When you are on vacation, but you still want to stick to your diet, because it makes you feel great, I totally get it! Here’s some healthy travel food ideas I packed for a recent trip that turned out perfect!
I just returned from a weekend trip with my long time running partner Eliece. It was a short trip. We left on Friday after lunch and returned Sunday before lunch. So, my plan was to bring travel food for
- Friday’s dinner
- Saturday’s breakfast
- Saturday’s lunch
- Eat out Saturday night
- And Sunday breakfast (or hotel breakfast)
We’ve run this half marathon race before. It’s in a quaint little town in Utah called Parawon. The start of the race is at a lake up the canyon called Yankee Meadow, and it finished down in town.
We ran this race in 2013, 7 years ago! Not only do Eliece and I look better today than 7 years ago, we are soo much faster! We both shaved 20 minutes off our 2013 time. She’s 50 and I’m almost 47 years old. So, we were both pretty excited about that! Eliece even got 2nd place in her age group!
The Healthy Travel Food I Brought!
So, back to the food! Everything I brought went in a cooler, and when we got to the hotel, we put it in the mini fridge.
Healthy Travel Food Friday Dinner:
For dinner, I brought:
- 4 ounces chicken tenderloins, pre–cooked
- 1/2 cup Jasmine Rice, cooked
- Roasted asparagus (precooked)
- Salt, mustard, and fat free sour cream for flavor.
It was the perfect pre-run meal. Not to mention, low in calorie, high in protein, and packed with nutrients. Dinner was around 225 calories, 28 grams protein, 25 grams carbs, and 1 gram fat.
I also ate for dessert 1 scoop banana creme protein powder, and 6 ounces plain greek yogurt (MY NEW FAVORITE DESSERT!)
Breakfast on the go
Breakfast was split into two meals, because of the race. But altogether, I packed:
- 6 ounces egg whites (with some light mayo to mix into it)
- and pre-made waffles (on my Dash maker, and made from the low calorie pancake recipe!)
This delicious travel food for breakfast was 481 calories, 50 g protein, 50 g carbs, 7 g fat (half before the race and half after)
Lunch: Healthy Travel Food
We actually swapped lunch with dinner, so even though I packed this delicious salad for lunch, we went out for lunch, and ate this for dinner. I packed:
- Chicken Tenders
- Feta cheese
- and Light Olive Garden Italian dressing (this is very tasty and low calorie!!)
The totals for this travel lunch was: 308 calories, 37 grams protein 37 grams carbs, and 5 grams fat.
Travel food Healthy snacks
Of course, although I try to be the anti-snacker, (See my post, stop snacking to lose weight) we were there to run a half marathon after all, so extra calories and snacks were kind of important for the circumstances. The extras I brought to eat included:
- Single serve bag of caramel rice cakes
- Better Oats 100 calorie pouches
- Built Bars (delicious, low calorie protein bar)
- Fage 0% non fat greek yogurt
- UnicoNutrition Apollo Banana creme protein powder (tastes great, plus they sell sample sizes of protein powder!)
Also, check out this post with 21 low calorie road trip snacks!
I ate almost everything I brought. I didn’t eat the oats, because we decided to eat the hotel breakfast on Sunday morning before we headed back, but everything kept well, and I was so happy to have all this healthy travel food!
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I’d love to hear your healthy travel food ideas in the comments!
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