Hey everyone! Today’s post is actually from one of my very good friends Elle and her blog Hey Dandelion. Elle and I actually went to the same high school. Even though we live on total opposite sides of the country, she and I still share a love for food!
Elle has moved around a lot in the first few months, and like me she’s got a few food allergies/dietary restrictions. I was curious about how she made things work food-wise since she was on-the-go for quite a while. This post shares her secrets, tips, and tricks for eating healthy when you travel. Whether you’re a corporate executive that’s always on the run or back packing through Europe, these tips will make eating while traveling much easier.
Confession: I have wanderlust. I love to travel! So when I was diagnosed with a host of food intolerances, one of the first things I worried about was how I was going to travel while maintaing such a strict diet. For people with food allergies or dietary restrictions (or even just people who are trying to stay healthy), traveling can seem overwhelming. But it can be done! Here are some tips to make healthy travel easier.
1. Pack Snacks
I think we can all agree that airport/gas station food is pretty gross, and usually pretty unhealthy too. I always bring a bunch of snacks with me when l travel. I portion out serving sizes ahead of time into little zip-lock bags to I can keep track of what and how much I’m eating. That way, I can be sure I’m getting enough protein, etc. Go simple with snacks like almonds, snap peas, and vegan chocolate chips. Or, get creative and make mini almond butter plantain chip sandwiches (think ritz bits but healthier and tastier).
2. Eat at Farmers Markets
One of my absolute favorite ways to explore a new city is via farmer’s market. Experience the local culture and make a meal out of it! Grab some fruit, nuts, cheese, and fresh-squeezed juice while you enjoy the market atmosphere. And if you’re lucky enough to have a fridge or kitchen where you’re staying, stock up on fresh food at the farmer’s market to cook back at your hotel later.
3. Research Restaurants in Advance
When it comes to food allergies, eating out can be tricky- especially if you’re in a foreign country. It’s such a bummer to get to a restaurant only to realize there’s nothing for you to eat. You’ll either end up hungry, or eating something that will make you feel sick (or bloated and gross). Avoid this by researching healthy/organic/vegan/gluten-
free restaurants in the area before you get there. Travel prepared with a list! I did this when I took a road trip through the northwest and also for my trip in Europe. It saved my butt so many times.
4. Try New Foods
Traveling is the perfect time to be adventurous! Make a goal to try new foods on your trip. Expanding your horizons in the food department can really open the doors to healthier eating. It’s not a bad thing to have more fruits and veggies in your repertoire! Even if you don’t end up liking them, at least you’ve made one meal healthier. (In Sicily, I tried anchovies- a staple of the local cuisine. I pretty much hated them, but that meal was extra protein-packed and is a fun memory of Sicily too.)
5. Keep a Positive Attitude
It is so much easier to stay healthy when you’re doing it for the right reasons. I believe in eating healthy to honor my body; my goal is not to lose weight or stay thin, but rather to give my body the nourishment it needs to do all the amazing things it does! So when I’m traveling, I want to be active and explore all the new things around me. I can’t do that if I’m eating junk. It becomes less of a choice to eat healthy, and more of a habit. Something you do because you love and respect your body.
For more travel tips, check out Elle’s Travel Enthusiast on a Budget series here.