Today I wanted to share some tips on being healthy while on the go. I know a lot of people struggle with this, including myself sometimes. There are definitely some easy tricks that can make a huge difference in your physical and mental health when being away from home. Let’s get to it!
Always pack snacks.
You never want to be out on the road and the only options for food are bags of chips, sugar laden bars, cookies, and basically everything you’d find at a gas station. Making sure you are fueling you body with whole, non-processed foods, will give you all the energy you need during your travels.
Here’s a list of some of my faves:
–Rx bars: These are made with egg whites, nuts, and dates, and that’s it! Loving these lately.
–Larabars and Larabar ALT: These are made with dates and nuts and sometimes other dried fruit depending on the flavor. The ALT variety has more protein and I love them even more than the regular Larabars.
–Justins almond butter packets : These are perfect to eat with an apple or banana for added protein and healthy fats. Or just by themselves 🙂
-Nuts and seeds (raw almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, pumpkin seeds are some of my faves)
-Fresh fruit/veggies that won’t spoil as easily (Apples, Pears, Bananas, Grapes, Oranges, Celery, Carrots)
Checking out the local farmers markets wherever you’re going is a great way to buy fresh, affordable produce, and support local farmers.
Farmer’s markets usually have healthier options too if you want to get lunch or breakfast there. This was a bowl of sautéed kale, carrots, asparagus, polenta, runny egg, avocado, and hot sauce. Much better option to fuel your day than the huge waffles and pancakes that you can sometimes find (although delicious).
Make healthy breakfasts if you have access to a kitchen.
Some of my favorites are, but not limited to: green smoothies, chia pudding with berries, smoothie bowls, oats with nut butter and fruit, and avocado toast with either egg whites or a runny egg.
If you don’t have access to a kitchen, opt for healthier options while dining out. Places usually have an egg white or veggie omelet on the menu, and you can ask for fresh fruit or whole grain/sprouted toast instead of the hash browns or bacon. Plain greek yogurt with fruit is a good option as well.
Get out and sweat!
A lot of gyms provide trial or guest memberships, or you can take advantage of the hotel gyms. Another thing I like to do if I am near the beach is run along the beach..SO peaceful and fun. In home workouts and circuits are good too if you don’t have any equipment.
Sometimes the gyms have a little smoothie bar/café in them. If you don’t have access to a blender, this is a great way to refuel and get your protein and hydration replenished after a good sweat sesh.
Use all that produce from the farmers market to make healthy lunches and dinners.
Sometimes, the simplest food is the best food. Salad with quinoa, tomatoes, any veggies you have on hand, and a quick dressing of lemon juice and olive oil is a great lunch idea, and won’t go bad if you are packing it with you since there’s no meat.
A healthy dinner of marinated chicken with bruschetta and steamed broccoli is a quick, protein packed lunch or dinner.
Stir fry’s are great too! Use up those veggies and serve with brown rice. (This one had steak too which I bought at Costco..great prices for quality meats.)
Drink tons of water. Traveling can dehydrate us especially if we are flying. Fill up a water bottle and keep it with you at all times!
Portion your snacks. Nuts and seeds can get really addicting, really fast, and have a lot of calories. All good fats though! Just watch the intake.
Keep a mini cooler with you if you’re in the car. Pack it with cut-up fruits, veggies, and anything else you might want to keep cold.
Always pack your running shoes. Even if you don’t have time for a gym session or run, walking is always great too, especially if you’re visiting a big city.
I know I didn’t really touch on this, but definitely explore the city you’re going to and talk to locals to find the best places to eat out. A big part of what I love about travel is trying new restaurants and cuisines and going by that 80/20 rule of health and indulging when you need to. Gotta live a little, right?
Hope these healthy travel tips helped!