Summer is right around the corner and it’s also travel time. With all the excitement and changes in routine, it can be a challenge to stay healthy.
Here are some quick tips for eating healthy on the road, including preventing everything from food poisoning to Montezuma’s Revenge.
Never leave home without these three items:
Oil of oregano caps: These babies kill everything from bacteria to viruses to parasites. Take one each morning that you are on the road to prevent any unwanted invaders.
Probiotics: The best defense is a good offense. Probiotics keep the entire digestive tract healthy and help us offload any unwanted visitors, such as bugs and germs. I think of them working as a team with the oregano. If your probiotic lives in your fridge, don’t panic. They will maintain their potency for up to two weeks out of the fridge, so don’t hesitate to pack them too.
Thieves: An Young Living Essential oil blend that kills airborne bacteria. Studies show it kills 99 percent of pseudomonas aeruginosa after just 12 minutes of diffusion. Dab a little under your nose on the plane, put cotton balls that have a few drops on air vents in hotels, and use it to sanitize your hands in a pinch. Sure beats getting sick when you are in a new locale trying to have fun!
Now, for what to eat on the road:
- Beef, salmon, and turkey jerky travel well and pack a lot of protein. Be careful of added sugars and nitrates. Make sure the label says gluten-free if you are avoiding gluten.
- Nuts/seeds/dried fruit- always a favorite!
- Trail mix- Nuts, seeds, dark chocolate, and dried fruits. It’s simple and kids can make their own.
- Fruit-grapes, berries or chunks of apples, pineapples, or pears are easiest. These also help you stay hydrated!
- Bananas, apples, or celery with a small container of nut butter (one of our favorites is sunflower seed butter) for dipping.
- Raw vegetables (sugar snap peas, broccoli, carrots, celery, etc.) with hummus or salad dressing for dipping (try pureeing vegetables into your hummus).
- Gluten-free and allergy friendly granola bars
- Home-made air-popped popcorn tossed with olive oil and sea-salt
- Protein shakes- take the powder in a plastic bag and add to your water bottle/juice.
- Emergen-C packets- a great pick me up when added to bottled water.
You can also use this website to find gluten-free dining nationwide: www.findmeglutenfree.com.
Besides gluten free, this guide includes vegan friendly, Celiac friendly, and locally sourced restaurants at your favorite vacation spots.