Are you planning a holiday getaway? Or would you like some healthy inspiration for eating well, even when you are traveling?
If so, keep reading…
My husband Damien and I just returned from a few days in Dublin, visiting family and friends.
This trip reminded me how important it is to plan ahead, especially when you are away from your own kitchen!
Traveling can be daunting, no doubt about it…
From long waits in airports, eating on the run and feeling challenged over limited food choices.
In today’s article, I want to share 3 tips that I use to make healthy food choices, even when I am away from home...
1. Prepare Yourself for The Journey Ahead.
For me, a big part of travel involves arriving at my destination feeling calm and nourished.
On my recent trip to Dublin, this meant having healthy snacks available for the train ride, airport lounge and flight.
I find that there is nothing worse than arriving at an airport feeling tired, frustrated and hungry. Or worse, feeling tempted by fake food just because you feel famished!
To make sure this doesn’t happen to you it’s important to get organized.
When you pack your bags, be sure to prepare a lunch box full of healthy food. Also bring a water bottle to make sure you stay well hydrated.
Some of my favourite healthy travel snacks include carrot and celery sticks, houmous, sliced fruits, grapes, nuts, seeds, coconut yoghurt and dark chocolate for a treat.
The key here is to pack a good selection of real foods that you love to eat!
2. Finding Healthy Food at Your Destination.
One of my favourite things to do while travelling is to check out the local food scene.
This includes finding health food stores, cool cafes and farmers markets. I even like to see what healthy food options are available in local supermarkets.
We found some fantastic health food stores in Dublin that stocked a wide range of healthy snack options like medjool dates, dried apricots and raw cheeses.
What made this trip even more special was that we had the chance to eat at Veginity. Veginity is a plant based restaurant run by Aussie Chef Mark Senn (my husbands brother).
We went there for Valentines Day and had our taste buds delighted with their special tasting menu.
It is a true foodie heaven and eating there was one of the highlights of our trip. If you ever find yourself in Dublin it is well worth a visit!
3. Take Lots of Food Photos.
One of the reasons I love to travel is that it provides me with fresh food inspiration that I can bring back home to my own kitchen.
One of the best ways to do this is to take lots of food photos!
I find that food photos can stimulate such fond memories of places I’ve visited.
It’s such a joy to look back over my photos and remember a city through my senses. I love reminiscing about the sights, sounds, smells and especially tastes of a city.
And, then once I return back home, preparing foods that I have tried on my travels can be a lovely way to reconnect back to my favourite places in the world...
Mmmm… All this talk of food has got me salivating…
I can still taste the fragrant fish curry in Ubud... The spicy street food in Bangkok... The creamy Chai tea in Rishikesh.... The refreshing frozen yogurt in Athens... The thinly crusted pizza slices in Rome… Eating fresh blackberries whilst exploring the English countryside…
And, now over to you!
What’s your favourite food memory from your travels?