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Keeping It Healthy on Road Trips

I absolutely love traveling, and road trips are no different for me. There’s something so exhilirating about filling your car to the brim with essentially everything you own! No baggage requirement? No need to keep fluids under 3 ounces? You’ve got me sold. Plus, you are often saving money on airfare, and you’re able to schedule your trip around our own time and make stops whenever you need them. If you’ve ever been cooped up on a 16 hour airplane flight, you know how great real life stretching is.

The only issue about road trips is food. Where should you eat? What restaurant is right off the freeway? What’s on the dollar menu? Since few people have time to sit down at a healthy restaurant or scout out a venue with good food, people often fall into the trap of scarfing down Big Macs and a Diet Coke in the car. Nothing ruins your fitness goals like eating a fatty burger every few hours.

However, it’s actually a lot easier to pack healthy foods than you think. Not only will you save money and time, you’ll be able to keep it clean and stay focused on your fitness goals. Remember to pack perishables with ice so they don’t spoil! Buy the ice the night before you leave and stash it in your freezer overnight if you are worried about time. It’s also worth investing in some good plastic containers and Tupperware for packing items that won’t fit in Zip-Loc bags.

I can’t tell you how easy it is to turn to sodas and sugary juices because they’re so easily accessible in drive-thrus. Instead, juice your favorite produce the morning of and throw it in an air-tight mason jar. I love Odwalla juice, individual Silk boxes, and Trader Joe’s “Green Plant” juice. It’s also so important to bring cases of water! They’re only $3 or $4 a case, which is the price of just two bottles in a normal drive thru.

Here’s what I brought on my 4 hour trip to Las Vegas:


Perfect Bars are just that: perfect! Peanut butter & almond butter are my favorite. They don’t need to be kept in the fridge, but taste great cold. I can’t explain to you how incredible these are. They taste like cookies, but are filled with super foods, nutrients, and vitamins. I buy mine at Sprouts and Mother’s Market for about $2.39 a bar.

My favorite fruits to snack on are apples and bananas because they’re easy to hold. I slice up my apples so that they’re easy to grab out of the Tupperware container while driving. Bananas are easy to grip, but if you happen to drop it, please don’t slip on the peel!





Slice cucumbers into pieces about 1/2 inch wide. They can be dipped in dressing or hummus, which is less messy. Fill the container with baby carrots, which are plenty sweet even by themselves.

If you’re craving something sweet, healthy ginger snaps are delicious! Steer clear of sweets with refined sugar or too much fat.


Other snack ideas include:
-frozen grapes
-Boom Chicka Pop popcorn
-cubed cheese
-frozen watermelon
-Jojo’s Chocolate Bark with protein powder
-whole wheat pita bread with spinach
-sliced sweet bell peppers
-crispy snap peas
-individual soy milk cartons
-avocado cubes (be sure that you don’t cut them too early or they will brown. You can lightly sprinkle them with lime juice to help delay the browning)
-hummus snack packs

What are your favorite snacks to bring on road trips?

Arizona Road Trip

Reposted from January 2014:

One of my best friends, Gina, and her boyfriend, Eric, moved to Arizona a couple months ago. Gina is my other best friend, Maddy’s, cousin, which makes things quite convenient for family gatherings! Gina and Eric were set to move into their new place over the weekend, so J and I decided to make a road trip out of our first off weekend and headed out to Scottsdale, Arizona. I was especially excited to have some time to relax with my favorite people and to visit Arizona for the first time.
Road trips can be great, or a drag. It’s all about preparing for comfort and making the best out of the time you have. The furthest I’ve ever driven by myself is a measly two hours, so luckily I had my travel companion for the 6 hour road trip. It’s easy to pack unhealthy snacks on road trips-chips, candies, and chocolates are easy to eat and conveniently packaged. However, with a bit of planning, it’s easy to make smart, healthy choices with the foods you take. J and I packed about three small coolers of food and drinks to take with us for the trip there, some lunches in Arizona, and the trip back. I will post a blog about healthy road trip snacking, soon, so stay tuned!
J and I inevitably got caught to Friday night traffic as the freeway links up to Las Vegas. We couldn’t leave until we were both done with work, but there was no choice but to drive out Friday. J brought Chipotle for dinner and we packed enough snacks that we only needed to stop for gas/stretch breaks twice. After a long, seven hour drive, we ended up getting to Scottsdale around 2A.M. It was so great to see Eric and Gina again, but we hit the hay as soon as we got there!
We went ‘sight seeing’ around Scottsdale and helped Gina and Eric move into their new (adorable!) place. I seem to keep other people’s spaces tidier than my own and find that unpacking and organizing their belongings is much more fun than doing it for myself! Gina headed the production of delicious chicken and avocado enchiladas for dinner! I will have to beg her for that recipe. ;) After dinner, we somehow convinced our boyfriends to do our makeup. Although I’m not a makeup user, it was fun to see the boys try to figure out how to use mascara, blush, lipstick, etc. Needless to say, looking like a geisha just doesn’t suit me. I’ll stick to au naturale!
Sunday evening was spent on the lake. It was beautiful, relaxing, and the time with my best friends was much needed.



The weather was absolutely perfect on the lake. Thank you, Eric, for being such a great fishing teacher!


  The drive back home was much quicker, of course, due to the fact that we left Monday morning. I made it back in time for the first rugby practice of the season and right after that was improv practice. I’m so glad I was able to refuel this weekend with the greatest of company. Although I probably won’t drive to Arizona during the summer, we already have plans to fly back and visit! And next time, I promise to take more pictures! : )

Palm Springs Weekend

It’s official. I’m a water baby. I love being in the pool, at the beach, or even in a warm bath. (Okay, who doesn’t…) I had a wonderful weekend soaking up the rays with J and my favorite people in gorgeous Palm Springs. I rented out a gorgeous house as a surprise for his birthday and invited our closest friends; his reaction was priceless!

Before our surprise guests showed up, I begged J to go on a morning bike ride. We decided we would bike to the nearby grocery store and pick up some breakfast foods. Thirty seconds into our bike ride I realized there was NO way I would be able to make it. The seat was so tiny and hard as rock. Oops. So we turned around, snapped a fun picture, and jumped into the car. Maybe next time I’ll bring my own bike. It would be so much fun to explore the country club.


The mountains were gorgeous and set quite a beautiful background. During the day, temperatures rose to about 105, which wasn’t awful. We didn’t use the jacuzzi much, but I would certainly use it during winter! We loved being able to hang out with our friends in the pool all day and relax. The house was wonderful! It had three bedrooms, three baths, a huge living room, a beautiful kitchen, a dining room, and a fantastic pool and jacuzzi! It was very neat because the backyard was right next to a golf track, which meant we were relaxing in the pool while watching golfers in the morning. palm-springs-pool

We were in the pool 90% of the time. I loved that we could go swimming at 2A.M. and it would be the perfect weather! The first night was very windy, but the other two were perfect. It felt like bath water!



J and I made pancakes for the household on Monday morning and devoured them near the pool. I loved being able to people watch and soak up the sun (underneath an overhead covering and outside fan!). It was sad to leave the house and even though we were only there for a weekend, it seemed like the house really grew on us. pancakes-in-palm-springs


We made a stop at the outlet mall on the way home and picked up some goodies. I’ll have to head out there again soon because the prices were really great. I love road tripping through California because of its wide array of landscapes. I had to snap this picture because it’s so different than home in Orange County! The trip was absolutely wonderful and I can’t wait to go back!southern-california-drive