Travel Tips – Eating Healthy on The Road
Whether on a business trip or girlfriend getaway it’s easy to overindulge in unhealthy (but delicious) food and drink while traveling. Let’s face it- if you and your girls are anything like us (and we’re betting they are) your getaway is going to include lots of eating and drinking. And honestly, how many of us have splurged on a few meals while on the company dime?
Here are a few tips to keep in mind while traveling so you don’t come back cursing at yourself for blowing a month’s work of cardio-time in one weekend:
1. Drink lots of water!
Our friends at TSA have made it very hard to stay hydrated by throwing away all our liquids at the security check point, leaving us parched until well into the flight or forced to spend $7 on a Diet Coke in the terminal. So I bring an empty canteen or water bottle in my purse and fill it up at the drinking fountain after I pass through security. Or if there’s not a huge line, I’ll go to Starbucks and get a large water (FREE). Drinking lots of water will make it less likely for you to reach for a snack while waiting to board or sitting on the plane. Always ask your flight attendant for a can of water- that can will equal about 3 of those little pathetic cups of water they give you.
These cans are also durable and can be thrown around in a purse, and stay relatively cool over a long period of time.
2. Pack your own food for the trip.
I don’t know about you, but those packets of peanuts and pretzels just don’t cut it for me. An hour into the flight, any time of the day or night, I’m HUNGRY. And no, the $8 artisan hummus and olive snack pack may sound healthy, but it’s probably full of salt & preservatives, no thanks. Before you embark on your journey I suggest making a run to Trader Joe’s and picking up a bag of individual-size pre-packaged nuts, called “Go Raw Trek Mix”. Toss about 3 or 4 in your purse. I guarantee they’ll come in handy (and they’re only around 200 calories) on your flight, and even in the hotel room when you’re starving and the mini-bar is staring you down.
In addition to nut packs, if I know I’m going to be flying during meal time I pick up a pre-made salad from Trader Joes. They cost around $4.00 and are filling and delicious. The “Mexicali Salad with Chili Lime Chicken” is my favorite! It has a great mix of protein and veggies so it will keep you full and satisfied for a few hours.
(Please be courteous to your other travelers and never eat something with a strong smell on an airplane. I know I’m not the only one who’s sat by someone who opens a Subway sandwich and that distinct smell of onions and vinegar lingers in the air for a good five hours.)
If you’re more of a “snack all day” kind of person, I’d stock up on some ThinkThin bars for your trip. These 240 calorie bars are not “low-cal” but they have 20 grams of protein and zero grams of sugar. And they are hands down the tastiest “high protein” bars we have ever eaten. They come in handy for a quick breakfast that won’t leave you searching for the nearest fast food joint or reaching for a Danish at the 9:00am meeting.
They sell these bad boys everywhere (Trader Joes, Albertsons, Ralphs, ect.) My favorite is the Chunky Peanut Butter, but their other flavors are yummy too. Also, I’d stick with the regular bars and not the “crunch” version because those could get pretty crumbly after rolling around in your purse all day.
3. Maintain a balance.
Give yourself one “cheat” meal a day while on the road. Let’s be honest with ourselves here ladies- it’s nearly impossible to eat 100% healthy and balanced meals all day while with your girlfriends. So don’t kid yourself or feel overly guilty- you’re on vacation after all! Just tell yourself: “I get one splurge meal a day.” Say you go to a fabulous brunch with bottomless mimosas, you can indulge guilt free knowing that for lunch and dinner you’ll have veggies or a salad and maybe just one vodka/soda . And say your planning a killer dinner, have an egg and veggie scramble for breakfast (or a ThinkThin bar and non-fat latte).
4. Don’t drink your calories. (Save those for this: hot apple fritter at Bob’s Donuts in San Francisco)
A weekend of drinking can quickly add up to hundreds (thousands?) of unwanted calories. Drink smart by staying away from sugary drinks and stick with one of these three: 1. Vodka/Soda (a regular 4.5oz glass has only 64 calories) 2. Red wine (an average 4oz glass has around 100 calories); or 3. Champagne (a regular 4oz glass of this bubbly has only 85 calories).
Bubbly…Stiletto Escape’s drink of choice! Cheers!
Follow these simple, but helpful tips and you’ll come back from your vacation with tons of memories, not “a ton” heavier!
Love & Travel,
The Escape Artists