Tips for Eating Healthy while RVing

Posted on February 27, 2017

For many people, being on vacation means kicking healthy eating habits to the curb for a week or two. Eating whatever you'd like for a short period is perfectly fine, but what about during extended trips in an RV? If you take your motorhome on months-long excursions, you'll also want to maintain healthy eating habits as much as possible. Here's the good news: It's easier than you probably think. The trick is planning ahead and finding creative ways to avoid the temptation of convenient, but fattening fast food fare. Read on below to pick up some great tips for staying on track with your diet.

Use That Kitchen

On short jaunts in motorhomes, people tend not to bother cooking very much. Many times, kitchens in RVs remain virtually untouched. On extended excursions, you'll want to use your kitchen as much as possible. First, make sure that it's stocked with the right tools. That way, you won't make excuses about not having what you need to prepare meals.

Stock your Class A motorhome kitchen with as much of the following so that you can keep preparing healthy meals while on the road:

  • Convection Microwave - Lots of healthy snacks and meals can be whipped up in a convection microwave. Make sure that yours is in good working order, or buy an inexpensive one to use while on the road.
  • Toaster Oven - If your Class C motorhome lacks a residential oven, a toaster oven can be a good compromise. Look for one that uses convection cooking for best results.
  • Cast Iron Pan - A quality cast iron pan can be used on the stove, in the oven and even over a roaring campfire.
  • Sharp Knives - Buy a set of decent knives to keep in the toy hauler.
  • Slow Cooker - If you have the space, a slow cooker can be a godsend while on the road. Nothing beats returning home to your gas or diesel RV to a hot, delicious meal.

Before hitting the road, create a basic meal schedule and buy everything that you can ahead of time to ensure quick, easy meal prep.

Limit Snacks while On the Road

While traveling from point A to point B in a diesel or gas RV, it's tempting to mindlessly nosh away on snacks. Reduce the risk of consuming way too many calories while behind the wheel by keeping sugar-free gum and candy within easy reach. Swap out junk food for fresh produce, dried fruit, nuts and other healthy snacks. When hunger strikes, you will be able to reach for something sensible in order to stay on track.

Stay Hydrated

One of the main reasons that people overeat and mindlessly eat is because they're actually thirsty - not hungry. However, the type of hydration that you choose matters a lot. It's easy to consume tons of empty calories through drinks alone, so choose wisely. Sodas are, of course, far too high in calories and sugar. Juice is a little better, but it still contains a lot of calories. Try to stick with water as much as possible. Calorie-free flavor enhancers like Mio are readily available. Use them to jazz up water if you get bored.

As you can see, there's no need to watch your waistline expand while traveling by RV. By maintaining sensible eating habits while on the road, you won't just stay in better shape--you will feel a lot better too!


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