You all know I love to travel. And that I like to eat.
You have two choices when it comes to food while traveling – calories don’t count or learning how to eat healthy while traveling.
I’ll be honest, I’ve done a bit of both. I’m eaten all the best Disneyland food, and I’ve eaten Whole 30 at SeaWorld. My husband on the other hand is the master of eating healthy while traveling, and I’ve been learning from him what works and what doesn’t.
Because when you travel a lot, you can’t always play the calories don’t count on vacation card.
So I’ve put together some of my best tips and tricks for eating healthy while you travel. You can use these along with these great healthy travel snacks to avoid vacations getting in the way of your healthy lifestyle.
These tricks work whether you’re trying to stick to a Whole 30 meal plan or just trying to eat better in general.
7 Tips for Eating Healthy While Traveling
1 – Start the Day off Right
Skip the juice, pastries and sugar bottom yogurt at the free continental breakfast and instead opt for things like hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit, and water to keep you hydrated.
Even better, add your favorite Vital Proteins collagen to your water to start the day off with a boost. If you want something to add flavor to your water try the Strawberry Lemon Beauty Collagen or if you just want something to add without a lot of flavor, try the unflavored original Vital Protein Collagen.
We love picking up the sampler box full of a variety of the Vital Proteins collagen sticks so you don’t have to carry out the larger canisters. Those can stay at home in your pantry instead!
2 – Stick to Your Regular Routine
As much as possible, stick to the routine you follow at home. If you get up in the morning and exercise, do that when you travel too. If you normally meditate or read, do it.
Even if you have to shorten your routine a bit (e.g., exercise for 30 minutes instead of 60), just maintain the routine as much as possible so your inner rhythms aren’t as disrupted when you get home.
For me, reading before bed is something I do every night. The rest of my routine is pretty flexible but reading happens pretty much every night, and it’s a way for me to relax and reset before sleeping. So I always have a good book or my Kindle (filled with the best Kindle Unlimited books) with me on trips so I can keep that up and remind my body that it’s time for sleep.
This goes for eating routines as well – if you normally wake up and eat breakfast right away, don’t skip breakfast. Try to eat around the same times, try to eat about the same amount of food, and do your best to eat similar things to what you eat at home.
3 – Pack Your Own Food
Sometimes there just aren’t healthy options available, especially if you’re going somewhere like a conference where meals are provided. If you don’t want to spend a ton of money (or time) seeking out other food options, bring your own food in addition to the Vital Proteins sample packs I mentioned before!
Some of our favorite things to bring on trips include:
- All natural packaged protein like salmon, tuna, etc.
- Packaged dressings
- Protein bars
- Nuts, dried fruits, trail mix
- Seasonings and packages of oils
4 – Pick the Healthiest Options Then Improvise
You may not be able to find options on the menu that fit your diet or preference but a lot of times if you either piece together menu items or improvise those menu items with the things you brought on your own, you can make things from a restaurant work.
One easy way to do this is to go for salads, grilled veggies, fresh fruit, or anything that has a label where you can clearly see the ingredients. Then use the food you brought yourself to make it a full meal or finish it off.
5- Keep Healthy Snacks in Your Bag
Don’t let yourself get hangry because you’re standing in a line or a meeting went long and you haven’t eat anything for hours. Keep some of these healthy snacks in your bag to munch on if the time between breakfast and lunch is just a little too long.
Another great tip is to add some protein in the form of Vital Proteins collagen or Vital Proteins bone broth to your breakfast or lunch to help the meals last for just a little longer. Bone broth mixes great into hot soup and there are tons of different ways to use collagen!
6 – Do Your Research
Just like if you were trying to figure out what to do in any destination, do some research and find healthy places to eat where you go as well. Search for places that meet your eating requirements whether you’re looking for organic ingredients, grass-fed meats, or even plant-based options.
There are so many out there these days that if you just Google your destination’s name and what you’re looking for, you’re bound to find some great options. Looking ahead of time is WAY easier than trying to search once you get there. Fast food sure looks good when you’re hangry.
7 – Get Enough Sleep
Number one rule when you travel – sleep, sleep, sleep. Or at least as much as possible.
What does this have to do with eating? Lack of sleep equals irritability equals making poor choices when it comes to food. At least it does for me.
I always feel better when I get enough sleep and feeling better in general makes me want to eat better food.
What are your best tips for eating healthy while traveling? What would you add?