I can hardly believe that this will be our last week on the road for quite sometime, and California is finally starting to feel close enough to touch… We arrive on Saturday!
I’m really excited to get back into the swing of my normal healthy routines, and I have a feeling that three weeks in the car will be an interesting adventure for my joints and muscles to recover from. Especially as my triathlon training with bobble continues!
As far as eating goes, I’ve always been pretty good at finding healthy food on the road, but keeping up with my training schedule means that I’m a lot hungrier AND thirstier on the days that I’m able to sneak in a good workout (which is just about every other day).
With a husband who often eats a Snickers bar and a Mountain Dew for lunch on the road *eyeroll*, I’m constantly trying to keep the car stocked up with healthy options so that I don’t find myself reaching for the Reese’s Pieces in a moment of weakness. (Praise the Lord, I haven’t been that desperate yet.)
Another big way that I fight the urge to splurge is by making sure I get at LEAST 70 oz of water in my system every day, and I’ve been extremely glad to have our bobble filtration bottles for those rest-stop water fountain moments where it feels a little sketchy to drink straight from the tap.
YES, it might mean that we’re making a few more bathroom breaks than normal, but staying hydrated is totally worth it and is a great way to prevent all those times when your thirst masks itself as hunger and makes you gobble up everything in sight instead of drinking water like your body actually wants you to.
The biggest thing I’ve learned while keeping up with my race goals on the road is that staying hydrated and fueling up on certain snacks after a good sweat is the best way to stay energized instead of tired and sluggish from all of the sitting.
Here are a few of my favorite car-friendly post-workout snacks ideas that I love, and I’d love to hear your own ideas in the comments below!
- Zucchini cookies! My girl Jessica posted these brilliant little mounds of deliciousness and I promptly made a batch before we said goodbye to a real kitchen a few weeks ago. Even though they disappeared sometime during our first week on the road (insert Cookie Monster noise here), they were the perfect packable snack to kick off our trip with a sweet treat every once in a while. The only real change I made to the recipe was subbing in chickpea flour instead of brown rice flour, and then using sugar-free maple syrup instead of regular.
- Pistachios! Did you know that a single serving of contains more protein than a serving of fish, more fiber than a serving of broccoli and even more potassium than a banana? That’s nuts! (HA.) They’re not only packed with nutrients, but I also love them for long car trips because the motion of cracking them open and popping them in your mouth somehow feels much more satisfying than shoving a meal replacement bar in your mouth.
- Coconut Flakes + Pumpkin Seeds! This combo has turned into my own healthy little version of trail mix without all of the added calories and sugar from M&Ms or dried fruit, and it’s as simple as combining equal amounts and then pouring it all back into the pouches that the ingredients come packaged in. Another great thing about this mix is that it’s pretty temperature resistant, and doesn’t get gross in the glove compartment of your car. Bonus Points: I’m sprinkling it on salads to give my lunch a boost, and then pairing it plain with fresh fruit or a little dark chocolate for when I need something sweeter. SO tasty and SO many benefits from the healthy fats, magnesium, fiber… Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
Another great resource that we’ve started to rely on recently is a site called Thrive Market. Their selection is expertly curated and they stock a ton of the healthy ingredients and supplements that I would otherwise be buying from expensive specialty shops.
Their snack options are AWESOME… I’m currently trying to restrain myself until we have a kitchen to settle into, but can’t wait to place a big order. You do have to pay a membership fee (kind of like Costco), but my hope is that the discounted prices that they offer will start to add up over time and save money in the long run.
I’d love to have you share your favorite post-workout snacks in the comments… any and all suggestions are much appreciated!