Traveling Tips: Eating Healthy on your Next Business Trip

May 18, 2017 2:58:23 PM

Shari Melillo

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When traveling for work, eating healthy meals and snacks on the go can be a struggle. If you have to travel frequently, establishing or maintaining your long-term nutrition regiment may seem a futile pursuit altogether.

Don’t get discouraged, though. Even if your professional life requires frequent business trips or routine attendance at conferences and events, healthy eating is attainable. Follows these tips to stay properly nourished even while traveling.

Breakfast is more than coffee

When you’re on the go, it’s important to start your morning with a proper meal, not just a cup of coffee. Your hotel likely will have a mini refrigerator. If not, you can make a replica using a Styrofoam container or small cooler and ice, according to recommendations from BuzzFeed. Then, stop at a grocery store and pick up a few perishable items for breakfasts or snacks, such as eggs, cheese, baby carrots, fruit and milk. Hard-boiled eggs (which can be cooked using a coffee pot), slices of cheese, avocado on toast, or microwavable oatmeal with fruit and nuts can serve as convenient breakfast options to make in your room. Or you can always try your luck with the hotel's complimentary breakfast. Just don't skip the meal altogether.

Pack nutritious snacks

Use small containers or plastic bags to portion out healthy food for snacks. Good options for long days at a trade show or event include raw nuts; dried fruit (with no sugar added); snap peas; cherry tomatoes; trail mix; or whole grain crackers. When you get hungry, you’ll have a tasty, nutritious treat at your fingertips and won’t have to rely on overpriced and calorie-packed chips, baked goods or other typical snacks sold at convention center or hotel markets. Before leaving your hotel in the morning, fill a reusable bottle with fresh, cold water from the fitness center to sip on throughout the day. Buying water bottles at convenient stores or coffee shops can be expensive.

Healthy choices until the end

At trade shows and conferences, the days can be long and busy. Sometimes, your business or networking meetings will take place over a late-night dinner or drinks. Nutritionist Karen Ansel gave Business Insider a couple tips for consuming healthy dinners at restaurants during your travels. First, start with a salad or cup of broth-based soup to help fill you up at the start of the meal. For the entrée, choose something simple, like grilled chicken or seafood and a side of vegetables. Starchy sides often are loaded with hidden fats and carbs, Ansel said. Also, be careful of portion sizes. Some restaurant meals pack more than 1,000 calories, so think about splitting a meal or saving half for lunch. Finally, if you want to prolong the meeting or discussion, Ansel recommends ordering a latte or cappuccino instead of alcoholic drinks or dessert.

Frequent traveling is all the more reason to start adopting healthy, on-the-go habits now. Planning ahead and sticking to your health and wellness goals on the road will become progressively easier along the way.

 

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