What are your thoughts on holiday travel and eating well? Have you resigned to thinking that you’ll blow your healthy eating because you’re ‘on holiday’? Do you not even bother? Or do you stick to rigid food rules that can leave you missing out on some of the experiences of local cuisine or forgo those marshmallows on the fire?
Why can’t we have both? There’s no reason why we can’t enjoy the tastes of travel while still eating well and feeling great.
Personally, it’s important no matter where I travel, that I feel great. Being on the road and/or flying is never fun when you feel tired or bloated. It’s equally as important to me that I get to enjoy all the deliciousness and fun that comes with trying new foods and enjoying eating out.
So, how can you manage both?
Bring as much food with you as possible.
Whether you’re travelling by car, boat or plane – having some of your favourite healthy snacks with you will be a lifesaver. These can be an easy breakfast a mid-afternoon meal. Last week we went to Samoa and I had half a suitcase full of my favourite foods including snack bars and supplements. I had Nuzest Clean Lean protein bars of course, as well as some nuts and seeds, biltong, a jar of peanut butter and of course – dark chocolate!
You don’t need much room for clothes when you’re travelling somewhere warm. Fill your bags with as many snacks and small meals as you can.
Bring your boosters!
I don’t go anywhere without my Nuzest Good Green Stuff. Honestly. It’s been to Canada, the USA, Samoa and pretty much everywhere in New Zealand. I always have it along with some Nuzest Vanilla Clean Lean Protein and my shaker. I try to always have cold water on hand as my mixer and shake it up when I need an energy boost, a snack or a breakfast on the go.
Make the most of breakfast:
Buffet? Great! Load up on fruit, eggs, meat and veggies if they have some. On the go? Grab your shaker and shake up some Nuzest Good Green Stuff and Clean Lean Protein with cold water.
Camping? Why not some bananas with peanut butter or for those cooler mornings cooking some porridge on the camp stove with coconut cream and your favourite sweet stuff or fruit.
Make your own goodies:
If you’re not flying – having a few containers with your own homemade treats can be both handy and cost effective. Make up a batch of protein bars or bliss balls (see recipe below) to grab when you need them. Or, maybe even some chia puddings or Bircher in a sealed container for breakfast. I will often roast a bunch of veggies before travelling so I can mix them up with a bag of greens from the supermarket and/or some chickpeas or sliced chicken.
And I always have my handy olive oil, salt and pepper to season!
My goal is to eat as well as possible as often as possible so that when the time comes to feasting on local delicacies I know I have been nourishing my body and can simply enjoy it for what it is. Think about what will make you feel good (mentally and physically) and no matter what you decide to order, enjoy it! Take the time to slow down, enjoy the experience, pay attention to the flavours and enjoy not having to cook for yourself. If you’re camping – make sure to do the same. Roasting marshmallows? Enjoy! Sausages with white bread? Yum! Whatever makes the memories of travel and enjoying the best foods worth while to you go for it. No guilt allowed.
Remember, it’s what we do most of the time that matters – and while we’d love to travel and enjoy holidays every day of the year – chances are they aren’t a daily occurrence. Make the most of it by feeling great, being grateful, and enjoying all the flavours these memories create. If you decide to indulge 24/7 that’s your choice too! Enjoy it knowing that things will simply fall back into place when you return.
Check out the Ultimate Protein Bar recipe here!