If you have the time to dine, then dine in. While fast food is the off-ramp staple in America, you can easily find a mom-and-pop type joint, a BBQ joint in the south, or even a deli in many cases.
Dining in isn’t always an option. If you are dealing with a 7-hour long drive, getting there in the least amount of time is important. In many cases, we tend not to eat and that isn’t healthy either.
At a restaurant, you have more time to look over a menu rather than the drive-thru board. You have time to count your calories or find foods that are low-carb, and in some cases, ask the waitress questions about the menu. If you are the driver, yes, a salad is perfectly acceptable and full of nutrition (dressings on you though) and you won’t wreck your car eating it.
National chains will also dot the roadways from Cracker Barrell to Subway on the healthier scale of fast food. Find one that fits your tastes and your family’s needs but if you can, take the time to pull over and get a quality meal and some needed rest from the road.