I don’t know about you, but often times when I travel – whether it be a short road trip or a cross country flying day, my good eating habits fall by the wayside. So today I am bringing you my top nutrition tips for traveling.
Top Nutrition Tips for Traveling
Don’t drink your calories.
This is always one of my top nutrition tips but it becomes especially true while traveling. Liquid calories are usually full of sugar and provide little to no nutritional value. Those empty calories can add up quickly! It can be easy to grab a soda at the gas station or in the airport, but instead reach for water and stay hydrated! Of course, if you are in Italy, it is ok to have a glass of wine 😉
Pack healthy snacks.
Always having snacks on hand is another of my usual nutrition tips but again, so important while traveling. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where all of sudden hunger strikes and there are no good food items around. Packing healthy snacks for the car ride or plane can help to curb hunger and avoid getting to the “hangry” stage.
Healthy Snack Ideas:
Nuts or seeds
Packets of applesauce
Packets of tuna (fellow travelers beware of smell!)
Beef or turkey jerky
Granola or cereal
Similar to “don’t drink your calories,” make sure you are staying hydrated. I know this is a difficult one for me when traveling, especially if I’m not sure when the next available restroom stop may be but being well hydrated is so important for health and can help to curb some of those sweet/salty cravings.
Share an entree.
Often times when eating out, the portion sizes are much larger than what we actually need or what we would prepare and eat at home. It’s ok to try something new and delicious, especially while traveling, but if you are unable to take the leftovers home, you might be tempted to eat the whole dish. Instead, try sharing an entree with a travel companion or getting several entrees for the whole table to share so you can try different foods without overdoing it on the portion sizes.
(One of the many wonderful meals we had in Greece last summer – food galore!)
Don’t beat yourself up.
Most important, food is meant to be enjoyed. If you are traveling and enjoying a good time with family and friends, don’t beat yourself up or feel guilty if you overindulge. Know that one meal (even one week) of less than stellar nutrition choices is not the end of the world. Get back to your usual eating habits as soon as you get back home and know that life goes on!
(Enjoying some gelato in Venice, Italy)
Strive for progress, not perfection!
Any travel nutrition tips you would add?
It’s Thursday so I’m linking up with Amanda’s Thinking Out Loud!