The holidays can mean a lot of things: time spent with loved ones, beautiful decorations, indulging in delicious food. For some people the holidays also mean lots of traveling. And traveling, whether by plane, train, or automobile, can be incredibly stressful when you eat a real food diet, especially when you also have allergies. And no one wants to spend hours in the kitchen prepping food to take on their trip when they also have to pack, take the dogs to the kennel, run last minute errands, etc. Worrying about what you are going to eat doesn’t have to add an extra layer of stress on top of all the other things you have to do before your trip.
I recently just returned from a week long trip to Washington state to attend a weekend of classes for the Nutritional Therapy program I am currently enrolled in. So I’m here to share with you some of my favorite food items I brought with me (or purchased while there) to help keep me fed and satisfied while on my trip.
1. Seafood in a can or packet (tuna, sardines, salmon, oysters, etc.): yes, you may get the stink eye when you bust out your can of sardines on an airplane but it’s hard to beat the convenience or the nutritional boost you’re getting when you eat those sardines so I think it’s worth a few dirty looks.
2. Avocados: throw a few of these bad boys in your suitcase (maybe wrapped up in some clothes to keep them from bruising) and you’ll never lack fat or flavor in your travel meals. Plus you can mash them up with your sardines and a little salt for a delicious meal.
3. Coconut butter (or any other nut/seed butter): whether you need an energy boost or a little treat, coconut butter is a great thing to have on hand. While bringing a whole jar of it may not be a idea when you don’t have unlimited space, you can usually find it in a packet for optimal convenience. Plus it’s delicious with apple slices!
4. Plantain chips: plantain chips make for the perfect crunchy snack or the perfect carb source to round out your meal (dip them in your sardine/avocado mash… trust me!) and they are super portable.
5. Deli meat (my favorite is Applegate Naturals salami and prosciutto): deli meat will last for a while without refrigeration so it’s safe to bring in the car or on the plane with you and will provide a delicious (less stinky) source of protein. Plus it’s awesome with plantain chips, apple slices, or carrot sticks!
6. Ghee: ghee does not require refrigeration and serves the dual purpose of providing you with a healthy cooking fat when you arrive at your destination and serving as a delicious condiment when you need a little extra fat. You can certainly make your own but my favorite is from Tin Star Foods!
7. Sauerkraut: this one you’ll have to purchase when you arrive at your destination (unless you can bring a cooler with you) but I definitely think it’s worth scoping out the local natural grocery store to get some. Raw sauerkraut is an excellent source of probiotics which are especially helpful when traveling because they will help protect you against the bacteria/germs you’ll likely come into contact with while traveling. Plus some people suffer from bathroom issues (I think you know what I’m referring to) while away from home and probiotics can help with that as well! Plus sauerkraut adds delicious flavor to any meal!
8. Natural Calm magnesium packets: I bring these bad boys with me everywhere when I travel. Because of nutrient depletion in our soil, many people (if not most) are magnesium deficient. Magnesium helps balance calcium in our bodies and it also helps muscles relax which can provide release from stress and constipation, both of which are quite common when traveling. Plus I’ve found it helps me sleep!
9. Other non food items: a pair of tennis shoes to help you stay motivated to be active; essential oils in case you get a headache, indigestion, insomnia, or just need to chill out a little (because who doesn’t); and blue light blocking glasses to help you sleep and get adjusted to any time changes you may experience.
Having these things on hand while I was traveling totally saved my behind! I had delicious food to nourish my body so I could focus on all the wonderful things I was learning and the wonderful people I was spending my time with, and I didn’t have to spend hours preparing food to bring with me. Traveling on a real food diet doesn’t have to be hard or break the bank!
What are your go to foods to take with you when you travel? Are you traveling anywhere for the holidays this year?
In vibrant health,