Got a road trip ahead & want to avoid feeling tired, bloated & constipated? Embrace these travel food ideas to get you arriving competition-ready!
So you’re packing for another trip? Excited?
It’s a long, long, road trip.
There’ll be road house stops, food on the go, a lack of energy and feeling tired. Probably also bloating (from the road house food) and maybe constipation also.
I can see what you’re excited about! I know, I know… it’s the destination that counts.
So true. But what if you could arrive feeling vibrant, not sluggish. What if you could “hit the ground running”, not exhausted. And what if you could maintain a digestive system that didn’t keep reminding you it was there by feeling bloated or constipated? It’s certainly possible.
“But how?” I hear you ask.
Well, these are the strategies that I would employ:
- Fresh foods
- Small food portions & cleansing, light meals that offer sustained energy
- Boost immunity
- Avoid processed foods and stimulants, such as coffee & chocolate
With just a little preparation, focused on your own health and wellbeing, your trip and arrival could be just that bit more comfortable.
In my esky would be:
1. Coconut water: Did you know that coconut water has a better electrolyte profile than the best sports drinks? This is a must for re-hydration.
Filtered water: There is nothing more important to the body’s detoxification & elimination systems than water. Did you know that hydrating the body can decrease muscle & joint pain as well as maintain your concentration, memory & focus?
2. Nutty granola: This is Sarah Wilson’s Coco-Nutty Granola, which is a fabulous mid-morning meal (long after a lemon / water as well as your smoothie).
3. Fresh lemon: 1/2 a lemon squeezed in to warm water first thing in the morning is a time-honoured tradition to “fire-up” the liver & the digestive system. Make this the first step in your morning ritual.
4. Savoury crackers: This is also a Sarah Wilson recipe – her “Meal-in-a-Biscuit Crackers”. I combined 1/2 cup chia seeds, 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds, 1/2 cup sesame seeds, 1/2 cup of almond meal with 2 cloves of crushed garlic, fresh herbs, salt and water. Blended to make a thick mixture and then spread (about 5mm thick) over baking paper on a tray. Bake at 160 degrees C for 30 minutes, then slice to cracker size using a sharp knife and flip over and cook for another 25 – 30 minutes.
5. Dip: Blend your own hommus (1 – 2 crushed garlic, a drained tin of chick peas, juice of up to 1 lemon, 2 tablespoons of tahini, 1 – 2 tablespoons of oil), or any other plant-based dip.
6. Rice & beet salad: I steamed rice and roasted beetroot (an excellent liver cleanser) and when they were cool, I piled them side-by-side in to a glass, air-tight container. I then topped it with a mix of cos lettuce and coriander, then sprinkled with nuts. So good. Maybe you could make yourself a dressing and bring it along in a separate jar? Blend 3 tomatoes, 1 lebanese cucumber, 1/2 cup of water, 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary, 3 tablespoons of oil, 1 clove of garlic and 12 pitted olives. Store in an air-tight, glass jar in the fridge.
7. Sweet slice: This is my Cranberry Power Bar which is sweet enough to satisfy an urges! And it is full of protein and quality fats in its chia seeds and linseeds, which makes for longer lasting energy as well as satisfaction!
8. Smoothie in a jar: This is my “Breath Purifier” recipe that has a nice mixture of fruit as well as having many dark, leafy greens, abundant in Vitamin B and C (amongst other minerals) and so powerful for cleansing & purification – the perfect mint-laced fibre broom to sweep out your system!
9. Chopped, fresh vegetable sticks: For the fibre to keep things moving and the raw crunch to access the water-soluble vitamins & enzymes.
Fresh fruit: Similar to the fresh vegetable sticks, the fruit adds a good dose of fibre but also sweetness. Focus on the vegetables but add in some fruit when a little sweetness is required.
Herbal teas: In place of coffee & black tea, ensure you have a variety of organic herbal blends (such as peppermint, camomile, fennel & dandelion) as well as green tea, which is a fabulous source of antioxidants.
On top of these foods to pack, I would ensure that you make plenty of stops to soak up the sunshine so your body can convert it to Vitamin D as well as “grounding” by getting your feet firmly planted on the ground. You know that fabulous feeling that coarses through your body when you walk through sand? You will get the same transference of energy when you take your shoes off and walk through the grass. Yep, it’s a fact. Just try it!
Do you have a routine to keep you fit and well on long travels? We’d love to hear your tricks!
Anita Fredericks is an Holistic Health Practitioner who writes, coaches and speaks about conscious food & living! Sign up on her website to receive her free ebook full of smoothie recipes and click to find out more about her Vitality Cleanse, a 5 day program designed to support you eating well, feeling great, sleeping better and losing weight!