eating clean while traveling

Eating Clean While Traveling

My scrumptious clean breakfast for my frist day in Switzerland was much easier to put together than I thought.  

The breakfast buffet had this gorgeous Bircher Muesli along with raw hazelnuts, flax seeds and unsweetened berry compote.  They were more than willing to whip me up a huge portion of egg whites (which apparently was a request they had heard often) and I brought along my own Vanilla Creme Stevia as well as my own DavidsTea (which I love in the morning).

This is what I enjoyed today whilst overlooking the view of the stunning alps:

  • Bircher Muesli
  • Egg Whites
  • Hazelnuts
  • Peanut Butter
  • DavidsTea Secret Weapon
  • Berry Fruit Compote
  • Almond Milk
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Eating Clean and Maintaining Your Health While Traveling

Preparing for Delays 

When you are traveling anything can happen.  This was the case yesterday on my return flight.  I was planning to travel for 6 hours so I had two meals pre-packed (the first two images) but when we arrived at the airport, there was a 3 hour delay for our flights and of course NOTHING clean to eat at the airport.

In this case, I had to venture into my cooler bag for my emergency spare meal!  I always (no matter where I am), carry a ziplock bag with a scoop of protein powder and a tiny little container of a tbsp of peanut butter.  Yesterday during our flight delay, this little plan b, saved the day!!

Luckily I had a banana with me as well so I was able to whip up the most delicious clean snack at the airport at a coffee shop.  

Zain’s Plan B Peanut Butter and Banana Ice Cream Smoothie

1 Scoop Vanilla Whey Protein Powder

½ Organic Banana

1 Tbsp Crunchy Peanut Butter

11/2 Cup Ice

¼ Cup Water

¼ Cup Black Coffee

Sweetener of Your Choice (I had Vanilla Creme Liquid Stevia with me, used 5 drops)

Directions:

1. Go to a cafe and ask if they will blend a smoothie for you in their blender.  If you purchase something, ie. coffee or a bottled water, they will most likely be ok with it.  Starbucks has issues but other cafes are pretty cool about it.  

2. Combine all ingredients and blend. Eat with a spoon!

***Did I mention how delicious this was?

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Eating Clean and Maintaining Your Health While Traveling

Airport Meals

So how does one eat clean on their journey back home?  In my experience, there are never usually good options at the airport unless you can find the occasional seafood place that serves salad and a prawn cocktail.

In this case, I had planned my journey home at a travel time of 6 hours so I packed two meals with me that I ordered from the hotel before departure.  I used the same containers that I brought with me so that I could carry my meals with me on my journey. 

This is what I brought:

  • 2 X 4.5oz Grouper Fish
  • 4 Cups Steamed Veggies
  • 1 Cup Tomato and Onion Salsa
  • 4oz Boiled New Potatoes
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Guacamole
  • 1 Cup Pineapple and Papaya
  • 4 Cups Mixed Raw Veggies
  • 4 Cups Mixed Salad (used vinegar and tabasco to dress)

Eating Clean While Traveling

Healthy Post-Workout Meal or PM Snack

I have been loving the clean meals that the chef has been preparing for me here on the resort.  This is an example of my post workout meal that I usually have a couple hours after lunch.

This meal normally consists of about 4oz of white fish, a ton of vegetables steamed as well as a salad, coconut meat and about 2 cups of fresh tropical fruit.  I also pair this with some salsa, hot sauce or a dijon mustard sauce.

Delicious right? It has been so lush to sit back and have my food prepared for me.  Eating Clean on a daily basis takes a lot of preparation so a break from the kitchen truly feels like a holiday to me.

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Eating Clean While Traveling

I have missed all of you so much!!  It has been an incredible holiday so far, in fact, I have experienced some of the best days of my life here in Cuba.

For the last four days, Tony, my fiancée and I, took an 8 hour road trip from Cayo Santa Maria (where we are staying) to the small southern town of Bayamo, where our family lives.   We have a farm and coconut grove there as well as a small apartment where we stay with our family.  This was my favourite part of the trip so far.  I love the resort but there is nothing like experiencing authentic life in the small towns of Cuba. 

This country is incredible.  I have never met such kind and gracious people and we have had such a great time with our family here. 

From our base of Bayamo, we planned a couple road trips to the north coast of Guadalavaca and along the south coast in some of the smallest villages and untouched areas of the country where there are no tourists or resorts at all. 

