Written by: Jeanette Espinosa
12/02/2009 1:05 PM
Heading off on an RV road trip, it's easy to fall into the burgers, barbeque chicken, chips, fast food cycle! However, with many diet related illnesses - such as heart disease - on the rise, many RVers are looking for better ways to stay heart healthy. There is no need to have a complete overhaul of your RV fridge. A few simple modifications to your meals will go a long way. Make sure you choose the right protein, add salads to your meals, and get enough vegetables to give you the energy and nutrients your body needs.
Choosing the right protein for your meals is very important. While beef is not always the heart healthiest choice, neither is chicken or turkey. Some cuts of chicken can be as high in fat as marbled beef! Lean cuts of beef are the best option for cutting out fat and cholesterol while on your RV road trip. When deciding on poultry opt for boneless, skinless cuts as they tend to be lower in fat. Seafood is also a good option. Shrimp shish kabobs are every bit as succulent as a beef or chicken shish kabobs!
Instead of having your barbeque with bread, try having it with salad instead. Salads are easy to make and can be prepared with little mess in your RV. Wait to add the dressing before you're ready to eat or you'll have a mushy mess waiting for you! Salads are great for digestion and are more beneficial when eaten with or after your meal.
Adding vegetables to your meals also goes a long way. A delicious baked sweet potato is a great alternative to potato chips with your hot dog. You can boil them ahead of time and when you're ready to grill, simply wrap them in aluminum foil and grill them for about 15 minutes! Beans, which are high in fiber and water, are another great addition to your road trip meal. They leave you feeling fuller faster, which means fewer cravings throughout the day. Black bean and corn salad is a great dish to take on your road trip.
Eating healthy is not about completely changing your diet, but about making simple yet smart changes. Simple changes such as choosing the right proteins, adding salads and opting for vegetables make a world of difference to your health. A great way to ensure you keep RV road tripping for many miles to come!
Try our simple healthy recipes:
Grilled Shrimp Shish Kabobs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Black Bean and Corn SaladPrep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutesIngredients:
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