On the road again! Over the next few months this is going to be a common theme for myself. Lots of road travel which means quick workouts, on-the-go grub, and sleeping when I can 😋.
What this doesn’t mean is – an excuse to get crappy food, be lazy and say I can’t or don’t have time to workout. Overall I know I can’t slack on all the awesome things I want to share with you during this time. Remember, you don’t have to do anything,m… YOU GET TO! and can choose to or not to do something. Establish your goals and then reread them at least once a week so you don’t lose site in the shuffle of your day-to-day life.
(Meal #2 at campsite!)
Here’s a small list I put together of 4 essential things I travel with or get while I’m on the road when it comes to food/nutrition.
- 1️⃣ Nuts/Trailmix: No, I’m not talking about the ones from the gas station with M&M’s, 🙄I mean nuts and possibly some raisins or dates, if needed. I always have a bag of walnuts, almonds, or pistachios with me. Nuts pack a great fat and protein punch with minimal carbs which means you shouldn’t “crash” after eating. Plus, nuts are pretty easy on the go and you don’t have to worry about storing them any certain place.
- 2️⃣ Water: This may seem like a no brainer or a “duh” moment, but when you’re traveling water is essiental. If the worst should happen and you break down or have a long time between stops, staying hydrated is very curical. Most of us pound tons of caffeine while driving which only further dehydrates us. So get a Yeti or similar cup that keeps water cold even in extreme temperatures. Also, try and stay away from leaving plastic in the sun or a warm car as this can become harmful for you to consume.
- 3️⃣ Bars: Although not the best things for you ingredient wise sometimes, these guys can come in real handy when you’re hungry and on the go or have no other source of food with you. My favorite ones are RX Bars, Kind Bars, and Quest Bars. RX Bars are minimal ingredients, stating no BS, Kind Bars are pretty health conscious and fat heavy, while quest bars are packed with fiber. Depending on your diet, you may like all of them or none.
- 4️⃣ Super Greens Powder Mix: I keep this brand around in case I haven’t been able to hit my greens for the day due to travel. Super Greens has over 80% of your RDA for Vitamin A, 4g of fiber, and a probiotic blend. Is it as good as the real thing? Probably not, but it’s definitely better than nothing at all… I think so anyways?!
*Bonus: Healthy options for “fast food” if you need it.
If you have one near you, grabbing some meals and packing them on ice is a great option. If you just need something quick then they can do that too! With so many healthier options, 🌯🥙🍳🥕🥗 I don’t think you can really go wrong here. They provide you the macro content of each meal and are huge on portion control. If you stick to the portion sizes you’re going to be just fine but start adding in extra sauces or sides and you can pack on calories quick. Be smart and stick to their plan!
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Some of their food options are fantastic while others are caked with sodium and are higher calorie options due to sauces or a sandwich concactuion. Just check out their online menu first show you know what you’re getting yourself into. I usually opt for a 🥗 salad with 2x meat and veggies with little else on it besides a clean dressing or just lots of 🥑 avocados instead.
If there’s not any other option then I’ll opt for the inventors of the chicken sandwhich. I’ll get a grilled chicken sandwhich and some nuggets with possibly a kale salad. Is it the best? No, not really. But it is a healthier choice then the other guys and that’s the point. Make the best possible choice for your body, mind, and sol when you can. They as well have an online menu so check it out so you know where the calories lie. I love their sauces but they are definitely not a great choice because of the ingredients and extra calories. So, use these sparingly if at all.
For any choice what you really want to accomplish is:
- Food choices with quality protein.
- Protein will make you feel satisfied (satiated) and keep you from binging on sweeter foods. Have you ever tried eating a pack of beef jerky and then been like wooo, I could eat 5 of those things? Now what about a cookie? How many of those could you eat? This is why protein is your friend when traveling.
- Get in some FAT. Yes, I said FAT.
- FAT will take longer to digest which means, hopefully, you keep from getting a sugar crash, and plus it’s good for ya if it’s a healthy fat! This goes back to finding things like nuts and avocados BUT, be careful. Some package of nuts have hidden ingredients like sugar. Always read your labels!
- Watch eating excessive sugar or things high in sugar, especially by themselves.
- This can cause blood sugar spikes which can make you feel tired and sleepy which is no bueno when on-the-go.
Remember to do what you can when you can. Food shouldn’t be seen as a cheat but a personal choice. Figure out what foods make you feel great and eat more of those. Figure out the foods that don’t make you feel so great and eat less of those.
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