25 Travel Nutrition Tips to Help You Eat Healthy While Traveling

Whether you’re heading out on a business trip or taking a vacation, being away from home and routine can throw many of us off our nutrition game. A long flight or car trip can mean being stuck in your seat for hours on end but that doesn’t mean letting boredom give in to temptation. Believe it or not, many of the unhealthy cravings we experience on the road can be satisfied with a refreshing drink of pure water. Besides, staying hydrated, water helps you eat less by staying full and energized.

With so many fast food chains and large food portions served in restaurants, being too casual and having a mindset of, “I can eat whatever I want”, can actually wind up working against you, leaving you bloated, irritable and tired. Therefore, the phrase “If you don’t have your health, you’ve got nothing”, rings true.

Make eating healthy while on vacation a goal by sticking to a normal eating routine as much as possible. When you go for long periods of time without eating, you’re far more likely to pick up something unhealthy. Live by the golden rule of eating something every 2-3 hours. It doesn’t have to be much, just a handful of nuts or a small tub of unsweetened non-dairy yogurt to keep your hunger at bay.

Being prepared is your first step. You can still indulge in a nutritious diet while on the go. Here are 25 nutrition tips to help you eat healthy while traveling so you can plan accordingly and stay happy, healthy and energized while you’re on the road.

In The Car

By the time you’ve hit the road everyone in the car has a ravenous appetite. The last thing you want is to have an endless supply of junk food. Instead, pack a few snacks and easy meals. To keep things fresh, bring some airtight containers and a cooler along. Here are some foods to eat while traveling in a car:

  • Unsweetened non-dairy yogurt
  • Home-made hummus with baby carrots
  • Gluten-free vegan sandwiches
  • Quinoa black bean salad
  • Celery stuffed with almond butter

On The Plane

While most airlines don’t provide healthy food choices, you can still plan ahead so that you can stay on track with your healthy eating goals. Instead of spending money on fast food at the airport or junk food on board, you can save time and money by being prepared. Traveling with some protein sources and a full litre of water can help prevent dehydration and fatigue, as well as excessive hunger and overeating later. Consider these healthy options next time you travel so when the flight attendant comes around passing out bags of pretzels, you’ll be able to reach for a healthy snack alternative.

  • Rice cakes with almond butter
  • Home-made hummus
  • Homemade trail mix (raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts)
  • Larabar’s
  • Whole fruit

At The Hotel

Find out ahead of time if there is a supermarket nearby. The good news is there is supermarkets pretty much everywhere. Ask hotel staff for recommendations. You can also request a refrigerator or microwave in your room to keep anything that you’ve purchased from going bad. Stock your hotel refrigerator so you have snacks on hand if you get the late-night munchies.

  • Non-dairy milk
  • Pre-cut veggies (carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, celery)
  • Gluten-free bread
  • Nut butter
  • Brown paper bags and popcorn kernels to pop in the microwave

By The Shore

When you need energy for a long hike, a long drive, or a day at the beach, stick with high-quality plant-based protein. It’s important to eat balanced meals throughout the day and to include a plant-based protein, such as tempeh, nuts or legumes and add some veggies to your plate. Be sure to include some of these healthy foods choices:

  • Collard Green wraps
  • Brown rice salad
  • Rice cakes with avocado
  • Homemade vegan sushi
  • Homemade energy bars

Dining

Depending on your accommodation, having access to a kitchen at an Airbnb as well as other vacation rental services, can set you up with all the amenities of home and are usually the least expensive option compared to a hotel. This means you can buy and cook your own food, which can save you money on a trip. Or search out healthy restaurant options close to the hotel you will be staying in. Here are some smart healthy choices:

  • Steamed vegetables
  • Brown rice
  • Legumes
  • Tempeh
  • Quinoa salad

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7 Ingredients to Avoid When Choosing Your Protein Bars

Protein bars are a perfect snack for people who simply don’t have the time to sit down for a complete meal and who are looking for a quick, nourishing and convenient snack on the go. But how healthy are these protein bars? Have you ever stopped to wonder what’s actually in them?

While the very mention of a protein bar can conjure up an image of perfect health in one’s mind, it is extremely important to choose your protein bars very carefully, since they can truly make or break your health. Many protein bars vary from being healthy and nutritious to being completely loaded with harmful ingredients such as: hydrogenated oils, sugars, chemicals, additives and fillers, as well as preservatives. If you’ve ever wondered do protein bars make you put on weight? In truth, the answer is yes. These harmful ingredients can actually lead to stomach problems and weight gain.

Perhaps you’ve even asked yourself, are protein bars good to eat for breakfast? While starting your day with a delicious high protein breakfast does keep you satisfied all day, it’s important to opt for whole foods over protein bars. However, by choosing high protein bars made with real ingredients, most will range anywhere from 3 – 20 grams of protein per serve but you’ll want to pay attention to good sources of fat, carbs and fiber. The amount of protein you need depends on your needs and your activity levels. A bar with 6 grams of protein would be ideal.

What To Look For

Before you buy another protein bar, you’ll need to educate yourself on the seven most common unhealthy protein bar ingredients, along with what makes them the worst protein bars and why you should avoid them.

Soy Protein Isolate (SPI)

While all soy is not created equally, soy protein isolate is processed as unhealthy soy. The process of “isolating” the soy protein can leave behind traces of the neurotoxins hexane and aluminium and even cause digestive issues due to higher concentrations of trypsin inhibitors that could block the digestion of plant protein. If it isn’t organic, you can count on it containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Look for soy free protein bars.

