Eating healthy on the go isn’t easy. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you’ll likely run into the same healthy eating obstacles time and time again. So it’s key to be prepared before you pack your bags.
Not to mention, the healthier you eat while traveling, the more those indulgent moments can feel like the special treats they should be, rather than unhealthy and expensive habits you can’t seem to escape.
Here are some ways to eat healthier while traveling that’ll only make your trip more fulfilling.
Overpack Your Snacks
No matter where you go, you’re going to get hungry. Having healthy snacks handy will not only curb your cravings but could also save you a fortune. Most notably, you won’t be stuck with whatever options are right in front of you.
Food in the airport is infamously overpriced and the options aren’t always the healthiest. Bring along a sandwich, salad, hard-boiled eggs, string cheese, or fruit in a storage container while you wait for your flight.
When you’re ready for a snack, dried fruit, trail mix, roasted chickpeas, beef jerky, granola bars, and mixed nuts are all travel-friendly options.
Even when you think you’ve packed enough for your travels, pack a little more. It’s always better to have one too many easily storable snacks than not enough.
If you’re not into the idea of toting around tons of snacks, go to the local grocery store as soon as you get to where you’re going. You’ll have a chance to stock up on snacks and also familiarize yourself with the local flavor.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of any day, and your vacation days are no exception. Before you get on the road, on the plane, the trolley, or train, have a healthy bite to eat.
An empty stomach can often lead you astray, but a balanced breakfast will help you stay energized and sated throughout the day.
When you inevitably pass by unhealthy options, you won’t be as likely to indulge. Also, many dieticians say that when you start with a healthy breakfast, it sets the tone for your meals, so you’ll more naturally opt for more nutritious foods while out and about.
Pack a Reusable Water Bottle
It goes without saying, staying hydrated is important. Proper hydration will keep your energy levels up. It can help you avoid unnecessary snacking while you’re hiking up hills or perusing city streets. But buying water bottle after water bottle is never ideal for your traveling budget or the environment.
Bringing your own reusable bottle makes staying hydrated significantly easier and cheaper. Do a little research about where you’re going. Find out if they have water fountains or fill-up stations around the city. Many places do.
Always find out what the tap water is like. If it’s safe, fill it up in public sinks. Also, never be afraid to ask your server at a restaurant or the barista in a coffee shop to fill it up for you.
Travel Pro Tip: When you’re flying, leave your reusable bottle empty until after you’ve gone through security. Otherwise, TSA may ask you to throw it away.
Eat Your Vegetables
When you’re traveling, trying the local cuisine is all part of the experience. And you should definitely not miss out. With that said, choose from the menu wisely.
The more vegetables you eat, the better off you’ll be.
In many restaurants, portions are large. Some dietitians advise splitting all portions while dining out in half. This way, you “try” any and everything that catches your eye, rather than indulging in all of it.
With that said, they are likely going to charge you the full price, no matter how you slice it. So another way to eat healthier while traveling is to never skip or skimp on vegetables. No matter what you order, choose healthy sides and commit to having at least one veggie with every meal.
Also, a salad before any meal is always a smart choice. Green leafy vegetables will help you feel full for longer.
Consider Your Accommodations
Where you stay will play a major role in how and what you eat. You may not be able to control the food options beyond your hotel, but if you can afford a hotel, hostel, or Air BnB with a kitchen or kitchenette, you should book it.
With this accommodation, you’ll be able to stock up on snacks and ingredients from the local grocery store, rather than always eating out. And you can easily ensure that you never skip breakfast.
Traveling often means changing time zones, flying, and lots of time sitting, all of which aren’t great for digestion. For your health, it’s important to have as much of a stabilized routine as possible.
No matter where you visit or how different your schedule becomes, preparing your own meals is one of the easiest ways to maintain a healthy routine.