As I’ve begun to follow a healthier lifestyle, I find myself worrying about how I will eat healthy or workout when I’m traveling or on vacation. On Sunday I flew back to Illinois, and, like all flights, I made sure to have lots of healthy snacks to choose from so I didn’t starve or feel the need to buy airport food. Okay, so it’s partially about me being cheap as well. Before I left California, I ended up doing some baking. Stuff to leave for my boyfriend Matt and stuff to bring with me on my flight!
I usually try to bring some raw veggies and fruit to snack on. Pretzels and granola bars are all fine and dandy, but something juicy is always a nice change. Here’s a list of what I brought on my trip because you care so much:
● Green pepper
● Pretzels and almonds (strangely good mixture, just so you know)
● Banana bread with peanut butter
● Roasted chickpeas!
I was good for the whole trip yet couldn’t help taking some free butter cookies from Southwest. So bad. But so good.
Here’s a pseudo-recipe from my winging it as I made some roasted chickpeas. I could probably come up with measurements if I tried, but “sprinkle” seems like a better form of measurement to me.
Roasted Cinnamon Sugar Chickpeas
1 14oz. can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
1/4 c. Brown sugar
1. Rinse chickpeas and spread on baking sheet sprayed with olive oil.
2. Coat chickpeas with olive oil. Sprinkle heavily with cinnamon and very lightly with nutmeg.
3. Bake at 450 degrees for 30-35 minutes. Then mix brown sugar and chickpeas in a bowl and let cool.
My advice: Roast the chickpeas on the same day that you are going to eat them. You can definitely put them in the fridge to keep them fresh, but the crunch disappears, and they’re not as delicious. I’m not too picky though. My chickpeas were made 2 days prior to my flight, just because I had the time. Soft roasted chickpeas for me!
Chickpeas have a lot of protein so I find it to be a healthy yet filling snack. I’ve seen recipes for savory roasted chickpeas, but I like the sweetness as a snack better.
Now I have talked about the food part of my traveling. Now I shall discuss how I fit in workouts when I’m on vacation.
I’m in Wisconsin right now, deep in the north woods. I made a circuit workout during the drive up here so I would have an option ready for me if I could get myself to workout. Whenever I’m staying with other people, I find it difficult to workout because…
1. Others don’t usually feel the need to fit in a workout like I do, since it has become a routine.
2. There aren’t a lot of options, unlike when I’m at home.
3. I feel awkward.
Yep, that about sums it up. The circuit workout I created involves no jumping or loud movements. I did this so I could sneakily workout my muscles without the whole cabin hearing every exercise. Yes, I’m a bit paranoid. I make it work.
Since I knew I wouldn’t be doing much weight lifting/exercises this week since I’m gone, I wanted to make a workout I could do at least once that would work a little bit of everything. My time ran out when I did this yesterday, and I only got through the circuit once. It’s all good though because I ended up doing some kayaking. Good stuff.
If you forget a contact case like I often do, water bottle caps work wonderfully…
So basically, the way I stay healthy while traveling is to plan ahead. I’ve only recently begun to create workouts, but it’s an easy way to fit in some activity anywhere you are. Doesn’t have to be too intense or anything. Even just a few exercises to get your heart rate and muscles working helps. That plus healthy snacks turns vacation from lazy to…less lazy. Anytime I go somewhere and think I might get hungry, I bring a snack of some sort. This could be shopping, long-distance travelling, or whatever else. I try to avoid fast food at all costs, and having snacks definitely ties me over until a real meal.
Now you tell me:
Do you usually workout when on vacation? What do you do?
I rarely exercise while on vacation because it’s so inconvenient, and I’ve made a habit of not doing it. I try to get out though and do something even if it’s a light activity.
Do you buy airport food or prefer snacking?
I’m too cheap and love snacking so I always bring my own stuff.
Any creative contact case alternatives?