"How can I still plan my meals and prep healthy foods while I’m traveling?"
"Is healthy eating still possible when I’m not in my own kitchen?"
We get these questions from our That Clean Life community a lot.
I’ve done my fair share of traveling in the last two years including road trips across Canada, visiting inlaws that live 5+ hours away and week-after-week of hotel living for work. I can confidently say that just because you pack your bags does not mean that you have to leave your healthy eating habits at home. Yes, you can travel, be away from your kitchen and still eat well!
Today I’m sharing my top meal planning and meal prep tips to help you stay on track and feel awesome while traveling.
1. Keep Things Bite-Sized
Prep as much as you can ahead of time. Cut up veggies, apple slices, and cheese cubes. Portion out nuts and seeds. Pre-make your salads, sandwiches or wraps, and whatever else you can beforehand. This will save you the hassle of prep on the go and make healthy options easily accessible.
If packing food products, I recommend opting for single-serving sizes. They may be a bit more expensive, but they save space and you'll be thankful to not have to deal with that messy peanut butter jar or leaky yogurt tub for the whole trip.
2. Plan Out Your Priorities
Know ahead of time what healthy eating habits are a must for you and which ones you are able to let slide. For example, having a healthy breakfast, a good lunch and lots of nutritious snacks available during the day are musts while I’m away from home, so I will always bring those along. However, I’m more likely to eat at a restaurant for dinner (where french fries are usually involved) or indulge in a local delicacy in the evenings.
When you plan out your healthy eating and meal prep priorities, you'll get to stay in your usual routine for the most part so you can feel like yourself, while also enjoying treats and your travels.
3. Incorporate All Food Groups
Fruits and veggies are an obvious healthy snack choice, but it’s important to remember to get in lots of protein and healthy fats while on the road to keep you full, energized and ready to get the most out of your trip.
Some great options for protein-packed foods are Greek yogurt, hummus, hard-boiled eggs, and sliced meats. Healthy fat options could include nuts, seeds, cheese, and nut butter.
And don't forget the fiber, which will help you stay regular. Being constipated while traveling is not fun!
Safety First: If you are going to prep foods like hard boiled eggs, sliced meats, and cheeses, be sure to use a cooler with ice packs to keep those perishable items fresh.
Remember to pack things like napkins, utensils, a knife, small cutting board, a bag to collect garbage, a cooler and ice packs. There’s nothing worse than wanting to dig into your yogurt and berries, only to realize you have nothing to eat them with!
Reusable straws, a travel mug for coffee or tea and a reusable water bottle can also be super helpful on the road.
5. Do Your Research
What's available to you while traveling and at your final destination? Is there a grocery store you can make a pit stop at? Does your hotel have a fridge? What kind of snacks are allowed on the airplane or into the amusement park/attraction?
Knowing what to expect while traveling can make healthy eating so much easier. Researching ahead of time will allow you to better prepare and plan your meals around your activities.
6. Use That Clean Life to Help You Plan for Your Trip
That Clean Life can help you successfully plan meals and snacks for your trip. Find inspiration in our recipe database, add healthy meal ideas that fit your travel itinerary to your plan, and use the grocery list to make sure you have everything you need.
Filters will help you find meal and snack ideas that take minimal time.
Need some inspiration? Here are some of our travel-friendly favorites to add to your plan:
What are your favorite meal prep tips for traveling? How do you maintain your healthy eating habits while away from home? Share your top tips with us in the comments below!
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