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Top Tips for Nailing Healthy Holiday Travel!!

Traveling anywhere is stressful, but the holidays add insult to injury… why? Because the whole experience masquerades as something lovely, inviting, and cozy, but then you get hit over the head with delayed flights in crowded airports, mind-numbing traffic jams, irritating in-laws, and a million other things that cause you to turn to the comforts of fattening food and skipped workouts.

But here's the thing: if you can make it through the holidays with your health in tact, not only will you feel like a Superhero, but there is a high likelihood that you will have a positive impact on family & friends. People watch what we’re doing, even if they don’t say it out loud, and inspiring others is an amazing byproduct of sticking to our own wellness goals.

Recently, George & I have taken several trips that left us feeling very proud of ourselves, because we were able to plan ahead and find creative ways to stay on track.

From surviving Thanksgiving Dinner - which was a total WIN because we left nothing up to chance and simply brought our own food... navigating a large family trip to Disney World completely unscathed (like being caught in a real-life game of nutritional “Frogger”), we’ve learned that with the right plan, you can maintain your health goals ANYWHERE!.

I wanted to share some of my favorite life hacks with you guys to help you stay on track this holiday season and enter the New Year feeling great… because honestly, it really doesn’t have to fall apart just because you’re out of your everyday routine!

So with that, I present our “Top 5 Tips for Surviving Holiday Travel!”


We know that most places we’re traveling won’t have what we need to feel satisfied in a healthy way, so rather than waiting to “see what’s available” (and then making bad choices), we completely pack ahead.

We have a Yeti cooler, which allows us to tote a lot of perishable stuff if we’re going someplace within driving distance. If we’re flying, we’ll either find a local grocery delivery service to have things there upon arrival, or we’ll just have the taxi/Uber make a quick grocery store stop on our way from the airport to our hotel (or wherever we’re staying).

Here’s a breakdown of what we’ll most commonly have on-hand while traveling - we find this is a pretty good set-up to help us feel “armed” for 2-3 days away from the comforts of own kitchen:

  • Fresh fruit

Apples (we budget about 2 per day for snacks)

Bananas (for nibbles with nut butter)

Pineapple (one fresh cut container per day for my dessert snack)

  • Almond Butter (a full jar, to mix with bananas slices as a snack. We like the 365 Crunchy variety)

  • Small packets of Almond Butter for on the go (we like Justins and Rx Vanilla)

  • We pre-prep & package (in a ziplock) George’s homemade oat energy bars. We cut them into small portions after baking and nibble on them non-stop as a small refuel treat.

  • Enough Bob’s Red Mill Oatmeal instant cups to eat one each morning

  • Pre-portioned protein powder (I add this to my oatmeal for flavor & protein). Currently crushing hard on Optimum Nutrition Fit 40, designed for athletes 40+.

  • Almond milk

  • A case of water, or a refillable water bottle (but I HAVE to know where I will be filling it - I pre-check if there will be a water cooler or filtered water available - if not, I order a case of water)

  • Further Food Matcha powder

Here's an example of what a typical holiday haul looks like for us

I also firmly believe in staying ahead of my hunger while traveling and eating on a schedule to avoid getting “hangry.” A strategically consumed, clean mid-day protein bar can make the difference between staying on track and falling off the wagon. Some of my favorites are the new Plant-Based One Bars, as well as Health Warrior Chia Bars (perfect 100 calorie size) and/or Health Warrior Pumpkin Seed Protein Bars.