I just finished up an amazing couple of weeks of healthy eating and I’d love to continue eating well. I learned so much about the benefits of eating nutritionally dense, whole foods and want to keep the momentum rolling!
That’s easy enough at home. But I happen to be flying across the country in a few days, with two little kids. It can be tempting to eat at the airport but the choices are pretty limited. You’ve got fast food, soda, ice cream, bar food, bagel shops. Choose those options and usually you’re asking for a side of bloating, sluggishness, and a blood sugar roller coaster.
So how does one travel and eat well?
Well, I think the biggest thing is to plan ahead. Here’s my blueprint for our upcoming travel day.
TIPS FOR EATING HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELING
- Start the day with a good meal. We fly out early in the morning and in the past, we’ve fueled up on coffee and tossed the girls a snack cup of cereal. Not this time. I’m pre-packing smoothie packs in the freezer so I can pop them in the blender and have a nutritious breakfast in no time. (I just pack all the spinach and fruits in a plastic freezer bag and have the liquid ingredients and the chia seeds measured out and ready to go).
- Pack healthy, nutrient dense snacks. I’ve learned that it’s important to avoid spikes and dips in blood sugar. This means it’s important to have snacks on hand that are full of protein and good fats. I’ve prepped some homemade granola full of oats, nuts, and some dried fruit in case I want something sweet. Also in my bag: homemade protein bars, sneaky healthy “cookies” from Coconut and Quinoa, homemade hummus (I’ll switch out the avocado for white bean) with veggies and cashew butter and apple slices and grapes. It helps to bring fruits that aren’t messy or particularly delicate especially with kids. I found these awesome packets of Justin’s Nut Butter at our local grocery and they should prove handy.
- Drink lots of water! To save money, we pack our own water bottles and just leave them empty until we get to the airport. Many airports have filtered water bottle fillers and/or drinking fountains. Drinking water instead of alcohol and caffeine can stave off food cravings as well as help with jet lag. Often we think we’re hungry when we’re really just thirsty so when I start to feel munchy, I’ll try some water first.
- Traveling with kids? This gets tricky. My kids have become accustomed to eating junk when we travel. Truth is, I’ve packed a lot of fruit snacks, goldfish, and lollypops for airplanes (especially when I’m traveling without my husband). I’m not totally giving that stuff up because I’m not ready for an all out mutiny on the airplane. But I’m going to mix in some healthy stuff too. Instead of a bag of goldfish, I’ll make my own trail mix with nuts, dried fruits, seeds, AND goldfish (and maybe a few cacao nibs although chocolate and kids tends to be messy).
- Pack meals that will keep without being cold. I’m thinking apple and peanut butter sandwiches on sprouted bread. Or a roasted chickpea and cauliflower salad that is as good cold as it is warm. To make the salad, toss the chopped head of cauliflower and a drained/rinsed/dried can of chickpeas with some olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast for about 45 minutes at 400 degrees. Let cool and toss with a homemade apple cider vinaigrette and parsley.
That’s the plan. I hope these tips will help you (and me!) avoid all the junk and arrive at your destination feel satisfied and full. Bon voyage!
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