Posted on August 23 2012
The travel season is still in full swing, and whether you are traveling by plane, train, or automobile, it’s important to try and incorporate some healthy eats into your travels, since healthy dining can be hard to find. I’m not a nutritionist by any means, but here are a few tips that I live by.
1. Eat fresh fruit. If you are traveling by plane, many airport kiosks have apples, oranges and bananas that are perfect portable snacks to eat mid-flight without being too smelly. Pears, peaches and plums are other great fruit snacks (and better than the stale bag of peanuts airlines usually give you these days).
2. Hydrate! Drink lots of water, juice, or any other low-calorie beverage. Avoid drinks high in sugar or loaded with too much caffeine. Coconut water is a great option as well. 3. Pack your own snacks. Trail mix, nuts, homemade granola bars, sandwiches, etc. I find packing my own snacks to be much more cost effective and healthier too. Of course, a little chocolate thrown in here and there never hurt anyone.
4. Look for healthy options at fast food chains. If you are stuck somewhere and your only options are fast food, find a way to make it work for you. Starbucks and McDonalds have oatmeal as a breakfast option, Wendy’s has lower calorie options such as salads, plain baked potatoes and chili, and you can build a healthier sandwich at Subway. I tend to pack my own sandwiches to begin with, but there are plenty of options if you are in a pinch. Just get creative! 5. Relax and have fun! And indulge a little. I believe in the “everything in moderation” philosophy and live by it, especially when traveling. And ice cream cones and vacation just go hand and hand. What other healthy eating tips do you have to share? Allison Hecht is an Orange County native who is passionate about good food and healthy living. She's the local expert when it comes to which OC restaurants reign supreme in locally grown dining and will provide recommendations on the best things to do and eat when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. In addition to writing for myHealthyOC.com, Allison writes and maintains the blog SweetPotatoBites.com, which focuses on good eats and fun recipes, and is a regular contributor to OCmenus.com. When she's not writing about food, Allison is getting her workout on and having a good time while doing it! Most days you can find her taking classes at Pure Barre (her current favorite), running outside or getting her om on in a yoga studio. Follow her on Twitter @socaliallie to find out where she is going next.