Book Gives Tips for
Healthy Road Trip Food
If you're road-tripping this summer, chances
are you'll end up at one of those nondescript highway rest stops
that serve mainly juicy burgers, greasy fries and syrupy soft drinks.
But the way food gurus Nikki and David Goldbeck see it, travel is
no excuse for eating badly.
The couple, who penned several nutrition
books including the 1973 best seller "The Supermarket Handbook,"
like to avoid the fast food chains that dot the nation's interstates
whenever they drive from their Woodstock home to the warmth of Florida's
Miami Beach every winter.
Although many places now offer salads
and healthier options like fresh fruit, the Goldbecks often find
the menu selections too limited for their vegetarian taste. For
years, they scoured the Yellow Pages for vegetarian-friendly restaurants,
and even kept a folder of old newspaper clippings of restaurant
reviews in their car.
The Goldbecks recently compiled their
favorite eateries, along with other listings discovered through
their own research or recommended by other health-conscious travelers,
into a new book aimed at giving travelers a nutritious alternative.
"Healthy Highways: The Traveler's
Guide to Healthy Eating" lists about 2,000 health-oriented restaurants
and natural food stores in the 50 states all easily accessible
from the exit ramp of a highway or a major road. Telephone numbers
and hours of operation are also included.
While the book can help steer travelers
toward more nutritious food, health experts say those on the road
can also take their own simple steps toward healthy eating by planning
"You don't need to find a specific
restaurant to find healthy offerings," said Tara Geise, a registered
dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.
"If you follow some basic principles, you can find healthy food
pretty much anywhere you go."
For example, on long trips, take
the time to pack a cooler with sandwiches and snacks like fruit
and yogurt. At rest stops, keep portion size in mind and avoid overindulging
on junk food. If an entree on a menu looks unfamiliar, ask for its
nutritional content before ordering.
When traveling in the summer, keep
an eye out for roadside fruit and vegetable stands that offer the
chance to stock the cooler with locally grown produce like Georgia
peaches, Geise said.
All the entries in the Goldbecks'
book are vegetarian-friendly, but not all are meat-free. The listings
range from health food chains to independent owners, from organic
style to fresh home-cooking, from juice bars to sit-down restaurants.
The majority are located a few miles
off the highway, but others like the natural food chain Fresh City,
which sells fresh-to-order salad wraps and stir-fry bowls, can be
found along several stops on the Massachusetts Turnpike.
The Goldbecks admit the book is not
all-inclusive and revisions and additions of new listings are made
on a Web site dedicated to the book. They choose the eateries through
their experience and also by mailing out 4,000 questionnaires to
restaurants and natural food stores. The list was pared down after
they studied menus and made follow-up contact.
According to Nikki Goldbeck, a 57-year-old
nutritionist, there are other perks to straying from rest stop food.
"Aside from getting better food,
part of traveling is to get the community experience," she explained.
"You get to meet local people and experience what the neighborhood
On the Net:
Goldbecks' book: https://www.healthyhighways.com
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