Oy vey....here we are, planning our next trip (this summer, I hope), and I am thrown for a loop: doctor has ordered me onto a low-fat, low-sodium "diet". I have been declared "pre-diabetic", must lose a set amount of weight, get more exercise, etc. The latter things are not a problem when I am home. However, they are a problem when on the road. Hubby is supposed to be on a "heart-healthy" diet too, but he takes his medicine and eats what he wants.
When in Arizona this past week, I found that restaurants are becoming more conscious about offering lower fat, lower calorie foods. You just have to be prepared to either research the nutritional guide online before going to a restaurant, or ask for one when you are there. (Not a problem in California -- all chains with a certain amount of locations MUST put caloric values on the menu itself.) However, what restaurants love to hide, and for good reason, are the sodium values. Fortunately, they are on the nutritional guides. I know, I know....salt "makes everything taste better". It also plays havoc with many people's blood pressures!
I've started to prepare for this coming trip in several ways. First, I have created a 3-ring binder full of printouts from chain restaurants and fast food places. Of course these won't help when you get in a local situation and want to try something there!
Second, I'm in search of foods that can be easily prepared in a motel room using an electric fry pan and a microwave oven. The former, I can carry with me. The latter is usually available in the rooms we use. Unlike an RV, that has a big refrigerator and some sort of dry storage, we won't. We may have an ice chest and a tub with the cooking/eating equipment that can also house a few bottles of herbs and spices. Otherwise, it will be "buy at the local grocery store" as you go.
Third, we are collecting packets of catsup, mustard and mayo that we get from fast-food places and the in-store deli sandwiches.The latter will take the place of the mayo jar we toted around the country in '12 and used once. I'd like to find a source for those little packets of salad dressing that one gets from fast food places and the grocery store salads. (In '12, one of our favorite things to do was to purchase a bag of salad mix and have our salads that way. We also toted bottles of dressing with us, but one started to stink after a couple of weeks. That's why the packets may be a better solution.)
Recipes any one wants to share? A source for those little salad dressing packets? Other ideas?