How to Eat Healthy While Traveling
Traveling soon? Perhaps a long-awaited vacation? Business trip? Something completely different?
Let’s just get real. No matter how dedicated you are to your healthy routine, even the most dedicated person can get thrown off their game. But no fear, I am here to help! Travel does not need to derail you. No matter where you’re going or how you’re getting there, 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.
Now many of these suggestions will seem like common sense, but with the stress of travel we often throw common sense out the window and go for the easiest solution. So keep these tips handy the next time you have a trip come up. These easy tips and tricks will help you stay healthy 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
This is a huge one for me. As someone with food allergies/sensitivities it is both easier and safer for me to pack as much of my own food as I can. Knowing that I have snacks that I can fall back on gives me a much needed safety net while on the road. Packing your own snacks is also 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:
● 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). Another Pro Tip: If you are going to be on a plane, maybe try to avoid eating these while enclosed in a small space surrounded by other people. They will thank you for it.
● Unsalted nuts and seeds
● Dried or even freeze-dried fruit (Don’t go crazy here as it does have a lot of sugar)
● 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 Costco.
● Find good quality protein bars, or make your own before heading out.
● Savory snacks like roasted chickpeas.
● High-quality protein powder to make your own smoothies.
● And don’t forget your drinks. Always bring some water with you. If flying, just make sure you buy your water once you are past security.
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.
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!