Food is an integral part of my life, obviously. Not just for sustenance or fuel, but whole body nourishment on all levels. Food is social, emotional, enjoyable, and ultimately food is culture. If there’s one theme that runs through my philosophy about food and evidenced in my recipes, it’s global. I’m constantly on the quest to experience the globe and other cultures through foods and revisiting what said culture does so beautifully by interpreting into my own plant-based and whole foods type of way. One of my closet passions in life, not so private anymore, is traveling. I LOVE to travel, now granted I’m not a globetrotter nor have I traveled to many of the places on my “travel to-do list”, but I feel I’ve had a taste of those cultures through the food I make and for now that’ll do perfectly well.
Some of places we will (I say will with a lot of determination!) travel to range from India, Australia, Germany, South Africa, Tibet, Ireland, Thailand, to both of our Scandinavian roots in Finland, Denmark, and Sweden. Culinary classics like Spain, Italy, Paris, and Japan are also on our list, and so many more to name our favorites! The experiences I’ve had in traveling revolve around road trips back home to Cincinnati with a car full of laughter, loud music, B singing loudly, me dancing, and Zoey snoozing in the back seat trying to ignore it all. Some of my best memories involve traveling in our cars and on planes to and from vacations; and both of these trips can sum up traveling for the most of us being by plane or vehicle. The one downside to traveling is obvious, the lack of healthy food. Whether you’re in transit via car stopping at a gas station, it’s a rarity to find something whole foods and if you do you can bet it’s poor quality. In the same regard, when in airports you’re surrounded by tourist gift shops selling candies, processed snacks, and franchised restaurants all over. Again, another conundrum if you’re seeking healthy food, but especially for those of us following a specific lifestyle (i.e. gluten free, dairy-free, vegan, etc.). So what do you do? You prepare.
One thing you can always count on to supply your body with energy, hydration, and food that’s going to keep you feeling awesome for when you arrive at your destination, is your snack bag! Seriously, I never leave my house before traveling without my Travel Food Survival Kit or some of these examples of my other favorite snacks below. Being prepared is a daily to-do, which hopefully simply turns into your daily routine. Whether it’s preparing meals ahead of time on your batch cooking day for the week ahead or simply packing lunch for yourself and the family the day of, it all requires a level or preparedness.
There are a couple of key things I look for when packing my Travel Food Survival Kit/bag including foods that are going to keep me hydrated with ease, keep digestion going smooth, foods that are portable and require no refrigeration, and loaded with antioxidants. When we travel, many of our digestive systems take a hit, whether it be suffering from diarrhea or constipation, the pendulum can swing both ways. To ensure you’re staying on track and feeling great, hydration is key along with good quality fiber. Also, antioxidants to fight any free radical damage that goes along with being in closed quarters with others on a plan or in a car. I’ll leave the in depth tips and tricks in my tip sheets for now, those are great resources to download when you’re about to travel to supplement this post- today I want to focus on a glimpse of my travel bag.
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Here is a sample of healthy snacks you’ll always find in my bag:
- Fresh fruit // it’s convenient, it travels well, it’s in it’s own package (i.e. skin), and can be found in many places
- Sweet Sprouted Millet Granola // make a large batch ahead of time to last you for snacks, a breakfast, or even dessert on the fly
- Avocados // I’ll pack these in my carry-on/travel tote for a filling snack that’s loaded with fiber and nutrition. I literally eat this with a spoon!
- Lemons // to flavor any water you’re drinking, to add to hot tea or water, and of course to add a bit of vitamin C to keep your immune system healthy while traveling
- Raw cacao nibs // loaded with magnesium and a great crunchy snack for when I have a sweet tooth… because we all know that’s bound to happen
- Tigernuts // my new obsession. Tigernuts are amazing sources of healthy fats, carbs, fiber, prebiotics, and protein all in one- more on these powerful nuts later
- Bubble Water (a.k.a. my Chia Fresca) // chia seeds mixed with water to create a satisfying drink that’s loaded with fiber and will keep you hydrated with ease
- Pumpkin seeds // loaded with zinc, which is important in healthy immune function
- Lunch box // with a mixture of raw veggies that will keep fine out of the fridge for a day, Nourishing Nut & Seed Bread, dried fruit (I love figs for their fiber content)
- Brazil nuts // great for healthy fats, protein, and loaded with selenium
- Massaged Kale Salad // in a jar! No excuse to not get in your greens.
- BONUS RECIPE: add a squeeze of the lemon you have packed with you + a bit of the avocado and smash the avocado with a fork until you form a thick “dressing”, top with your sliced veggies, nuts, and there you have a salad on the go!
- Utensils // I never leave the house without my bamboo utensil packs, they’re incredibly lightweight and perfect for traveling. Lunch boxes are perfect for keeping things cold and also separated. Mini-dip containers, I use these for holding nuts, seeds, and random things! Salad jar to use for anything from granola, veggie sticks, to salads. Also, I love bringing granola in large ziploc bags or linen bags to keep it fresh for the day, if you’re storing your granola or Nourishing Muesli for longer than I day I would store it in an airtight bag versus the linen. Check out my Kitchen Tools page too for all of these mentioned and my favorite travel containers!
For more tips on traveling healthy, download my Healthy Travel Tip sheet and the Travel Food Survival Kit with detailed brands and products I never leave the house without in addition to these snack ideas and recipes. Also included in both of those downloads are tips on reducing jet lag and products I love taking with me to keep me feeling my best to enjoy the vacation/travel time.
I hope this post was helpful, I’ve been taking many of your requests for the “how to” series and you all are brilliant and have such great ideas- keep them coming! Comment below with more “how to” posts you’d like to see covered. What are some of your destination travel “to-do’s” on your list?!