For the road trip, I prepared all of my meals (except dinner) in the morning:

Breakfast: Protein Pancakes + Tropical Fruit and Coconut Water

Snack: Scrambled Eggs with Veggies and a ¼ Cup of Cashews

Lunch: Sea Bream with Okra, Green Beans and Salad + 2 Brown Rice Cakes

Snack: Protein Crepe + Tropical Fruit + Coconut Meat and Coconut Water

I am loving the fresh fruit here.  Mango, pineapple, guava and papaya are all in season and I have been hydrating with iced green teas, lemon water and coconut water.

In the small town of Bayamo, fruits and vegetables as well as eggs and milk are purchased daily.  There are marketeers who ride their carriages or wagons through the tiny towns and yell out what they are selling.  People come out of their homes and buy what they need, only for that day or two so all of the food that we are consuming is fresh and direct from the farms.

No matter where you are in the world, eating clean is possible with a bit of preparation.  It has been great having my meals with me on road trips because it is very difficult to find clean food on the road.  Most of the diners here sell cheap pasta or pizza and there are not a lot of fresh food options once you leave home so it is important to prepare what you need. 

Whilst I have been cooking, many of the local women and young girls have been curious to know why I am cooking and eating the way that I am.   Here almost all of the food that is not fresh from the farm, is saturated in sugar and sodium.  I have learned that there is an incredibly high diabetes rate in Cuba and many of the locals don’t really enjoy the fruits and vegetables that the country has to offer as they are accustomed to the high sugar and sodium packed prepared foods that are cheap, plentiful and readily available.

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Eating Clean and Maintaining Your Health While Traveling

Training On Holiday


So I have been posting a lot about how to eat clean while traveling but have not really gone into detail about how I train when I am abroad.

One of the most important pieces of advice that I can offer here is: do your due diligence when it comes to your hotel!!  Nowadays, most hotels offer beautiful gym facilites but don’t expect this, go online or call the hotel and request to see photos of the gym facilities if there are no images available on the hotel’s site.

I have been in situations where I was told there was a ‘fitness suite’ and when I get there it is one rickety old treadmill and no weights.  This has been my experience in India and Asia especially so if there is no gym at your hotel, be sure to either plan your training by bringing an equipment free workout (click here to check out mine) or find out where the closest gym in town is and figure out your route there.

It’s all about planning ahead to get your training done while traveling.  It’s so easy to put it off and become complacent but let me tell you, it feels amazing to stay on top of it ESPECIALLY when you are on vacation after all, this is a lifestyle.

This week, I planned 5 days of training which included 4, 60 minute cardio sessions and 3 days of lifting.  I also added a day of active rest which included scuba diving in Cozumel.  

The difficulty may be scheduling for you.  Of course seeing as how you are on vacation, you want to enjoy as much of the sunshine or daylight as possible so I would recommend planning your pre and post workout meals and training during dusk or first thing in the morning.

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London Farmers Markets

Yesterday we took a trip down to one of London’s most charming farmers markets in Hampstead Heath.  If you are into clean eating and live in the UK or are visiting, farmers markets are one of the best ways to sample fresh, local and unique foods.

Although there are many large and amazing fresh markets in London, what makes this one really special is that all of the food sold is local.

I sampled some of the most delicious freshly pressed English apple juice along with the most incredible goat’s chevre with peppercorns…yum!

As there are only a couple days left on my trip, I wanted to be sure to pick up some really special ingredients to use whilst we were here so that I could treat my friends to a few of my best clean dishes before I leave.

On the shopping list:

2 Dozen Free-Range Organic Eggs

What was incredible about the eggs we bought is that they were laid the day before!  The yolks were bright orange and I whipped up the most delicious pesto & sundried tomato fritatta with them!

Local Raw Honey

Ended up discovering one of the most delicious pots of honey I had ever tasted.  It was a raw brandy, cinnamon honey made in Cheshire! Farmers markets are goldmines for these sorts of discoveries.

Produce:

Tomatoes, beet root, apples, fresh lettuce, chard, kale & pumpkin

Dairy:

Raw buffalo milk, raw peppercorn chevre

With bags stuffed of delicious, clean eats we enjoyed a walk back through the heath all the way home where I whipped up a delicious pesto & sundried tomato fritatta made with roasted parsnips, capers & of course peppercorn chevre! 


