I had to take a trip to Denver with my father last week for some hot rod related work…and as soon as we landed, we had to be in a car for another three hours…for an hour-long top in Nebraska. We started traveling at 5:30 a.m., and basically continued our “en route” for a good 14 or 15 hours out of the entire 30 or less that we were in (or around) Colorado, which always makes healthy eating a necessary forethought (at least for moi!)
I packed a whole bunch of snacks in my bag (an Oakley backpack carry-on) so I’d say 50% of it was food. Important stuff! I brought extra so we could both have something on the journey – apples, snap peas, baby carrots, tuna packs, 100 calorie packs of almonds, some almond butter packs and a few sugar-free chocolates. All that didn’t stop me from getting MORE food at the airport for the plane, though! 4.5 hours in a seat meant I’d be hungry so I snagged a gluten-free high protein wrap (which I shared with my father), a coffee (necessary!), and two hard-boiled eggs. Protein is a perfect go-to because it is filling for the longer-term, and none of it was particularly caloric (which I personally consider because I am inactive and sitting for so long!)
When we were ON the road, a lot of people think finding healthy options is impossible… Well, if I can find something, I can assure you it is NOT impossible! *lol* I am not only incredibly picky and “clean,” but we also had very limited, and only “fast food” choices! After snagging the rental car, we hopped off for some lunch. Subway was our best bet. I was THRILLED to see they had baby spinach – much more packed with nutrients than iceberg! I’d like to avoid deli meats because of nitrates (when I buy them for myself, I opt for brands free of gluten, nitrates, and other added “junk.” But, at Subway, I knew I didn’t have a choice in the matter. So…I ordered baby spinach, two chicken breasts and sliced turkey…a few tomatoes and cucumbers, and had them chop it up. It didn’t LOOK incredibly appetizing but it was perfect – loaded with protein and vitamins, it kept me full for a long while, and I knew I was at least having something reasonably healthy (no dressing, by the way, just salt and pepper for me.)
The hotel later in the even was great – I ordered more spinach, grilled and seasoned chicken, and a ton of steamed carrots (the veggie they had for the day.) They brought me an ample amount of all those things and most certainly didn’t mind me asking for something “modified” off the menu – nothing complicated here!
The next morning I had poached eggs (I always ask for medium boiled, eat one or two and have the remaining whites) and took some fruit salad and an apple for the road – delicious, and filling because of the protein, fiber and water content.
At the airport on the way back, I busted out my tuna and crackers (I only ate one cracker!) and I got a spinach and chicken salad with cucumbers at the Wolfgang Puck at the food court. It was actually SUCH a large portion, I didn’t eat it all! I did manage to polish off my snap peas with my father though!
So it is actually not impossible to eat well…or reasonably so…when on the go. Just ASK. Don’t be embarrassed, and don’t worry about modifying or explaining. If you want plain and simple, just say so! 😀