‘Tis the season for holiday travel and all manner of hanger management issues that come with planes, trains, and automobiles. It can be overwhelming to find stuff on the go, so I’m a big fan of bringing a few tricks in your bag to help make it easy. Here are some of my top picks for healthy travel eating essentials that pack easily into a purse or carry-on to help you stay on track while traveling.
- Beef or turkey jerky for on-the-go protein. My favorite is Epic 100% Natural Turkey Cranberry & Sage Steak Strips.
- Nuts, seeds, or a nut-based bar like KIND Bars, Nuts and Spices bars (these get my pick because of their low sugar content—key to hanger management when traveling
- Fruit with a peel like a banana or orange
- Single-serving packs of nut butter, peanut butter, or sunflower butter
- Amazing Grass Green Superfood Organic Powder with Wheat Grass and Greens — I shake this up in a bottle of water to make sure I get some greens in, and the probiotic blend is helpful for keeping digestion on track.
- Natural Vitality Natural Calm Anti Stress Drink —I drink this magnesium citrate powder mixed with warm water at night when traveling. Aside from helping the body and brain settle down, it’s also helpful for maintaining regular digestion when you’re out of your comfort zone.
- Chia Shots from The Chia Company — I love these stirred into yogurt, and they also make a great topping for oatmeal and smoothies.
- Hodgson Mill Travel Flax Chia packs — Another handy addition to yogurt and oatmeal.
Other stuff it’s helpful to have
- Water Bottle
- Notebook and Pen
For more info about healthy eating while traveling, check out my Fitness Magazine article. For those times when fast food is your only option, my piece for The List is packed with options that won’t derail you off you healthy habits track.
Are you traveling at all this holiday season?
I usually go to my family’s home in New Jersey, but this year we’re all going away together to enjoy some warm weather in South Carolina. It’s one of the few places I’m able to truly relax, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some recharge-time. The only downside is that Eli won’t be there, but I’m looking forward to spending some time with my little dude in December. FaceTiming with your dog is great, but obviously not the same. Yeah, I’m totally a crazy dog lady.
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