As I set off to Los Angeles one more time before it is actually permanent, I thought I’d share some of my tips for eating healthy while traveling. Over the past couple of years, I feel I have gotten quite good at planning this since I’ve been traveling so much. I don’t mind traveling, but I definitely could not do it every week or every couple weeks as some people do for their jobs; it’s exhausting, and I hate just sitting in an airport or a car for hours on end. It can really be difficult not being able to go about your usual routine or be as active as you normally would be at home. You can still try your best to stay active, but one thing you can control while traveling is your eating and how you prepare for it.
Whether you’re traveling in a car or by plane, you always want to be ready with easy, healthy, yet portable snacks. Now please don’t give me that, “I don’t have time” excuse. 🙂 Everyone always has time for preparing meals or snacks, it is just a matter of setting aside that time. So all of you out there who say you don’t have time to eat breakfast, yes you do! I always get on friends and family for this! I have the same thing every morning so it is pretty easy for me, but even waking up 10 minutes earlier can be the difference. If you don’t want to wake up 10 minutes earlier, then think about it the night before and set it out, so you can take it on the go. This could be something as simple as a banana, a piece of bread with a little container of almond butter or peanut butter, eggs scrambled the night before and heated up quickly before you go etc. Please don’t skip breakfast, it will continue to slow your metabolism as time goes on, and no one wants that! Anyway back to some healthy snacks for traveling. (I always tend to stray away from the real point of the post I’ve noticed haha.) Below you’ll find some of my favorite on the go snacks and things I like to bring with me. They are in no way a meal, but they will definitely tide you over until you can have something more substantial. I’m probably munching on one of them up in the plane right now as you read this! 🙂 These are just some small tips to help keep you on track, that I hope you find helpful. Obviously we all occasionally go out to eat or have an indulgence or two while away from home (I don’t see how you can be human and not!), but if you start out your day right or have healthy snacks to curve cravings it can truly help!
#1- Blue Diamond Low Sodium 100 calorie packs. Easy to pack into a purse, murse, carry on bag, even pocket, and getting some protein and healthy fats in.
#2- Justin’s Almond Butter. Once again easy to pack and can smear on apple slices or a banana. Comes in different flavors like honey, or they make peanut butter too.
#3- Bananas- Good old bananas. A perfect fruit for on the go and traveling as well. Pair with some almond butter, peanut butter or eat alone. You’ll want this potassium so your legs don’t cramp while sitting! 🙂
#4- Grapes- My mom has been putting grapes in ziploc bags for my brother and I since I can remember, and since I’ve been out of the house, what do you know, I do it too. I normally put 20 in a bag, and keep them handy for a mid-morning or afternoon snack.
#5- Simply Popcorn 80 calorie bags- Until I found these, I was never a huge popcorn person. I’d try different brands, not like it, or look at the ingredients and run away. These only have 3 ingredients (popcorn, sunflower oil and sea salt), and the sodium is not too horrendous at 65mg a bag. I love this popcorn, and it definitely fills me up while traveling.
#6- Oats- Whenever I travel I always bring my oats. I eat oatmeal every morning for breakfast, so I like to bring it along knowing I can start my day out like I normally do. I also bring along some cinnamon and chia seeds to mix in it. I usually add berries to my oatmeal, but if I can’t buy berries or don’t have a fridge to keep them in, I’ll just stick with the oatmeal. If you’re an oatmeal person, this is very easy to do!