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Trying to eat healthy while traveling can be challenging.  Your mode of transportation also dictates what you are able to pack.  Here are a few tips I have found that keep me on my nutrition plan while traveling.

Driving

Pack a cooler when you are driving.  I have several size coolers depending on the length of my trip.

  • Cut up raw vegetables
  • Cut up fruit/fruit salad
  • Edamame (I steam them ahead of time)
  • Popped Popcorn
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Pre-made Sandwiches or wraps
  • Baked Sweet Potatoes
  • Homemade Protein Pancakes
  • Deli Meat Rolls
  • Nuts
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Rice Bowls (1/3 – 1/2 cup cooked rice, protein source, and a vegetable)
  • Protein Powder

Flying

When I am flying, I pack a small cooler bag that fits in my carry on.  I fill a small ziplock bag with ice and when I arrive at the airport, I dump the ice before going through security.

  • Tuna Packets
  • Cheese Sticks
  • Nuts
  • Rice Bowl (1/3 – 1/2 cup cooked rice, vegetable, protein source or add the tuna packet)
  • Apples
  • Pre-made Sandwiches or Wraps
  • Single Serving packets of Peanut or Almond Butter
  • Protein Powder  (Just add water when you are ready to have it.  I take mine in my small Blender Bottle and extra in my Go Stak)
  • Jerky (I love the Krave Turkey Jerky)
  • Empty Vapur Water Bottle (fill when through security)
  • Precook and freeze your meals if you are going for a short trip.

Hotel Room

When staying in a hotel room, if you have a refrigerator and microwave, you have better choices than eating out every meal.  You can grocery shop for some easy staples.  If you brought frozen meals but do not have a microwave, you can thaw them in the sink in hot water.

  • microwaveable vegetables, rice, quinoa
  • Egg whites (I cook mine in a ceramic bowl that I take with me.)
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Deli meat, rotisserie chicken or fish or seafood that the seafood department steams for you.
  • Pre-made salads and fruits

It does take some thought and preparation, but eating well while traveling is possible.  Most gas stations have microwaves where you can heat up your food when you are on the road.  Remember to pack silverware (I love the To Go Ware Bamboo set and the Light My Fire Spork.)  If you meal prep your food for the week at home, this is just another extension of making your meals ahead of time and being prepared.

Do you have some tips on eating well while traveling?  Comment below and share!

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