Eating healthy can be tricky while travelling – especially while breastfeeding.
Feeding my little truck has completely thrown my food game, as a once salt lover to a now sugar craver!
A big part in travelling is to eat! we love to take the time to try new dishes and local delights, this often leads to an overeating bonanza! Now that Riley is curious about food and eating more we decided to get back on the “healthy wagon” so far this is how we have been tackling the on the fly food, buffet breakfasts and long boozed lunches
I recommend avoiding Aeroplane food! With used by dates expiring when a Riley is 10 years old and sodium levels greater than the Japanese, I think it’s best to steer clear – if you can. Thankfully better options are being introduced, more fruit and veg and even vegan meals are making an appearance. We try and eat before our flight and pack snacks. We purchased lounge passes, for a number of reason’s one being the ridiculous cost of water and coffee in the teriminal and two for the baby rooms. But here is where we also prep for our flight. I divie up our snacks and pack some of the lounge delights away, they always have mini veg quiches and really good salads. Sugar doesn’t help with jetlag, also a big avoid – crush sugar cravings with peppermint tea or a piece of fruit.
I love an inclusive breakfast, mainly because Riley wakes at 7am, for an hour and a half before he heads back down for a morning nap, igniting my morning metabolism early.
We are breakfast lovers, NZ and Australia have the best breakie joints about! Urban Buddha bowls, smashed avo with chilli + feta and coconut soaked birchers all delisiously satisfying…but most hotels come with an inclusive “good ole buffet”. Depending on the grade of hotel will be they style or quality of your buffet, the variety is awesome yoghurts, bircher, and loads of local fresh fruit, and bonus’ they are often super cool with you taking a few pieces back to your room too, My husband loves a morning omelette which is always a good option to keeping him very happy.
Our next tip: Head to the grocery store. I enjoy nosing around checking out other countries products – totally my thang! Here is where I re-stock nappies, laundry soap (because I am OCD about washing) and snacks GALORE! I have two hungry boys, and I am always thirsty, so it makes sense for us to stop and load up on water, snacks and extras.
Subconsciously; we tend to over order when are super starving, the best way to tackle this for us, was to make sure we have snacked throughout the day – great on the pocket too. By the time we get to lunch or dinner we can actually enjoy our meal and more often than not we are completely full. Our choices have flipped too, I think this came quickly after a fatty binge in New York. We have transitioned ourselves back into the lighter meals – no more fries and yes to greens 🙂 (Patting myself on the back)
We come from families where leaving food on your plate was both wasteful and disrespectful. However; we are now in a generation of over eaters – portion sizes have increased with more frequently eating, not really given some a fighting chance. We now require a huge amount of education and discipline based around “what we are consuming and how”. who would think simple human behaviour would need so much personal analysis.. From this we have made some massive progress in reducing our meals and portion size – yay!!
Mini workouts, can be done in the hotel gym, poolside or for me in my room while Riley is snoozing I found Kayla Itsines workouts to be effective and easy while time poor and without a gym. Aside from room work outs, getting out and about with baby can be enough to get a sweat on – Riley is a hefty 12.5kilos, carrying him alone is a workout 🙂
Quick Tips ↓↓
- Start your day with lemon, ginger tea
- Pre-plan meals
- Go for the fruit
- Pre-pack snacks
- Keep hydrated
My Grocery List ↓↓
- Raffertys Baby Squeezies are our fav, and Ella’s Kitchen
- Jerky and protein bars/balls for dad
- Nuts – Almonds
- Salsa and Guacamole
- Veggies for veggie sticks, Cucumber, carrot, peppers
- Water/coconut water
- Tuna packs
- Crackers/corn chips
- Wholemeal Wraps ← Great to make a on the road lunch
- Lettuce salad mix
- Peanut butter