The opportunity to travel for business or for a family vacation can be very exciting. After one locks up the itinerary, budgets, and standard travel details, meal planning may begin for the health conscious traveller. If the identification of sources of clean, nutritious food is not high on the travel to do list, it should be.
One may avoid compromising a healthy dietary lifestyle by taking time to plan out meals and snacks in advance of trips. Meal planning is of particular importance to those who are vegetarians, vegans, have food allergies, or other health conditions. Internet search engines and social media can be used to identify affordable, healthy meal options. Here are some simple tips and instructions for healthy road warriors.
Single Business Travel Nutritional Tips
1. Research the travel destination area to determine the availability and exact location of farmer’s markets and organic grocery stores.
2. Pack a collapsible, insulated lunch box within the other luggage to conveniently transport food to working lunch meetings.
3. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables from the market that do not quickly spoil such as carrots, apples, oranges, bananas, and some greens
4. For vegans and vegetarians without food allergies, choose high protein whole foods such as peanut butter, beans, and nuts.
5. For those with gluten allergies who wish to dine out, Asian restaurants usually have the greatest variety of gluten free food options at affordable prices. Their noodle dishes are often made with rice noodles. But be reminded that standard soy sauce contains wheat, and therefore gluten.
6. Consider dried foods. Dried foods often retain many valuable nutrients compared to foods that have been otherwise processed. Think outside the box here and consider dried kale and other vegetable chips in addition to the standard dried berries.
Family Vacation Nutritional Tips
1. Pack a cooler with ice for family vacations taken by car or van. The cooler could contain hard boiled eggs, yogurt, bread, and cheese with room left to pick up fresh vegetables along the way.
2. Research the area(s) where the family plans to stop and locate nearby farmers markets and organic grocery stores.
3. Support local farmers by stopping at the vegetables stands along country roadsides. Make sure to ask the vendor about the farm and the growing practices of the farmers from which the produce came. Not only will the family have made a healthier food choice but maybe a new friendship too.
4. Eliminate beverages other than water. Drinking only pure water is healthier, cheaper, and less messy than other beverages.
And remember to have fun!