As a 20 year veteran road warrior I know how limited food choices can expand my waistline more quickly than a supersonic concord.
Luckily things are getting better in the airports as far as healthy food options. 5 years ago I used to walk through a major airport and could not find ONE place that wasn’t selling either processed, fatty, salty, or sugary foods. Often it was all 4 of those on your plate. Now you can find some good options in most airports. Here are some of my favorite spots to eat.
1. Nature’s Table
2. Jamba juice (steel cut oatmeal)
Lunch or dinner-
1. Chipotle (brown rice burrito bowl)
2. U-food Grill
3. Mediterranean Grill
1. Pure nut and fruit mix
2. Beef Jerky
3. Fresh fruit
Don’t forget plenty of water while traveling.
Once at your hotel things often don’t improve. In general the smaller the town the worse the food options are going to be. If I am staying in a small or economically depressed area I know I am going to see a lot of pizza, burgers and greasy spoons. That’s when I make a B line to my local grocery store.
If I have a fridge in my hotel and there’s a microwave in my room or the lobby then my options are decent for grocery shopping.
Here are some of my staples
Tyson’s 2 pound bag of pre cooked and frozen grilled and sliced chicken breast.
This gets tossed in my fridge to thaw and will keep for about a week. When thawed you can eat cold on a salad or they can be warmed up on a plate with the rest of your meal.
For vegetables I get a resealable container of mixed salad, the greener and more color the better. Next is fresh veg in small microwavable steam bags, Green beans, snap peas, Broccoli all winners. I get snacking veggies too like carrots and celery.
The game changer was when I could get a decent carb in the grocery store, that I could prepare in a microwave. Here enters pre-cooked and heat in the bag brown rice. Lots of varieties and brands too.
For snacks or quick meals, hummus, whole grain bread, deli sliced turkey and of course fresh whole fruit too.
Oatmeal should be eaten every morning if possible. Not the pre-flavored single serving packs. Get it plain, either at your hotel’s free breakfast or from the grocery store. Then add your own REAL fruit on top, your body will thank you.
When you are deciding how to make your food choices the best way to decide is ask yourself this simple question.
“After this food came from the tree, ground or animal how many processes did it go through to get here”
The more processing it’s gone through, the worse it is to put in your body.
Stay safe and healthy on the road!