What To Eat While Traveling
This time of year many of us are traveling and will be away from our daily routine and our comfortable homes, apartments, etc. It can be a scary and/or crazy time of year where we go off the rails and then are left wondering why we feel so crummy. Could it be that we didn’t plan ahead? That we ate whatever was in sight and let HANGER take over? Most definitely. Could it also be that we were planning to “YOLO” (aka You Only Live Once mentality) and will get back on board when January 1st rolls around? Also highly likely. Why do we do this to ourselves year after year? Haven’t we learned that the more we abuse our bodies the harder it is to get back on track? A lot of this starts by planning ahead and recognizing that it is pretty easy to eat healthy during the holidays even when traveling so GAME ON!
Let’s first discuss some tips and tricks while traveling and then I’ll give you a few healthy treats (with help from my new intern Angie!) to pack on the go to make you feel satisfied yet healthy all travels long. I know I probably should have posted this weeks ago BUT better late then never and I hope it helps you all whether you are traveling for the holidays or just traveling throughout the year. We have a few trips we hope to plan this year and we’d LOVE suggestions on where your favorite place to travel is 🙂 Bon Voyage!
Tips When Traveling
1. Eat Before You Go. If you have an hour flight, you can make it through even if there is a delay if you just make sure you eat before you go. Either have leftovers and clean out the fridge or prepare something quick like eggs. One less thing you’ll have to worry about when rushing from one place to the next. Even if you have a full day of traveling ahead of you eat before you go, you’ll be much happier than all those HANGRY travelers out there.
2. Pack an empty water bottle. No matter if you are traveling by plane, train or automobile, an empty water bottle can be a lifesaver. You don’t next soda or milkshakes but you will need water at some point. Grab an empty water bottle, maybe even one that will fold up and put it in your bag that you will have with you on your travels. Ask around and find a place to fill it up as you go!
3. Pack snacks. (Both fresh and packaged) There is no reason you cannot plan ahead and pack some snacks for the trip and for your destination. First find out what you will be allowed to carry with you depending on your mode of transportation and then find out what kind of accommodations you will have once you arrive. Going on a plane? Limit the liquids or put them in your checked bag. No refrigerator where you’re going? You can a) call ahead and ask where you are staying if they have refrigerators for the room or b) if there is a common area for you to keep your things. A little planning ahead goes a LONG way.
4. Know before you go! Speaking of planning ahead. Know what you are going to. Is it a hotel where they can provide you with a mini-fridge and a microwave? Is there a grocery store near by? Will you have transportation to get you to and from restaurants and/or markets? If you are in Any-town USA chances are there are plenty of grocery stores so stop using the excuse “we didn’t know where to go so we got fast food” and plan, plan ahead. Using apps like Yelp and FindMeGlutenFree can be very helpful in this situation. Also google is a wealth of knowledge, ever heard of him?
5. Grab a cooler and to-go containers. Instead of an extra purse why not a cooler? And some to-go containers and maybe some plastic baggies. That way if you have leftovers you don’t have to leave them and you don’t have to worry about a mess in the bottom of your purse or bag. Sure this takes some planning ahead but if you don’t wait until 5 minutes before you leave to go on the trip you’ve been planning ALL year there should be no excuses, right?
Food On The Go Ideas
Bring food along for the ride with you that way if you are stuck you don’t have to worry about eating a burrito out of a vending machine (AMIRIGHT?!).
Jerky or Meat Sticks
Protein keeps you full and satisfied. Pack this tasty treat and get through the traveling like a pro while others around you start wilting and breaking down because they are starving and their blood sugar is crashing, wahoo!
Prep/Cook time: 6 hours (or use a dehydrator!)
Great source of protein and some vitamins and minerals to keep you satisfied and on track all day long. Pack some in your cooler and apologize to your cabin mates when they smell the egg, whoops! Better than fish I suppose! If this seems too difficult, make some hardboiled eggs and call it a day!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Meat and Cheese rollups
Have these wrapped up and ready to go for any trip. You could also just get some fresh sliced meat and cheese (look for organic with minimal ingredients) and then roll on the go.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Look for organic sandwich meat and cheese slice; roll up together, add veggies, avocado, mustard, olives, etc. as able.
Well I think I would make these just because they look AMAZING. Make your plane mates jealous of you when you pop one of these suckers in mid flight.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Harden time: 30-60 minutes
A little crunch, a little salt, a lot of deliciousness. You may not be able to bring the hummus but you can’t leave the chickpeas at home!
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30-45 minutes
There are plenty of other options while you travel. For instance you can pack fresh fruit, canned fish, protein bars, buy a salad at the airport, etc but these are just a few to get the ball rolling, I hope it helps. Have safe travels and cool your jets on the stress already okay?
Enjoy your travels and remember to relax, enjoy the ride (pun most definitely intended) and eat healthy!