Whenever I travel, I love to stock up on snacks to help keep my diet well-balanced while on the road.
I’ve written previously about healthy hotel living which is great for when you have time/access to a market, but here is an update on the quick-fixes I like to bring along.
Room service costs a fortune (and usually just for convenience — not quality!) so if you’d rather not fork out $30-$40 each morning for a breakfast that’s only going to make you feel sluggish for the rest of the day, then consider bringing your own nutritional shakes.
I got this Blender Bottle (pictured below) from Whole Foods which has a wire ball inside that whisks around the powder to help mix it up well. The bottle is a lightweight BPA-free plastic, so it’s easy to travel with.
I use Think Vitality Nutrition‘s Superfood Blend Pea Protein in either the Coconut or Chocolate flavour, and I also love the Vega One Nutritional Shake. I love them because the mixes aren’t just straight up protein. They include a variety of vitamins and minerals to kick-start your day.
Simply mix the powder with some water, shake it up, and voila you’ve got yourself a body-nourishing breakfast in 20 seconds.
Bananas and avocados are great to pack for easy snacks throughout the week. I also bring my own Himalayan Pink Sea Salt (stay away from processed table salt), which I love to sprinkle on half an avocado for a snack. Much better than plunging into a bag of potato chips to keep you going between meals!
Raw, unsalted almonds and goji berries provide a quick dose of body-loving super food. Goji berries are higher in antioxidants than any other fruit, and they’re dried which make them a perfect travel snack. Stay away from the heavily salted, roasted nuts you’ll find in your mini-bar.
I always keep a raw fruit bar in my bag to help curb any sweet cravings or hunger while out and about. The key when purchasing any of these bars (from the health food aisle) is to look at the ingredients. They should only have around five ingredients, and all ingredients listed should be real food you actually recognise.
For example, the Cherry Pie Larabar pictured above contains non-GMO dates, almonds and unsweetened cherries. Nothing else.
“If it’s made in a lab, it takes a lab to digest.” – Kris Carr
I never leave the house without teabags. Simply stop by a Starbucks or cafe to request a cup of hot water. Usually they won’t charge you for it and you’ve got yourself a free/cheap cup of tea.
I was never too big on supplements until just recently. I’ve always liked adding overall health boosters to my smoothies such as Spirulina and maca powder, but now I’ve started to take some specific supplements. Here are my four recommendations while on the road.
My latest craze is Natural Calm — a magnesium supplement that helps ease any anxiety or sleeplessness that can come with travel and jet lag.
Digestive enzymes are great for when you’re traveling and eating out to help your body break down your food more efficiently and prevent possible digestive issues.
Cold & Sinus Blaster by Earth Bar is an all-natural option to help clear any congestion that is inevitable from the air-conditioning inside hotels. It’s basically just drops of immune system-boosting echinacea with sinus-blasting horseradish, along with other herbs.
Spirulina and/or Chlorella have many benefits and should be included in your daily diet, but for travel-specific reasons, they are said to help protect our body from harmful radiation that can come from plane travel, etc.