Updated: Apr 9, 2020
Traveling soon? Perhaps a long-awaited vacation? Business trip? Or like me, travel may just be a fundamental requirement for your career. As a Holistic Nutritionist AND Flight Attendant, I understand the challenge of making healthy choices on-the-go.
We all know the importance of nutrition and how our food choices matter to our health. But traveling can throw you off your regular healthy habits- especially when you’re skipping time zones or unsure what type of access you'll have to helpful resources like a refrigerator. No matter where you’re going, you’re probably going to appreciate some quick and easy healthy food ideas.
So here are some great strategies that can help you do this while you’re “on the road.”
Pro Tip: When booking your hotel room, ask if you can have one with a mini-fridge. This will help you store some of your healthy snacks and groceries while you’re there.
BRING YOUR OWN SNACKS
This is important! Aside from the fact that airport snacks are SUPER expensive, it can be a challenge to find healthy options. And don't even get me started on the snacks served on the plane! Not to mention, with a full day of travel and then navigating to your hotel, you will appreciate the healthy snacks you packed to hold you off until you’re able to stop at a proper grocery store or local restaurant.
Here are a bunch of my favorite on-the-go snacks to have on hand in your bag:
If you’re going to have a cooler or eat them within a couple of hours, try fresh fruit or boiled eggs (don’t forget solid ice packs).
Unsalted nuts and seeds (I love walnuts and pumpkin seeds myself).
Dried or even freeze-dried fruit.
Sliced veggies (carrots, celery, cucumber, broccoli, etc.) with a dip (hummus, guacamole, salad dressing, etc.). You can even buy single-serving packs at Costco.
Good quality granola cereal (I love Purely Elizabeth varieties)
Savory snacks like roasted chickpeas.
High-quality protein powder to make your own smoothies (I like Truvani). Consider packing a mini blender, like a Magic Bullet, if needed.
And don’t forget hydration! Bring a reusable water bottle and fill it up at the airport. They now have many water fill stations. Bonus benefit: you are doing your part to reduce plastic pollution from single-use plastic water bottles.
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FIND NUTRITIOUS FOOD AT YOUR DESTINATION
Of course, you can always Google your destination and search for grocery stores or healthy restaurants. But there are a couple of websites and apps that may be helpful for you.
FindMeGlutenFree - An and website that searches for gluten-free restaurants around the US.
Food Tripping - Originally designed for road trips, this app helps you find juice joints, vegan and vegetarian options, as well as local farmers' markets.
In addition, I have created this amazing guide to creating a healthy meal, no matter where you find yourself dining out! Grab it [HERE]
Travelling often comes with less nutritious choices that aren't consistent with your healthy lifestyle. Planning ahead and being prepared can be simple, and help keep your health goals on track even when you’re out and about!
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Katie Valley is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Registered Health & Nutrition Practitioner™ . She loves to share all things wellness in her Monthly Newsletter, on Facebook and Instagram. Katie works one on one with clients seeking to make changes to their lifestyle using a Holistic Approach to optimal Health.
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