Eating healthy on the road is really hard to do.... especially in small town America, so I find that a little bit of scoping and planning go a long way.
We rely so heavily on Yelp that I'm always surprised when people tell me they don't know what it is.
I love finding local gems through the app, whether it be restaurants, cafes, fitness classes, gyms or boutiques, and love reading real reviews that tell me whether a restaurant serves healthy food, has courteous staff or keeps you in long line ups.
With that said, I also take some reviews with a grain of salt, as most people can't seem to tell the difference between a healthy meal and an artery clogging chemically processed sh*t storm. What I mean by this is that just because a restaurant promotes that it uses fresh local produce, doesn't mean it's healthy when it has been fried to inches of it's life and smothered in 8 layers of cheese.
Nevertheless, our yelp search was successful this time and we came upon a restaurant called Key Ingredients For Life in West Virgina that served tasty meals made with fresh local ingredients.
I got a light beer, the tomato and garlic soup to start, and had one of their whole wheat wraps. The side salad was a massive dinner plate of kale, broccoli, cucumber, tomato and celery. Yum. My only complaint would be that the wrap was actually pan fried to get it a little crispy, and so it was a little greasy... see what I mean by having to be careful when looking for healthy options?
I usually end up being one of those annoying people that ask the following questions:
- Can I have the dressing on the side?
- Is there cheese on that? (Of course there always is, which leads me to my next question)
- Do you mind holding the cheese?
- Can you go easy on the oil?
- Is there any way you could toss that in olive oil instead of butter?
- Can the kitchen make that as dry as possible? (sometimes I get blank stares after this question, so I explain that it means cooking with no oil/butter/lard, or if they absolutely must, just using a bit of cooking spray)
- Can I get that on a bed of greens instead?
- How do you prepare that?
- Can I get olive oil and vinegar instead of butter for my bread
- Do you have a whole wheat option
I like to think Eat well, Train hard, Feel good, Take good photos! :)
After lunch, I snapped a photo of 6 classic cars just hangin' out. How perfect. These next few shots are exactly the type of scenery I imagined seeing when driving down south.