Eating Healthy on the Road

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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.

Exploring Houston’s Museum District

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What’s your favorite museum in Houston? Art and culture lovers enjoy visiting Houston for its amazing Museum District. Within a 1.5 mile radius, you’ll find 19 museums – there is truly something for everyone. With so many museums, Houston rivals other art capitols of the world like London, Paris and New York. We’ve written about a few of our favorites below, but you can learn about all 19 here.

The Houston Zoo                                                         
Young or old, everyone loves visiting the zoo. The Children’s Zoo section of the park has a petting zoo where you can get up close and personal with some of the center’s tamer animals. The McNair Asian Elephant Habitat is home to a family of 7 elephants, including a few babies. You won’t want to miss getting up high on the Giraffe Feeding Platform where you come face to face with the tall creatures and get to feed them some lunch. Admission to the Houston Zoo is $14, and from September to May, the first Tuesday of every month is free entry.

The Houston Center for Photography
A trip to this museum will inspire you to get out your camera (even if it’s just an iPhone) and start snapping away. The Center for Photography features photographs from artists all over the world, and they also highlight many local photographers from the Houston area. You’ll be amazed at what can be captured through a lens, many of the photographs look like they must be paintings. Admission to the Center for Photography is always free of charge!

The John C. Freeman Weather Museum
Channel your inner weatherman as you stand in front of a green screen, giving a pretend weather report. Pointing at the right spot is harder than it looks! At America’s first weather museum, you can learn how weather forecasting and predicting is done. Even with changes in technology, the basics have remained the same for hundreds of years. Learn about the natural disasters that affect our country in the Hurricanes, Cyclones and Tornadoes exhibit. By the time you leave, you’ll have a better appreciation for your local 5’oclock meteorologist. The entry fee is $5, but admission is free every Thursday from 12-4pm.

The Health Museum
Located in the Texas Medical Center, you’ll find the interactive Health Museum. Because you can interact with everything, it makes learning about the human body a fun experience. The museum has a 4D Theatre. What’s the 4th dimension? The theatre adds special effects like raindrops and scents. In You – The Exhibit, you can take a peek at your future self. The exhibit will predict how long you’ll live, and what you’ll look like in 30 years!

 

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