Summer, summer, summer time.
Also known as vacation time.
I just got back from my trip to Portland for the World Domination Summit, and I was reminded of how hard it can be to eat healthy when traveling.
Since I’m often asked these questions,
“What do I eat when I go on a trip? How can I avoid gaining weight and needing a vacation from my vacation?”
…I’ve decided to put together a simple guide to eating while you’re on a vacay.
It’s all about having fun, but here are a few tips to keep things on the healthy side:
1. Bring your own snacks.
- apples or celery with nut or seed butter (tahini, almond, sunflower are a few choices)
- bite-sized packs of raw nuts
- veggies all-ready prepped (cucumbers, celery, peppers, carrots) with dips (try guacamole, salsa, hummus)
- trail mix (check ingredients; Trader Joe’s has a pretty good mix)
- Lara or Vega bars (If you want to try another bar, check ingredients. I dig these two brands and think they are the best bet).
2. Avoid fast food and instead eat the best quality while you dine out. Use Happy Cow or Good Food Near You apps to research healthy places to eat before your trip. That way you don’t have to stress about where to go and then end up at some all-you-can-eat buffet. Totally not a fan of those places.
3. If you are flying, try to eat a healthy meal before you arrive at the airport. You’ll be less likely to munch on high-calorie snacks just because they’re around or you’re bored waiting for your flight. Look for salads, fresh fruit, and vegetable based soups for some go-to items if you get stuck. On my recent trip, I saw bananas at a coffee place so I grabbed one for a quick snack.
4. If you splurge and eat a rich meal, try to balance it out with a healthy, lighter meal. For example, you can eat a light breakfast and lunch to counter a heavy dinner. Try to eat more of a veggie meal after over doing it. As far as dessert goes, don’t make it a daily habit. And when you do, split it with someone else.
5. If you are able to pack a cooler for a road trip, hot dog! Buy lots of fresh fruit, chopped veggies, any nut butter, water and even your fresh-pressed juices (store in mason jars)… and have them with you so you’re not tempted to visit the truck stop (although, some of those places have that great comfort food!).
6. Eat every 2-3 hours. Being famished at mealtime may hinder your ability to make healthy choices and trigger overeating. This will also keep you fueled for all the fun you are having.
*Bonus: Let go. Really. Totally cool.
Now it’s your turn. What is your healthy travel tip?