Healthy Restaurant Roadtrip’ Reveals Healthy-Eating Travel Adventures and Advice profiles healthy restaurants and recipes, offers new survival guide series

Need to find a nutritious snack at the gas station? Pouring over the menu for a dinner dish that won’t sabotage the diet? Four cities and nearly 1,400 miles later, the “Healthy Restaurant Roadtrip” reveals that it’s easier than you might think to maintain a healthy eating lifestyle while out to dinner or out on the road.

Along the way, created a selection of “Healthy Restaurant Roadtrip” videos profiling the restaurants, recipes and snacking advice from the road. The new video series can be found at, along with photos and blog posts from the road.Traveling the Midwest from March 16 – 25, 2012, drove the BetterMobile to four Midwestern cities to discover some of America’s nutritious restaurant offerings, gather healthy cooking advice from local restaurant chefs, and put its new road trip survival guide to the test.

“We heard from our community and others about so many great restaurants with healthy menus and unique recipes, and decided to hit the road to find them,” said Alli Hearne, senior interactive marketing planner at General Mills, Inc., and member of the “Healthy Restaurant Roadtrip” team. “We created the ‘Healthy Restaurant Roadtrip’ to share healthy-eating inspiration from the Midwest in a fresh way, available to anyone visiting our site.”

After reviewing hundreds of suggestions from across the US, selected six restaurants in the region for their overall focus, healthy dining options and consumer popularity:

  • Mill Valley Kitchen and Common Roots Cafe in Minneapolis;
  • Karyn’s on Green and Freshii in Chicago;
  • St. Louis’ Green Bean Salads;
  • And Eden Alley Café in Kansas City, MO.

As part of the road trip video series, offers new healthy-eating restaurant and road-trip survival guides, a list of the top 10 road trip snacks, best bets for the drive-thru meal, and tips for eating healthy at gas stations. A few examples include:

  • Fuel yourself up. The gas tank is full. Now make sure to eat a healthy, filling meal before hitting the road. Use this as an opportunity to clean out your refrigerator and use the good food you've already purchased.
  • Finesse the fast-food menu. If fast food is the only option, you can still meet your requirements for delicious and nutritious. Avoid anything with the words "super," "special," or "sizzle." And don't be afraid to ask for exactly what you want, such as a burger without the bun, or even a burger without the burger and just extra tomatoes, lettuce and pickles.
  • Pack the bag or cooler with your favorite snacks. In addition to fruits and veggies, some nutritious travel snacks include string cheese, hard-boiled eggs and nut-butter sandwiches on whole grain bread.

In addition, the site features a menu decoder that helps decipher common restaurant cooking terms, and “Road Warrior Yoga” shares simple stretches and poses that ease the tension and muscle stiffness from sitting in a car.