Good Eats On The Road

2 Jun

Hey there friends! Whew, what a weekend. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend as much as I did! Let me start from the beginning…

On Friday I left for Summer Camp, an outdoor music festival full of camping, dirt, environmentalism, beautiful music, and….. great food! Yes, you can have delicious, healthy food while traveling. It just takes a little planning 🙂

~What To Pack, How To Pack It, and What To Do With It
Whether you are on plane, train, or automobile, in a boat, ten or hotel- packing healthy snacks is a must! It’ll stop you from giving in to convenience store junk food, it’ll prevent fast food temptation, and most importantly- it’ll keep you from going hungry!! I spent most of Friday morning packing up the grocery store goodies for the trip. I try to choose things that travel well and are pretty much ready-to-eat.

Fruits and veggies are a great travel snack because they are full of water and fiber to curb between-meal hunger and they satisfy you when travel boredom hits.

Of course we packed some carbs! LOVE this bread. Seeduction from Whole Foods. It’s soft, nutty and grainy with a touch of sweetness. Companion bagels and some unpictured Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain Flourless Tortillas.

To pair with our fruits, veggies, and breads we packed plenty of dips and spreads. Nut butters, honey, hummus, and goat cheese.

We also packed a couple high fiber cereals, mini almond milks, and yogurt. Usually we buy yogurt in large containers because it’s cheaper so we were REALLY excited to pick out mini ‘gurts in different flavors. Strawberry, fig, honey, pomegranate, six grains strawberry, and cherry vanilla.

We also packed some unpictured munchies like potato chips, pretzels, and bars.

When traveling, I prefer individual serving sizes so they are ready to go with no labor. Tupperware and plastic baggies become your best friend for traveling foods. I washed and cut all the veggies and stored them in tupperware. I sliced the breads and put them in tupperware. The cereal went in to plastic baggies so they were easier to tote. If you are flying or going on a shorter trip, you can pre-make peanut butter sandwiches or turkey and cheese tortillas, but since we were camping for the whole weekend we brought the whole jars of spreads. In an attempt to be green, we packed reusable knives, spoons, and plastic bowls, but you could also use disposable utensils. We packed the breads, fruits, veggies, ‘gurts, and spreads in a cooler. The type of traveling will designate the type of storage you use- whether it be a large cooler like we used or a small insulated lunch box.

Here are the various meal combos we munched on…

  • veggies and hummus
  • tortilla with nut butter and banana
  • tortilla/sandwich with hummus, goat cheese, cucumbers, greens, and turkey
  • bagel/bread spread with nut butter and honey or goat cheese
  • yogurt with cereal
  • plain fruits, veggies, and bars for mid-meal snacks

Part of the fun of traveling is having NEW food experiences, so we definitely didn’t pass up any opportunities to try something different. The festival had some great food vendors that offered a variety of foods including ethnic foods, vegetarian items, and yummy homemade treats.

One night for dinner we couldn’t pass up this fresh veggie curry pita. The pita was soft and doughy and the filling was spicy and flavorful. I’m going to attempt to replicate it in my own kitchen.

We also shared a late-night snack of homemade fresh cut sweet potato fries. They were a little greasy because I’m used to baked fries, but they were still tasty. (this picture mysteriously disappeared from my camera 😦 )

Another inevitable part of eating while traveling is being faced with indulgences. Here are the 2 questions I ask myself before indulging: 1. Is it something exclusive to this traveling adventure or is it something I can get anytime? 2. Do I really want to splurge on this treat or am I only doing it because it’s in front of me and I’m “on vacation”? One of the vendors was selling homemade ice cream in several different flavors. Ice cream is something I rarely eat, let alone homemade ice cream, so it was definitely a treat for me. I asked myself my two indulgence questons and considering it was 90 degrees outside and I hadn’t had an afternoon snack, I said “Yes please!” to one scoop of homemade cookies and cream ice cream in a cake cone. I enjoyed every melty lick 🙂

I also enjoyed several other indulgences over the weekend: a few ice-cold Goose Island Summertime beers. Yummy!

~Exercising While Traveling

Exercising when you’re traveling is important, especially if you know you’ll be indulging more than usual. If you are on an active vacation (hiking, skiing, sightseeing on foot) then fitting in a litte exercise will be easy! In our case, we walked A LOT and carried A LOT of camping gear a looooong way. I actually felt kind of sore! They also offered free yoga classes twice a day at the festival 🙂 If you are away on business or visiting relatives then exercise might not be the top priority. If you are staying in a hotel, check for a fitness center or pool. You can hop on a cardio machine or swim laps when you have a little free time. No gym? Walk the hotel halls or stairs for 30 minutes. if you are flying, walk as briskly as possible through the airport, take the stairs and skip the people-movers (as long as you aren’t late for your flight!). If you are sightseeing, check for bike rentals or bike tours instead of a bus tour. If you are visiting family or friends, encourage them to join you for a walk after dinner or first thing in the morning. You can get in your daily dose of exercise AND inspire and motivate others with your healthy habits!

I’m looking forward to sharing my first RECIPE POST later this week!

Thanks for reading 🙂

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4 Responses to “Good Eats On The Road”

  1. thedelishdish June 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm #

    hi Kayli! Glad you enjoyed Chill and yay for more st. louis blogging 🙂 i love all your tips…im going on a long trip in july and am hoping to avoid overindulging on vacation & staying active. can’t wait to see your recipes!

  2. Emily June 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    Nice to meet you Kayli! Love your tips for eating when traveling…looks like you packed some great eats!

    SLU’s internship is really great…super intense, but I feel very well prepared both for the RD exam and to be a dietitian. I know SLU has a pre-select program, so if you’re pretty sure you want to attend the internship, it’s a good idea to look into that. The internship is busy and stressful, but if you stay on top of everything and are organized, you’ll be fine! Let me know if you have any other questions! healthnut.em@gmail.com 🙂

  3. Dolores June 29, 2010 at 4:52 am #

    Kayli, I really enjoyed your travel foods–just got back from a 2500 round trip road trip so missed your timely post, but happily did a lot of what you suggested. I have a 6 y.o. girl who eats really well (luckily), and we packed yogurt, popcorn, Trader Joe’s Schoolhouse cookies (my favorites–cinnamon letter and number cookies that are about 8 cal. per cookie and 26% cal. from fat), juice, fruit, carrots, pbj sandwiches. We only ate at Mickie D’s twice and once just played in the climber and skipped the happy meal bcs it was too crowded! We saved a lot of $ this way what with the free hotel breakfasts.

    • kayli (Running On Sunshine) June 29, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

      Wow, that’s quite a road trip! So glad you enjoyed the post and you are so right that with a little planning and preparation, road trip eating can be healthier (and cheaper!) than hitting the drive-thru for every meal. You picked some great travel snacks 🙂 You are setting such a great example for your daughter. She is at the perfect age to form healthy habits that will stick with her for a lifetime!

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