How to Eat Healthy While Travelling

Travelling soon? Perhaps a long-awaited holiday abroad or staycation? Business trip? Something completely different?

No matter where you’re going, it’s a good idea to plan ahead. Here I am going to give you a few quick and healthy food ideas, to help you stay on track so you can plan what to take and focus on finding real food. While these tips can all be used at home, this is extra-important when you’re travelling. Travelling can throw your regular healthy habits off when you’re skipping time zones or even just being in a different place.

I know that planning and preparation are key to my clients’ success, especially when not at home, here they can feel they have less control over the type of food available. Let me give you me great strategies that can help you do this while you’re “on the road.”

If you’re staying away self-catering can be a great option for still being able to cook and eat as you want. If you are in a hotel many of them will have mini bars in the room, which you can use to store some of your healthy snacks and groceries while you’re there.

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BRINGING YOUR OWN HEALTHY SNACKS

This is important because not only will it keep you from becoming a “hangry junk-seeker,” but it can also hold you off until you’re able to stop at a proper grocery store for actual real food!

Here are a few of my favourite on-the-go snacks to have on hand in your bag and/or cooler:

●     If you’re going to have a cooler, or eat within a couple of hours, try fresh fruit.

●     Unsalted nuts and seeds (I love walnuts and pumpkin seeds myself).

●     Dried or even freeze-dried fruit.

●     Homemade energy bars.

●     Nakd bars, Beond bars or Pulsin bars, (please check packaging to ensure they’re vegan)

●     Sliced veggies (carrots, celery, cucumber, etc.) with a dip (hummus, guacamole, salad dressing, etc.). It is possible to buy vegan guacamole or you could always make your own.

●     Good quality granola cereal (look out for those with no added sugar)

●     Savoury snacks like roasted chickpeas.

●     High-quality protein powder to make your own smoothies (I like hemp powder). Be sure to also pack a mini blender, like a Nutribullet, if needed.

●     And don’t forget your drinks. Bring some water with you. Or if you’re flying, choose water in the airport and on the plane.

 

HOW TO FIND HEALTHY 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.

●     HappyCow app and website – lists vegan friendly restaurants, cafes and shops throughout the world

●     TripAdvisor – app and website – all types of restaurants are listed but you can filter by those with vegan options

 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Travelling often comes with unnecessary junk food that can derail 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!

 

USEFUL LINKS

https://www.happycow.net/

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/

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