By this time of year, most of us have completely nailed those healthy eating resolutions from the New Year, right? For at least a week or two at least that is, then you hit a bump and fell off the wagon only to claw your way back on again a few days or weeks later. And depending on your temperament and resolve you’ve either maintained or repeated this scenario multiple times by now. Hopefully, you haven’t completely given up as I’ve been known to do from time to time, because now spring break and summer are actually about to become a reality for many of us. And that means shorts and tanks and …. enough said! And it’s precisely why we all need healthy food options for travel … or just crazy days at home, for that matter!
If you have food allergies, traveling can be the set up for a perfect storm when it comes to getting off track with your healthy diet. For most people, it might call for a few extra hours at the gym, but for those with food allergies or special diets, it can make both your trip and the weeks following downright miserable.
It’s not just the energy it takes to prep food before a trip, it’s the lack of healthy options while on the road and this sort of vacation mentality that makes us think we can splurge a bit because we are on vacation after all. You may even be able to pull it off once or twice, even three times. But much more than that and you end up feeling lethargic, achy, just plain icky and then it can build into something like a migraine or worse.
Healthy food options for travel … or just crazy days at home
There are lots of ideas on Pinterest and all over the Internet for healthy travel snack and foods to fit all kinds of diet restrictions. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing a few of my favorite tips and recipes. Hopefully, they will either be perfect for your diet or inspiring enough to tweak and add some variety to your usual travel fare. Don’t expect a detailed recipe every time, it may be more of a list of options with some general measurements. We all have different tastes and goals when it comes to food, but it’s still nice to find some fresh ideas from time to time.
My breakfast staple for my most recent weekend trip was Sautéed Sweet Potatoes and Sausage. If you’re staying in a hotel with a fridge in the room and a microwave either in the room or lobby, this one works great for those on a gluten-free or paleo diet.
Paleo sausage and sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes, 3# chopped in 1/2″ squares
Cinnamon – 1 Tbsp
Cloves – 1/3Tsp
Garlic powder – 2 tsp
Coconut oil – 1/4 cup divided
Turkey sausage – 1#
Spinach or kale, optional- handful trimmed, rinsed and patted dry
Egg, optional- 1 or 2
Chop potatoes and toss in a zip top bag with the spices and generous 1/8 cup of melted coconut oil. Cook until they are fork tender – about 8 to 10 minutes in the microwave or an hour in the oven at 375°
Cook sausage in large frying pan. Add sweet potatoes and kale or spinach to sauté until potatoes are slightly blackened and greens are wilted, adding more coconut oil as needed. I used kale in the photos above, and next time I’ll take the time to trim the stems … learning curve lessons!
Scoop sweet potato sausage onto a plate and fry the egg(s) over easy. Place the egg(s) on top of the sweet potatoes and sausage and add a little salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy your hearty breakfast and a few servings of veggies long before the usual lunch or dinner options.