How to eat healthily while traveling

Cheerfully arranged vegies, fish & lean chicken plate & a sign: 'How to eat healthily traveling'
Cheerfully arranged vegies, fish & lean chicken plate & a sign: 'How to eat healthily traveling'

Traveling is an exciting adventure, but it can sometimes throw our healthy eating habits off track along with the normal routine.

However, with a little planning and mindful choices, you can still enjoy delicious meals while nourishing your body on the go.

This page shows some simple and practical tips to help you eat healthy while traveling. Eating healthy while traveling doesn't have to be too difficult. By:

  • planning ahead

  • making smart choices

  • staying hydrated

  • prioritizing balanced meals

  • exploring local food markets

  • staying active

  • practicing mindful eating,

- you can nourish your body and enjoy your journey to the fullest. You will enjoy your travel adventures while taking care of yourself along the way.

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Before you start your trip, pack some nutritious snacks like fresh fruit, trail mix, or protein bars. Nut butter also makes a good snack ( in moderation!) Keep in mind - peanut butter can be full of calories and fat! Buy the kind where you just freshly squeeze nuts to make the fresh peanut butter. It has fewer calories - no sugar- and oh so delicious!

Beef jerky is not the healthiest snack, contrary to the popular belief; it's the way it's made, and all the preservatives. But some healthier versions are better than the rest. Look for them before you leave.

These will come in handy during long flights or bus rides, ensuring you have a healthy option to satisfy your hunger.

Yellow background with cheerfully arranged small piles of nuts, tapas & a sign: 'Pack healthy snacks
Yellow background with cheerfully arranged small piles of nuts, tapas & a sign: 'Pack healthy snacks

Pack Healthy Snacks and Meals for the trip

Pack Healthy Snacks and Meals for the Journey

Before you start your trip, pack some nutritious snacks like fresh fruit, trail mix, or protein bars. Nut butter also makes a good snack ( in moderation!) Keep in mind - peanut butter can be full of calories and fat! Buy the kind where you just freshly squeeze nuts to make the fresh peanut butter. It has fewer calories - no sugar- and oh so delicious!

Beef jerky is not the healthiest snack, contrary to the popular belief; it's the way it's made, and all the preservatives. But some healthier versions are better than the rest. Look for them before you leave.

These will come in handy during long flights or bus rides, ensuring you have a healthy option to satisfy your hunger.

Research Healthy Restaurant Options at Your Destination

Take a few minutes to research local restaurants or cafes that offer healthy menu choices. Look for places that prioritize fresh ingredients, whole grains, and lean proteins. This way, you'll have a list of go-to spots where you can enjoy a nourishing meal without compromising your health goals.

Food joints you will see readily available are most likely not going to be the healthiest option. Farmers markets, on the other hand - could have some healthy and delicious choices of the food to take with you, and already prepared food.

Below are the examples of some meals I had from farmers markets during my travels.

Navigating airports and train stations can be challenging when it comes to finding healthy food options. There are still ways to make healthier food choices. Just remember to make them: you will feel better on the flight!

Look for Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Options

Many airport terminals and train stations now offer grab-and-go options that include fresh fruits and vegetables. Find these options!

Opt for Protein-Rich Foods to Stay Satisfied

Protein is essential for keeping you full and energized. Choose protein-rich foods like yogurt, hard-boiled eggs, or turkey sandwiches when available. These options will keep you satisfied until your next meal. You can find fresh salads with boiled eggs in the fridge section of the small airport food stores.

Make Smart Choices at Airports and Train Stations

Packed Asian salad with some meat included sold in airports keeps you more energized & healthier
Packed Asian salad with some meat included sold in airports keeps you more energized & healthier
Packaged yogurt with 2 fresh strawberries as an example of protein-rich food