Traveling soon? Perhaps a long-awaited vacation? Business trip? Something completely different?
No matter where you’re going, you’re probably going to appreciate some quick and easy healthy food ideas. These can help you stay on track and help you bring, and find, real food. While these tips can all be used right here at home, this is extra-important when you’re traveling. Traveling can throw your regular healthy habits off when you’re skipping time zones or even just being in a different place.
As a health coach, I have a senses of pride when my clients skip junky convenience foods. Let me give you some great strategies that can help you do this while you are on the road.
Pro-tip: When booking your hotel room, ask if you can have one with a mini-fridge. This will help you store some of your healthy snacks and groceries while you’re there.
BRINGING YOUR OWN HEALTHY SNACKS
Well, this is important because not only will it keep you from becoming a “hangry junk-seeker”, but it can also hold you off until you’re able to stop at a proper grocery store for say…actual real food!
Hear are a bunch of my favorite on-the-go snacks to have in your bag and/or cooler:
- If you’re going to have a cooler, or eat them within a couple of hours, try fresh fruit or boiled eggs (don’t forget the ice packs)
- Unsalted nuts and seeds (I love walnuts and pumpkin seeds)
- IDLife Nutrition Bars or Organic Bars of your choice
- Sliced veggies (carrots, celery, cucumber, broccoli, etc.) with a dip (hummus or guacamole) you can even buy single serving packs at Costco
- Find good quality protein bars or make your own before heading out
- Good quality, whole food, no sugar added granola
- Savory snacks like roasted chickpeas or kale chips
- High quality protein powder to make your own smoothies (I like IDLife Nutrition vegan vanilla bean). Be sure to also pack a mini-blender, like a Magic Bullet, if needed
- Freeze avocados and then travel with them in poster tube. Only do this in the US as traveling with avocados can be against some FTC rules and regulations.
- And don’t forget your drinks. Bring some water with you. If flying, choose water in the airport or on the plane.
HOW TO FIND HEALTH FOOD AT YOUR DESTINATION
Of course, you can always Google your destination and search for grocery stores or healthy restaurants. But there are a couple of websites and apps that may be helpful for you.
- FindMeGlutenFree – A website that searches for gluten-free restaurants around the US
- HealthyOut – An app that helps you find restaurants that cater to your dietary preferences, be they gluten-free, low calorie, low-carb, etc.
- FoodTripping – Designed for road trips, this app helps you find alternatives to fast food
KEY TAKE AWAYS
Travelling often comes with unnecessary junk food that can derail your healthy lifestyle. Planning ahead and being prepared can be simple, and help you keep your health goals on track even when you’re out and about!
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