Travel Foods and Good Health
Travel Foods? The Kitchen Goddess Jill Welch prepares a delicious seaside meal while traveling.
Traveling this summer?
How do you usually plan travel meals while on the road? Whether you are taking a plane, bus, car or train you can still maintain good health while traveling. I hope by now I’ve convinced you that healthy food does not equate to a lack of fun, pleasure or taste! In fact, if you break it down, you get more of all three of those when maintaining a healthy diet.
Traveling is no exception. Yes, of course you will probably eat a little differently than you would at home, and that is to be expected. However, along the way and in order to keep your energy up for traveling, it’s important to have a stock pile of delicious snacks that provide nutrients, flavor and energy.
If you are traveling by car, you can include foods that have to stay cold by bringing along a cooler. You also have the luxury of being able to cook if you bring along a single burner stove. On road trips I always do this. It makes stopping for meals and having roadside picnics much more fun! With the small stove and my stainless steel espresso pot, I also have the benefit of making good organic coffee or green tea on the road, helping to keep my energy up while driving long distances. No more gas station coffee stops!
With a cooler and a stove you can do just about anything.
My travel cooler is stocked with premade smoothies, salads, maybe a dip like hummus and dressing, and some protein like smoked fish or bean burgers. For road trip snacks I like avocado, nuts and seeds, seaweed snacks and dried fruit. A jar of natural peanut butter or almond butter and apple or bananas make a very filling and satisfying snack for the trip. Don’t forget to bring lots of filtered water to drink. I typically fill leftover glass juice bottles with water, avoiding the need for plastic ones.
If you are going by plane, you will want to have food packaged in such a way that it is easy to get to and enjoy with very little preparation. Try a pre-made sandwich or a dip, with olives, carrot and celery sticks packed in a disposable (waxed cardboard, for example) container. Nuts and dried fruit are also a good choice. I like to take along packets of greens powder to mix with water for a much-needed nutrient boost while traveling on an airplane. Staying hydrated is very very important. Be sure to either buy bottles of water before boarding or insist on multiple servings from the attendants.
Being food-prepared for a trip will increase your travel pleasure and enable you to maintain good health along the way. Try out this lemony hummus recipe on your next trip.
The Kitchen Goddess’s Chickpea Hummus is one of the perfect Travel Foods
- 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (or try substituting raw zucchini for beans)
- 1-2 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp sea salt or to taste
- Juice of 1-2 lemons or to taste
- 1-2 tbsp sesame tahini
- ¼ cup fresh parsley
- ¼ cup Olive oil
- Dash of cayenne pepper
- Optional: 1 tsp umeboshi plum paste or vinegar to taste (decrease salt if this ingredient is used)
Put everything in a food processor and blend until smooth. Adjust salt, lemon and olive oil. Serve on crackers, bread, rolled in a lettuce leaf or with vegetables.