Check out these tips from Claire on how to eat healthy while traveling to your destination and at your destination.
Some people travel for a monthly business meeting, while others unwind and travel for leisure. Regardless of the situation, many get sick or gain a considerable amount of weight because they don’t know how to eat healthy while traveling.
Traveling is an enjoyable activity, but it lets a person forget his wellness goals at some point. You should not stop practicing your healthy eating habits when you’re on a vacation or business trip. When traveling, one easily gives into food temptations. It’s okay to indulge here and there, but probably not for the whole duration of the trip. Here are some tips on eating healthy during trips:
Healthy Food to Bring on Your Next Travel
Though eating is one way to have fun while traveling, you should not sacrifice your health and diet. So, don’t forget to include these food items in your checklist the next time you travel:
- Dried Fruits and Nut Mixes
Mix your favorite fruits with nuts and make a snack bag. You may try a mix of pistachios, dried cranberries, almonds, and raisins. Add a fiber-rich cereal for a crunchier and healthier snack. You can also have a nut butter sandwich for snack time.
Fruits are a good source of vitamins and fiber, so you must add them to your food list. Bananas and apples are your best choices on the go, but you’re free to add something else to your list.
- Turkey Sandwich
You can have a delicious, low-sodium turkey breast with mustard on whole-wheat bread. Tip: spread the mustard in between the slices of meat to prevent the bread from getting mushy.
- Veggie Slices
Buy or make your own pre-cut veggie slices or sticks to add to your sandwich, dip in hummus, or eat as is. Carrots, celery, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, and cucumbers are good options.
- Healthy Snack Bars
You can also bring some nutritious snack bars while traveling. Choose those snack bars made from whole, protein-rich, minimally processed ingredients. Check the sugar content of your snack bars (pick only those with less than twelve grams of sugar).
- Protein Powders
For your next trip, think about bringing individual packets of your favourite protein powder. Or divide portions into small plastic bags. Mix the contents with water or your choice of milk. A blender bottle is an effective way to blend without electricity. With protein powder, you’ll feel satisfied for a few hours.
Always Bring Non-Perishable Food While Traveling
Pack food that doesn’t require refrigeration. Add ready-to-eat, non-perishable food items to your list. These will save you from hunger if your travel time takes 14 to 20 hours without stopovers. And even with brakes, you could save some money. You can pack more of the same in your suitcase for your destination.
Smart Choices to Choose When Eating at Restaurants
Let’s say that you want to have your lunch at a famous restaurant in Texas or Milan. The waiter offers you the most popular meal on their menu. This scenario may challenge you and your power to resist food temptations. If you’re not good at fighting temptation, you’re risking your health.
Here’s what you should do. Look at the restaurant’s menu on their website a few days before your scheduled trip. For lunch or dinner, you can choose broiled, steamed, poached, grilled or roasted fish or meat paired with steamed veggies. Feel free to ask the waiter for some dressing accompaniments like cheese, mayonnaise, and sour cream.
Always bring a bottle of water no matter where you go. Keeping hydrated is one of the best things you can do to your health. You can drink liquor, but don’t forget to drink moderately. Drink a can of lite beer or a glass of white or red wine, which actually offers some benefits to your health.
These are the best food choices for a traveler like you. However, don’t forget that this is simply a general guide – don’t hesitate to experiment and try other choices and approaches, as long as your goal is still to eat healthily.
Claire works in marketing team at Brillopak, a premium quality, small footprint robotic packing and Food Packing Machine manufactures in the United Kingdom. In a former life, Claire worked as a content specialist and she loves writing, reading & cooking.