Fuel Your Travels with Nutritional Power: Your Guide to Finding Healthy Eats On the Go

When it comes to traveling, maintaining a healthy diet can often feel like an uphill battle. From fast food joints at airports to tempting indulgences at roadside diners, finding nutritious meals can be a daunting task. However, with a little planning and a willingness to explore, you can fuel your travels with nutritional power. In this guide, we’ll share valuable tips and strategies to help you discover healthy eating options while on the go, ensuring you stay energized, nourished, and ready to conquer your fitness plan while on the road.

Plan Ahead:

Before embarking on your journey, take some time to plan your meals. Research healthy restaurant options, supermarkets, or local farmers’ markets at your destination. Having a list of potential places to visit will make it easier to make healthier choices while on the road. Know which airports you’ll be in? Google what kind of food you’re interested in and the airport’s name (can be as simple as “healthy food, DTW”). Many people have embarked on this journey and are happy to share what they have found.

Pack Smart Snacks:

Prepare a variety of nutritious snacks to take with you. Pack items like fresh fruits, nuts, granola bars, or homemade trail mixes. These portable snacks will keep hunger at bay and provide essential nutrients to keep you going during your travels. Even packing a sandwich or wrap while traveling in airports is doable, as long as you can get it in your carry ons. Make sure to bring packaging that won’t break your heart to part from. I’ll bring a wrap in a plastic tupperware. If I need to get rid of it because it’s making travel uncomfortable, I can. But I try to reduce my waste and typically will get it to the destination, wash it, and then put it in checked luggage for the way home. Traveling by car? Well your options just got extended 10 fold! Don’t be afraid to ice down the cooler and keep the snacks a-coming!

Opt for Smart Airport Choices:

Airports are notorious for their fast-food chains and unhealthy options. However, many airports now offer healthier alternatives. Look for salad bars, smoothie stands, or grab-and-go options with fresh fruits and vegetables. By choosing wisely, you can find nutritious meals even in the busiest of terminals. Many major airports have large scale “grab-and-gos” now. Having lived in Ann Arbor for some time, my favorite by default is the Plum Market in the DTW terminal in Detroit. You couldn’t ask for much healthier to go options from an airport. Find similar airport storefronts wherever your travels take you.

Explore Local Cuisine:

One of the joys of traveling is experiencing new cultures and their culinary delights. Seek out local restaurants that prioritize fresh ingredients and offer healthier options. Explore traditional dishes that incorporate vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Embrace the opportunity to expand your palate while nourishing your body. If you’re landing in a larger city, look for the Whole Foods. While picking up some snacks for the week, explore their hot bar. Most Whole Foods cater towards a more local flare with their options.

Stay Hydrated:

Proper hydration is crucial during your travels. Carry a reusable water bottle and refill it whenever possible. Avoid excessive consumption of sugary beverages or alcoholic drinks (let’s dive in deep in our article “Balance Your Cheers and Sweat: Navigating Alcohol’s Impact on Your Fitness Journey While Traveling”), as they can leave you feeling dehydrated and sluggish. Opt for water, herbal tea, or freshly squeezed juices (I always opt for a Suja organic juice at Plum Market, DTW) to keep your body hydrated and refreshed.

Utilize Technology:

In this digital age, numerous smartphone apps and websites can assist you in finding healthy food options on the go. Use apps that help you locate nearby health food stores, vegetarian or vegan restaurants (Happy Cow), or establishments with allergen-friendly menus. These tools can be invaluable in your quest for nutritious meals.

Be Mindful of Portion Sizes:

While indulging in local cuisine, be mindful of portion sizes. It’s easy to get carried away with large servings, especially when trying new dishes. Listen to your body’s hunger cues and practice portion control. Take the time to savor your meals and enjoy the dining experience without overeating.

Prepare Your Own Meals:

If you have access to a kitchenette or are staying in accommodations with cooking facilities, consider preparing some of your meals. Visit local grocery stores or farmers’ markets to source fresh ingredients and cook your favorite healthy recipes. Not only will this save you money, but it also allows you to have full control over the nutritional content of your meals. This is huge if you can get on this game plan at least once or twice during your travel. The other tips on finding “healthy” food on the go are great for the limitations considered, but even that vegan veggie stew could be loaded with oils, salt, and inorganic ingredients. Take fate into your own hands!

Maintaining a healthy diet while traveling doesn’t have to be a challenge. By planning ahead, being mindful of your choices, and exploring local cuisine, you can fuel your travels with nutritional power. Embrace the opportunity to try new foods, make conscious choices, and stay energized throughout your journey. Remember, healthy eating is an essential part of your travel experience, ensuring you make the most of your adventures while taking care of your well-being. You spent all that time chasing down the right gym to give you the right workouts, so make sure you are on top of your game to follow through! Bon voyage and bon appétit!

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