Today, I thought it would be fun to discuss how I manage to eat healthy while traveling.
It’s certainly NOT something that came naturally to me.
When I started traveling for work, I would indulge in all my favorite foods, as if I were on vacation! Not surprisingly, I also found myself feeling lethargic, bloated, and often coming home with an extra 5 lbs to show for it. And since I travel somewhat often, that wasn’t a habit I could afford to keep up.
Instead, I’ve found that eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables keeps me awake and focused during the workday, and helps me fight off pesky colds, which can be easily caught while traveling!
Here are a few “Healthy Travel Tips” that help keep me on track:
1. Start your day with a nourishing breakfast.
I’m not a big breakfast lover, but when I’m trapped at the office, I always like to have a little something to give me energy in the morning. If you have access to a blender (this Tribest Personal Blender would be great for traveling!), I like to make a green smoothie in the morning–> which I either will drink immediately, or I’ll bring it to work with me to enjoy when I’m finally feeling hungry:
It’s also a great conversation starter with co-workers! (Before you know it, maybe you’ll be making green smoothies for your office, too!)
If you don’t have time or energy for smoothie-making, fresh fruit, individually packaged raw almonds, or Larabars all make great morning fuel!
2. Always have healthy snacks on hand.
It may look ridiculous, but I always keep my desk stocked with a bag of raw almonds, a Larabar, and a bar of dark chocolate. It’s always better to be prepared, rather than to be subject to sub-par vending machine snacks when your hunger unexpectedly strikes.
3. Pack your Lunch.
Rather than dining out, I’ll often head to the grocery store on my first day of travel and pick up groceries so I can prepare meals at home! Salads are easy to pack for lunch, as long as you keep the dressing in a separate container. I actually make a bottle of dressing for the whole week, then leave it in my office fridge to use each day!
(Cherry Chocolate Pudding also stores well in the fridge, in case you were wondering.)
I was lucky enough to enjoy some fresh heirloom veggies from my friend’s farm last week, so my salads featured some BEAUTIFUL produce:
As well as plenty of pudding.
I didn’t share with my co-workers this time, but maybe I’ll be more generous during my next trip…
4. Make smart choices when dining out.
When traveling for work, it’s almost impossible to avoid eating out all together! Business lunches and dinners, as well as social meals out with friends are a fun part of traveling for me–> and there are ways to do it without ruining your health efforts.
Salads are usually a smart choice, as long as you order the dressing on the side…
This is the Roasted Vegetable Salad from the California Pizza Kitchen–> check out the BOWL of dressing they gave me on the side! Geez!
This salad was incredibly filling, and the dark chocolate in my purse made a perfect dessert.
5. Indulge in local specialties.
I think this may be the most important rule of all–> don’t be too restrictive!! Mental health is important while traveling, too. Since I stuck to healthy choices for most of the week, I definitely didn’t mind enjoying a few special treats that are unique to the Kansas City area!
During this particular trip, I visited my favorite local bakery, Cupcake a la Mode:
This amaretto cupcake tastes just like my wedding cake–> so it’s pretty much my favorite flavor of all time.
Reader Feedback: Do you have to travel for work? What healthy travel/office tips do you have?? Many of these tips apply to “office culture” in general… when I regularly worked in an office, I often brought my lunch to work and would try to keep healthy snacks at my desk, too!