Updated: Dec 21, 2021
How to Eat Healthy While Traveling?
This time of the year many people travel. Visit friends and family for the holiday? Perhaps a long-awaited vacation? Business trip? Something completely different?
No matter where you’re going, I'm sure you realize all the family "setbacks" if you don't stay focused on good nutrition.
I'm sure you’re probably going to appreciate some quick and easy healthy food ideas. These can give you the freedom you need while you keep your family on track with finding 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.
Let me give you some great strategies that can help you do this while you’re “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!
Here are a bunch of my favorite on-the-go snacks to have on hand in your bag and/or cooler:
Fresh fruit. Bananas, apples, & oranges make good travel companions.
Unsalted nuts and seeds (I love pecans and the kids devour pistachios).
If you’re going to have a cooler or eat them within a couple of hours boiled eggs or even pre-packaged salads can be a good choice.
Kind Bars or Organic Bars of your choice.
Sliced veggies (carrots, celery, cucumber, broccoli, etc.) with a dip (hummus, guacamole, salad dressing, etc.). You can even buy single-serving packs at the supermarket.
Find good quality protein bars, or make your own before heading out.
Good quality granola cereal (I love Purely Elizabeth varieties)
Savory snacks like roasted chickpeas.
And don’t forget your drinks. Bring some water with you. Or if you’re flying, choose water in the airport and on the plane.
HOW TO FIND HEALTHY 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, lactose-free, low-calorie, low-carb, etc.
Food Tripping - Designed for road trips, this app helps you find alternatives to fast food.
Don't forget the grocery store and that hotel mini-fridge.
Travelling often comes with unnecessary junk food that can derail your healthy lifestyle. Planning ahead and being prepared can be simple, and help keep your health goals on track even when you’re out and about!
Stay healthy, stay Happy & travel on,
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