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 functional nutritionist and health coach, I have such a sense of pride when my clients skip junky convenience foods. 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 an empty 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:
- 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 cashews and pumpkin seeds myself).
- Dried or even freeze-dried fruit.
- Grass-fed beef sticks, such as these. So easy to have on the plane or while hiking.
- Sliced veggies (carrots, celery, cucumber, broccoli, etc.) with a dip (hummus, guacamole, salad dressing, etc.). You can even buy single-serving packs at a grocery store if you’re short on time.
- Find good quality protein bars or make your own before heading out.
- Good quality granola (check for added sugar or make your own).
- Savory snacks like roasted chickpeas or edamame.
- High-quality protein powder to make your own smoothies (I collagen peptides or Nuzest pea protein). Be sure to also pack a mini blender, like a Magic Bullet, if needed.
- And don’t forget your drinks. Bring some water with you. Or if you’re flying, bring reusable water bottles to refill at the airport once you check in. Choose water on the plane to stay hydrated.
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/app that searches for gluten-free restaurants around the world.
- Happy Cow – an app available worldwide with a small one-time fee. Find vegan and vegetarian restaurants and health food stores wherever you are.
- Food Tripping – Designed for road trips, this app helps you find alternatives to fast food (only in the USA).
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!
Wishing you safe and happy travels!