Let’s face it; maintaining a healthy eating habit when trekking and traveling can be a challenge. It is obvious to stop at shopping stalls in between the trip, refill the water bottle and purchase a few snacks (that are mainly processed foods) to keep you going. Factors such as eating at odd times, changing locations, eating whatever is available around, and lack of cooking facilities may impact your overall health.
However, some foods are super-healthy for trekkers and travelers, which you should consider as an alternative to packaged foods. These are the sweet treats you take in fast-food restaurants. Read on!
1- Natural fruit
Simply walk into a grocery store whenever you find one and buy as many natural fruits as possible. Fruits contain minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins that boost your immune system, increase metabolism, lower aging, increase energy levels, and reduce your chances of getting lifestyle diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and obesity.
Regardless of the amount of time you will spend on your journey, fruits will keep you healthy and alive, while keeping you healthier than any other food you can find!
When trekking or traveling, you need food that will keep your tummy full and at the same time provide you with maximum convenience. This healthy food can stay fresh for a long, and you can consume it as your main course. You don’t have to throw the leftovers away because you can use them to make healthy sandwiches for your breakfast later. But at the same time, you need to take care of some other aspects like your dental health. Meat can be bad for dental health. You should keep healthy toothpaste with you during your hiking trip to avoid any toothache.
3- Avocado and tomato grilled cheese sandwiches
Cheese sandwiches can be boring, and this is the reason why most people don’t like carrying them along during a hike or when traveling. Nonetheless, you can take them to a whole new level by adding tomato and avocado. Wrap them with tin foil and toss them on a camp grill, or grill them in your house and wrap them properly in paper towels to keep them moist. Are you worried that you will not be able to keep them hot for long through your journey? Well, don’t worry! Avocado and tomato grilled cheese sandwiches are equally delicious when cold!
4- Fruit-infused water
Instead of buying a few bottles of soda and energy drinks, or having to purchase bottled water at every stop, consider filling a stainless steel insulated water bottle with fruit-infused water. You can easily make this at home, or if traveling in your car, just carry whole fruits and some water, and you can make this on transit.
This water tags along with a myriad of benefits just like whole fruit such as boosting body energy, enhancing digestion, increasing metabolism, and reducing the risk of diseases.
5- Roasted red pepper hummus veggie wraps
This is another healthy snack that you need to carry on your next road trip or trekking expedition this summer. The roasted red paper brings flavor to veggie wraps and makes it suitable for lunch. Simply pick the veggies of your choice, sprinkle some goat cheese, use pop a toothpick or a small stick to keep everything together, and enjoy your healthy meal!
There are a host of other healthy treats that you can carry while trekking and traveling. They include;
- Pre-peeled hard-boiled eggs
- White meat such as chicken and pork
- Raw milk cheeses
- Pre-made salads
- Pre-cooked roasted sweet potatoes
- Single serving packs of guacamole
- Vegetables such as broccoli and carrots dipped in almond butter or tossed in olive oil.
Trekking and traveling are part of life, especially if you do it as a hobby. However, you will not get the best out of it if you keep complementing it with snacks that could eventually lead to unhealthy eating habits and unexpected lifestyle diseases which could be fatal. This is the reason why on your next trip, try the healthy food alternative mentioned above. They will keep you full and energized, and at the same time help you maintain a healthy living.