Is keeping fit possible when you live in an RV?
YES, with a bit of creative thinking, planning and determination.
Get bicycles, and use them whenever you can. Carry some small weights for arm work. Carry a yoga mat for outdoor use on the patio. Track all your miles with a Fitness App, and walk, walk, walk. The faster you go, the better. Use your phone to help motivate you and your family. Take advantage of the weight rooms and exercise facilities at many RV parks and resorts; use the pools, obstacle courses and playgrounds. You’ve got all the great outdoors at your disposal!
Rails-To-Trails are trails converted from old train tracks. They provide family friendly places to bike and walk.
Pedaling.com set your location, terrain and distance. Pedaling will find a place for you to ride.
Bikely lists bike routes of various levels, use it to search for one near you.
Trying to create Gluten-Free meals while traveling?
Although it’s tough to keep fresh veggies and fruits around with RV size fridges, you can be creative.
- Buy grapes and strip them off their stems and put them in small reusable containers
- Get the mini (or Dulcinea) watermelons, cut them up, and put them in containers
- Cut up fresh veggies like red pepper, celery, carrots, radishes, etc. and store them in ice water in a cup or container
- Tangerines are small as are kiwi, baby carrots and celery sticks
- Buy the large broccoli and cut off the crowns; store in containers
- Frozen fruits and veggies like peas, spinach boxes, blueberries, raspberries, mango, etc. don’t take up much room in the freezer.
- Buy frozen OJ and make it instead of those cartons that take up valuable fridge space. If there’s any left over, you can store it in a reusable water bottle or small jug.
- I really like those green bags you can buy in the produce section at large supermarkets that keep veggies fresh longer they do work
- Canned fruits and vegetables are easy to store anywhere
- Pre-made, bagged salads are worth the slight extra cost for a quick, easy salad
Families on the Road Healthy Eating Recommendations
First, here are a few of my favorite online healthy recipe sources:
- Gluten Free – Living For a limited time, you can subscribe to Gluten-Free Living and get 6 Issues & A Free Tote Bag for only $25!
- Cooking Lite this site/magazine has a reputation for being a bit gourmet, but there are many recipes that are designed to be made in 30 minutes with easy to-find ingredients.
- Menus For Moms a homeschooling friend of mine with 6 kids swears by this site to keep her sanity!
- Aicr. org check out the rest of the site for cancer prevention and latest research on diet and cancer.
Here are a few more ideas:
- Make smoothies with frozen fruit, yogurt, OJ or pineapple juice and ice
- Beans are healthy, inexpensive and easy to store. Make soup, dips, burritos, etc.
- Try tofu (I like extra-firm); it works well in stir fry or pad thai (dip in egg white first for a nice crust, smoothies (instead of yogurt you’ll never taste it), and even desserts (I have a great recipe for chocolate mousse using tofu)
- Limit red meat to once or twice a week
- Frozen fish and canned tuna are easy to store and make for quick meals
- Limit desserts to once a week and make/buy something really special and worth the calories
- Encourage your kids to help you prepare meals. Teach them how to read labels and make healthy choices
- Buy chicken breasts on sale and freeze for a quick meal. We like to grill them with Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce and corn on the cob; you can also use them for chicken tacos, stir fry, etc.
- Limit to once or twice a week
- Order an appetizer instead of a big meal
- Share meals with a family member
- Tell your server to skip the bread, rolls, chips, etc.
- Ask for lunch portions
- Fast food places often offer healthy choices. McDonalds, Chick-Fil-A, Arbys, Subway, Wendy’s, etc. all have great salads or healthy sandwiches
- Pizza is cheap and not that bad for you if you order veggie or cheese (ask for light cheese), thin crust and limit yourself to 2 pieces
Many grocery stores have really increased their supply of organic foods. The cost has also come down quite a bit. Some Wal-Mart offer organics. I really like Safeway. Their “O” products are delicious and inexpensive. (I especially like the “O” milk and OJ. )
Another tip: Buy the local paper on Wednesdays. This is usually the day that new grocery ads come out. (You can ask the campground staff if this is true for your location. ) Look through the ads to help you decide where to shop for the foods you need. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are usually cheaper than those not in season.
One last thing: The best investment I have made for our family’s health is a grain mill. It’s relatively small and easy to store. I buy wheat, rye, millet, spelt, barley, corn, oats, etc. and throw them in the mill. Seconds later, I have freshly-milled flour, with all the nutrients intact. I make bread, muffins, pancakes, cookies, energy bars, etc. They taste unbelievably good. I bought my mill through a business in Georgia: Breadbeckers.com You can also buy grain and other ingredients for healthy cooking. If you buy a mill from this company (about $200), they’ll include a free cookbook.