Selva's Healthy Traveling Tips
Another year another adventure! Dane and I just returned from a much needed three week Europe vacation and family gathering. First stop Amsterdam with lots of art museums, second stop Germany full of family and friends, and finally five days of learning how to ski in the Austrian Alps….Dane is super proud! If you haven’t been, to the Alps that is, it is absolutely AMAZING! One lift ticket and your skiing options are endless. Every mountain that you see you can ski, plus you can also rest on almost every mountaintop and enjoy some hearty Austrian food. The perfect conditions for a newbie skier like me.
It has been over three years since I last visited Germany. If you have been a dedicated reader you may recall a few posts during my last Germany get away. I touched on a few of the staples including sautéed beef liver, lavender German cheesecake, a fresh strawberry rhubarb tart, and vegan maultaschen (German version of ravioli). All of which are delicious southern German delicacies. My favorite are the baked goods! The breads are so fresh and hearty, and have the perfect crunch texture. Not surprisingly Germany has mastered gluten-free baking. A country that devoutly uses quality bread in their day to day had to find a way to make the best gluten-free alternative. And I am not talking about toast bread. I am talking about sourdough leavened breads rich in seeds and whole gluten-free grains. If only this devotion to proper bread making would find its way to the states.
#1: Drink Pure Filtered Water.
#2: Bring Your Own Food.
- For ultimate ease stay away from liquids such as yogurt, hummus, and salad dressing. Although you can bring small amounts (~1/4 cup) in food containers, this may be more of a pain than it is worth. Some airlines offer yogurt for sale. For instance Iceland Air sells a local yogurt product for 2 euros. If you bring your own granola or muesli then you are set.
- Bring cut veggies. Hardy veggies like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower and sugar snap peas are the easiest. But sliced cucumber and red bell pepper can be just fine too! Just make sure to pack them on top of your carry on as not to squish them.
- Bring whole fruits. Bananas, apples, and tangerines tend to be my favorite go to travel fruit. No mess and no stress.
- Sandwiches and wraps are really easy travel food as long as they are wrapped or sealed in a container. Just make sure not to use aluminum foil because it may interfere with the x-ray machines.
- Pack dry goods like instant oatmeal or instant soups. Once on the plane all you have to do is ask for hot water which airlines are happy to offer. My favorite is Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free oatmeal with flax and chia seeds as well as a hearty bean soup for added protein. I just make sure to choose a lower sodium option to reduce fluid retention on long air flights.
- For healthy snacks try dried fruit, nuts and seeds, single package nut butters, or even kale chips. A whole avocado and crackers is also tasty snack. Sometimes I even pack a little cheese for a simple fruit and cheese plate to go with a glass of red wine J
#3: Plan Ahead.
I would love to hear some of your favorite ways to stay healthy while traveling! Let me know in the comments below ;)