Healthy Eating When Road Tripping - Edge of Wellness

Healthy Eating When Road Tripping

Eating healthy on the go can be a struggle especially when road tripping. It is far too easy to grab unhealthy eats while on the go because temptation is everywhere when traveling. Reaching for that bag of chips or ordering a burger and fries is just way too easy, especially because most of us have the “vacation mindset”, meaning I am on vacation I can eat whatever I want. Go ahead and splurge a little when you are on vacation, but don’t throw your healthy habits completely out of the window.

Here are some simple ways for making healthy choices when traveling:

Best Gas Station Choices

Most gas stations now have a wide variety of healthy snacks to choose from. If you are road tripping it, here are our picks for the best gas station healthy eats that you will be able to find at almost any gas station:

  • Raw Nuts
  • Cheese Stick
  • Beef Jerky
  • Yogurt
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Hummus
  • Raw Veggies
  • Fruit – Apples, Oranges, Bananas, and Grapes

Best Fast Food Choices

When road tripping most of us will likely stop at fast food restaurants along the way to grab something quick and easy to eat while in the car. Here are some of the lowest-calorie options from a variety of fast food restaurants:


  • Fruit and yogurt parfait – 150 calories
  • Apple Slices – 15 calories
  • Southwest Grilled Chicken Salad – 350 calories

Taco Bell

  • Shredded Chicken Mini Quesadilla – 180 calories
  • Fresco Soft Taco – Shredded Chicken – 140 calories
  • Nacho Cheese Doritos® Locos Taco – 170 calories


  • 6″ Black Forest Ham – 219 calories
  • 6″ Turkey Breast – 219 calories
  • Veggie Delite Salad – 288 calories

Even when traveling don’t throw your healthy habits completely out of the window. Always seek to make healthy choices by reading or researching the nutritional value of all your foods. You may be surprised by how seemingly healthy foods, like a salad, can pack in a ton of calories, fat, and sodium. Take home message, know what you are eating before putting it in your body.