5 Healthy Travel-Friendly Meals for Your Next Trip
When you are on the road or in the air, meals and snack options are limited and it is hard to find healthy travel-friendly meals. I can’t tell you how many times my options were between stale fruit and a “protein” bar. Even with the health craze, you get sticker shock when you see a small salad cost the same as a porterhouse steak, without the fine dining.
Years of practice and a few minutes of planning saves me money, time and empty calories. I have complied my favorite road trip and TSA compliant meals for you to enjoy. Theses can be considered a meal since they all have three macronutrients to keep you full and your tummy happy.
Low Sodium Deli Meat, Apples & Justin’s Peanut Butter
Deli meat is my weakness. I could eat a whole package in one sitting which is horrible since it can be packed with sodium or extra sugar. I tend to buy either Agglegate or Aidells. It isn’t cheap, but it is much cheaper than what you will pay for at the airport or at the gas station. Remember, when it comes to food – if it is cheap you will still end up paying in another way. Your waist line, your metabolism or how you are feeling on a day to day basis, you always pay. Pick up an organic apple (you eat the skin on apples and they are on the Dirty Dozen) and some Justin’s Peanut Butter squeeze pack. This is a sweet and savory meal that will be around 400 – 500 calories depending on the meat you use.
Jerky, Almonds & a Cheese Stick
No preparation needed to create this simple meal while on a 4 hour flight or day trip to your favorite small town. When it comes to jerky there are hundreds of options but I have a few that are paleo-friendly, don’t create a gut bomb or make you feel like just swallowed a table spoon of salt. First Epic Bars, one of my favorite snacks since they have a great balance of all the macros, easy to eat (bar-form) and not over priced (same price as any sweet protein bar). Two other options are Perky Jerky, simple and inexpensive, and Krave Jerky, best known for awesome flavors.
When it comes to almonds your best bet is to buy in bulk and throw them into a snack-size bag, I aim for 15-20 almonds (7 calories/nut). Lastly, for some, the best part of the meal – the cheese. I am lactose intolerant, so I usually avoid cheese, however if it is a low sugar cheese like Swiss and Parmesan I will partake. Depending on what jerky and cheese stick you pick this meal will go between 300 – 400 calories.
Oatmega Bar & a Banana
For those of us that like a sweeter meal, this one is a balanced pick me up (sometime traveling make me want to indulge). Now, why did I say Oatmega bar instead of any nutrition/protein bar? When I am travelling my stomach is a bit more sensitive and can’t deal with lots of fiber and heavy fat. I have tried tons of bars, check out my post on the best protein bars to eat, but Oatmega makes me feel good before, during and after eating it. You can travel domestically with any fresh veggies or fruits but apples, oranges and bananas are usually the easiest to carry and eat. This meal is around 280 – 310 calories.
Grilled Chicken, Hummus & Sweet Potatoes
This meal takes a bit of preparation, but is well worth the savory flavors when confined to a 3 foot space. Heat up 3-4 oz.of chicken or buy pre-cooked chicken at your local market. When it comes to hummus pick a snack sized one that is easy to travel with like Wild Garden. Lastly, I would suggest making your own sweet potatoes but cutting them into slices like chips, easy to bake and easy to transport. I even add cinnamon and a bit of sea salt for some flavor or you can keep them plan to dip in the hummus (sounds weird but hummus and sweet potatoes is delicious). This meal will run you about 350 – 400 calories if you eat about 100 grams of sweet potatoes.
Cucumber, Wholly Guacamole & Albacore Tuna
I eat this snack even when I am not traveling and I love that is is simple, wholesome and delicious. I simply chop up about half a English cucumber and stick it in a snack bag, grab a mini Wholly Guacamole and a package (not can) of BumbleBee Albacore tuna. Once you settled on the plane I usually dump the guacamole in the tuna package, mix it up and use a fork to spread it on the cucumber. Perfection at less than 200 calories with perfect balance.
Eating Healthy While On The Go
I know it isn’t easy as some days I would leave my house at 5:00 am and return at 8:00 pm, having packed all my meals for the entire day. How did I do this? I planned ahead – it was important to me to feel good while I hustle and bustle. You make times for the important things in your life. If you make time to travel, make time to plan for how you will eat while travelling so when you get to your destination you are low on energy because you starved yourself or lethargic because you ate that overpriced hamburger. Happy Travels!