The Healthy Voyager’s Global Kitchen cookbook. Photo credit: Carolyn Scott-Hamilton.
Carolyn Scott-Hamilton wrote this guest post on healthy cooking on-the-road. She is the vegan executive producer, creator, host and writer of The Healthy Voyager web series, radio show and blog.
Her newest cookbook The Healthy Voyager’s Global Kitchen (above) is available on Amazon.com.
No matter what type of diet you follow, you can pack your bags and see the world without food slowing you down.
Here are my 9 Healthy Cooking + Travel Tips:
- Make your hotel room coffee pot your friend. It’s not just for coffee anymore! Take miso soup packets or stock up on canned beans and/or soups at the local convenience store or market. Heat up quick and healthy dinners in the comfort of your hotel room. This way you not only save time and money but you eat well before running out for a day of adventure.
- Don’t cut out your cutting board. Pack a thin, silicone cutting board and load up on local fruits and veggies so that you can chop up and pack healthy snacks while on the go. Whipping up a quick salsa to eat with carrots or chips or even mashing up some chick peas for hummus is easier to do in your hotel room then you think!
- Slice and dice. Pack a small knife in your checked baggage so that you can chop fresh fruit and veggies for salads, salsas and more.
- Ice bucket, don’t chuck it. Use the ice bucket as a mixing bowl and the ice tongs to toss dressings and sauces into salads, noodles, etc.
- Get creative with leftovers. Sure, dine out but be crafty with your leftovers. Load up on the bread basket to make quick in-room sandwiches or even bruschetta. Keep rice and noodles and mix with fresh veggies or even leftover sauce packets from random fast food joints.
- Drink your veggies. Eating well can be tough when traveling so be sure to get in all your veggies before you get the day started. Pack super green or veggie powder packets such as Go Greens by To Go Brands. Mix them with 8 to 12 ounces of water and down your 6 servings of veggies in one shot. This way, if you aren’t able to grab a salad and end up living on chips or sandwiches while out, at least you’ve gotten in your greens, vitamins and minerals for the day.
- Pack some of your favorite bars, snacks and foods. Then you will have stuff on hand during flights or sightseeing and ingredients to quickly prep in your hotel room.
- Scope out local farmers’ markets and grocery stores. Take a shopping trip and stock up on fresh fruit and quicky foods.
- Prep breakfast and snacks in your room. Before heading out, make sure that you’ve got the energy for the day and you don’t fall into the “gift shop bag of chips” trap!