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Healthy Eating While Traveling

A Food Fun Travel Guest Post

Eating healthy while traveling can be challenging. Long days on transportation and the thrill of travel may lead to fatigue and unhealthy food choices that lead to hunger pangs and unhealthy snacking options.

There are a few smart strategies that can make staying on track with your diet goals while traveling easier. Try these:

1. Pack Healthy Snacks

Your temptation may be to indulge in that Snickers bar from the in-flight magazine or pick up unhealthy snacks at an airport news-stand; however, these options often contain preservatives that leave you feeling bloated and sick during travels. Instead, pack healthy travel snacks that offer both indulgence and nutrition during a journey – providing both calories and a boost of energy during a trip!

Nuts provide a nutritious mix of proteins, fats, and other vital vitamins and minerals that can help keep you satisfied for hours on end. Try packing an assortment of nuts like almonds, peanuts, pistachios and groundnuts in an airtight jar as a satisfying meal option! You do not need to use your home appliances to cook your travel snacks. They do not last as much as you might think anyway, as you can see here:

Carrots make an easy, nutritious snack option that’s great for long road trips or flights. When combined with string cheese or turkey jerky, carrots will keep cravings at bay while helping stabilize blood sugar levels.

2. Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Make the most of your travel nutrition goals by planning ahead. Packing convenient, healthy foods and snacks like pre-cooked hard-boiled eggs, nuts (watch for their high calorie count!), yogurt tubes, beef jerky or smoothie kits will help ensure success on your journey.

Breakfast is one of the most essential meals when traveling, and eggs make for an excellent breakfast choice in hotels with an omelet station – whether scrambled, sunny side up fried or poached! Yogurt also makes an excellent choice, whether plain or fruit flavored yogurt is your preference.

At all-you-can-eat buffets, try limiting how much meat and cheese you consume, while at sit-down restaurants try ordering dishes high in fruits, veggies and whole grains. Portion size should also be taken into account: ask for half of an entree or split it with someone travelling with you if necessary to help prevent overindulgence while still enjoying vacation food!

3. Eat a Healthy Lunch

Though it’s tempting to indulge in indulgent desserts and drinks from time to time, staying on track with your healthy diet shouldn’t be impossible when traveling. Nutrition experts agree that you can eat healthily no matter where your travels take you.

For optimal travel nutrition, Hnatiuk recommends packing lunch or snacks from home before leaving. “Doing this will allow for greater control over ingredients and portions sizes,” according to him.

Consider packing an insulated bag, designed to store frozen gel packs or water and ice, on your trip in order to keep food cold on the road.

Other quick, healthy lunch options while traveling include an egg (for lean protein), string cheese (7g of protein per stick) or hummus with whole grain pita bread and vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers and feta cheese – try to aim for 300-400 cals total per lunch meal.

4. Eat a Healthy Dinner

Although traveling can make it tempting to neglect healthy eating habits, healthy eating doesn’t need to be neglected altogether. With just a bit of planning and an open mind, nutrient-rich foods that keep you energized and healthy are still easily accessible while traveling.

At casual restaurants, Kerkenbush advises choosing items prepared via grilling, steaming, broiling or baking over deep frying. Also stick to smaller portions and start your meal off right by choosing either salad or broth-based soup as an appetizer.

Also, drink plenty of water; it will hydrate, help curb junk-food cravings, and prevent fluid retention that causes that bloated feeling.

If your accommodation features a kitchen or mini-fridge, be sure to stock it with nutritious items such as fruits, veggies, yogurt tubes, beef jerky and smoothie kits – both will save money while helping avoid unhealthy fast food options on the road.