If you have been keeping up with our adventures on Instagram, you know that we are on a cross-country road trip from D.C. to California. We are having so much fun exploring Charleston, Birmingham, Dallas, and soon, Las Cruces. With so many new and mostly buttery, carb-filled food experiences (thank you, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits!), it’s extra important that we make healthy decisions during our many hours on the road. For this week’s Fit Friday Five, I’m sharing five healthy road trip tips…
Pack Healthy Snacks: I try to incorporate a lot of healthy protein in my diet. That’s where Epic Bars come in! With just 1 g carbs, 4 g fat, and 15 g of all-natural meat protein, Epic chicken sriracha bars are an excellent snack to keep you full. When I’m craving something sweeter, I opt for an RXBAR Whole Food Protein Bar. Made with egg white protein, nuts, and dates, it doesn’t get any “cleaner” than this bar. My favorite flavor is Chocolate Sea Salt, but I have yet to try an RXBAR I don’t like! Other healthy go-to’s include oatmeal, fresh fruit, almonds, protein powder, and carrots.
Stay Hydrated: Grab your Hydroflask, Camelback, or whatever it is you use to drink water and fill that baby to the brim. Not only will you save money by not buying water bottles, but you’ll also remember to stay hydrated. Water helps flush your kidneys, keep your skin moisturized, and maintain normal bowel function, which we know can be disrupted when you’re traveling.
Workout During Rest Breaks: We take a lot of breaks (maybe because I’m so busy staying hydrated?) and find that our gas station stops are the best opportunities to stretch our legs, do a few squats, and get our heart rates up. I love this pre-travel workout, as well as this road trip workout. Grab your yoga mat, tennis shoes, and hit the pavement for 15-20 minutes. Your body will thank you.
Snack on Lentil Chips: This really could have gone under my “pack healthy snacks” section, but then I wouldn’t have five tips now, would I? I’m currently obsessed with lentil chips and decided that they deserved their own special shoutout. These gluten-free, protein-packed baked chips are the way to go if you’re craving something salty. Saffron Road Baked Lentil Chips (Sea Salt) are my favorite. Enjoy Life Plentils are a close second.
Go the Extra Mile: When we know we’ll be driving for 6-10 hours, we like to get an extra sweaty workout in the day before we hit the road. Push yourself that extra mile when you know you’ll be sitting for long hours at a time. I promise. It will be worth it.
Hope your weekend is filled with good friends and fun activities. Thank you for stopping by my little space on the Internet!
Next stop: San Diego.
P.S. Did you miss my first Fit Friday Five? You can find it here.