When you’re traveling, it can be easy to leave your clean eating habits by the wayside. It can be tempting to grab a few chocolate bars or a bag of potato chips and keep them on hand in case you need some quick energy.
However, you can eat on the go and maintain a healthy diet. Here are some simple snacks for healthy eating on the road.
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Apples, pears, grapes and blueberries require no more preparation than washing. Take them with you on your travels and keep some in the fridge at home and at work, so you have something to eat wherever hunger pangs strike. You can also enjoy a banana, if you know you’ll have time to eat it before it turns brown.
Toss a salad in advance, add tuna, salmon or chopped eggs if you want, then store it for later. Allow to dry after washing and keep dressing separate, to avoid sogginess. If possible, use a cardboard container, as plastic containers can leach toxins.
For added flavor, take some hummus along with you for dipping.
Avoid buying commercial trail mix, as it can contain salted nuts and too high a proportion of fruit – dried fruit has a very high sugar content. Instead, make your own mix using nuts that are unsalted.
If you prefer a low-carb snack, leave the dried fruit out altogether.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are nutrient-rich, with vitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin D, and choline. You can hard boil eggs in advance, and then let them cool in the fridge for easy transport later.
Fermented foods like yogurt are great for your digestion. Yogurt has the added advantage of being a convenient, portable snack. Don’t buy flavored yogurt, which is usually high in sugar and can contain artificial flavors and colors. Instead, choose plain yogurt. You can add nuts or dried fruit for flavor.
For an extra healthy option, make your own yogurt in advance.
Tips for Eating Clean When You’re Far From Home
When you’re staying at a hotel in a foreign city, it can be hard to keep up with your clean eating habits. Here are some tips to help you maintain your healthy diet:
1. Learn to shop local
Instead of relying on restaurants and room service – which can be hard on your wallet as well as your body – take a walk to find local stores that sell healthy, clean foods. Perhaps there’s an organic food store nearby.
2. Make sure your hotel room has a minibar
Don’t partake of the expensive drinks and snacks the hotel has to offer. Instead, use the minibar to keep food cold.
3. Don’t be afraid to speak up
If you must eat hotel food, don’t be afraid to ask for changes or substitutions. For example, you can ask for food to be prepared with less butter or oil.
It’s Not Just About Food
No matter where you are, a clean lifestyle involves more than just clean eating. When you’re away from home, try to exercise whenever you can. Pack resistance bands with you, or check out the hotel gym after you arrive. Depending on the size of your hotel room, you might even be able to work in some yoga.
It can be difficult, but try to get enough sleep. Pack earplugs to keep out noise from late night parties. An eye mask can be helpful if your hotel room curtains don’t completely block out streetlights or brightly lit signs. If you’re very sensitive to noise, consider a small, battery-powered white noise machine.