Road Trip: How to Eat Out and Not Totally Blow Your Diet


STOP! Read this blog again before ordering any meals at McDonald’s, Burger King or Wendy’s!

Look, when you are on a road trip, eating out is usually inevitable. Even if you are staying with family or have a hotel suite with a kitchen, it would be smart to be prepared mentally to eat a few meals out.

Road Trip: How to Eat Out and Not Totally Blow Your Diet Carolina Marrelli Contributor Miami Moms Blog
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I’ve got a few tips to help you keep your healthy eating on track!

Tip #1: Stick with water for your beverage. Soda and sweet tea (although totally delicious) increase your meal calorie count quickly. And they are full of sugar, which causes inflammation and all kinds of terrible things to your organs long term (sorry, sister!).

Tip #2: Take your time to look at the menu for low-calorie options. Some menus will include a calorie count or a section with healthier choices. However, when these aren’t available, look for grilled or baked options and low-fat proteins like chicken or fish.

Tip #3: Avoid unnecessary calories from extra fats and cream. Do your best to steer clear of fried food, creamy soups, and sauces.

Tip #4: Be a half-portion rockstar. I hereby grant you permission to request a half size portion (or even ask for a to-go box) right away. I’m sure you’ve noticed, but most restaurant portion sizes are 2-3 servings worth of food. Just separate half to take with you before you begin eating. Remember: when it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind.

Tip #5: The side dish gold mine. No suitable meal options? Then check out what the sides dishes are! I have made an entire meal with just veggie-based sides! And guess what? I was stuffed. PS: You can also ask for a piece of grilled chicken on the side too.

Tip #6: Make it a meal. If you’re craving a salad, you can make it a full meal by adding chicken or seafood. Choose lighter salad dressings like a balsamic vinaigrette or Italian, instead of those creamy dressings.

Tip #7: Sharing is caring. If you are REALLY wanting to indulge, ask if anyone would like to split that order of fries, slice of cake, or bacon cheeseburger, and then balance it out with a side salad.

I hope these tips come in handy for you while on your next road trip!

Do YOU have any tips to add to the list? Comment below!


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Carolina Marrelli
With 13+ years in music ministry and plans to go on tour, this Miami native’s life came to a screeching halt when, 4 days after bringing her newborn home, she was re-admitted to the hospital, sicker than she’d ever been. She was given a gift – it just came wrapped in really ugly wrapping paper. Surviving a health crisis that took 2 years to fully recover from is what led Carolina to become an Holistic Health Coach and Certified Plant-Based Medicine Instructor. She teaches women how to heal their bodies from the inside out so they feel better, look better and have the energy to do the things they love. Always up for adventure (and a good book), you can catch Carolina, her husband Carl and their two sons biking, playing on the beach, rocking out in the garage or relaxing by the Biltmore pool! Follow Carolina on Instagram: @CarolinaRMarrelli or her website,