5 Ways To Eat Well While Traveling

Traveling can wreak havoc on your diet, digestion and waistline.

Follow these 5 Tips to keep your eating on track when you’re on the move:
  1. Bring snacks – This is the only way to go when traveling; it’s a handy way to make sure you don’t get too hungry (and your decision-making won’t go out the window). It’s also good to be in control of the snack options available to you and your family.
    What to pack:
    Homemade trail mix – 2 parts dried fruit (pick a few favorites), 1 part nuts and seeds (almonds and walnuts are good choices)
    Raw veggies (throw them all in a travel container)
    Individual yogurt (look for lower sugar options)
    Smoothie in a travel cup (this is an instant pick me up)
    Homemade burritos or wraps
    Cheese cubes and grapes (or other travel friendly fruit)
  2. Stay on schedule with meals, snacks and fluids – Staying on schedule means no emergency stops for fast food, great energy throughout the day, and less risk of falling off the wagon in terms of decision-making. Keep an eye on your hunger cues and pull out the snacks earlier rather than later when you’ll be more likely to make unhealthy choices.
  3. Plan your treats and special meals – Just like at home, staying on track with food is much easier when you know that you have a special meal coming up. Save the big-ticket meals for great restaurants or nights out with friends; don’t waste it on questionable diner or fast food stops when you won’t really enjoy them. Treat food on trips like any other day, eating like you’re on vacation all the time is a sure-fire way to derail the healthy habits you work on at home.
  4. Bring a water bottle – Staying hydrated will help keep your gut healthy, bloating at bay and energy up. Good rule of thumb – drink an extra 1-2 cups of water MORE than your usual when traveling. A/C in cars, ferries and airports increases how much water you lose. If you’re heading to a hot destination up that to an extra 3-4 cups more than usual to account for losses from perspiration.
  5. Make healthy food a FUN part of the trip – Scout out restaurants that feature local food, healthy options and a fresh approach before you go.
Checkout this great travel recipe!

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Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
These pack a high fiber punch - helping to keep you full, regular (yes, I said it, it's key to feeling good on vacation) and your blood sugar steady. Tossed with anti-inflammatory (and super tasty) spices this travel snack is a winner.
Recipe Notes
  • Preheat oven to 425 F.
  • Drain, rinse and dry chickpeas (drying is an important step - try a salad spinner or lay them out on a tea towel and gently pat dry).
  • Mix oil, spices and salt in a medium size bowl.
  • Add chickpeas, mix well. Turn out onto a large rimmed baking sheet, spreading chickpeas into a single layer.
  • Roast for 10 minutes, loosen chickpeas with a thin flexible spatula and turn over/mix up and roast for another 5-10 minutes.
  • The outside will be crunchy but the inside will remain a little chewy.
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