Spring is almost there but road trips and vacations are all years long! Today I want to share a few tips for you to stay healthy during your road trips, flights, or at your stay. If health is as important for you as it is for me then you want to keep some tricks on your sleeves to stay as healthy as you can during your vacation.
Fuel Before You Leave
If you are taking a trip, especially a long one, then you want to make sure you eat well before you leave the house. The best way you can do this is by making sure you have a completely balanced meal to get your daily need of nutrients for your day and stay energized, fulled and enjoy the journey. A good meal helps you to stay satisfied and keeps you from reaching for junk food at the pick stops or at the airport. Remember that your meal must have:
1-2 cupped hands of carbs
1-2 thumbs of fats
1-2 palms of protein
1-2 fists of vegetables
Once you out of the house you can make sure to take with you some fresh fruits, yogurts, protein bar, grilled veggies, or nuts.
ROAD TRIP NUTRITION
Need help staying fueled on the go? I got you! Whether you are on a road trip, or on a long trip to the airport, or your vacation rental, you will very likely crave something on the way. Usually, we stop at a gas station, but they don’t have many great healthy options for us, however, if you take a good look around, there a few things that can still work in your favor. If we take into consideration our nutritional needs we could opt for:
Proteins: Protein bars
Carbs: Fresh fruits or crackers
Fats: Nuts or nut butter
Veggies: Take some from home like carrots or broccoli.
You can also make some homemade goodies such as your protein bar, meals, or quick salads.
Eat While You Fly
Long road trips, long hours of wait in the airport, and then, more hours of traveling on the plane and you are just too hungry to wait or simply it is snack time. The first thing I would recommend is that once you enter the security area at the airport, go do a search for healthy meals or snacks for you to take with you on your flight, that way you can make sure you not only will have something to eat there but that it will be healthier or according to your eating lifestyle.
But if for any reason didn’t have time to buy something at the airport then try asking for the menu or tapas box options. They often provide snacks and nuts that you can pick and get some OJ or water to keep you fuller for longer.
Your Stay: Making It Feel Like Home
If you are staying at a hotel or an Air BNB there are a few things you want to make sure to have so you can stay healthier and save some money on food out and have what you need at any moment you get hungry or need a snack while in the room.
Search for places that have a mini-fridge so you can buy milk, yogurt, and some fresh fruits.
Most Air BNB comes nowadays with a kitchenette which is much better because you can save even more money by making your own meals at your stay and use that money to have fun out. Also, you will be making sure you are eating healthier.
Check out nearby farmers' markets and grocery stores to get your goodies.
If want to save time in the kitchen while on a vacation then try to do some easy meal prep on the first day of your vacay. You can season your meals ahead. You can peel and chop your fruits and veggies. You can measure your recipes and save them in separate bowls.
No matter what you choose or what setbacks happen on the way, always make sure to enjoy the moment, enjoy your vacations, enjoy the company you’re with and enjoy whatever meal you get on your trip.
You will eventually go back home and be able to keep your healthy eating habits, no need for frustrations, bad memories, or hard judgments. Have fun!