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23 April 2018

Road Tripping Essentials with Southern Breeze Sweet Tea

This post is sponsored by Southern Breeze Sweet Tea. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

As you guys know, we've been attempting to stay on the Keto diet for a few weeks now, and I'm happy to say, we've had great success with it! However, this past weekend, we took a road trip to the beach, and I was more than a little nervous about how to keep my carbs and calories down with tons of temptations along the way. After all, road trips are usually synonymous with junk food, amiright? 

To keep things on track, I was determined to set myself up for success. I knew a few fast food and gas station stops would be happening, so I made sure to pack a few items that would help keep me excited about the trip as well as maintaining my healthy ways.

Snacks like nuts and cheese were a given, but when the idea to pack a few mason jars and some packets of Southern Breeze Sweet Tea struck me, I have to be honest, I was pretty proud of myself. It's never occurred to me before to pack my own beverages. I always just stick to water when we travel. Of course it helps with hydration, but it also is readily available at every stop. However, I also know myself well-enough to know that I would definitely feel a little less strict about my sugar, carb, and calorie intake on vacation, and may or may not be tempted by a soda or two. After all, vacation is an excuse to let loose a little in every sense of the word. 

Before hitting the road, I rounded up a few mason jars. I kept them empty on the trip, but had a little plan in mind. Each time we hit a fast food chain for breakfast or lunch, I'd ask for a cup of ice and a bottle of water (a cup of water would work too!). Then, I'd add my Southern Breeze Sweet Tea cold brew tea bag to the mason jar, fill it with ice and pour water to the top. The tea would steep as we were getting back on the interstate, and once I got all of the food squared away with my chauffeur (aka husband, the driver), I would return to my tea, stick a straw in, give it a stir, and enjoy!

I've shared with you before my love for Southern Breeze Sweet Tea. Over the past few years (I was first introduced to them in 2015!), I've gone from liking their products to absolutely LOVING them. And that is in large part due to their Half and Half cold brew flavor. This tastes exactly like the Southern sweet tea you grew up enjoying, but it's better for a few reasons. One, it's single serving which means if you're in the mood for tea, you can make just one glass! Two, it's zero calories and zero carbs making it a healthy alternative. (Note: if you're doing Keto like me, be sure to make decisions for yourself about which sweeteners you want to incorporate into your diet. Since I drink 95% water, I don't mind treating myself to different sweeteners from time to time. Southern Breeze is made with just 4 ingredients: Black Tea, Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, and Sucralose (sweetener).) Three, it's cold brew, so no boiling water required which is perfect for road-tripping! 

Once I was done, I'd simply put the lid back on and move it to a different cup holder. I didn't have to worry about it spilling or immediately removing the jar at the next stop. Reusable cups FTW!

In addition to this little travel hack, I also packed a few things to keep myself occupied. I always make sure to have a good read, and even after having this Emily Giffin book for a few years, I still had not read it, so it came along for the ride. I also grabbed a few old issues of Southern Living that I wanted to read. I packed my good headphones that go over my ears for catching up on the latest podcasts, too. I don't know about you guys, but the tiny earbuds aren't comfortable for me, so these are a must when I know I'll have them in/on for a while.

Other road trip essentials that are a must have for me are cute but comfortable clothes. We started our weekend with a stop along the way for me for work, so I couldn't arrive in my usual Lululemon attire. I chose a stretchy pair of white jeans from Old Navy, a cute striped tie front shirt from J.Crew Factory, and some thrifted espadrilles I picked up a few years ago. Note: if you take a look at the top online, it says that it's red, but I definitely think it reads pink which in my opinion, is way more fun for spring. 

If you're heading on your own spring road trip this season and want to avoid those sugary beverages found at every fast food joint or roadside stand along the way, consider incorporating my mason jar/Southern Breeze hack. If you're curious about trying the half and half flavor (or any other kind for that matter!), I have good news! First time purchasers can can use the code APRILSHIPFREE for  free shipping now through April 30, 2018.

And finally, Southern Breeze is having a pretty spectacular spring picnic giveaway that you can enter, too! Click the graphic below to be taken to the page to enter.

Any other road tripping essentials that I'm missing? Or vacation diet hacks I should know about? Let me know in the comments! 



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