How to avoid the temptation of unhealthy food when driving

Posted by: Cal on 25/06/2014

Category: General

It can be all too easy for the bright lights and delicious smells of highway drive-thrus to tempt us into making unhealthy food choices when out on the open road. In a recent survey by Insure.com, 16% of us are opting for candy bars and 15% picking up a carton of french fries to satisfy hunger cravings while driving.

But how can we prepare ourselves to avoid filling up on junk food every time we jump in the car? By having healthy snacks at hand, keeping our appetite curbed and the fast food at arm's reach can be made simpler.

Take a look at the following ideas that will help to keep you in control of your eating, and those pesky takeaway outlets and chocolate bars will no longer be quite such a temptation.

Eat before you leave

If you have the opportunity, it can help to eat a meal prepared at home before your tyres even hit the road. By filling up on good food that you have put together yourself before hunger attacks, you are avoiding the risk of urgency in a few hours when you are suddenly starving and the only food in sight are takeaway outlets.

Take plenty of healthy snacks

If you don't have time to have a meal before you head out, or if you know that you are the kind of person who requires snacks to keep alert then be sure to stock up on the following:

  • Fresh fruit - this one's obvious, but we felt it was worth mentioning. Grapes and apples are easy to eat and will help to keep you feeling satisfied.
  • Popcorn sprinkled with smoked paprika or Parmesan cheese is a great option for those who like snacking on chips, according to Weight Watchers.
  • Meat jerky isn't the healthiest snack, but it's certainly a better alternative to a cheeseburger. If you need something that you can really get your teeth into, these high-protein, relatively lower-calorie snacks make a great option, as recommended by Shape Magazine.
  • Peanuts in their shells are a great source of Vitamin E, and an excellent snack idea for those on the go. If you aren't planning on stopping to eat during your trip, be sure to remove the shells from these nuts prior to setting off - it'll be a difficult feat once you're driving!

Are you really hungry?

Sometimes we think we are hungry when actually an ice cold glass of water could do the trick, according to Dr. Vishakha Shivdasani in an article for Live Mint. If you struggle to drink ordinary water, try adding a little lemon or cucumber for flavour without the unnecessary calories - you'll be surprised, it may eliminate those hunger pains!

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