Continuing with our holiday survival theme, today we are discussing healthy food travel tips. You can view the first video in our series by clicking here.
Snack Girl posted a great blog that goes right along with our theme of healthy food travel tips. In her post, she challenges us to be a Meg Ryan when we are on the road. I do this. Chris teases me because I can't just order off the menu. I have to tweak dishes. As she states in her blog...
No one blinked when I changed the mighty Egg Mcmuffin and when you say things like “no mayo” or “no cheese”, you can make a dent in the calorie bombs that these places serve.
Yes, you are being finicky like Meg Ryan in “When Harry Met Sally”, but why not give it a go? Add more tomato or lettuce, skip the bacon, cheese, or sour cream.
Healthy Food Travel Tips: On the Road
When I go on the road I pack a cooler and LOAD it with meals, snacks, drinks, and anything I need to keep me out of the junk food bombs along the road. Even when I fly, I bring my own food. Yes, you can pack all kinds of stuff and get it past security. In this video, my clients and I discuss strategies for travelling, packing a cooler, bringing meals and snacks, etc.
Healthy Food Travel Tips: Airplanes!
I also have been known to go to Vegas a few times, cough-cough. Yes, we go about six times a year but here's how I roll and my best healthy food travel tips in Sin City.
- I take food. A lot of stuff can go into your checked bag. I bag up Shakeology, bring a Magic Bullet, jar of peanut butter, tuna packs, rice cakes, P90X bars, pre-portioned nuts, dry oats to make oatmeal, apples, etc. My goal is to have a lot of quick, go to options to keep me from starving and stuffing through the trip.
- Through security I take even more. One carry-on is a big shoulder cooler. I load it with fresh foods that need ice plus I always bring at least a meal or two for the trip. I'm not paying high dollar for junk snacks in an airport AND I'm not going to starve if we have a flight delay. Forget that! Just pack up your cooler and fill ziploc bags with ice. Before hitting security, dump the ice, keep the bags. Once through security, hit a bar and fill up the bags with ice. They do it ALL THE TIME! EASY!
- I carry a bottle to drink water from and a big one. If I don't bring a bottle it's because I'm hitting Walgreens to get a gallon jug to lug.
Also, think outside the box. We ask for a medical fridge for the room. Hotels will give you one if they have them. If not, most have employee or breakfast area fridges and will NOT deny you access to store some food. I've used them all over the country. Just don't be afraid to ASK!
Find a local store and get supplies for the room. In Vegas we do a traditional run from the Venetian to Whole Foods which is just under five miles. We get our exercise, we get our groceries, and then we just call a cab to take us back to the hotel with our goodies.
Please post your own healthy food travel tips with us. So many of us get scared of travelling when it can be done in a healthy way if you just get over yourself.