Carrageenan

A seaweed derivative that’s used as an emulsifier in many products, carrageenan is often found in protein bars. It has been known to cause intestinal irritation in many people. Always check the label for this ingredient if you suspect that it’s a problem for you.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

Made by adding enzymes to corn syrup to convert its glucose into fructose, HFCS is a chemically made sweetener that studies have linked to weight gain, increased abdominal fat and insulin resistance thanks to the high fructose content. Choose low sugar protein bars.

Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil

Palm kernel oil is a cheap and unhealthy fat. Unlike plain palm oil, palm kernel oil can’t be obtained organically. Instead the oil must be extracted from the pit with gasoline-like hydrocarbon solvent. The fractionated form is the most processed.

Sugar Alcohols

This includes ingredients like Maltitol Syrup, Xylitol, Sorbitol, Lactitol, Mannitol and Erythritol. Sugar alcohols are included in bars for sweetness, especially in low carb protein bars. Sugar alcohol doesn’t impact blood sugar as much as regular sugar because they’re not well absorbed in the digestive tract.

Artificial Sweeteners

One of the most harmful ingredients commonly found in protein bars is artificial sweeteners, which can lead to severe insulin imbalances in the body and which, in turn, can lead to blood-sugar spikes that will increase cravings for sweet foods. Some research even suggests that these artificial compounds may hinder your body’s natural ability to produce a hormone responsible for controlling the feeling of satiety and blood-sugar levels – a hormone called GLP-1 – which makes you feel even hungrier after consuming the protein bar, instead of satisfied. Artificial sweeteners not only make you overeat, but they can also increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Inulin                                                                                                                      

A type of soluble fiber found in asparagus, onions and artichokes, works as a prebiotic to promote digestion and good gut bacteria. However, the inulin found in most protein bars is extracted from chicory root to raise the fiber count. When consumed in large amounts, it can actually do the opposite to promote healthy digestion leading to an upset stomach, diarrhoea, gas, bloating or constipation.

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Healthy Vegan Travel Snacks For The Plane

When it comes to travel and healthy food options, often the two don’t go hand-in-hand, especially given the limited choices available in an airport that are either overpriced or loaded with sugar, fat and calories. And let’s not forget the unhealthy food choices on the actual flight itself.

The best way to avoid sabotaging your diet is to save time and money by bringing your own healthy travel snacks for the plane and airport. You can do this by planning ahead of time without spending hours in the kitchen the night before. Preparing easy snacks takes about an hour, which means, you can do this on the same morning that you’re leaving.

Packing your own healthy travel snacks will also help you resist the temptation and help you stay on track with your diet. They key is to focus on protein snacks that will help you stay energized and keep those hunger pangs at bay.

Protein is an essential macronutrient that supports several structures in your body and many people rely on protein supplements to get their recommended daily amount. It is also an essential nutrient needed for muscle growth and repair.

Grains, nuts, seeds and legumes are quality sources of protein to include in a healthy diet. Sunflower seeds provide 6 g of the macronutrient in a just quarter-cup serving (or a small child’s handful). Combine seeds with nuts and dried fruit in a trail mix for snacking. Almonds and cashews provide a healthy source of protein with approximately 8 g and 5 g per a quarter-cup serving.

Healthy Vegan Snacks For The Plane

  • Fresh fruit (Apples, bananas, grapes, cherries, berries)
  • Cut up veggies (Broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, snap peas, celery sticks)
  • Nuts
  • Rice cakes (plain)
  • Seeds (pumpkin, sunflower etc.)
  • Dry quinoa flakes in a cup (add hot water in-flight)
  • Trail Mix
  • Nut butter packets
  • Unsweetened non-dairy yogurt
  • Home-made hummus or guacamole
  • Almond butter stuffed dates
  • Air-popped popcorn (plain)

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Vegan Ice-Cream Recipes by Personal Chef to Serena Williams

My friend, Dorit, author of Celebrating Our Raw Nature 1 & 2, and former personal chef to Serena Williams, has given me two vegan ice-cream recipes from her upcoming book, Recipes For A Serene Life to share exclusively with all of you. 

Creamy Carob Ice-Cream 

Recipe by Dorit

13.5 oz / 380 g can (with all the fat)  coconut milk

4.5 oz / 127 g avocado (about 1 medium avocado), peeled and pithed

1/2 cup unsweetened carob powder

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup coconut  water

Dash of Nutmeg

Dash of Cardamon ( optional)

-Add the avocado and coconut milk to a food processor or VERY high speed blender and pulse together.

-Add the remaining ingredients and blend in for about 2 minutes until smooth and mixed in.

-Place in a BPA-free, freezer-safe container . Place in the freezer and allow to freeze for 1 hour.

-Remove from freezer & whisk slightly every 20 minutes (to avoid it getting too icy_ for 3-4 hours. It should be getting thicker after each whisking, until it is  firm enough to scoop.

To serve 
 Serve immediately or return it to the freezer.

-If you return the mixture to the freezer, it’s important that you thaw this  for 5-10 minutes prior to serving  and use  an ice cream scoop to serve  it.

Simple & Clean Plant Based Ice-Cream 

Recipe by Dorit

1 14- ounce can full-fat coconut milk refrigerated overnight

2 very ripe avocados halved, pithed and peeled

1 very  ripe banana

3 tablespoon maple syrup

2 tablespoon lemon juice

4-5 large mint leaves
Pistachio nuts (optional)

-Chill a glass loaf sized dish in the refrigerator for at about ½ hour.(the amount of time depends on your refrigerator)

-In a VERY high-speed blender, add the peeled and pitted avocado’s. Add coconut milk, then the banana, maple syrup, lemon juice and mint leaves. Blend until smooth and creamy.

-Pour the mixture into the chilled glass container and make sure the mixture is smooth & evenly  distributed. Cover & freeze this mixture overnight or for most of the day.

To serve, remove from the freezer  around  10-15 minutes before serving & sprinkle some raw pistachio nuts on top.

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