Road trip foods

Sticking to a new health and fitness regimen is challenging, but can be made harder when travelling. A little preparation can make all the difference when trying to stick to your healthy lifestyle when travelling. 

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Wanderlust.  

 “ A strong or irresistible impulse to travel”

“The desire to espcape routine and responsibility”

Wanderlust is a journey of outward adventure and inward self-exploration. Food is often at the centre of social interactions and journeys. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to diets and food intake, but it’s learning to become mindful in your food choices that can help you feel your best. Staying healthy on the road is a combination of good preparation alsongside common sense. Many of us, use travel and holidays as an excuse to throw all normal eating habits out of the window, succumbing to indulgent snacks or eating out on a daily basis often leading to weight gain (more energy in and less energy being expended). If this sounds all too familiar, just remember three main principles; eat real food, not to much of it and fill up on plant based foods 

Real food - foods that are fresh i.e. eat more foods that don’t have an ingredients list, foods that are straight from the ground or foods that were once breathing. Know where you food has comes from. 

How much - listen to your body and eat what makes you feel good. Remember the simple principle of energy balance : if energy in equals energy expended = weight maintenance. If energy in exceeds energy expended it will lead to weight gain, and vice versa is energy in is less than energy expended it will lead to weight loss. 

A few tips to help with your travels

Before your trip - go online and scope out the local area to gain an idea of your options, whether it’s supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, food markets or places to stop on the road for a balanced meal. If your on the road for long stretches, consider packing a cool box with lunch and snack foods. Cover your food groups of protein, fruit and vegetables, healthy fats and complex carbohyddates. 

Knowing you have options helps lessen the stress of trying to find a healthy balance diet when en route.  

Protein sources  (ensure food safety when packing certain foods, keep cool packs/ice packs to keep food temperatures in the safe zone)

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- meat, poultry, fish  

- Greek yoghurt  

- cottage cheese or individually wrapped cheese

- hard-boiled eggs  

- roasted edamame or chickpeas  

- protein powders  

 

Healthy fats  

- olives  

- avocados 

- seeds and nuts

- nut butters  

 

Fruit and vegetables  

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- sliced veggies (to dip in hummus, salsa or guacamole)  

- salads  

- soups (kept in the thermal flask)  

 

Complex carbohydrates  

- oats (porridge pots, oat based smoothies)  

- popcorn  

- whole grain bread and crackers are great for cold cuts of meat, cheese and spreads 

- baked potatoes  

 

Drinks  

staying hydrated is vitally important and often thirst is mistaken for hunger. Make sure you pack plenty of fluids, but go slow with the caffeine. 

 

If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.
— Anthony Bourdain