It is summer time – which for most means holidays and travels! Now, being away from home and routine can make healthy eating more challenging but that doesn’t mean that you need to completely give up on your health goals. It is all about balance and a little planning which can go a long way when it comes to eating healthy while traveling.
1. Pack Snacks
You can easily take a variety of items with you depending on the length of your trip and how much room you have to pack food. You can have snacks packed easily in the car, suitcase or in carry-on luggage.
Some healthy snacks include:
Nut butters: single serve packets or simply scoop a few spoonfuls into a small container
Veggie sticks: carrots, snap peas, cucumber, celery
Nuts and seeds
Hard boiled eggs
Popcorn: pre made at home
Pre-cooked roasted sweet potatoes
2. Hydrate well
Staying hydrated is also incredibly important for healthy travel, especially when flying. Air travel can contribute to dehydration so staying hydrated before, during and after a flight is important to avoid air travel related nausea, fatigue and headaches. You can add refreshing lemon, lime, orange or other fruits to flavour water and make it more appealing to drink.
During your travels, carry a water bottle, ask hotel housekeeping for extra bottled water, or buy water to keep in your room so that it is always available.
3. Don’t Skip Breakfast
You should always try to have breakfast before you start a day on the road, whether you are travelling by plane, train, boat, or car. That way, you won't have to resort to whatever breakfast foods the airport or train station is selling – which may might not appeal to you or not be that satisfying! Plus, a nutritious breakfast will keep you energised and full, which will ensure you're ready to take on the day's travels.
4. Research your hotel area
Check the surrounding grocery stores and markets around your hotel. This will make it easier to make a stop or two throughout your trip. You can grab simple things like bottled water, or even perishable items like fruit or veggies and humous/nut butters.
5. Research restaurants
It really makes all of the difference when you research restaurants whilst travelling. A little work goes a long way! Save the options on your phone, that way when you maybe get overwhelmed by the stress of traveling, you'll already have these places sorted, so you won't have to overthink!
6. Don’t Worry About Perfection
Travelling gets hectic and the most ideal food might not be readily accessible. Plan as much as you can, but don’t beat yourself up if you’re in a situation where all you have available is less than ideal. Look at the options available as good – better – best rather than good and bad, what is the best choice you can make with what’s at hand?
Bottom line: The most important thing you can do throughout your travels is to not stress about food imperfection. Enjoy yourself and the opportunity you have been given to travel and remember you can enjoy all sorts of food in moderation and within balance!