How to travel like a healthy rockstar
The kids are out of school and it’s time to pack up and head to the lake. The car is loaded up with luggage, beach toys, towels, chairs – but did you remember to pack something healthy to snack on? Eating excess calories while you are traveling is easy to do – so do your best to avoid it all together. Read on to find out tips on how to avoid the gaining the vacation weight.
Pack a Snack
If you have read my blog before, you know I’m a huge believer in planning out meals. Packing snacks so they are readily available for you and anyone else you are traveling with makes life easier and decreases the number of times your road trip has to stop at a store/restaurant. If you are like me, and traveling with little ones, you never know when Hangry will hit and you can save the day with a cooler full of yogurt, fresh fruit or some pretzels. Packing food lets stay in control and helps to keep the calorie count low. Flying? You can still pack snacks – as long as there is no water content. It
Flying? You can still pack snacks – as long as there is no water content so you can pass through security. I was recently flying with my two kids and the airline offered cookies with some sort of syrup on them as a snack. Not cool. Thankfully, the kids didn’t like them so I grabbed the goldfish crackers and raisins and we were good to go.
Stay Away from Empty Calories
Most of the time when you stop at a gas station or a restaurant in the airport, all you see are empty calories. Candy, chips, pop or Cinnabon, McDonalds, Pizza Hut. These foods are super high in simple sugars and fats and won’t provide any other nutrition. I’m not saying you have to try to find a salad at the gas station but look around for a banana and peanut butter or instant oatmeal to get some more complex carbs instead.
When we are traveling, our minds are everywhere so it is easy to forget about hydration. Usually, we are busy getting ourselves from point A to point B that we don’t even think about sipping on some water. Bring your reusable water bottle with you, always. You will have to empty it prior to going through security at the airport, but that will just force you to drink it before you get there. Thirst can often masquerade itself as hunger – we may think we are hungry and need food when really we just need to sip on some water.
Staying hydrated on the good stuff – high quality H2O is the way to go. Using added sugars from sweet teas, sodas and juice will raise your blood sugar (which will leave you craving more) and provide empty calories.
Plan Your Dining Out
Did you know airports have their terminal maps available online? Most of the big ones even have apps for that. Try to research your departing gate terminal and see what kind of food choices are around ahead of time instead of stopping at the first bagel shop you see. If you aren’t flying during meal times, a quality snack will most likely do just fine.
Driving and not flying? Guess what – there are apps for that too 🙂 Let Waze take you to your next destination and you can plug-in restaurants along the way. If you plan out your stops and the restaurants at those stops, your waistline doesn’t need to rely on the expressway exit signs and what they have to offer.
The act of traveling can be hard on your mind, body and soul. Don’t let the stress of getting to the gate on time force you to scarf down a greasy egg sandwich. Instead? Plan and prepare 🙂