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)
- 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
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
- Quinoa salad
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