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Eating Well: On the Road Again

Author: be well™ with Big Y® Registered Dietitian Team

How often do you find yourself getting tired, hungry and irritable on summer road trips only to find yourself racing through fast food drive-thrus so you can hurry back on the road? Do things a bit different this season. Get the most out of your time and power up with must-have foods you enjoy munching on that also keep you feeling your best.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Andrea Luttrell, is here to show you how to get the most out of your road trips.

Sip Smart

Although you may consider skipping the beverages in order to minimize bathroom breaks, don’t! By limiting your consumption of liquids, you could be setting yourself up for an energy slump. A foggy, distracted brain is no match for keeping your eyes and attention on the road ahead. Make water and sugar-free options, like seltzer and unsweetened traditional and herbal teas, your go-tos.

Need a little pick-me-up? Stop for a quick walk break and a small coffee for an energy boost. Remember: A little goes a long way, there’s no need to over caffeinate.



Be Brainy

Your brain works best on one source of energy: sugar. That doesn’t mean sugary treats and beverages should receive priority. Rather, reach for munchables that provide carbohydrates with a bit more staying power like whole fruits and vegetables and whole grains such as whole wheat crackers and popcorn.



Buffer the Rise

Eating carbohydrate-rich foods will help raise your blood sugar level for a happy brain, but it’s essential to maintain a slow release of blood sugar from the foods you eat by adding in protein and fat. Pack options like jerky and roasted peanuts and sunflower seeds to pair with your brain food for staying power.



Pack like a Pro

Choosing foods that don’t require refrigeration may be a wise option for your next adventure, but get creative. An insulated lunch bag with frozen ice packs can take your travel menu from snackfest to mealtime. By being able to keep cold foods cold, you can safely add enticing options like cold cut sandwiches, hummus, snacking cheese, grapes, orange slices, broccoli florets, carrot sticks and yogurt cups to your road trip lineup—and save time, money and calories in the process.

Reviewed 6/16/2023