Eating healthy, whole foods is easy when you work from home—like I do—or if you just happen to have ample time for food prep. Travel, however, can throw a huge wrench in the works. Airports often have only processed, fast food that can derail even the healthiest eater. I travel frequently for work (and for fun!) so along the way I’ve put together a list of tips to eating and staying healthy on the road!
Number 1: Plan ahead. Know where you are going and what will be available to you. This includes workout facilities, places to walk and run and, of course, food!
Number 2: Always bring snacks… or even full meals. One of my biggest downfalls for healthy eating is scarfing down everything in sight because I wait too long to eat. Also, airports and rest stops can be food deserts, though that is getting better in some places. I always bring nuts, dried fruit, and a variety of raw food/super healthy energy bars. When you’re in an unfamiliar place, you never know what you are going to get, so just bring your own!
That’s where Undiscovered Kitchen comes in. Plan ahead and order some wholesome raw food and healthy snacks for the road. My favorite snacks from Undiscovered Kitchen that I’ve tried so far are: Yes Bars, Simple Squares, Enerchi Bites, and TastyMakes!
ABOUT THE SNACKS
Yes Bars are the type of delicious snack everyone can say “yes” to. Abigail, the mom behind the bars, had a child with severe food allergies. She vowed to “whip up a treat so delicious and so healthy that, anytime he asked for one, [she] would be able to say a resounding YES!” She started with all of the all-natural foods with no gluten, dairy, soy, or corn that she found in her kitchen. She used nuts, seeds, coconut butter, hemp, chia, and more. She then experimented for months until the bars were perfected. Yes Bars are gluten, dairy, and soy free, and they’re paleo to boot. They are also really delicious!
Simple Squares were developed with people like me in mind. Kimberly, an active traveler with some food sensitivities, created these awesome raw, simple bars. They are made with almonds and cashews and a few more simple ingredients for flavor. Simple Squares contain no wheat, gluten, dairy, corn, soy, refined sugars, brown rice syrup, or agave. They come in 8 awesome flavors like Coffee, Ginger, Coconut, Sage, Rosemary, Cinna-clove, Cho-coco (new) and Chili Pep (new). These bars are convenient, simple and delicious. Read the Simple Squares Story.
Enerchi Bites was founded by Annie and Marla, twin sisters in Boston who had trouble finding the ideal snack—filling enough to hold them over for the bike ride home, but not enough to ruin their dinner. They created Enerchi Bites—a healthy, tasty snack that comes in bite-sized portions, so you can eat just what you want and save—or share—the rest. These are great for the road. They are vegan, gluten free, soy free and contain no nuts. They come in three great flavors: cocoa date, apple cinnamon and oatmeal coconut raisin. Yum! Read the Enerchi Bites Story
Tasty Makes is another awesome company founded to provide delicious and nutritious food and developed out of the founder’s need for wholesome raw foods that tasted good. This San Francisco company was started by a Melissa after she was in a serious accident. Her misfortune led to a new career and an opportunity for all of us! Tasty Makes sells raw granola, raw crackers and raw energy bites with different varieties and sizes. Their “barbites” and raw crackers are perfect for traveling. All products are vegan, organic, gluten free and raw. You will be amazed. Read the Tastymakes story.
YUM! Who says healthy food on the road has to be boring or bland? I also like to bring jerky, like Ch’Arki or Power Sticks, raw nuts and dried fruit or trail mix to mix things up. Sometimes my friends and colleagues make fun of my snack stash…that is, they make fun of me until they are hungry! What are your go-to health fixes when you are on the road?
Read Erica’s Top 10 Ways to Stay Healthy (& Sane) When You Travel to see ALL of her healthy travel tips!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Learn more about Erica and her blog EricaFinds by reading her story.