So you are ready to go on holiday or even just a business trip and you’re concerned that your healthy eating will go out the window, well you’re not alone! Maintaining healthy eating habits while traveling can be a big challenge for anyone. Well, fear no more! I have 5 tips from my experience to help you eat healthy while traveling!
#1 – Snack Pack Anyone
Whenever possible, arm yourself with healthy snacks for the car or plane so that you’re not stuck with the limited offerings available at gas stations and airports. Some great ideas for this could be:
- Mixed nuts – Mix your favourite combo and throw them into the perfectly portioned snack bags or if you’re travelling international, mixed nuts bags can be picked up fairly cheaply at the airport before boarding the plane.
- Health food bars – Choose ones that contain protein and are made from whole and minimally processed ingredients.
I also like to take protein powder on holiday too! That way if I’m feeling peckish, I always can have a protein shake. When travelling internationally, I pack my protein powder in my check-in luggage and just declare it at the other end. To be 100% sure you are allowed protein powder in your destination country; please check out the country’s customs and quarantine allowances for before you travel.
#2 – H2O to Go
It is important to stay hydrated while traveling, which is especially important on long flights. Drinking plenty of water can also help fight those hunger pains. Ever forked out big dollars for water and only to go through the international customs and they ask you to throw it out. Well, did you know that you can actually take an empty bottle through and then fill it up on the other side as most airports have water fountains in the terminals. I take a 2 litre bottle so I don’t run out on the plane!
#3 – A little planning can go a long way
When on holiday, you’re definitely more likely to dine out at restaurants. Just like you take time to plan which activities you want to do while on your holiday, spend some time planning where you’ll eat out, checking out menus online beforehand. TripAdvisor is a great resource to checkout local restaurants, review menus and read reviews.
#4 – Stock the Fridge
Before travelling check that your hotel has a fridge, that way you can visit the local grocery store and stock your fridge with healthy options like low-fat Greek yogurt, fruit, nuts, hummus and rice crackers; plus I like to pick up a case of bottled water to keep in my room. You can grab these items quickly on your way out, so you don’t have to resort to buying overpriced, unhealthy snacks when hunger strikes.
# 5 – Get Active
Look for fun, physical activities for both you and the family while on holiday. Bring a football to toss around at the beach or set up a volleyball net, go snorkelling, or kayaking. Why not get out and explore the local area via foot and most of all have a great trip!
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