Let’s be honest, when we are travelling, we change our routine a lot and this, of course, can also affect our diet. We tend to opt for healthy meals, but it can be a struggle to maintain your eating habits, being a nightmare, especially for those who have different
But eating healthy while travelling doesn’t have to be a problem. Routine planning can be the basis of an adequate food strategy.
Regardless of whether you are travelling for work or pleasure, there are some simple but effective strategies that will help you maintain a balanced diet, even when you are away from your kitchen and your normal eating routines.
I usually plan my meals and try to list some food that I will probably eat when I am out and about.
But don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t mean I won’t be trying local food. In my opinion, there is no travel experience if you don’t indulge yourself in the culture and cuisine of the place you are visiting.
However, there are some valuable tips to choose healthier when travelling. Here are my thoughts and tips on it.
Prepare Your Own Food
If you like to stay on Airbnb sites, cooking your own food is always an option. This tactic also avoids (a little) the temptation of spending more money on expensive snacks. I usually stop in a local supermarket before reaching the destination, to buy some key ingredients such as salad, fruit, nuts, cheese and even polyphenol virgin olive oil for wellness.
If you intend to go hiking or spend the day outside on an emptier beach, for example, it is essential to bring a snack, as you do not know where to buy it. Food that is higher in protein is also welcome.
Balance is Everything
Visiting a new country is an excellent way to try new types of food, typical dishes, and different drinks. However, it’s important to keep the balance. Of course, we should try the local food and treat ourselves when travelling. , but those who spend many days away know that you can’t live on pizza or snacks all the time.
The best thing to do in this case is eat everything you were entitled to for lunch, then eat something lighter for dinner, for example. You can always try that typical meal during the day and eat a light snack by the end of the day.
We can also have a big breakfast at the hotel, take snacks to eat in the morning and then have a big dinner. If we eat a lot for lunch or eat a lot of “crap” during the day, we eat something smaller for dinner.
Keep it Hydrated
An experienced backpacker knows the importance of always carrying a bottle of water to drink during the day: hydration will help you to be in a better mood and prepared to face long walks during the trip.
You can also intercalate it with some natural juices but avoid consuming sodas or alcoholic beverages during the day, as they can accelerate your dehydration process.
*This is a collaborative post.