So Much More than Salads: Healthy Road Trip Ideas

By Sarah Wilson, RHN on August 14, 2015 , categorized in Active Living, Inspiration

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Healthy doesn’t mean boring bland salads, or mind-numbing workouts you hate.  Health is about finding something that gets you super pumped and excited about your overall wellness. I’m a holistic nutritionist that loves taking the ordinary, and making it kick a$$!  It’s time to get creative, step outside the box, and discover your own way to thrive. My mission is to help you find that path.  

The wind is in your hair, your worries and stresses have floated away, and you’re making miles. You’re officially on holiday and you’re packing up the car and heading out on a road trip with a few of your favorite sidekicks. Even though you’re ready for a carefree weekend, it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health. Settle in and enjoy the ride, because I’ve got you covered with tips to stay active and eat healthy while living life on the road.

Pit-Stop….and drop

You wake up early, pack up the car and head out. Because of this early departure, you realize you’ve missed out on your daily workout, and now you’re going to be sedentary for the next 8 hours in your car! Not to worry, I have an awesome game that will help you fight the guilt and keep you fit while on the road. Every time you need to pull over, whether it’s for gas, snacks, or a bathroom break you and your friends do a little workout challenge. Set your stop watch for 5 minutes, make up one workout routine with 4 different exercises. Do 15 reps of each exercise, as many times as you can within that 5 minutes. The person that completes the most reps of the entire 4 exercises is the winner. All bets and wagers are fair game for this one.

Don’t forget the snacks

One of the best parts to a road trip is the snacks. There are plenty of different foods you can bring that will keep you satisfied while keeping your health goals in check. If you’re traveling with a crew of your favorite people, you can initiate a healthy roadtrip snack potluck. Get everyone to bring their favorite healthy road trip snack. This way you’ll get a wide variety of different goodies, not be stuck with providing all the food, and never be riding without some treats on board. Some of my favorite road trip snacks include kale chips, pre-cut fresh fruit/veggies (dips can be a bit messy so choose produce that packs a powerful taste punch), roasted chickpeas, protein balls, and Vega Snack Bars.  Remember, sharing is caring.

Truck it!

Forgot to bring your snacks and you’re trapped in the middle of nowhere? Just truck it! What I mean is don’t worry, you’re bound to cruise past a truck stop or two.  It’s up to you to now, to choose your own adventure. Now I’ll admit this isn’t the most ideal place to stop for a healthy whole food snack, but sometimes you just have to work with what you got!  This is where your label reading skills will have to kick in, you’ll want to be looking for foods that pack a real nutritional punch, while keeping an eye out for the nutritional culprits. Those culprits can include high sugar content, artificial sugars, or sugar alcohols, MSG, and transfats, just to name a few. Some snack suggestions that you can keep your out for are nuts (remember to read your labels though!), trail mix, fresh fruit (yup, some truck stops will have this as an option), or snack bars (made with whole foods). It might be tough, but I have faith in you.

Roll down the windows and unwind

You’re on a road trip, so it’s time to relax, sit back and enjoy the ride. Being the passenger can be pretty awesome, giving you a bit more freedom to move around and prevent any booty cramping that can accompany a long drive. When I’m sitting shotgun I like to prevent myself from getting all cramped up. Here are a couple of my favorite stretches to help you unwind and enjoy the trip:

  1. Sit up right, really tall with your back away from the seat. Place both hands on the dashboard or seat in front of you, curl your spine towards the back of the car while pulling in your stomach. Release and repeat 3 times. You’ll feel this stretch in your arms and in your spine
  2. Hold the side of your seat with your left hand, while bringing your right ear down towards your right shoulder and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on the other side with your right arm reaching down your side and holding the car seat, while bringing your left ear towards your shoulder gently. You’ll feel this stretch down the sides of your neck and your shoulder, this is a great stretch for releasing tension.

Now that I’ve shared my favorite ways to stay healthy on the road, what are yours?

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Sarah Wilson, RHN

Sarah is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and works at Vega as a Product Specialist. Sarah educates from experience! Drawing on her retail leadership in the natural health industry, her own nutrition consulting, and a personal passion, she equips audiences with tools and inspiration to feel their absolute best from the inside, out. Specializing in sports and fitness recommendations, Sarah is active as a runner, playing soccer or enjoying the Rocky Mountains on her snowboard.

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