Just like eating well any other time, it just takes a little planning.Nope. Didn't actually travel to Moose Jaw. ;)
I did some traveling recently with quite a bit of time driving - for a few days in a row. There was also a night at a hotel. Personally, I follow a plant based diet which means I eat primarily plants, grains, nuts and seeds - pretty much in that order. I avoid dairy(pretty much 100% of the time). I even avoid added oils. It's pretty far from the typical American diet for sure. Practically speaking, I know I will not be able to eat while traveling the way that I eat at home - none of us do really. Most of the time, it's a time to "throw the diet out the window" and indulge with abandon especially if it's vacation. I believe in treats. I believe in enjoying your food, having variety, etc. so don't think of me as a "party pooper" when it comes to food. I enjoy eating and enjoy treats as much as the next person. I've just found (over time) healthier options. There are all kinds of options to eat well (treats included) and enjoy your food WHILE eating healthfully and when you do, you actually FEEL BETTER. You'll find a few options on this blog and I'll keep adding as time goes by. Now on to the specific topic at hand: Eating Well while Traveling or On the Go....
Here's what I did. I have been on a watermelon binge lately so I stopped at my local grocery store and splurged. I bought the already diced watermelon. Luckily it was on sale. ;) It's amazing how filling watermelon can be. That actually held me quite well through the first leg of my journey. I also had pita bread and eggless egg salad. I've posted about it on the Inspirations for Wellness FaceBook page. Love that stuff! Here's a link for the recipe. It's by Happy Herbivore. Yes. It's tofu based. No, I don't have an issue with tofu (as in I don't avoid all soy products) but that's another post for another day. Soy is so controversial these days. <sigh> Oh - and of course, I had a few of my Cocoa cookies. Love those things! Chocolatey and filling. Perfect! I know I had an apple with me but I don't think I ate it. I was too busy eating watermelon. :)
I had a "layover" for a few hours before I was on the road again. I made more eggless egg salad and also mock chicken salad (chick pea based - lots of protein and fiber). Also shared on FaceBook. Here's a link to the recipe from Plantiful Wellness. I'm not a complicated eater as you can see. I try new recipes regularly but when I find something easy that I like, I eat it regularly - for awhile anyway, until I find my next favorite. I also have shared repeatedly that I am not a gourmet cook. I like cooking and experimenting but most of the time I am busy with other things - not constantly cooking (although I do sometimes feel like I am always in the kitchen. lol) Ok. So after my "layover" I was restocked with my sandwich fillings/spreads. I also made some peanut butter crackers to take and added some other fruits like grapes and strawberries. Basically easy sandwich stuff, fruits and peanut butter crackers. Other options would have been trail mix, nuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, hummus and veggies or rice crackers - just to name a few.
The surprising part for me was when I had breakfast at the hotel - a healthy breakfast! I really hadn't expected to eat my breakfast at the hotel breakfast bar but I did! They had a pot of oatmeal. Standard rolled oats plain oatmeal in something like a crock pot. It wasn't just the packets of instant oats with lots of added sugars and probably artificial flavorings. It was real oatmeal. They had brown sugar and raisins that you could add to the oatmeal. Now at home I have steel cut oats and I use walnuts and cranberries or other fruit (also chia seeds, etc.) in my oatmeal. I didn't get what I can get at home but it was so much better than the other items I had to choose from. Hot oatmeal (not from a packet) and herbal tea. An excellent breakfast for a day on the road. :)
I can't say that I didn't eat a few things that are definitely not part of my usual diet. I did. But it was very limited. What was nice was that I felt good while I was traveling and I felt good when I got back home. It was awesome! I'm not sure what this will mean to you. We all have different eating goals and different options depending upon where we live and where we are traveling. It's a bit of a jungle out there for me. Most of the foods are things I don't care to consume and definitely are not what I want to feed my child. We all have to make exceptions and do our best. I worked hard to plan and pack food and that's the bottom line as far as my recommendation to you - Plan and Pack your own [healthy] food. I was thrilled to have options at my hotel breakfast bar especially when I hadn't planned for that to be an option. The two things together went a long way to making my travel time fun and enjoyable. I hope this will inspire you to plan for healthful eating the next time you travel. You just might find that you enjoy your trip a little more. :)
Here's my Fridge-to-go. It goes with me pretty much anytime and anywhere I travel. I love using it for water when we are away from home and outside. It's so nice to have access to ice cold water on a hot summer day. It's great for road trips too for the items that really need to stay cold. I kept my eggless egg salad in it on the recent trip I described above. It's small size is deceptive. The cooling panels are all around the bag including the bottom so you don't take up room inside your bag with ice packs. It's a great product that I own, use and love. Thought you might like to know about it. :)