I'm off! Nicaragua here I come! Only 9 days ago I decided to listen the little voice inside me that has been shouting, "GO!" Ever since my first trip to Australia I have had this insatiable desire to travel. To experience other cultures, get away from my routines, be challenged. Traveling is where I can let go of control. I want to control everything in my daily life, but traveling forces me to embrace the unknown and go with the flow.
As I mentioned in my previous post life has been on the more difficult side these past few months, so I'm honoring my body and mind by stepping away to feed my soul. I'm off to a new land full of sunshine, beaches and lots of new culture.
I have 12 hours of travel ahead of me though. Three separate flights to get to Managua. For me this means I need to pack 12 hours worth of food, three meals. This trip is to feed my soul, but I've got to feed by belly while getting there!
Travel food is something that comes up often as a struggle. It is possible, it only takes a bit of forethought! Heres what I brought:
- 2 Bison Epic Bars
- Asian slaw and kale salad
- Dark Chocolate
- Smoked Salmon
- Hard boiled eggs
- Homemade no-grain-ola
- Plantain bread
When you pack your travel food always make sure it's dense and filling. This way you don't have to haul around as much. For this trip I packed extra. Being hungry on a plane when the only options are the pre made sandwiches and processed packaged crap is my nightmare. I also wanted to have enough for breakfast in the morning, just in case!
Always be prepared for a food desert! This alleviates a little stress from the travel experience when you have dietary restrictions, or are just trying to eat healthy.
My #1 tip to choosing your travel food:
Pack foods that will keep you full, this means proteins and fats! If you don't want to lug around an entire bag full of food, avoid focusing your efforts on 'fluff' like salad or fruit on travel day. Although they are full of nutrients, they won't keep you satisfied long and then you will only be left wanting more. When you get to your destination you can load up on your veggies. It goes without saying refined carbs are a no go! They will not give you lasting satiety or energy...let alone nutrients.
Here is a list of suggested foods you take on your next trip to keep you well fueled from lift off to touch down.
BEST TRAVEL FOOD
No Prep Required
Cured meats (salami, prosciutto, etc)
Raw or sprouted nuts/seeds and nut/seed butter
Jerky (be careful here, look at ingredients!)
Grass fed organic raw cheese (if you tolerate dairy)
Dark Chocolate (85% or more)
Chicken or steak slices (maybe leftovers)
Home made beef or turkey patties
Hard boiled eggs
If traveling without some veggies to accent is just crazy to you then chop up some carrots, peppers, zucchini, celery or even apple slices.
(excuse my lack of photo taking skills, I'm still getting the hang of things)
Okay, you have to pack a salad. A meal without one just feels wrong. Then read on, and learn to make the perfect travel salad.
Salads obviously don't really travel well, they get soggy and gross pretty quickly. Especially when they aren't refrigerated.
You want to focus on more sturdy veggies for your salad. Vegetables that do better after marinating in their dressing. Avoid things like delicate leafy greens or tomatoes. Suggested vegetables include:
After combing your veggies it's as easy as tossing it in a simple dressing. Add some oil, some acid (vinegar or citrus), spices and herbs. On this trip I chose to do an asian inspired slaw. I didn't measure anything just threw it in a container and let it stew. It ended up delicious. Honestly the longer you let it sit the more flavorful it becomes.
I'm going to list the ingredients in my salad, and for all of you recipe followers I apologize I have no idea the amounts I put in. I was in a rush (see, even with a short amount of time it can be done), and just eye balled it. Get creative, taste as you go!
Tera's Nicaragua Travel Salad
Trader Joe's Organic Broccoli and Carrot Slaw
Toasted Sesame Oil
Apple Cider Vinegar
Braggs Kelp Seasoning mix
Hope this gives you some ideas for your next trip! Remember if you want it bad enough you can make it happen, it takes one trip to the grocery store. Travel safe, travel healthy!
Questions or still stumped? Ask!! I'm here to help!