
Deli Meats – Slices of turkey, ham or roast beef are great to have on hand. Roll them up and munch on them as is, or make a sandwich with them. When buying the meat, look for a low sodium version.
Fruits and Vegetables- Look for bags of pre-cut and washed fruits and vegetables for easy snacking. If you find vegetables too boring on their own, buy a tub of hummus or tzatziki to dip them in.
Bagged Salads – prepared salads are a godsend to road warriors, providing a quick and healthy meal option. For minimal prep, look for bags that contain ingredients besides lettuce and that come with a package of salad. These salads can be eaten right out of the bag with a fork!
Shelf Stable Eats – these are foods that are fine without refrigeration and can be stored in your car or guest room for the week.
Peanut Butter – Peanut butter is a travel staple. It’s a cheap source of protein and healthy fat. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated and it tastes delicious. Add it to a few slices of bread for a PB sandwich, dip apple slices in it, or eat it right out of the jar with a spoon!
Cereal and Granola - Not just for breakfast, cereal makes for a great meal at any time of day. To keep it healthy, look for a whole grain cereal with lots of fiber and little sugar (avoid anything marketed towards children or contain the word ‘frosted’. Top it with some sliced banana or berries and you’ve got a complete meal.
Ramen – The food loved by college kids everywhere. Ramen is cheap and if you don’t have a stove top, it can be made with boiling water from a tea kettle or coffee maker. Make the meal more substantial and healthier by adding in some torn up spinach, sliced mushrooms, sliced boiled eggs or whatever else you have on hand.
Dried Fruits – these sweet and condescended versions of fruit are perfect for the road as they last indefinitely. It’s a great way to curb your sweet tooth without resorting to refined sugar.
Nuts – nuts pack a lot of energy into a small package, making it the perfect option for a road trip. Create your own version of trail mix by mixing it with some of the dried fruit mentioned above.
Protein Bars – Look for a protein bar that has a good ratio of fats, carbs and protein. These can act as meal replacements when you’re in a rush and can easily be stashed in the glove compartment for easy access.
Extras - Lots of dollar stores and drug stores sell travel sized toiletry bags that come with refillable bottles. On your next visit to the store, pick up a pack. These bottles are great for holding seasonings and condiments like salt, pepper, ketchup and mustard. A little goes a long way with these ingredients but they have a big impact on flavor.
As a final tip, if you’ll be spending all day on the road, and have foods that need to be refrigerated, remember to bring along a cooler to keep your food from spoiling.