ask the nutritionist: staying healthy while on the road

As you know, I spent almost the last week on the road, and prior to that, a week moving, and now, still not quite moved into our own place. Can I just tell you how much I’m dying to cook in my own kitchen again? It feels like it has been forever!

Staying healthy on the road, or while traveling isn’t always easy, and it certainly isn’t always perfect, but it’s worth it!

There are times when you get up too early to workout (hello 4:30 am!). There are times when the only options are fast food. There are times when you are stuck in a small town and dinner options are limited to chinese or pizza. But there are also times when you can fit in a great workout. There are times when you can eat a delicious, healthy meal. And there are times when being healthy just comes naturally.

Here are my favorite tips for healthy living while traveling (some of which I just learned on this last trip!)

  • Pack healthy snacks to munch on! We brought kale chips (a ridiculous four bags), apples, peanut butter, nuts, dark chocolate, roasted seaweed and more!
  • Bring a water bottle and re-fill it where you can. This saves money and the environment! (Hint: hotel fitness centers usually have a good water source)
  • Ask the restaurants what their veggie is (they don’t always advertise it) and get a side of it with your meal if it doesn’t come with one. I had a buffalo burger while we were in South Dakota – I didn’t eat the bun, I ordered coleslaw with it and then got a side of the veggie. It was a great meal.
  • Oatmeal and peanut butter (or greek yogurt) is a great way to start out the day and can be eaten on the road. I packed oatmeal + flax in plastic baggies then got hot water and a cup from gas stations.
  • If you do stop for fast food – split a meal!
  • Bring your favorite tea bags – I was so glad I had my favorite tea for the trip – again, hot water is typically free.
  • Probiotics – I always take them, but traveling can mess with your system even more than normal, so taking probiotics was/is a must!
  • Workout – figure out how it will work best for you. There were times on our trip that using the fitness center was best and there were times, when a hike was exercise for the day. The Nike Training app also came in really handy and was a great switch up from the usual cardio and weights.
  • Know that eating while traveling probably won’t be the same as eating at home and that’s ok. I have probably never eaten more fried potatoes in my life (fries, tater tots, etc.) but I know that isn’t the norm and it makes me so much more excited for meals at home – full of veggies!
What are your favorite tips for staying healthy while traveling or on the road? 

where i’ve been

Last Tuesday, bright and early the Taster and I set out on our journey to California.

Starting in Wisconsin, we journeyed through Minnesota, South Dakota,Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and finally, California.

We experienced temperatures ranging from 95 to 30 and then back to 75 and sunny (LA).

We drove a lot.

But it was a blast.

We saw the black hills.

We saw Mt Rushmore.

We ate an amazing meal in Salt Lake City. (Thanks Janetha for the recommendation)

We stayed at a ski resort in Southern Utah. Mountains and snow!

We hiked at Zion National Park.

We went to Vegas.

And we ended up just where we are supposed to be. LA. :)

 Speaking of LA, I’m now in a different time zone. Would you guys prefer that I continue posting at 8am central time or doesn’t it make any difference? Let me know!

 

daily eats: 10.5.11 {road trip}

Daily Eats: 10.5.11

Day two of our trip to California. We had spent the night in Rapid City, SD and needed to check out Mt. Rushmore before heading south. I knew I wanted to sneak in a workout before hitting the road so I woke up and headed to the exercise room.

7:30: 30 minute Nike Training app workout + 20 elliptical/treadmill (this was a great workout, I will definitely use this again and it was perfect for traveling!)

Snack: apple eaten in hotel room before hitting the road

Brunch: we stopped at a neat restaurant called Tally’s Silver Spoon in Rapid City, SD. The smoked salmon benedict caught my eye (two poached eggs, smoked salmon, english muffin, hollandaise, ikura roe, tarragon and red pepper coulis) but the english muffin was soggy so I focused on the salmon and egg – it was good but sounded a lot better than it was.

I love ordering eggs benedict because I love english muffins, poached eggs and hollandaise, but I always order the hollandaise on the side – then I can add the amount I want – you don’t need much!

It was then time for Mt. Rushmore! We spent a few hours looking, photographing and learning.

Snack/Lunch: Since brunch was later in the day, I snacked on cheese/hummus and triscuits + kale chips + kombucha for lunch while driving through Custer State Park – Beautiful!

Snack: Popcorn from the lollihop box and random pretzels while driving in the middle of no where. :) We did see some wildlife, but I was feeling a little nervous when it was getting dark and there were no cars, no people, no houses…

But eventually we made it into Laramie, WY.

Dinner…was a little frustrating. We stopped by a bar and grabbed a drink and an awful appetizer and ended up just checking into the hotel and ordering mediocre chinese food. (Combo Lo Mein – his favorite, Shrimp & Broccoli – my favorite) It is times like this that make me realize how accustomed to good food we are!

After two long days of traveling and sight seeing, I’m ready to collapse into bed. Tomorrow we’ve got another 6 hour drive but hopefully it will end with a delicious meal – we deserve it. :)

Have a lovely Thursday!

favorite fall recipes

Fall always seems to be a favorite of seasons among the masses, and I always get really excited for slowing down, using the crock pot and making football food.

Since I’ve lived in the Midwest my entire life, I have no idea what fall will feel like in Southern California. I’m sure I’ll miss the change of seasons but I also really like palm trees, so I might be ok. :)

Because I’ve had a few weeks without a kitchen, I can’t wait to cook some fall foods once we are settled in California. Here are some that have caught my eye! Add your favorites below!

Breakfast

Baked Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (Budget Bytes)

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal 

Butter Toffee Oatmeal 

Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts (Healthy. Delicious) 

Pumpkin Doughnuts (Annie’s Eats) 

 

Veggies/Sides

Braised Red Cabbage

Shaved Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta & Parmesan

Roasted Cauliflower with Brown Butter & Pepper

 Slow-Cooker Pork & Beans (Savvy Eats)

 

Main

Sweet Potato, Spinach & Chorizo Soup

Acorn Squash Soup with Crab

Crock Pot White Chicken Chili (Weekly Bite) 

Sweet Potato Corn Chowder (The Healthy Everythingtarian) 

 Smoky Potato Soup with Kale (Fake Food Free)

 Crock Pot French Onion Soup (How Sweet It Is)

 

Sweets

Apple Bread Pudding with Brandy Sauce 

Maple Vanilla Almond Clusters (Pinch of Yum)

Individual Pumpkin Pie Trifles (The Avid Appetite)

Autumn Almond Butter (The Wannabe Chef) 

Pumpkin Spice Lattes (Eating for England)