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Dashing Tips~ How to Travel Healthy!

July 2nd, 2014 - Fitness News, Food News, How-To, Inspiration

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Traveling can be so refreshing.  It is a time away from the every day ‘routine’ and a time to rest and relax! This can also mean a time of seriously getting off track when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. To some to degree, this can be a good thing- I always think it is good to change things up from time to time, so I take this opportunity to try some new foods, enjoy a few treats, and shake up my workouts!

However, if you don’t plan ahead, it can definitely go from being a good ‘change’ to a bad one, especially if you find yourself completely skimping out on fiber, water, and indulge in too much sugar and processed foods. Without some sort of balance, I can tell you from past experience that it is only a matter of time before you start to notice that your body (especially your digestive system) will not be happy!

For that reason, I always make sure I plan ahead when I travel and bring some healthy snacks and options with me. I hope this inspires you guys to plan ahead and pack some of your own favorite healthy treats on your next vacation! In the end, I can promise that your body will thank you!

For snacks I like to bring fruit, particularly apples because they are high in fiber and lower in sugar. They also keep fresh for a long time. I also like to bring a small bag of baby carrots. I am not a huge fan of eating them once they are warm, so I try to eat those first when I’m on a long car ride, or I bring a small cooler or lunch bag if possible. I also enjoy small 100 calorie bags of popcorn on trips, because let’s face it, sometimes you need something salty and crunchy! I found this amazing kettle corn at Trader Joes, and it is amazing! I always try to stock up on it if I know I’m going to be traveling.

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Whenever I travel, I try to pack some good sources of protein that are portable. The best option I have found when I don’t have access to a cooler or fridge is protein powder and peanut flour. I also bring oats with me and make peanut butter protein oatmeal with just a little water, oats, stevia, peanut flour, and protein powder! You would be amazed at how good it tastes and how much it fills you up!

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I also enjoy protein bars when I travel, because there are times when you need protein, and fast! I like Mojo, Quest, Chocolite, and Think Thins! The main thing to look at with bars is the calories, protein, and sugar! I always check to make sure the calories are not much over 200 per bar, the sugar is less than 10 grams, and the protein is around 10-20 grams per bar.

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I don’t always bring wrap bread with me, but if I am going somewhere that I can prepare my own food (and I will have a kitchen and fridge), then I like to bring a few packs of high fiber wraps with me. Wrap sandwiches are great for packing up in a cooler and taking with you to the beach for example! Jospeph’s and La Tortilla are my favorite brands. High fiber bran crackers are also a great thing to have around for a quick snack! I like to put a little peanut butter and low sugar jelly on them or some tuna salad!

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I love to bring a water bottle with me just about everywhere I go.  I like to fill it up with ice water and carry a few all natural drink mixes around in my purse! That way I always stay hydrated, without filling up on chemicals, sugar, or calories that are in most beverages!

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If possible, I like to make a batch of my homemade muffins to bring with me. I love bringing muffins to snack on because they taste delicious and are packed with protein and fiber to keep me satisfied for a long time! They also stay good for about 1 week, which is perfect for a trip!

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And last but not least, I do like to bring a few different flavors of gum. Now, I am the first to admit that there are chemicals in sugar free gum, but to me, if you chew it in moderation, I feel like it’s better than chewing on sugary gum anytime, especially when it comes to my teeth. I like the dessert gums by Extra, Orbit and Trident flavors!

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These are just a few ideas of some of my favorite travel snacks and treats! Of course, it really depends on the type of trip you are going on, how you are traveling, and where you are going, but I almost always try to plan ahead and pack accordingly. Being prepared and planning ahead is one of the best things you could do when traveling! I also always carry stevia packets in my purse (I like to use them in my coffee), and I try to always have a protein bar in my purse as well just in case!

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Overall, when I am on vacation, I try to be really flexible and enjoy new things…That is what vacation is about after all! However, I try to pick healthier options, and get active in some way every day! If you are traveling this summer, I hope this provided some ideas for your next trip!

If you are looking to find any of these items, many of them can be found on my Favorite Products List!

10 Comments

Emily said:

Awesome tips! I hadn’t thought about protein powder before.

I’m leaving town today and I feel totally validated for my bag of baby carrots and banana for my snacks. :)

July 2nd, 2014 — 11:18am  |  Reply

Jenny Watkins said:

Thank you for the tips! I have made a conscious effort to do better about packing my own snacks for road trips. Have you ever tried the 100 Calorie Pack Vanilla Almonds? They are so delicious!! Almonds are obviously a healthy snack but they are also slightly sweet so they are great for when you’re craving something sweet but still want to be healthy!

July 2nd, 2014 — 3:11pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

yes!!! love those! :)

July 2nd, 2014 — 7:29pm  | 

Ashley turner said:

I am about to go on a small vaca and would also like to stay on track eating healthy …. But I must be that annoying reader that asks , what muffin recipe are those !!! They look delish! Also, what drink mix are u using ? I didn’t see that on your products list

July 2nd, 2014 — 4:57pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

the muffins are coming soon :) and the drink mix is true lemon…i buy mine at walmart by the crystal light

July 2nd, 2014 — 7:28pm  | 

Ashley turner said:

Ohh I can’t wait to try the muffins !! Your recipes are so great!!! U are such a blessing !

July 3rd, 2014 — 7:27pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

thank you so much ashley! :) that blessed my heart!

July 3rd, 2014 — 9:01pm  | 

Lindsay said:

Is this a new kind of protein powder? How do you like it compared to Designer Whey?

July 15th, 2014 — 1:54pm  |  Reply

Dashing Dish said:

It is..I got it on sale, so I thought I’d give it a whirl, but I didnt like it as much as DW.

July 15th, 2014 — 2:00pm  | 

Patty Vargas said:

I just joined your site earlier this week, and I love it! All of the recipes look so delicious and easy to make. I have to head over to the grocery store to pick up some of the ingredients that you most commonly use :) I have made already made a few recipes and they’re great!

Thanks so much for sharing!

July 18th, 2014 — 12:22am  |  Reply

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