We travel a lot (at least in our eyes). We normally go on 3-4 work trips per year, we take at least 2 winters holidays and get away in the summer as much as possible. Becuase we travel so much we have learned some tips and tricks to help us stay healthy but still enjoy our time away. This week we are headed to Disneyland for a week so the recipe round up is useful for anyone heading off on holidays.
We don’t let vacation turn into a “free for all” because we know that we won’t feel well if we do that but we also aren’t very strict either. This is a lifestyle for us so we know that we can indulge as much or as little as we want and either way we will still be okay. The most important thing is that quickly after we return home we get right back into our routines. It’s a lifestyle – not a diet – and living this lifestyle (eating clean and working out) allows us to continue to do the things that we love.
I hate wasting anything, especially food, so I actually pack up and take any food we have in the fridge that will go bad while we are gone. We normally eat this at the airport before boarding or on the plane. Not only will these tips save you money but they will also allow you to save your treats for things that you really want once you arrive at your destination.
Although we normally go grocery shopping once we get to where we are going I always pack snacks for the road. Along with bringing any food that will spoil while we are gone I bring the following:
Breakfasts – Premade meals x 2 (french toast & waffles), oats, protein powder
Lunch – Slow cooker meals x 2
Snacks – Quest bars, muffins, chopped veggies, chopped fruit, rice cakes
AT THE HOTEL:
We ALWAYS get a room that has a mini refrigerator. Most of the time this comes at no extra cost but even if they do charge you it’s less expensive than eating out every single meal. Use the refrigerator to store the food you brought from home, leftovers, or food from when you go grocery shopping. We always eat breakfast at the hotel in order to save money. If we have a kitchen we make eggs, if we don’t have a kitchen we will drink a protein shake and make oats.
IN THE CAR/AT THE AIRPORT:
Walking through the airport, you will see many different choices available. Although the pastries and pizzas look good if you look a little further down you can likely find a salad, fruit cup, protein bar, etc. Why eat airport pizza when you can have quality pizza once you reach your destination?
If you are on an airline that still offer free snacks, skip them. Have you ever looked at the ingredient label on those snacks? They aren’t just “peanuts” and the 100 calorie pack of cookies will just make you more hungry! You packed food to bring so just snack on something you packed if you are hungry.
I’ve combined car and airport snacks because it’s really the same techniques we use with each – skip the drive-thru and pack your own snacks!
There are always health(ier) choices. Instead of wasting your “treats” on mediocre food from a drive-thru or airport, be prepared and save your treats for when you reach your destination.
Grocery shopping start to final meal in the fridge: 2.5 hours
Some of the things we did this week:
- Cut and bag ingredients for the slow cooker meals.
- Peel and chop potatoes and squash for quick fries.
- Chopped and bagged vegetables.
- Make protein muffins.
- Make Quest Bar cookies for California.
- Breakfast: Eggs and Toast.
- Lunch: Salad.
- Dinner: Stir Fry.
- Dessert: Quest Thin Mints.
- Breakfast: Oatmeal.
- Lunch: Sandwich and veggies.
- Dinner: Chicken with Sweet Potato Fries and Coleslaw.
- Dessert: Protein Fluff with Cookies.
- Breakfast: Pumpkin Pancakes.
- Lunch: Left Over Freezer Meal (Applesauce Chicken from a few weeks back)
- Dinner: Pork Tacos (R).
- Dessert: Banana Cream Quest Bar Pie (R).
- Breakfast: French Toast.
- Lunch: Salad.
- Dinner: Spicy Red Pepper Pasta (R)
- Dessert: Quest Cookies
Weekly Grocery List:
- Coconut flour
- Almond meal (can be made by crushing almonds in a food processor)
- Rolled Oats
- Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg
- Coconut oil
- Chili powder
- Almond butter
- Almond milk
- Canned pumpkin
- Pumpkin seeds.
- Pork Tenderloin.
- Chicken Breast.
- Omega eggs.
- Egg whites.
- Red Peppers
- Kabocha squash
- Red onion
- Frozen Raspberries
- Fat-free Greek yogurt
- Diya lactose free cheese
I will be providing the recipes for the items with (R) beside them. If you have any questions, comments or concerns feel free to email me at anytime [email protected].
Have a strong, focused and bad ass week.
With love from the Trench Kitchen,