TRAVEL ALERT: KEEP YOUR HEALTHY EATING HABITS ON TRACK!
It’s easy to leave your healthy eating habits at home while traveling, especially with the constant temptations at airports, on planes and on the road. But if you put a little effort into packing and planning ahead, you might just pull off sticking to a regret-free regimen of healthy snacks, meals and beverages and enjoy a great trip, too. Travel can be stressful. Don't add to it by eating and drinking things that will leave you bloated, unfulfilled and tired. Put these must-have tips on your packing list! Don’t pay extra for heavy bags and heavy weight gain!
TIP #1: DRINK UP. WATER UP.
Make water your go-to while traveling! Being stuck in an airplane’s recycled air is not awesome for skin and hydration, but drinking water will help combat the icky feeling. If you are in a constant state of dehydration, your body will hang onto any water you do have, which can lead to water retention. So ironically, drinking more water actually helps your body reduce water retention, aid digestion, boost metabolic rate and reduce hunger. Drinking at least 64 ounces (eight 8-ounce glasses) of water a day is important, and you should drink even more if you’re traveling by plane, which causes extra dehydration. Include at least one glass of water a half an hour before each meal. It can make you feel more full, so that you eat fewer calories.
TIP #2: MOVE THAT BODY.
Running to the next flight shouldn’t count as your cardio for the entire trip (albeit you’re totally out of breath.) The more you can fit in at least 30 minutes of cardio and weight training per day during your travel, the more you will help reduce fluid build-up in your body. Plus, exercising will help keep your digestive system regular and moving along just as it should. You will feel more energetic and actually calmer to tackle the stress of traveling. so pack your workout attire!
TIP #3: RUN FAR FROM FAST FOOD.
Speaking of running… no matter how convenient fast food may be while on the road, don’t stop! Fast food is a no-no any day of the week. Many of these meal options are high in both calories and fat and will leave you feeling just as fat as the ingredients used to make them. Ask me how I really feel about fast food, ha! If you’re visiting a new city, do your homework. Find and try the local cuisine and remember that no matter where you decide to eat, make sure your meals are full of fresh vegetables and lean proteins. Even airport food has lots of healthier options available these days. It takes just a few extra minutes to find a healthier option. Don’t be lazy.
TIP #4: MAKE ROOM IN YOUR BAG FOR SNACKS.
Being prepared is key – whether traveling or at home. Just as you spend so much time planning out your attire, you should also be planning out smart snacks to pack. If you are delayed or truly somewhere with no healthy, fresh food options, you want to be sure you have a backup plan. Choose snacks that are nutrient rich, super satisfying and include clean ‘n lean protein and fiber. Pack individually portioned bags filled with smart snacks for on-the-go!
Example Travel Snacks:
Fruit: Apples, oranges, grapes, bananas
Homemade Trail Mix: Unsalted nuts, seeds and dried fruits
Unsweetened Oatmeal Packs: Add cinnamon, berries and seeds
Nut Butter Packets: Add to an apple or whole wheat bread
Whole Wheat Crackers with String Cheese
Energy Bites: SEE MY RECIPE NIBBLE BELOW!
MY PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN BITES RECIPE
No-Bake: Full of good-for-you protein with old-fashioned oats, flax seeds and peanut butter. Travels easily!
½ cup chunky peanut butter (organic if possible)
½ cup mini carobs (or mini chocolate chips)
1 cup old fashioned oats (gluten-free)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup ground flax seeds
⅓ cup honey or agave
1. Stir all ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for 15 minutes so they are a firmer consistency and easier to scoop into a ball.
3. Roll into 24 amazing round bites.
4. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze like we do and take out as needed.
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