It is not easy to eat healthy while you are traveling.
It is exhausting and often predictable. You don’t always know where you are going to be or what kinds of food are going to be available. It’s easy to reach for the quick and convenient options, which often also happen to be less healthy. Where are you headed? Here are some tips to help you eat as well as you can while you’re on your way.
Portable snacks to pack
It’s always a good idea to have snacks, especially if you are driving, walking or hiking. If you don’t know for sure where are you going to be when, meaning you don’t know if you will always be close to somewhere you can stop, having something you can grab and munch on to hold you over is a worthwhile investment.
Pack items like granola bars, nuts and/or seeds, trail mix, dry cereal or even individual peanut butter containers and pretzels. The healthier side of non-perishable snacking is enough to get you through a hunger wave until your next meal.
The key to healthy airport dining is to look up which restaurants are inside, and their menus, before you leave. Sometimes we have early flights and end up choosing less healthy breakfast options because we’re tired and want something quick, or we feel rushed and order the first thing that comes to mind. Having a plan will at least help keep your mind on healthier food.
Packing healthy snacks can also work in this travel scenario as well. Pack snacks that won’t easily get crushed or spill inside your carry-on bag. You can also pick up healthy snacks from the shops around the airport to eat on the plane, if you don’t want to do so beforehand.
Depending on where you’re going, a convenience store might be your only option for snacks when you are traveling from place to place. This isn’t as bad as you might think it is. While shelves are often filled with chips, candy and other high-calorie snack foods, there are healthier options as well. You just have to know what to look for.
Most convenience stores offer cheap, high-protein snacks like hard-cooked eggs, trail mix and nuts. They also carry produce, such as apples and bananas, which are fairly easy to transport as long as you eat them fairly soon after purchasing them. Veggies like carrots and celery are great to dip in single-serving hummus containers, which you will also likely find in stock.
You’re going to run into buffet-style dining here, and that can be intimidating. And if it isn’t intimidating to you, you are probably going to end up eating much more than you need to. There’s nothing wrong with indulging while traveling, but be smart about your choices.
Before you grab a plate, look around and see what’s there for the devouring. Have in mind what you want before you start piling everything on in one go, or at least a general idea of what you are in the mood for and what you aren’t. Also remember that you can go back for seconds: you don’t need to grab it all on the first go.
Safe – and healthy – travels!
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