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Don’t let your summer road trips ruin all your hard work!

Yes, it can be done!

Let me show you how.

Summer is on it’s way (finally) and that means there are more people on the road. Unfortunately “traveling” is the number one excuse I hear when someone falls off the healthy eating wagon.

It doesn’t have to be that way! I’ve got some great ideas to help you stay on track while on the road. And be sure to check out the recipe below for a great high protein snack to take with you!

Here are five ways to make it all work!

1. Coolers or Cooler Bags will become your new best friend.

Cooler Bag

Seriously. Take it EVERYWHERE you go!

My favourite bag was given to me as a gift after I gushed over it. It’s one of my favourite items I own and my whole family has taken advantage of it! Yours doesn’t have to be this fancy. Just find a size that works for what you need and use it! If we are packing the vehicle anyway, one more bag is easy peasy. The most important thing after getting the cooler is filling it with healthy foods.

2. Get to know the foods that travel well. You would be amazed at how many healthy foods are easy to take on a road trip. Here is just a quick list of some easy healthy travel ideas. And don’t forget to check out the recipe at the end of this newsletter for a high protein on-the-road treat!

  • Load up on fresh-cut vegetables and fruit. Easy to carry fruits like apples, pears, bananas, plums, peaches, etc… make it easy to grab something healthy on he road.
  • Water!
  • Plain Greek yogurt mixed with berries and homemade granola.
  • Individually wrapped portions of cheese can be kept in the cooler with the fruit and vegetables.
  • Baked whole grain crackers or pita chips and hummus.
  • You can also pack sandwiches or wraps made with whole grain or Ezekiel bread. Natural butters or lean meats can give you the protein boost you need. Keep these in the cooler, too. If you like veggies on your sandwiches, wrap those separately and add when you are ready to eat to keep the sandwich from getting mushy.
  • Nuts such as almonds, cashews, and walnuts are easy to take on a trip.
  • Home made protein bars, granola bars or my yummy Chocolate Coconut Treats are great choices to have on the go.

3. Equip your hotel room. This one should be done as soon as you book your reservation. Many hotels have a fridge and microwave they can place in your room – you just have to ask! If you arrive by vehicle, you are able to bring a lot of your food with you but if not, make sure to get to your nearest supermarket to pick up some healthy food to have in your room, such as…

  • Lemons
  • 3 1-Litre Bottles of Water (that’s for one day remember)
  • Coconut water for smoothies
  • Cucumber, Baby Carrots, Cherry Tomatoes
  • Bananas, apples, pears
  • Be sure to check out the fresh local fruits and vegetables during harvest season
  • Oatmeal
  • Protein powder
  • Raw nuts, trail mix, raisins or other dried fruits
  • Crackers
  • Cheese (such as Babybel) or cottage cheese
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Pre-bagged, pre-washed greens
  • Hardboiled eggs (can usually find them in a little pack of two in the deli section

Extra tip: As soon as you get to the hotel, ask for a spoon, fork, knife, steak knife (sharper) to keep in your hotel room for preparing and eating your own foods. And yes, I have been known to bring my blender!

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you need at restaurants. You are at the hotel restaurant (or any restaurant) and you are not sure what to order? Your safest choice is to always remember the 2Ps: Protein & Produce. The best part about hotel restaurants is that they are in the business of making travelers happy. Some restaurants will actually say, “Our kitchen is your kitchen. Tell us what you want”. So if your usual breakfast is a 4-egg white omelet with peppers and a small bowl oatmeal with berries…you may be able to get it. Seriously, don’t be afraid to ask!

5. Use your surroundings to exercise. You have two feet, go for a walk and see the sights. Do some research before you go, is there a hiking trail close by? Perhaps there is a park that rents bikes (I did that in NYC and toured Central Park – bigger than I thought but a great experience.) If all else fails and you are stuck in your room, always make sure to throw an exercise band in your suitcase or download an interval timer on your phone and get moving. I have plenty of exercises that you can do in a 4×4 sq ft space so if you are stuck for ideas, please let me know!

Keep these few tips in your mind when you plan your next road trip. Avoid the junk food stops and you’ll be healthier because of it! Keep scrolling for my favourite high protein snack recipe!

Wishing you health and happiness.

~ Deborah


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