Eating healthy while on the move is difficult… Read how to eat healthy while traveling around the globe below!
It’s Time To Travel Again
You head to the airport. Three hours before your flight.
The first thing you do?
Eat some shitty, overpriced airport food.
Then you get on the plane. Hours upon hours of inactivity. The possibility of drinking a little booze too.
You land in the exotic locale of your choosing, hop in a taxi to your hotel, and immediately head back out to get some more food.
Your vacation has already started off on an unhealthy foot.
Luckily, it doesn’t have to be this way.
With a few quick changes and a couple expert tips from yours truly, we can stay healthy as heck on vacation.
The good news?
Eating healthy while traveling doesn’t have to be bland or boring.
Once you get outside the United States, fresh food becomes abundant and preservatives aren’t nearly as common.
It’s easy to explore and experience the local cuisine without eating like trash while traveling the globe.
5 Quick Tips On How To Eat Healthy While Traveling Around The Globe
But enough with my fluff, let’s dive into the rice and beans of this bad boy.
Here are a few quick tips to ensure you eat healthy while traveling:
1. Don’t Eat At Airports
First and foremost, do NOT eat anything at airports.
Not only is the food insanely overpriced, but it’s generally coming from a chain restaurant that laces their food with preservatives.
Airport food is rarely good for you!
Furthermore, airport food is always prepared in a rush. Personally, I don’t trust the cleanliness measures at any airport restaurant in any country.
Plus, there’s nothing wrong with fasting while traveling. You could easily skip a meal or two while flying. A 12-hour fast has never killed anyone.
By fasting while flying, you can also feast on local cuisine when you arrive in your destination – guilt-free.
2. Start The Day Off Right
When I’m moving around, I always try to start the morning off on a healthy note.
If I’m lifting weights, this means a protein filled breakfast of fried eggs, beans, and yogurt with fruit.
If I’m not lifting that day, I’ll often skip breakfast while on the road.
Not only does skipping breakfast save some cash, but it’s also insanely healthy and allows you to fully enjoy the local cuisine during meals later that day.
No matter how you do it…
Get some protein in you before noon while on the road. This will keep you satiated during your travel times and keep you from munching throughout the day.
“Carbicide” is easy while traveling around, especially in Latin America – where carb-heavy treats tend to be the norm.
3. Go Local For Lunch
While dinner tends to be our biggest meal in the United States, that’s simply not true in many countries.
In many places, you’ll find insane lunch specials for the local business people. I’m talking a full meal with a big piece of meat, vegetables, rice, beans, and more for under $5 USD.
Not only that, these local lunch spots generally buy their produce and meat from local farmers and the food tends to be of good quality. No preservative-laden junk like you’ll find at chains.
An example of these lunch spots would be a menu restaurant in Lima, Peru. For 8-10 Soles, you’ll often get a piece of chicken, ceviche, rice, fries, and salted vegetables.
4. Visit The Local Market
Skip the supermarket chains when traveling around and looking to cook a few of your own meals.
Head straight to the local market. In these markets, you’ll find some of the freshest ingredients in the city – at unbeatable prices.
For example, I was able to get a kilogram of fresh tuna medallions in Mazatlan, Mexico for what would equal $7 USD.
That’s six full tuna medallions for $7 bucks!
Impossible to beat the price and it was some of the freshest fish I’ve ever ate in my life.
These places tend to be ideal for buying vegetables, fruits, meats, and seafood. The food is always fresher than the supermarket and often at half the price.
5. Follow Local Traditions
One of the easiest ways to eat healthy while traveling?
Just do what the locals do. Eat what the locals eat.
While this won’t work in every country, you’ll generally find that the most popular foods in many a foreign country is also fairly healthy and insanely fresh.
If the locals eat it all the time and you find the general populace looks pretty healthy, you should be good to go.
In Colombia, one of the most popular dishes is bandeja paisa. In this famous dish, you’ll find eggs, rice, beans, avocado, chorizo, and more.
Legend has it that the dish was designed to fill up men working in the mountains outside Medellin for the full day.
So you’ll find it packed with protein and fats.
While living in Colombia, I ate this dish after almost every workout. Highly recommended.
Te lo juro.
In Peru, one of the most popular dishes is ceviche.
The locals use ingredients from the plentiful Pacific Ocean to create a delicious seafood dish, and a healthy one at that.
While I’m not sure exactly what ceviche is made of, as it varies, it’s hard to make a dish filled with raw seafood, lemon juice, and a few other flavors unhealthy.
Eat Healthy While Traveling the World Isn’t Tough…
Hopping on a plane is not an excuse to eat like trash and pack on the pounds.
With just a few quick fixes and changes, you can enjoy local cuisine without worry and still stay in great shape while on vacation.
Simply by focusing on eating local dishes from local restaurants, you’ll be far ahead of the game in many countries.
Here’s to a healthy vacation packed full of memories made to last a lifetime!
A Word From The Author:
If you enjoyed this guest post, make sure to check me out. The name is Jake and I blog over at Nomadic Hustle about living a life of adventure, making money online, and hacking the mind.