We were on the road for pretty much the entire holiday season. The first weekend of December, we went to Washington, D.C. for one of Adi’s work talks. I grew up in D.C. and was so excited to see my bestie and her kiddos, who happen to be the same ages as my kids. The following week, we were in Colorado for the wedding of one of my other best friends from childhood. The event was truly lovely and the scenery was so beautiful! Shortly after we got home from Colorado, we headed out for a huge holiday trip to see family in Israel in mid-December. We spent two incredible weeks in Israel and a wild couple of days in Paris, where we transferred flights, on each end of our trip.
Traveling can be tough, especially when you have kids in tow, but that’s no excuse to let your nutrition and fitness routines slip. In fact, taking care of your body during travel is one of the best ways to ensure that you stay healthy, energized, and able to enjoy your trip to the fullest. Here are a few tricks that helped me stay centered and feeling my best during our busy travel schedule this holiday season.
Get Active in the Airport
Do simple, no-equipment-necessary exercises, like yoga, stretches, sit-ups, lunges, or squats, in a quiet corner while you have downtime in the airport. Go for a long walk to grab a magazine or water instead of grabbing something from the most convenient shop. There are so many simple ways to move your body and stay active during transit, which can help you avoid getting antsy or stiff during the flight. If you have an extra-long layover, like we did in Paris, get out of the airport and find a gym or indoor pool to get a little workout in. We did this with the kids in Paris and it really helped them get their energy out before the long flight home.
Map Out the Market
The minute we get to where we are staying, we figure out where the closest market / farmers market / health food store is and immediately stock the house with fresh veggies and fruit, almond milk and other necessities. I love seeing what's local and fresh wherever we go. It's so fun to introduce the kids to new fruits and veggies! If you're staying in a hotel or condo, request a mini fridge and a blender. Sometimes they will bring it with no extra charge! Start to scope out healthy places to go, juice bars, cafes, yoga studios, etc. on yelp, and definitely be sure to go where the locals go!
Pack Healthy Travel Snacks
One of the most impactful things you can do to stay on track while traveling is packing healthy food to nosh on. Fueling our bodies with good stuff keeps us feeling nourished and balanced while we trek around the world together. Having a snack can also be a great distraction for the kids when they start getting fidgety on the plane or in the car. When I'm packing the kids toys/our stuff for the plane, I also plan our meals and snacks for the plane. It's so simple. I just pack as if I’m taking lunch to work. If you don't have the time to prep a meal, go to whole foods and grab prepackaged foods, sushi, etc., or go to the salad bar at your local grocery store and pack a huge salad. I've yet to be on a flight where they provide an awesome salad, so I just bring my own so I can get plenty of leafy greens and healthy food (instead of overpriced junk food) while in the air. Before traveling, I make sure to stock up on tons of flight-friendly, nourishing snacks to have both while we are in transit and during our stay. Here are a few of my favorites!
Homemade Trail Mix
Carob chips, almonds and Goji Berries can last forever in your suitcase and can be a real pick-me-up. You can also carry some organic dates, prunes, unsalted walnuts, and unsalted cashews . These are the same kind of ingredients that you’ll find in most energy bars, but more natural and with far less packaging.
Kaleifornia Love “The Lover” Cookie
This cookie is gluten-fee, vegan, non-GMO, and has no refined sugar. It’s made of cashews, dates, maple syrup, cacao, cacao butter, vanilla and sea salt. It’s totally organic and tastes very sweet! I also love that they use 100% biodegradable materials in their packaging.
Detox Tea + Sleepy Time Teas
I always travel with detox tea because my tummy gets pretty weird the first few days after traveling. This is great to have while in the air, too for digestive help. I also love the way sleepy time tea helps with jet lag be letting me get to sleep when I actually want to.
Granola Bitch Granola
This granola is great to add to Greek yogurt or a parfait while at the airport or to top a smoothie with when you get to where you’re staying. I always request to have a blender in the room if we are staying at a hotel. Obviously staying with friends and family helps with this factor a lot.
Gluten-free Oatmeal Packages
These are awesome when in a pinch. They provide a great source of fiber and you can easily to mix Philosophie Superfood + Protein Blends in for extra nutrients. All you need is hot water and, voila!
Nib More Dark Chocolate
Any good dark chocolate makes a great travel snack and this one is my go-to for when I want something sweet or need more energy. This is an especially good option to have in place of the high-calorie, nutritionally empty desserts that are often served on flights. Just grab your delicious, antioxidant-rich chocolate bar, and pass on whatever is being offered.
Justin’s Organic Almond Butter
I love to get these in single serve packages. They are an amazingly easy, delicious snack that has filling healthy fats. Just open and squeeze into your mouth, add on a cracker, or add to a smoothie or oats!
Nana Joes Ocean Beach Bar
This bar is so delicious and is handmade in San Francisco. It has almond butter, coffee + Cacao nibs inside. It’s gluten-free, vegan, and made with delicious sea salt and oats. It serves as an awesome breakfast bar or a snack in between meals. I love all their granolas, too!
Of course, I also always pack Philosophie Superfoods to add to smoothies, yogurt, oats, etc!
How do you stay healthy when you travel? Share your tips in the comments below or on The Philosophie Facebook Page!