Whether you travel for work or for fun, many people find it harder to stick with their commitment to eat healthier away from home. You don’t have to be one of them!
Here are some tips to help you have food you can feel good about eating while you’re far from your kitchen.
Juice bars, where you can get fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices, are becoming increasingly popular. Just the other day, I discovered that our local coffee place is now serving freshly made juices. And many conventional restaurants have added smoothies to their menus.
The next best thing to fresh juice is bottled juice that are pasteurized with pressure as opposed to heat. Sometimes called HPP (high pressure processed) juices, they are often found in airports.
Pop into a health food store and buy the dried fruits, seeds and nuts you most enjoy. Mix them all together in a plastic bag or container and you’ve created your own personalized trail mix, with only the ingredients that you prefer. One note of caution: be careful about dried fruits, such as banana chips, that often have tons of added sugar.
Vegetable and fruit snack bags have the convenience of potato chips without all the added fat and salt. Look for snack size packaged items such as dried apples, flavored kale chips, veggie crisps, dried coconut and popcorn. Even a familiar box of raisins can be a great snack on the road. Just be careful to choose snacks with relatively low sodium (less than 250 mg/serving) and no added sugar.
If you’re going to be out for the day, consider packing your own fruits and vegetables. Hardy vegetables like carrots and peppers are better choices than lettuce. A whole banana is going to take a beating in your beach bag, but apples, citrus fruits, grapes and pears should hold up well. Melon, berries and tropical fruits like mango and papaya can be cut into chunks and carried in plastic containers. Bring plastic spoons and you have a fabulous snack, full of vitamins. Of course, if you have to eat in a conventional restaurant, try to find one with a full salad bar.
Energy bars run the gamut from healthy choices to candy. When making your choice, look for a bar that has at least 3 grams of protein and fiber and less than 10 grams of sugar.
Some sandwiches will keep well even without refrigeration. Try peanut or other nut butters or hummus. Or beef, fish or pork jerky for some protein. Or a homemade savory muffin (also called hand pie).
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Author: Rebeca Espinoza