How I Stay Healthy And Keep My Zen While Traveling
Ayyyy, guys! So this year for my birthday, Mike planned us a trip to not only visit my sister in West Palm, Florida, but also got us tickets to Sunfest music festival while we're there! We leave in 3 days, so naturally I just sat down to make my to-do-before-we-go list (I'm a professional procrastinator by nature). As I'm planning and packing, it occurred to me that starting early Wednesday morning, before we even board our 1 pm flight, Mike and I will be on the go all day! We'll start the journey by dropping Quincy off at his trainer's in Oxford, Maryland and making our way back to the Philadelphia airport before taking offfff to the Sunshine State to enjoy a week of music and adventure. Needless to say, we'll barely have time to eat, let alone sit down to eat something healthy! So, I began our travel day meal prep and figured I would share it with you guys.
Hopefully you find some of these tips helpful in planning your own journeys this summer. Traveling can be exciting, but can take a real toll on our bodies if we're not careful! Especially when adventuring, it's important to keep our bodies fueled with the nutrients it needs to remain strong and happy. And while it seems inconvenient at first thought, eating healthy during a full day of travel is actually totally doable and just requires a little bit of mindfulness.
On Wednesday, we'll wake up super early and probably won't have time to sit down for breakfast. So, the breakfast move will be smoothies (in our awesome reusable cups with reusable straws). In order to make a smoothie a good meal replacement, it needs carbs, fats and some kind of protein. Here are two of my favorite meal replacement smoothies, and what we'll most likely grab and take out the door with us!
If you love chocolate-
6 ish oz. choice of milk (we use almond)
1 tbs. coco powder- some carbs
1 scoop plant-based chocolate protein - protein
1 tbs (or to your liking) of a nut butter such as peanut or almond - fat
1/3 fresh banana - carbs
1/8 fresh avocado - carbs
12 oz ice
just throw these ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth! You could even pour a little less almond milk and replace it with some cold brew coffee, if you need a jump start to your day.
I LOVE chocolate smoothies, but if you're like Mike and crave more of a fruitful drink, you might enjoy the meal-replacement recipe below
A Tropical twist-
7 ish oz. juice (I do pineapple juice, but an orange juice/water mix is great, too)
frozen pineapple and/or mango to your liking
1/2 cup spinach, kale or both
1/3 fresh banana - carbs
1/8 fresh avocado - carbs
1 lemon wheel (optional)
1 1/2 tbs hemp seeds - fat/protein
1 scoop plant-based vanilla protein - protein
8 ish oz. ice (this will vary depending on how much frozen fruit you throw in)
These smoothies will keep us full as if we ate a reasonable breakfast, plus they are oh so yummy. But knowing Mike and I, I'll definitely want to have some road snacks prepared for our drive to and from Maryland, and maybe even during our flight. I want to bring snacks that will keep us not only full, but energized and feeling good! Here's what I'm thinking-
WATER- This is the most important thing to remember! Keeping hydrated during travel -especially before, during and after a flight - is super important. Hydration is key for staying WELL. If you're a frequent traveler, my advice is to invest in a high quality reusable water bottle. My favorite is Zoku's stainless steel bottle. It keeps drinks cold for up to 40 hours, it's super easy to keep clean, plus they have a teal option!
A home-made trail mix- Home made mixes are usually healthier than the store bought ones, as you have control over what exactly goes into it. Here's my favorite mix-
Almonds - a great source of on-the-go protein
Cashews- although low in fiber, they are packed with minerals that are good for bodily function, which is beneficial especially while traveling.
Dried cranberries- if you use a brand with no sugar added, they maintain the same nutrients as regular cranberries- fiber and antioxidants to fight off colds!
Raisins- these babies are packed with energy and rich in fiber and minerals. Plus, they're naturally sweet!
Cocao nibs- for a hint of chocolatey flavor and a lot of added antioxidants!
Granola cereal to top it off and make it a true trail mix
Fresh fruit- We have some fruit still left in our fridge that will likely go bad if I let it sit for the week we're gone, so might as well bring it along for the morning ride! We have a little 5 quart cooler that's perfect to throw in some fresh cut fruit and an ice pack to keep it cool. It doesn't take up much room, and it's easy to empty once we arrive at the airport!
Protein/Luna Bars- I'll be stocking up on some Lemon Zest Luna Bars, and Mike's favorite vegan protein bars- No Cow! These will also be easy to bring onto the plane and enjoy mid-flight.
What we put into our bodies plays a huge role in keeping our days of travel healthy and happy, but being on-the-go still may mean moments of feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
Here are a couple things I do to keep my zen during those moments-
Of course sometimes unexpected situations arise throughout our journeys, but one thing we can do to make ourselves feel at ease is be as prepared as possible before we leave! Make sure to have the key essentials of travel- license/ID, money, passport (if leaving the country) and any itineraries you've written. And if necessary, have your meal prep ready!
Take a minute when you need it
If those unexpected things do happen and present obstacles, try taking one deep breath before moving forward. Do this whenever feelings of anxiousness arise and it'll pull you back to your center.
Move your body
This should come as no surprise, but a big way I stay healthy is by staying active. Whether this means doing some mini cardio or yoga flows at rest stops throughout a road trip or stretching it out a little bit before boarding a flight, I always make sure to move.
Go with the Flow
Because what else can ya do!? There's no point in stressing over the little things. Take one day at a time, and don't forget to ENJOY the ride!
Hopefully you find some of these ideas helpful for your next adventure! Have any more tips for staying healthy while traveling!? I'd love to hear em! Leave a comment below :)
Sending all love,
Kimber is a fellow soul searcher, yoga instructor, and proud dog mama. She invites you along her own journey to wellness and hopes to inspire people to be the healthiest & happiest version of themselves every day!