While traveling to your favorite places, you pack an outfit for hiking and another for the beach, and yet another one for a nice dinner by the sea—so why not pack some healthy food you can eat during those different activities and outings? Even the most experienced travelers can fall off their nutrition plans they have been scrupulously sticking to, because being away from home and your daily routine makes you more vulnerable to temptation.
There are healthy snack options you can buy from any store and consume right away, and there are options you can prepare back home before you travel. For that, you can always turn to online recipes. Meg, the healthy-eating genius behind Simple Green Moms, swears by the importance of experimenting with new and simple recipes. There are hundreds of easy ways out there to prepare healthy food for you and your family, and ideas on how to eat clean on a budget.
To continue eating healthy on vacation, try to stick to your daily routines. Eat every 2-3 hours; this will minimize your risk of grabbing any food you can get your hands on, which will most probably be an unhealthy option. That being said, always being prepared for any situation is the only way to eat healthy on the go.
In this article, we’ve gathered some clean and nutritious recipes, in addition to some tips and tricks to help you on your next trip.
On a Road Trip
After everyone is all set in the car, listening to their favorite music, you and your family or friends will soon get hungry. All you can find on the way is fast food and gas station treats. That’s why you’d better get your ice box or food bag ready, and fill it up with these healthy snacks that are easy to eat and share in the car, for the best road trips to come.
Popcorn: Light popcorn with a pinch of salt is a healthy whole-grain snack that will satisfy your hunger. As long as you keep it in an airtight pack, it can stay fresh on your way to your destination.
String cheese and apples: You are never too old to eat some string cheese, especially when you know its health benefits. Pair it with some apple slices and you will get a fully nutritious meal of healthy fats, protein and complex carbs.
Hummus with celery and carrot sticks: A protein-packed dip and some veggies stored in a Tupperware is a nutritious and easy-to-eat snack for kids and adults alike.
Raw nuts and dried fruits: What can be easier to nibble on than a bag full of your favorite raw nuts and dried fruits? Because most fruits can go bad on a long road trip, you can dry your favorite fruit at home and pack it for everyone to share and enjoy.
Energy balls: You can get creative with your favorite protein supplement; add to it some nut butter, dark cocoa powder, dried fruits, diced nuts and rolled oats, roll them in a ball, and you will have a super healthy, energy-packed snack.
On the Plane
Most airlines won’t cater to your healthy eating goals, and almost everything you can buy from the airport will be expensive with zero health benefits. Whether you are on a business trip or a vacation, your homemade protein-rich snacks and a bottle of water for your flight will satisfy your hunger, and protect you from fatigue and dehydration.
Protein bars: The best grab-and-go snack out there, a protein bar is filled with protein to keep hunger at bay. Just be sure to read the labels and try to choose an option with less added sugar.
Rice cakes with nut butter: Rice cakes are gluten-free, so most healthy eaters consume it as a substitute for bread, because they are lower in calories and usually made of a single ingredient: brown rice. You can dip them in some peanut butter or hummus, and you have a good, full meal.
Homemade snack mix: Fill up your bag with all the snacks you like: raisins, dried fruit, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and walnuts. You can enjoy them anywhere, and kill time munching on them when you get frustrated.
Whole fruit: Bringing with you an apple, a banana or some delicious apricots on a plane is another smart way of preparing your own snacks for a flight.
At the Hotel
On your way to the hotel, scan the streets for a nearby grocery store. You most likely will spot one, and if you don’t, you can always ask the hotel staff for recommendations. Now pack your minibar with all the healthy options you can eat on the go and in your room. Any snack ideas listed above can be applied here; they will come in handy during any activity on your trip.
Oats and milk: A nice option for a quick breakfast or an after-dinner snack. You can also get some whole-grain cereal, especially if you have children; it will be a life-saver in the morning for hungry kids.
Flavored or sparkling water: A good substitute for soda, and whenever you want to drink something refreshing during your day.
Fruit: Pick your favorite fruits that you can take with you while wandering the streets.
More popcorn: Buy come microwave popcorn bags. They’re one of the fastest snacks to prepare
Ready-made hummus: An excellent source of protein and fibers, you can dip almost anything in this.
Yogurt: A great snack that is rich in protein, calcium, vitamins and probiotics. Just try to opt for the natural, unflavored kinds.
Sandwiches: A peanut butter or turkey sandwich can always satisfy your hunger. Try to go for some whole-wheat bread, and multiply the health benefits.
Healthy snacks will keep you full until your next meal, but never skip meals for snacks. A good, healthy meal should satisfy your hunger for at least 3 hours. If you are traveling to explore a new city or maybe to visit family, try to go guilt-free when you try a new food or a famous dessert. As long as you do your best to stay on track most of the time, you should be allowed to enjoy your trip!