On The Road Again


Between rushing to your gate and eating on the run to not having the best options while on the road, it's certainly not easy to eat well while traveling. That said, I can't say I'm great at it - what is it about getting stuck with hundreds of strangers that makes you want to eat a dozen Krispy Kreme donuts just because you're in the pit of hell (aka Penn Station)?

Hey, I'm not judging here - I'm the girl who ate a Sausage, Egg N' Cheese and a side of krinkle fries from Shake Shack solely because it was open at 7am (it took all of my willpower not to order a concrete to-go). When it comes to nutritious eating while traveling, the options aren't great but you can make it happen. This week, I'm weighing in on a few of my favorites:


Subway's Black Forest Ham, Egg White, & Cheese On Flatbread

My friend Brooke introduced me to these flatbread sandwiches when we were vacationing in Hawaii a few years ago. Not only was it cheap (roughly $3-$4) but it was filling thanks to the protein (eggs, cheese, and ham) as well as the amount of vegetables you could pile on top of it. Add some jalapenos and hot sauce to make it extra spicy.

Panera Bread's Steel Cut Oatmeal with Blueberries & Granola

When you need some fiber & fruit, this oatmeal bowl from Panera Bread is a great choice. You get a bit of crunch from the sprinkled maple butter pecan granola as well as all of the antioxidants from the berries.

McDonald's Egg McMuffin

There's actually nothing better in the morning than a freshly made Egg McMuffin. Not only does it bring me back to my childhood but it's the perfect amount of food when you're in a hurry. It's only 300 calories but if you want an even light option, try the Egg White Delight McMuffin for 50 less calories. Plus, you can order this classic any time of day since their breakfast menu was just extended to their all-day menu. 

Chipotle's Soft Tacos

If you're anything like me, you are not sacrificing the guac when Chipotle is calling your name. It's my ride-or-die side item. That said, you may want to sacrifice another high calorie item (like cheese, rice, or sour cream) so you can have the guac, or else try eating something on the lighter side (two soft tacos is way smaller than one of their burritos). You don't have to order the driest and most bland thing on the menu - get creative. Add extra veggies and pile on the salsa. Grab some friends and share your chips - because do we really need to eat the whole bag? #probablynot

Convenience Stores

If you're desperate and all there is on the side of the road is a local convenience store, DON'T PANIC. There are still a few options that don't include running down the candy aisle (although if there are Hi-Chews I'm getting them):

Pre-portioned almonds, pistachios, cashews
Beef Jerky (yes, it's high in sodium but a few slices won't kill you)
Fresh Fruit & Peanut Butter
Hard-Boiled Egg
Odwalla Superfood Green Smoothie
Muscle Milk

Starbuck's Hearty Veggie & Brown Rice Salad Bowl

I am currently obsessed with the Hearty Veggie & Brown Rice Salad Bowl from Starbucks. Yes, it's technically 22 grams of fat, but I assume that includes the dressing (if you use all of it). This packed lunch comes with roasted butternut squash, beets, kale, red cabbage, broccoli florets, garden peas, and roasted tomatoes - served on brown rice. It comes with a lemon tahini dressing that I tend to sprinkle on but you definitely don't need to toss it all in there. 

In-N-Out's Hamburger (Protein Style)

Okay, so there's no way you're passing up In-N-Out Burger, right? Try out the Protein-Style Burger (no bread, in a lettuce wrap) if you want to shed a few calories. But come on, do you really want to skimp on one of the best burgers in America? I think not. Splurge on an animal-style burger and don't feel bad about it.

Shake Shack's Chicken Dog, Hambuger, & Egg 'n Cheese Sando

If you're going to hit up Shake Shack, there are a few healthier options you can try. First up -the Chicken Hot Dog, made with chicken, apple, and sage sausage. A single hamburger won't kill you either (at roughly 385 calories). Finally, if you do pass through JFK in the morning, a basic Egg N' Cheese sando is only 300 calories (one egg and American cheese). 

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