Healthy Travel Eats
Recently I went on a Summer Road Trip. Traveling can be a disaster for those who are trying to stay on track with healthy eating, unless you are well prepared! I definitely ran into my fair share of gas stations, less than stellar restaurants and long hours in the car. Here are some of my tips for staying healthy no matter the location!
When going on a road trip… pack snacks! You have an entire car with space to stock with healthy non- perishables. I stocked up on healthy protein and snack bars such as goodnessKnows snack squares, trail mix, justin’s nut butter packs, coconut water, apples, bananas, and food should taste good chips.
One of our favorite lunches to eat while making miles was, Dave’s Killer Bread and Justin’s Honey Almond or Peanut Butter Sandwiches. Cheers!
Coconut Water was also a great way to stay hydrated!
We also stopped at a lot of road side produce stands… So fun to pull over and buy fresh local fruit! Keep your eyes open when you road trip, you’d be surprised how many produce stands are out and about!
This produce stand had beats I couldn’t refuse! Plus with all that sitting in the car, any time you pull over for a break… make the most of it! Shimmy, Shake & Stretch!
I also brought along my little magic bullet blender and cups so I could make green smoothies in the morning! Before I left I made a smoothie bag and packed my dairy-free protein powder, greens powder, ground flaxseed, coconut water and then would stock up on fresh bananas and fruit along the way. It felt great to start my morning with a run (running is great, you can do it anywhere! Just lace up and go… and preferably not alone when you’re in a new location) and then make a green smoothie before taking off in the car!
I would also try and eat one big green meal during the day, and whenever we could find a Whole Foods for lunch or dinner, it really felt great to restore my body with so much good nutrition.
Enjoy New Food!
Part of vacationing and visiting new locations is trying new foods! I don’t restrict myself from trying a food I want to, but I also don’t feel obligated to clean my plate. I also don’t feel obligated to eat the same thing everyone else is eating, and I definitely do not want friends and family to feel judged or held back if they decide to splurge & I decide to for-go the splurge, or splurge on a smaller scale. I may be the Healthy Grocery Girl, but I not The Food Nazi. Everyone is in charge of their own health choices!
When I do “indulge,” having a few bites often quiets the mental muncher and sometimes you realize the food you were eyeing, doesn’t taste so good after all and it is not worth a second bite.
You all know I love food! But I also love feeling great, and I often ask myself, “Is this _____ worth it, if I am going to not feel good all night or all day tomorrow because of it? Is there something else I can eat that I will be just as satisfied with, that will love my body back, and I will wake up tomorrow feeling great?”
Life is more important than food, but quality food, fuels a quality life.
For a list of healthy travel eats to pack on your next trips…
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