… and don’t you come pack
on pounds, on pounds, on pounds on pounds.
Hit the road, snack,
and don’t you come pack on pounds.
What you say?
So you might have guessed by my silly singing that I am on the road again. (Cue Willie Nelson now.) If you are reading this on Thursday, I am probably sitting in the car somewhere on I-70. Maybe Missouri. Or Illinois. Or Indiana. Or Ohio. If you are reading this on Friday, I am either still in the car, or in eastern Pennsylvania with my son, helping him find an apartment for when he graduates in May. And Sunday and Monday it will be back in the car again. Eighteen (boring, snack inducing, eyelid drooping) hours each way.
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this trip. (Those of you already familiar with my over-thinking over-planning ways should not be surprised.) And not all of it was food related! (Yes, I have a list of bed-bug-free, inexpensive hotels spaced out every hour or so between home and destination.) But, a great deal of thought was given to food. Top on that list: healthy car snacks. Next on the list: healthy meals, packed or purchased. And not to be left out: packable healthy breakfasts. Are you sensing a trend? Healthy. Healthy, healthy, healthy. Food, food, food.
I’d love to say my goal on this trip is to eat “on plan” and to not overeat. That’s a great goal, actually. But given my past road trip debacle, I’m aiming a bit lower. Progress, not perfection. My goal is to keep all snacks on plan. And to not veer too far off plan for meals. I’d love to be more specific than that but it’s hard to do so without knowing where and when I’ll be eating. And this trip is further complicated by the continuing disharmony between my eating plan and that of my husband, aka my travel companion. He’ll want to stop where he can find a vegetarian meal. I’ll want to stop where I can find a grain-free meal. He’ll want a sandwich; I won’t. I’ll want a salad with protein on top; he won’t. I’ll want to eat fast. Okay, maybe we’ll be in sync on this one:)
We’ll be traveling with a cooler. Or two or three. One for water. And maybe some soda for my husband. One for easy-to-reach snacks that need to stay cool, like cut peppers and snap peas and string cheese. One for longer-term “refrigeration” of meals, like yogurt for breakfast and some “easy to eat, no need to heat” meals for the car. Other snacks: assorted jerky. Grape tomatoes. Nuts in pre-portioned baggies. Fruit (which doesn’t go in the cooler since my teeth are sensitive to cold so I like it at
room car temperature.)
What you won’t find in my snack stash: protein bars, cereal, crackers. All foods that I have taken on past road trips for their easy packability and snackability. All foods that can set me off on a binge. All foods that I am tempted to eat when I am not hungry.
See!? I can learn from my past mistakes:)
I’ll only have limited internet access and computer time so you may not see me much in cyberspace for several days. Not sure when I’ll have time to get my next post published either. But, just like Arnold Schwarzenegger, I’ll be back. And, fingers crossed, feeling nothing but tired and pleased with myself.
What’s your favorite road trip snack? Do you sing in the car? Do you like to get there fast or stop a lot along the way? Anyone know a great apartment for rent in Bethlehem, PA?
Photo credit: [Friscocali]