It’s summer y’all, which means travel – vacations, road trips, and lots of eating-on-the-road. However, even though the thought of staying on track and eating healthy while traveling might seem a little intimidating, it can actually saves you a lot of headache and worry in the long run! Here are my top tips to avoiding those fast food runs and maintaining your
Tip #1) Plan ahead
I cannot tell you how important planning is in regards to eating healthy on the road. From researching hotels, nearby grocery stores, to locating healthy fast food options – the more you know the better!
Tip #2) Bring snacks….LOTS of them!
When my husband and I travel, we like to bring a mini cooler or lunch box with us. This not only ensures we are able to eat well on the road, but it also saves us money not having to stop and pick up food along the way. Our favorite snack items include pre- chopped/easy to eat fruits and veggies (i.e. grapes, apples, celery, carrots), hummus, almond butter packets, low-sodium luncheon meats or pre-cooked sliced chicken, trail mix, or grain- free granola. We also make sure to pack easy to eat meals if we know we will be traveling during meal times, like sandwiches, wraps, and salad-in-a-jar!
Tip #3) Make sure you have access to your “tools”!
If you are staying at a hotel, make sure to check with the staff if it has a fridge and microwave. This will help when it comes to meal times as you will have a place to store your prepped food items. Once checked-in, I will also head to the nearby grocery store and make sure to stock up for the next couple of days if I know I will be staying there a while. Items like pre-cooked meats and ready-to-eat hard boiled eggs are readily available at most grocery stores!
I also like to travel with a mini electric griddle so I can ensure I am getting a healthy, homemade meal at least once a day! I also like to have an individual-sized blender in case I need a quick fix for breakfast, like a protein shake.
Tip #4) Eat your protein!
It’s really easy to not get enough protein while on the road. Not only is protein essential to helping us maintain our muscle mass, it also helps with satiation and fullness, which means less temptation to snack on things like chips and cookies.
Tip #5) Pre-log your meals, especially if you know you will be eating out
This is where planning ahead really comes in handy! If you know you will be stopping along certain points in your trip, research the best options as far as quality, freshness, and healthy options are concerned. The best choice may not be the “perfect” choice, but if you can plan ahead and pre-log you will be able to go into any situation confident about what you are about to eat. This will help you to plan the rest of your meals throughout the day!
Try this tips out on your next trip and let us know how you do!
SOUTH FRANKLIN CROSSTRAIN – WOD THURSDAY 05212015
WARM UP – 6 TO 8 MINUTES
ESTABLISH 1 REP MAX IN PUSH PRESS
WOD – 5 ROUNDS
3 X 30 YARD SPRINTS
20 X WIPERS (TOTAL)
15 X PUSH PRESS (115,75)
10 X SDHP
STRETCH/COOL DOWN –