Eating healthy while traveling doesn’t have to be boring! We are total foodies and a lot of our travel experiences involve food. This doesn’t mean you have to come home from vacation with a few extra unwanted pounds. Like we always say, it is all about balance. We follow these guidelines, but we also make room to enjoy pizza, pasta, bread, and desserts while traveling!
Think fresh and bright
When you are eating out, opt for menu items that contain produce and local ingredients. Think fresh fruit smoothies or protein packed salads. Aim for getting quality nutrients in while still choosing filling foods that will fuel you for your day.
Our number one rule in life: always come prepared with snacks! Some of our go-to travel snacks are nuts or seeds, apples, oranges, bananas, Justin’s Almond butter squeeze packs, protein bars, carrots, etc. Having healthy snacks on hand will help prevent over eating or spending extra money. You can bring any of these snacks on an airplane, so you can even purchase them before leaving for your trip.
Eat plenty of protein
You are using a lot of energy and burning a lot of calories while traveling so make sure you are eating enough protein to keep you energized. Start your day with a big breakfast: our favorite morning fuel is eggs and avocado – eat something that will leave you feeling energized and ready to conquer the day. For lunch or dinner, try to eat fish, chicken, or steak and veggies with a healthy carb.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Flying dehydrates you so you are starting with a disadvantage. A good way to make sure you are drinking enough water is to make sure you order water at every restaurant you go to. We have a rule to always drink tons of water while eating out because it’s free and it’s a good time to hydrate while you are relaxing and eating. We always travel with a water bottle to avoid buying plastic bottles. We also love traveling with Nuun tabs – you just drop a tab in a cup of water, it dissolves, you drink it and gives you an extra boost of hydration and energy.
Use the mini-fridge
When you have a fridge in your accommodation, use it! The mini-fridge is perfect for storing the snacks that need to be kept cold such as string cheese, yogurt, hummus, hard boiled eggs, etc. If you have a kitchenette as well, take advantage of saving money on a meal and cook something simple at home. Then you have an excuse to splurge later on an extra glass of wine or dessert ;)
We are big believers in not depriving ourselves, so why skip dessert? Grab a cup of gelato and share it with your friend while walking around a new city.