Prepping for Clean Travel
2 posts in 1 day? My heavens! 🙂 Traveling can get you in a lot of trouble with the airport food, business lunches, bars at the hotels, etc. The best way to eat clean is to pack clean! And here is how I do it:
I am leaving tomorrow morning for an overnight trip to Phoenix. My flight is at 7:15 AM (UGH!) and I won’t return home until late Thursday night which means that I have to prep for 2 days worth of food. Because my flight is so early, I had to prep my food tonight and have it ready to go so that all I have to do at 5:30 AM tomorrow is brush my teeth and put the food in my cooler. Brushing your teeth is optional but highly recommended. 🙂
There are a lot of coolers out there and there is even one called Six Pack that looks AMAZING. It is also an amazing $60 so I am quite content with my large cooler that I got from Wal-Mart that cost me a whole $14.96. Don’t be jealous.
It can hold a lot but I couldn’t get a good picture of the inside. When I have everything packed in, I will take a picture. Just an FYI too, TSA will allow the gel packs as long as they are FROZEN! If they are squishy/melting, then they make you throw them away.
I pre-cut my veggies and put them into baggies:
I’ve got 4 large carrots peeled and the ends cut off, 2 sliced red bell peppers, about 5 mini sweet peppers, 15 cherry (sunburst) tomatoes, 2 servings unsalted shelled pistachios, 2 servings plain almonds, 1 cup diced squash (steamed and covered with cinnamon), 1 Larabar, and 2 scoops of Vega Oh Natural protein powder inside a baggie inside my Blender bottle.
I also took 1 sweet potato, rinsed and cut into thin slices and laid out onto a greased baking sheet. Spritzed EVOO on them and sprinkled a generous amount of black pepper and Mrs.Dash Salt free table blend then baked on 350 for 15 min, flipped, then 15 min more. Once they cooled, I put the sweet potato “chips” into a ziploc baggie.
I’ve also got 6 turkey meatballs (3 per bag), 1 Starkist Tuna Light lunch to go, and small containers of low sugar ketchup and dijon mustard (as long as it’s under 3 oz you are good).
I also made PowerCakes “Chia Jam Filled Power Muffins” and they are just about the most amazing things I have ever had. Once cooled, I put 2 of them in a baggie and in the fridge to take with me tomorrow. You can find PowerCakes recipe here: http://powercakes.net/coconut-flour-chia-jam-filled-power-muffins/
I’ve also made my breakfast smoothie for tomorrow so that I can just grab it and drink it while driving to the airport:
Smoothie: 1 banana, 1 scoop Vega protein powder, 1 tbsp fiber powder, 1 handful spinach, and 8 oz unsweetened almond milk mixed and put into my to go cup and in the fridge. I will also be munching on some delightful vanilla almond “bread”. I will post the recipe for that when I get back. I don’t have some other items pictured but they will be included in my next post.
So, now I think it is safe to assume that you are all starving and/or on your way to Wal-Mart right now to grab a lunch box as cool as mine. Prepping takes time and effort but believe me, it is WORTH it. Aside from 1 business lunch and probably 2-3 Starbucks stops for a Venti unsweetened iced green tea, I will only eat what I packed with me. When I get back, I will post what I ate/how I paired it all. Paired-ha, it makes me sound like I am doing a clean eating version of a wine pairing. I miss wine…….
Eat Clean, Pump some Iron, and Be a Fit Fox!