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Road Food Survival Guide

Summer means day trips, vacations, and forgetting what your kitchen looks like. Here’s how to beat the bloat at the beach, baseball game, or wherever you may roam.

On the road again

Travel tech doesn’t have to be limited to GPS; you can download apps that will help you find a great restaurant while eating healthy.

Apps like Food Tripping work with your GPS to help you find tummy-friendly options on your route.

“Whether you’re a meat and potatoes lover, an all-veggie eater, going gluten-free or even eating raw, Clean Plates is your guide to discovering the best restaurants serving healthy, nutritious, eco-friendly, great tasting food, including sustainably raised animals (free of hormones and antibiotics) and locally grown, organic produce.” Clean Plates provides info for restaurants in Los Angeles and New York City.

HealthyOut allows users to filter by “cuisine, ingredients and even the type of dish.” “Tired of salads? You can find dishes by our most popular filter – “Not a Salad.” Weight Watchers members will find the “detailed nutrition information for dishes including calories and points” very useful.

How to choose the best fast-food options

People often opt for chain outlets when in unfamiliar territory. The menu, prices, and prep are usually predictable, and corporate HQ enforces quality control. Women’s Day recently published a nutritionist’s guide to clean eating for travelers. Click here for “Healthy Eating – Healthy Fast Food Options for Road Trips.”

How to eat well at convenience stores and gas stations

When your travels take you so far off the beaten track that even chain restaurants are non-existent, a slushy machine may, unfortunately, create the ‘ambiance.’ Here’s how to shop wisely at convenience stores or gas stations.

Order this, not that

Ingredients to avoid

Processed foods, fatty meats, sauces, and dressings are all potential triggers for gas sufferers.

Preferred cooking methods

Fried foods are not your friend. Opt for baked, sauteed (preferably in olive oil), or grilled meats and veggies.

Take me out to the ballgame

What’s a baseball game without beer and hot dogs? Probably a lot more comfortable experience for anyone who frequently experiences excessive intestinal gas. Some venues offer a broad range of concession outlets, so the experience is akin to a mega-mall food court. Instead of ordering a pitcher of suds, see if you can share a flight of craft brews with your friends. Pass up the burger in favor of kebabs or a wrap.

Pack the perfect picnic basket

DIY meals are often the most cost-effective and tummy-friendly option. Pack your picnic basket with low-carb crackers, beverages, and snacks right now. (Don’t forget to add condiments and seasonings.)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture site has a handy food safety chart. Make sure you’re aware of how long food can remain outdoors without refrigeration before you pass the potato salad.

Tired of serving the same old cold chicken/baked beans/coleslaw combo? Check out these recipes:

Low Carb Chile Limon Chips

Loaded Sweet Potato Bites

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Olive Oil and Feta

Grilled Steak and Vegetable Kabobs

Grilled Chimmichurri Shrimp

Sparkling Strawberry Basil Limeade with Tequila (optional)

White Peach-Lavender Soda

Click here for other soda alternatives.


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