Oftentimes when traveling, meals become a matter of convenience. You find yourself in search of a quick bite to eat during layovers or stopping at the nearest McDonald’s while you’re on the road, just to stave off your hunger until you have a chance to eat a proper meal. At least that’s what you’re telling yourself. But a word to the wise: don’t sacrifice health and nutrition for convenience or for the sake of “making good time.” You need to take care of your body and keep it healthy so that you can enjoy your adventures! Here are some of my tips to help you eat healthily during your travels, even on a time crunch.
Planning is everything
Coming from the girl who is the worst planner known to man, I can see how you might just roll your eyes and move on, but even I have been known to make a plan or two when food is involved. Think ahead and plan your travel itinerary so that you can then do your body a favor and feed it delicious and nutritious foods, without inconveniencing your travels and adventures. (Note: your plans need not be insanely precise, just a general “this is what I want to do/where I want to go today”) By forming a general itinerary, you can have an idea of where you will be throughout the day so you can scope out restaurants and markets where you can find a healthy meal.
Be a mom
And by that I mean, don’t be afraid to be over-prepared for every situation, and travel with a hefty supply of healthy snacks. It is 12,000% acceptable to pack healthy snacks (or even entire meals, depending on how and where you are traveling) and is highly recommended by yours truly. Packing snacks is a great way to ensure that you will be eating some healthy food on your adventure. Not to mention snacks keep you happy between meals because we all know traveling has the impeccable ability to build up a raging hunger. Snacks keep the hungry beast at bay. It’s also worth noting that you can save money by packing snacks or meals, rather than purchasing them on the go. Find some great healthy snacks here.
Traveling uses up a lot of your body’s energy, leaving you tired and perhaps a little grumpy. Which no one wants when they are trying to have fun. Be conscious of the food that you are choosing to fuel your body. Don’t choose a cup of coffee (or heaven-forbid an energy drink–just don’t, not ever) over protein-rich foods such as nuts or beans, to give you a boost of energy. Proteins are a healthier, more fulfilling way to give your body the energy it needs to keep on keeping on. They provide a healthy source of energy that works more efficiently and has longer lasting effects than caffeine. Check out some great protein-rich foods here.
Be kind to your body when you are traveling and give it the healthy foods that it needs to ensure that you are in top shape to enjoy your adventures to the absolute fullest!
And check out these resources to help you achieve healthy travel: