Finding it difficult to eat healthy food when travelling? You can maintain your healthy lifestyle by bringing your own natural, fat-free and sugar-free foods along.
A good, healthy diet is one that you can maintain and live as part of your lifestyle. But believe me, being a healthy eater is not easy—after you have overcome all temptations of junk food, you will encounter circumstances where you cannot find anything healthy to eat.
This always happens to me, especially when I travel. I have since learned that before I go to an unfamiliar place, I should keep some of my familiar favourite healthy snacks inside my bag. Take a peek into my bag and find out what they are!
Flying long haul is a problem for me because there is always not enough fruit on my plate. For someone who is a die-hard fan of fruit, this is a problem! Fruit are a good source of dietary fibre, essential nutrients, and vitamins. Eating two portions of fruit fulfils our daily nutrition. So I will bring my own fruit such as bananas or apples. Dried or dehydrated fruit, without added sugar, are also good for travelling. Regularly eating fruit also helps support our immune system, so we do not fall sick when we are travelling.
Oatmeal is a power food that has always been my favourite travel companion. It has many health benefits—it contains high levels of fibre and protein, and lowers the risk of heart failure. It also prevents you from eating unhealthy food, because it will make you feel full longer and reduce your cravings. In the last few years, I have been making my own gluten-free oatmeal cookies and bringing them whenever I travel. They keep me full in between meals, and have stopped me from grabbing potato chips, or snacks that have added sugar or salt.
I love trying local food whenever I travel, but sometimes this gives me digestion problems. It turns out that yoghurt will help the digestive system because of the probiotics in it. Yoghurt also contains vitamins B2, B12, potassium and magnesium. Eating one serving a day helps your stomach to feel better. Just remember to choose one without added sugar or artificial sweetener.
As someone who is conscious about my weight, there were moments when I stayed away from nuts because they contain loads of fat. Then I read that the fat in nuts is actually unsaturated, which is good for our heart health. Nuts also contain Omega 3 fatty acids, fibre, vitamin E, and L-arginine. With this knowledge, I now always have a pack of unsalted almonds inside my bag wherever I go. Just choose your favourite nuts from almonds, cashew, pistachios, and macadamias.
The most essential thing to not forget is a filled water bottle. We have to keep our body hydrated at all times, and we may forget to drink enough water when we travel. With a water bottle inside your bag, you have a physical reminder for you to drink. The best time to drink is before you become thirsty; if you are thirsty, it means that you forgot to drink water regularly, and your body has started sending you signals that it is dehydrated.
With a little planning and packing, it is possible to eat healthy even when travelling. I hope that my suggestions here give you some ideas on the healthy foods that you can bring along when you are travelling. If you have your own healthy foods for travelling, share them with me in the comments.