Dan and I took a little road trip this past weekend, and I wanted to offer up some suggestions for how to say "NO" to fast food and gas station snacks when driving long distances!!
1. PACK MEALS AND SNACKS
Dan and I left town Saturday morning with a small cooler packed with snacks and lunch. We were able to avoid gas station snacks by munching on the pretzels, trail mix, and jellybeans I picked up at the co-op, and avoided fast food on Saturday by enjoying our sandwiches and apples in the sunshine at a picnic table at a rest stop.
2. VISIT LOCAL PLACES
We went out for dinner with some friends on Saturday night, and let them recommend their favorite Thai restaurant, Sala Thai. Dan and I enjoyed delicious (but scalding hot) veggie potstickers and tofu soup to start, and I chowed down on one of my favorites, tofu pad thai, for my entree. YUM!
On our way back towards MN on Sunday, we went out of our way (by about 20 miles) to stop at The Cheese Factory Restaurant, located just off I-94 in Wisconsin Dells.
We've dined here only once before, since we don't get down to south central Wisconsin all that often. However, this is a restaurant worth going out of your way for! All totally homemade, all vegetarian (with many vegan options,) and about the friendliest wait-staff I've ever experienced.
Dan enjoyed the Hungarian Goulash again, served with sauerkraut and potato pierogies:
And I tried something new: crepes stuffed with sauteed leeks and carrots and a touch of goat cheese, sitting atop a gorgonzola cream sauce, smothered in cranberry relish and toasted walnuts. (This also came with a salad!)
Both of our plates were nearly licked clean -- all that was left was half a crepe that neither one of us could find room for. (Sorry, delicious crepe!)
So, what are your tips/ideas for eating healthy while travelling?