SIMPLY NOURISHED SUMMER TRAVEL GUIDE

Summer is officially here and I couldn’t be more excited! For me summer is synonymous with VACATION! Whether it’s road trip to the mountains, camping, a beach get away or an overseas adventure, travel is ALWAYS part of my summer plans. One of the things I love about traveling is getting to sample all the local cuisine and treating myself to foods that are not part of my daily staples. [And I know my clients feel the same way.]

While I encourage everyone to fully take advantage of their time away I also know how these types of trips can wreak havoc on your healthy eating. It’s one thing to deliberately choose to savor a decadent meal or relish in that ice cream sunday; it’s a completely different thing to get stuck at the airport, hungry and frustrated with nothing but fast food options to eat at.

My suggestion? Plan and pack it! Yes, just like you plan and pack your clothes, toiletries and anything else you bring on your trip, snacks and even meals should be part of your travel essentials.

So here it is… Your Simply Nourished Summer Travel guide, with our favorite essential travel foods.

ON THE ROAD/CAMPING:

With all the fun mountain towns to explore and family reunions to partake in, time in the car OR a tent is BOUND to happen. Being out in the wilderness and with family is one of the most nourishing experiences for the senses but maybe a bit more challenging on the food front. Here are a few go-to ideas to make sure you’re getting your baseline needs and letting the traditional camp or road trip nosh fill in the gaps. *Note- many of the options listed below in the airport section apply to road-tripping as well. While it may seem like a hassle to pack food when you’re also juggling all the other items on the packing list, the BEST part about car trips is the capacity to pack a COOLER. SO let’s capitalize on it and consider the following:

WHAT TO DO PLAN + PREP + PACK:

  • take a quick look at the towns you’ll be driving through and do a few google searches for grocery options along the way. [who knows! You might just find a hidden gem.]
  • chop some simple veg [my favs include jicama + snap peas + bell peppers + fennel]
  • hard boil some eggs
  • cottage cheese + berries [optional]
  • make some chia seed pudding [1 cup yogurt of choice + 1 Tbsp chia seeds + sweetener/spices of choice + splash of milk of choice] mix and store in travel friendly container
  • single serve packs of guacamole
  • chop some of your fave melon, stone fruit, apples or citrus
  • roast some chopped sweet potatoes with cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt

 

IN THE AIRPORT:

Airports are food deserts. Am I right? Don’t fall prey to [meh] pizza that you didn’t really want anyway when you can just as easily pack foods to nourish you even while you’re waiting for your flight to take off. Packing a combo of the following categories might just be what you needed to travel coast to coast without missing a beat:

EASY VEG:

PROTEIN IN A PINCH:

FAT AS FUEL:

SNACKS WITH CRUNCH:

FORGOT TO PACK SOME OF THESE IN ADVANCE? Good news! Larger airports are stocking their shops with more and more healthy options. But even the smallest of airports should offer a few of the following options: 

  • In the magazine/convenience shop look for:
    • Nuts
    • Dried fruit
    • Yogurt
    • Plain or lightly salted popcorn (without the artificial butter or cheese flavoring)
  • At restaurants look for
    • Salads
    • An entrée with grilled fish, chicken or meat
    • Vegetarian entrees
    • Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want – sauces and dressings on the side, skip the side of fries and get a side salad

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