Believe it or not your body craves fruits and vegetables more than any other food because we tend to cut them out of our diet. Most of the time we don't even realize we haven't had one fruit or veggie in a day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with the USDA both recommend at least 5 servings of fruits & veggies per day to maintain your health. While on the road, here are some great ways to get your 5 a day:
- Add fruit to your morning cereal (or any other time, I believe cereal can be eaten any time of day, it's just that delicious) or oatmeal.
- If you are a yogurt fan, create your own flavors by adding your favorite bit-sized fruit to plain yogurt.
- Forget the creamy snack dips and opt for chunky salsa. Most grocery stores now carry freshly-made
- Snack on raw veggies or fruits instead of chips and pretzels. I always keep fresh green beans to snack on in the summer time. Other great veggies to snack on are carrots, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes and celery.
- Pre-make a few fruit/veggie cups for the day. Then you can just grab & go. Tip: add a little lemon juice for apple slices to keep them from browning. And if it is in a cup then you already have a conveniently located cylindrical-container stabilizing device (also known as your cup holder) for optimal snacking efficiency.
The length of your trip is a major factor to what foods you stock. Some fruits & veggies don't have a long shelf life but others can last you a whole week, or longer. Here is a shelf-life chart to help you plan your healthy meals for a week: