Fresh Foods on the Go!

As you know, I’m a huge supporter of fresh ingredients, healthy foods, and intuitive eating. Whether I’m at home, on a camping trip, backpacking through India, setting off on a road trip, or jumping on a plane for a business trip, I like to continue to consume foods that I know will nourish my body.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the thought of packing foods with you on your journey, or trying to locate healthy alternatives when you’re in a city you’re not familiar with. But with just a bit of planning, and a couple of easy preparation tactics, you can go just about anywhere and continue to feel good about what you’re eating!

Road Trips

Packing non-perishable foods with you is key for road trips. You can stop along the way to purchase fresh ingredients to pair nicely with what you’ve brought along with you. If you don’t have access to a cooler, stopping once a day to load up on veggies and fruits is ideal.

  • Snack items such as homemade trail mix, chicken or turkey pepperoni sticks, homemade protein bars, and date balls are great. If you have access to a grocery store, pick up a couple of veggie sticks for added nutrients.
  • For protein, pack along a couple of individual tetra packs of non-dairy milk, a clean water bottle, and a couple packets of shake & go smoothie mix. If you have access to a grocery store, pick up some fresh fruits to have alongside your smoothie.
  • For breakfast, prepare homemade oatmeal packs in 2 cup (500mL) containers. My favorite mix is: 1/2 cup quick oat flakes, 1-2 teaspoon ground flax, 1-2 teaspoon brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon. Then, all you have to do is add 1 cup of cold or hot water, allow to sit for a couple of minutes, and dig in!
  • Nut butter packets such as these sunflower butter packets are perfect for road trips. Have them plain, on rice cakes, or stop off at a local grocery store for a piece of fresh fruit.

For more road trip tips, check out this post.

Plane Travel

Plane travel usually means you’ll be further away, which also means that you may not have access to the same foods you would generally have at home. I find protein is the hardest thing to find with my various allergies, dietary restrictions, and not much time to spend searching for the perfect restaurant in a city I’m unfamiliar with. With plane travel, you’re usually in a hotel. If you can find a hotel that offers a mini bar with their rooms, you can empty out the bar and make way for fresh foods you pick up here and there. Things like fresh veggies, fruits and cooked proteins are the way to go! In addition, some things you may want to bring with you include:

  • Vegetable based bars are great when you know you won’t be able to stop for a big bowl of veggies.
  • And easy-to-open tuna is fabulous as a take along snack for any trip.
  • Grass-fed and organic jerky can be enjoyed with a bunch of vegetable sticks, takeout salad, or on it’s own.

For more plane travel tips, check out this post.

Backpacking

Backpacking is a whole other breed of travel. You have limited space, concerns over what type of bugs may get into your food should be a top priority, and you have to be very selective with what you bring with you. To prepare your bag for the foods you’re bringing with you, and to make it easier to find food items on your trip, place similar items together and seal them in a large Ziploc bag. Then, place all of the bags into a larger vacuum seal bag – the anti-bug lifesaver! Best $10 you’ll ever spend, I can assure you.

  • Nut butters go well with dried fruits, fruit bowls, rice, oatmeal, toast, whatever you can get your hands on. They’ll give you a boost of healthy fats, protein, and fiber, something we all lack when we’re traveling. Packets of almond butter, coconut oil and sunflower butter are the way to go.
  • Just like plane travel, I find proteins are the hardest to find when backpacking. Items like hemp hearts or savi seeds can be added to salads or rice dishes, nuts and seeds are good on their own, and packets of protein powder will be used!
  • Relying on markets, restaurants and food carts may be your only opportunity to get fresh foods in you. Depending on where you are, go for fresh fruits, veggies, lean meats and cooked grains. In India, I would often whip out my nuts and seeds and sprinkle them on top of whatever I was eating for added protein and fiber.

For more backpacking travel tips, check out this post.

Camping

Camping is by far, my favorite activity to prepare for. You can eat the freshest, most amazing foods when you’re camping because you have a cooler along with you. It’s no fridge hooked up to the back of your truck, but it’s the next best thing.

  • Millet, rice, and quinoa can be used in place of oats for a lighter variation of porridge. Cook on the camping stove or on the fire when you need them. Any leftover grains can be used for lunch, or added to yogurt the next morning.
  • Veggie plate. Again, go for the veggies that are easy to travel with – greens, not so much. Carrots? YES!
  • Rice cakes instead of bread. Rice cakes travel well and make great make-shift sandwiches. Fill with a fried egg, hummus and veggies, or nut butter.
  • Vegetable medley. Wrap up your veggies in tin foil with a bit of coconut oil and cook on the campfire for 45 minutes or so. Add nuts, seeds, or cooked beans for protein and leftover grains for extra carbohydrates.

For more camping travel tips, check out this post.

The folks over at GE kitchen appliances are taking fresh foods on the road to a whole new level. The project is called Freshpedition and it’s quite an entertaining story. They’ve tasked a chef and one of the engineering leads of GE to go on a road trip across the US, picking up farm fresh foods along the way and sticking them in their generator-ran fridge. How cool is that?

 

GE is continuing this same passion for fresh food with the Freshpedition Sweepstakes. This sweepstakes uses Pinterest, which means you can actually pin for a chance to win all new GE kitchen appliances.

But wait, there’s even more to win!

You can also enter each day of the sweepstakes for a chance to win a $100 VISA® Prepaid Card. Entering for this prize is fun as you’re asked to pin your favorite fresh foods or your own recipes. Also, these pins when hashtagged with your state (e.g. #GEfreshTX) become part of a “Best of Fresh” map featuring freshness from around the country. Explore the map here.

For official rules and to enter visit here.

Compensation was provided by GE via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of GE.
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    • It’s convenient, isn’t it? Oatmeal is so versatile, too!

    • ReBar’s are really delicious. They have 3 different kinds and have been on the market for awhile now. Such a great option when traveling!

  1. These are all such great ideas! Like you, I like to pack a lot of healthy food for travel because I know I’ll feel 10000x better if I eat well. Tuna is a staple for me too, but I always feel a little sorry for the people around me when I eat it!! :P Since I’m flying out next week to Vancouver, I’m working on a healthy protein bar recipe that I hope to have perfected this weekend. I’m going to go check out your plane travel tips now! :)

    • I feel the SAME way! I’m not sure why, but I’m always embarrassed by the smell of tuna when I eat it! Homemade protein bars are the bomb! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve made my carrot cake protein bars. They have become a staple around here :)

  2. Great advice! I travel a lot for work and use many of these tips. I always bring pre-mixed oatmeal (oats, raisins, pinch of salt) with me as well as dried fruits, nuts, granola/snack bars, and nut butter packets. Knowing that I have healthy food and snack options while traveling makes me feel like I won’t starve :)

  3. This was a very useful post! My family members like to travel a lot (they’re not vegan) and I find it very difficult to get enough nutrients while on the road. I’ll be using some of these tips when I visit my grandma next week (who doesn’t even know what “vegan” means!).

  4. Leanne:

    I love coming here everyday and reading your post, even if I don’t comment everytime.

    I have to say I’m surprised that you use juice boxes. You are usually so concerned with your health.

    Did you know that juice boxes are lined with aluminium?

    Aluminium is harmful to the normal person, and is linked to Alzheimer’s.
    Now I know the argument may be that is a tiny amount, but whether a tiny amount over years, or a large amount in a short time, it is still harmful.
    The companies may say that the result are minimal, but remember they are trying to sell a product.

    Also aluminium is especially harmful to those that are chemically imbalanced (add, adhd, bipolar etc.
    These people already have high aluminium counts in their system,, and juice boxes put the levels over the top.
    I have seen the results of this, and it is not a good thing.

    I would suggest using an alternative of some kind to replace the juice boxes.

    Have a Joyful Day :~D
    Charlie

    • Hi Charlie,

      Thanks for your comment. As with anything, I take a balanced approach to wellness. While I aim to avoid processed foods when I’m at home, I rely heavily on them when I’m traveling. The image of the mysmoothie containers made from tetrapak were for a road trip I did last Summer where I knew I was going to have 0 access to fruit for a couple of days. Mysmoothie makes non-refrigerated smoothies that are great for trips like the one I was on!

      When purchasing juice boxes and other items that come in a container such as a juice box, I look for the terapak logo. Tetra pak has done great things for the environment and community. They use recycled goods, have partnered with WWF and take pride in the steps they’ve taken to improve their carbon footprint. I sent them a message today to ask whether or not they use aluminum in their packs, so I’ll let you know what I hear back.

      Take care, and chat soon!

    • Hi Charlie, I heard back from Tetra Pak – here’s what they had to say:
      Hi there! Thank you for your question about aluminum in our packages. A lot of people are wondering about this. Our aseptic, ambient packages – such as the one MySmoothie is using for their smoothies – contain a thin layer of aluminum. The aluminum is sealed between two layers of polyethylene and protects the product from oxygen, unwanted flavours and light. If you are interested, you will find more detailed information about our packages and what they are made of here: http://campaign.tetrapak.com/lifeofapackage/en/what-its-made-of/

      You might also like to take a look at this film, which explains how it all works:
      http://youtube.com/watch?v=AbKVXR1UAeI

  5. Thanks for all the tips! I have a question about the protein shake powder you linked to. I’ve bought a tub of Vega before, but saw that it has hemp protein. I know I psychically get a rash when I touch hemp, so I’m wondering if I could also have an allergic reaction if I ate hemp. Know if this is common?
    Thanks for all the posts!

    • I’ve never known someone to be allergic to hemp, but since it’s protein, one can be allergic to it! If you react to hemp, I’d stay away from it regardless of what products it’s in. Hope you’re having a good weekend :)

  6. This is so awesome! I love how you broke down each type of traveling and how to still remain healthy no matter what! This will prove quite useful in the future for me as I begin to travel more. Thanks for sharing Leanne! ;)

  7. Hi Leanne:

    Thank you so much for finding this out!
    I’m heading to the website now.

    Have a Joyful Day :~D
    Charlie

  8. I started eating healthy low calorie meals and It is life saving to start eating healthy again. I was able to plan in advance my diet meals and exercise routine and keep track of the number of calories I was consuming. It helped me to stay on track with my required number of calories to lose weight and also to see what my biggest challenges were which was night time snacking, so incorporating healthy snacks is key to being successful.

  9. Thanks for the tips! I’m training for a sprint tri that I will be traveling to. I’m starting now to brainstorm how to feed myself!

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