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Couldn’t quite leave Switzerland without enjoying a delicious cheese fondue at one of my favourite mountain top chalets…

Classic fondue is a major indulgence (I mean its pretty much a loaf of bread dipped in hot full cream cheese) so my plan was to order a regular meal of grilled prawns with steamed veg and a huge salad and dip some of my veggies into the fondue cheese rather than eating the entire thing as a meal. 

The veggies were delicious when dipped in the melted guyer and it was a perfect gluten-free way to indulge in this local classic dish!

Note: My dairy serving for cheese is usually about 1 ounce per day but I enjoyed a larger portion as a planned guilt-free treat meal.

Today was proof that dreams come true. I finally came back to a place that has always been very special to me. 

It’s two days before Christmas and I have never felt more in the spirit…big statement…I’m one of those die hard Christmas freaks who puts her tree up after Halloween and can’t get enough of Bing Crosby’s Christmas Special album.

Years ago I set the intention that I would come back here and when I did, I would be healthy, in love and be living a life that was balanced and one that I was proud of. 

Standing in the snow in this beautiful Swiss village with church bells ringing and a warm hand holding mine, I have come to realize that I always had the power to choose what I wanted but for the longest time, I chose not to be happy and not to love myself. I now I trust myself again, completely and anyone who has spent years sabotaging themselves with food, restriction, binging and self-denial can understand how profound this statement actually is. 

I have never felt happier, freer or more alive than I do today…clear and unwavering proof that dreams do come true.  

Eating Clean While Traveling: Tips & Tricks

If you are staying awhile in a place try to opt for a place with a kitchen! This is one of my favourite ways to stay clean while traveling!!

It gives me the opportunity to start the day off right with a big, healthy breakfast.

Here is a pic of my humble little kitchen in London, perfect for whipping up a clean breakfast in the morning.  Today:

9 Egg Whites

1 Cup Oats

½ Tbsp Peanut Butter

½ Cup Almond Milk

½ Tsp Flax Seeds

½ Tbsp Raw Leatherwood Honey (local to England)

½ Banana

I just mix it all together in a bowl and enjoy with a cup of my favourite DavidsTea, Secret Weapon.

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Don’t you love it when you have no idea what the day has in store and you come to the end of it completely blown away by what you have just experienced?

Well today was one of those days.  In fact, there have been so many of those days on this trip that I am starting to think that being blown away by life is the way life is meant to feel. 

Today, we literally skied through a blizzard from Switzerland to Italy crossing peaks over 2800m.  I lost all feeling in my hands and a few of my toes but it was breathtaking.  I felt fearless.  

After a gorgeous lunch in Italy, we got a snowmobile ride through the alps and caught the moonrise and sunset at the same time. 

During my hardest times, I wondered if I would ever feel excited about life the way that I did today.

It’s amazing what happens when you make the choice to love and care for yourself…you open your heart to all that is and all that can be…the magic of life.

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Eating Clean and Maintaining Health While Traveling 

My Favourite Lunch and Dinner Options

When traveling to a tropical destination, clean eating can be a breeze especially with all of the fresh seafood and fruit options available.

After my meeting with the chef, my meals, frequencies and portions have now all been ironed out (there were a few meals where I was served only a tiny bit of veggies and had to respecify what I meant when I said a ‘un grande portion’) to the chef, my version of a portion of veggies is about 5 times that of another person!

We are on Day 2 and yesterday was a really productive and wonderful day with all of the work that we are doing out here.  Not only did we find time to lay on the beach and chill, we also scheduled in a 75-minute workout in the gorgeous gym that they have on the resort.

I wanted to share with you some of my favourite lunch and dinner options with you so that you could have a visual of the kinds of things that I order.

Here you will see:

  • Large salads dressed with fresh pepper, lime and balsamic vinegar
  • White fish dressed with pico de gallo (I tested it first to make sure that it was not super salty)
  • Sides of steamed veggies
  • Tropical fruit salads (that I made from the buffet)
  • For my healthy fats I have been enjoying cashews that I brought with me, extra virgin olive oil, fresh coconut meat, avocados and olives (not soaked in brine)
  • Tuna sashimi and an Asian salad with Shitake mushrooms
  • Green and mint tea