A huge part of eating a healthy diet is consistency. Summer travel is coming up and that means consistency in your normal schedule might be a distant memory. Travel in particular can make eating healthy a little tougher so I thought I could share a road trip food idea I had. Today I am sharing a lunch made straight from the grocery store. Now you can stay healthy and save money by skipping fast food while out adventuring!
Today’s star ingredient is a delicious flame grilled chicken. In a regular grocery store it can be difficult to find a ready to eat protein that isn’t full of junk! I usually stay away from most deli type meats as they can be really salty and have fillers in them.
On the other hand the Johnsonville flame grilled chicken is pre-cooked over an actual grill, gluten and MSG free with no fillers. On top of that, a bag has three servings, so it perfect for a couple out on the road. Most important of all, it’s delicious and comes in 5 different flavors for all tastes!
I challenged myself to create a filling lunch just using things I could grab at the store. I know on the road most people will not be able to stop at a fancier grocery store like Whole Foods, so I went to my regular old grocery store and picked out a great lunch for myself.
Use this recipe as a jumping off point for yourself this summer. I personally buy a little extra when making lunch on the road, I don’t want to keep stopping for snacks all day long! So you can see I made a hardy lunch for two with 3 servings of chicken, at 18 grams of protein a piece, topped with healthy fat filled guacamole, some yogurt and some chips. I love sweet potato chips fried in coconut oil, and I can use them with the guac if I get hungry later. I look for chips fried in either coconut oil, olive oil or avocado oil. It is really important to not starve yourself on the road and fill up with quality fat and proteins so you don’t end up hangry with no options in the evening.
In this recipe I have a few variations, to help you out just in case something is out at the store, or you don’t like certain things! The first is the “holder” – you can see I have used romaine leaves. The brand organic girl has a nice smaller size tub of just romaine heart leaves and that’s what’s pictured in this recipe. However if that is not an option, or you want a different flavor, you can also used a cut up bell pepper. Most grocery stores or even gas stations have plastic cutlery, and I tried it at home, you can easily dice up the chicken and slice the pepper into small “boats” to hold your toppings. Another idea is to get some hummus if you can eat beans. One thing to look out for is bad oils in hummus, which is pretty pervasive with stuff you find in the store. I found it’s a lot easier to find clean guacamole than hummus.
Grocery Store Lunch with Chicken
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If you are on the road this summer lunch can be a potential "road block" learn how to create a healthy and delicious lunch from the grocery store. A great jumping off point for road trip food ideas
- 1 pack of Johnsonville flame grilled chicken- I loved the honey mustard flavor!
- 1 small tub of guacamole
- 1 small tub or romaine hearts or 2 bell peppers
- The chicken from the store can be microwaved and is hot and ready in two minutes. Most grocery stores have a lunch area or deli where you can find a microwave to use. But since the chicken is fully cooked, you can eat it cold.
- Chop the chicken into bite sizes pieces and place into romaine leaves or bell pepper boats.
- Cover with guacamole and chow down!
Be creative! If you find single serving packs of mustard or relish, that would be a great addition. To make this a full lunch I added some sweet potato chips and split a big yogurt with my husband! We were full and happy until dinner!
Serving Size 2 TBS guac, 1.5 servings of chicken and 6 leaves of romaine
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
I hope this recipe and my road trip food ideas will help you this summer. If you are on the road, or even just busy all day, you can stay on track foodwise. Even with little to no thought or planning, you can pop into a grocery store instead of a restaurant and put together a decent meal! The grocery store route is also usually much cheaper, especially if you have a family to feed, and quicker too! One last tip- remember to shop the perimeter of the store, as that’s where the fresh, more nutrient dense food is! Happy traveling!
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