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How To Eat Healthy On The Road

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Carry healthy snacks from home and use refillable water bottles. If you need to buy food, opt for organic stores or a farmer’s market. In advance, identify healthy eateries en route to your destination. For road trips, carry a cooler loaded with snacks. For flight journeys, carry food in a baggie. For condo stays, enquire about kitchen supplies and carry other essentials you may need. Explore local specials, too.

Traveling this summer? Got a long road trip planned? I’ve got you covered with healthy on-the-go clean food options. Your clean eating routine doesn’t have to go by the wayside just because you’ll be away from home and your kitchen. With a little pre-planning, you can create a lot of options for eating healthy away from home.

So, make a list, shop ahead and pack up some healthy treats for your vacations and keep driving on by that truck stop full of trans fats and genetically modified foods!

Something that goes with me on every trip is my essential oils. I have a little travel case full of tiny drams of my favorites. I use Lemon oil in my water every morning to balance my pH and detox. Peppermint for headaches, fevers, improved digestion, and over-heating. I use Lavender for cuts, scrapes, itching, rashes and for calming. Most importantly, a natural repellant blend that keeps mosquitos and ticks away without chemicals!

Clean Eating On The Go

Be it on the road, in the air, at the hotel, or even in a nice little condo far away. Here’s how we got you covered.

Eating Healthy On The Road

Got a road trip this summer? Here’s a few tips on how to eat healthy on the road.

  1. Plug in your route on Eat Well Guide and it will give you a list of healthy food options along your route. Plug in your destination and it will give you tons of local, organic food options where you’ll be staying as well.
  2. Pack a cooler. Our kids get bored easily and having go-to snacks on hands and lunches already packed, means less stops and getting to our destination quicker!
  3. Here’s what I pack: bananas, apples, grapes, pre-made trail mix, homemade granola (for topping yogurt or just snacking on), nitrate-free jerky, Epic bars, hummus with cut up cucumber, carrots and bell peppers, sandwiches for the kids, power salad for me, protein power balls, homemade granola bars.
  4. Refillable, reusable water bottles. No plastic bottles that just fill up landfills and expose you to more BPA, buy a glass or stainless steel bottle and refill it!

Eating Healthy On A Plane

Knowing a few secrets can get you by those pesky TSA rules!

  1. Pack your breakfast in a baggie! I pack quick-cooking rolled oats, cinnamon, chia seeds, nuts and my homemade granola in a baggie. Once through security, I look for a coffee shop and get a cup of hot water and a spoon (almost always free). You can also add dried fruit like raisins, cranberries or apples to sweeten it up if you need to.
  2. Banana with a packet of Almond Butter.
  3. For every plane trip I took last year, I made a Power Salad in a small container. It has greens, a protein like quinoa, chickpeas or tuna fish, sunflower seeds, diced avocado, chia seeds, chopped veggies like cucumber, bell peppers, carrots and a tiny container of homemade dressing. I stop by a café and grab a plastic fork before getting on the plane.
  4. I also love taking dried fruit, dark chocolate, trail mix, granola, blueberries, raw pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and homemade granola bars for the kiddies.
  5. Water! Buy a large bottle of water after security or fill up your reusable water bottle at a café soda fountain (free option!).
  6. Herbal tea – I love packing a baggie of my favorite herbal teas. They always have hot water on the plane or you can hit up a coffee kiosk.

Eating Healthy In A Hotel

I like to book hotel rooms that have a mini-fridge. I like packing a few staples in my suitcase and then tossing a few local finds in the fridge.

  1. Stop by a local market and buy some string cheese, plain yogurt, nut butter, raw veggies, crackers.
  2. Bring baggies of quick-cooking oatmeal and make some hot water by running water through the hotel room coffee maker.
  3. Pack your protein powder or green powder and add water to a Blender Bottle for a quick breakfast shake. I make pre-made baggies of my whey, powdered greens, maca powder, raw cacao and chia seeds.
  4. Store fresh fruit like apples, oranges, grapes, berries and bananas in the fridge.
  5. Make sure you save some snacks for the car or plane ride home.

Eating Healthy In A Condo (With A Kitchen)

We’re taking a week-long beach vacation to South Carolina this year and I’m excited about being able to cook our own food in a fully-stocked kitchen. I called ahead to see what they have and I only need to pack a few extra essentials. We’re packing a blender, some spices, my favorite skillet and a few of my favorite knives.

I’ve planned out our route and found some local restaurants, farmer’s markets and even an organic grocery to shop from.

Mostly every breakfast and lunch will be eaten at the condo. I love omelets, sweet potato hash and fresh sausage from our farmer.

We’ll make chicken salad, potato salad, broccoli slaw with grilled chicken and lots of fresh salads. I’m packing a cooler of some of our frozen pastured pork and grass-fed beef and have planned out our dinners for the week, which also includes some evenings out at a few local restaurants that cater to those looking for healthier, local, sustainable foods.

But I might throw in a night at some of my favorite Southern soul-food spots. I gotta get my fix! It’s all about balance after all.

Cindy Santa Ana

Cindy is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, author of Unprocessed Living and founder of Unlock Better Health. She is deeply passionate about inspiring her clients to reach their ideal weight, increase their energy, and live a healthy balanced lifestyle while juggling their career and personal life. Her articles have been featured in Fitlife.tv, Take Back Your Health, Woman’s World, and The DC Ladies. To find out more, visit her website at www.UnlockBetterHealth.com.

Cindy Santa Ana

Cindy is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, author of Unprocessed Living and founder of Unlock Better Health. She is deeply passionate about inspiring her clients to reach their ideal weight, increase their energy, and live a healthy balanced lifestyle while juggling their career and personal life. Her articles have been featured in Fitlife.tv, Take Back Your Health, Woman’s World, and The DC Ladies. To find out more, visit her website at www.UnlockBetterHealth.com.

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