Part of traveling in an RV is enjoying preparing meals in your own kitchen and bringing your favorite foods with you when on the road. But when you are on vacation, you don’t always feel like cooking, and sometimes it is nice to grab a quick bite at a fast food restaurant or relax at a roadside café enjoying a meal that you didn’t have to cook served on dishes that you won’t have to clean. While this is always a convenient option, it is not always the healthiest choice for those of us who are managing our weight, dealing with health issues or simply trying to live a healthy lifestyle.
Of course, the best option is to seek out restaurants that serve raw, organic, natural, vegetarian or vegan cuisine, but this is not always an option. While some cities have a plethora of restaurants and cafés serving an entire menu of healthy options, there are some states where it might feel nearly impossible to find any type of restaurant that has anything healthier than french fries, vegetables drowning in butter or fried chicken. Fortunately, even when there isn’t a natural foods restaurant anywhere in sight, you can still find healthier meal choices, sometimes in the most unlikely places.
While Chipotle, Taco Time, Taco del Mar and Subway all provide fresher, whole foods that can be combined to create healthy meals, it is even possible to watch your calorie and fat intake at popular fast food chains, such as Wendy’s and McDonalds. Both of these chains offer salad options to help you get your greens, and a plain hamburger from either restaurant can be a better choice than some of the chicken sandwich options on the menu. Beware of the salad dressings offered at fast food restaurants – or any restaurant, for that matter – and don’t be afraid to bring in your own low-fat dressing if planning on ordering a salad.
If you are looking for a sit-down restaurant for dining out, Asian and Indian restaurants are often good choices and generally offer several main courses that consist of vegetables, rice and lean protein sources. Buffets, which are usually teeming with unhealthy options, can also provide a filling meal if you bypass the dishes that are high in fat and sodium and focus on enjoying the fruits, vegetables, salads and lean meats on offer. Also keep in mind that steakhouses, while seeming like an altogether bad idea when trying to eat healthy, almost always have a great salad bar and big baked potatoes on the menu, as well as plenty of vegetable side dishes to round out your meal.Research Campgrounds, Plan RV Safe Routes & Turn your phone into an RV GPS.
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