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Healthy Travel Food Staples and Meal Ideas | Meghan TV


Are you somewhat new to a healthier way of eating and living?

Within the first few years of taking on this health thing, giving thought to what you’re eating lies in a delicate balance that still requires a little more time, thought and planning. You may feel like one little disturbance might just provide the best excuse to give it all up and hit the drive-through.

No way. Or not anymore. In this episode we tackle just this challenge!

The trickiest time to stay on track is when you’re travelling away from the nest. Whether you’re going for an overnight stay at your Costco-loving friend’s house, on a business trip, or a week’s adventure with your family, what you eat will dictate how you feel during this time (and perhaps even how you get on with each other!)

No matter where you are, at home or away, why would you want to feel anything less than your best?

In this week’s episode of Meghan TV, I offer you my top foods for travel and how to turn them into a meal. I cover:

  • What to look for and what to ask for when booking accommodation
  • What to pack with you
  • What to pick up on arrival
  • How to turn it all into delicious, fresh, quick, easy, health supporting meals

No kitchen? No problem. Make these great travel meals. via @MeghanTelpner

Your Healthy Travel Shopping List

  • Apples
  • Red Pepper
  • Avocado
  • Cucumbers
  • Collard Greens
  • Mixed Greens
  • Sprouts
  • Gluten Free Crackers
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Trail Mix
  • Nut Butters
  • Hummus

Roll Those Collards

  1. Select a hearty, intact leaf.
  2. De-stem by turning the leaf upside down and carefully shaving off the stem with your knife.
  3. Flip the leaf back right side up and layer your filling vertically with the long direction of the leaf, leaving a good 2 inches at each end.
  4. Fold in the ends and then wrap in the sides.
  5. Slice down the in half and dive on in!

Join the conversation below!

Do you find it challenging to maintain your healthy lifestyle when travelling? What have you found that helps you stay on track?


22 responses to “Healthy Travel Food Staples and Meal Ideas | Meghan TV”

  1. Carolyn says:

    I love your Meghan TV segments! Not only do I learn something but I feel like I get infused with your infectious energy! These tips are also great for those of us with small kids as you always need snacks on hand wherever you go to avoid hunger tantrums and it can be too tempting to go to a quick drive-thru if you find yourself unprepared with a hungry child.

    When I’m traveling I also like to have a few homemade sweets on hand when I have to resist the sugary call of the airport Starbucks frappuccinos. Your almond power cookies are my current favourite.

  2. Elizabeth says:

    I just got back from a 5 day (road) trip– for the first time ever, I brought my Vitamix with me! I got boxed almond milk and brought along bananas, blueberries and my bags of raw cacao, hemp, chia and pumpkin seeds to mix in, it was SO worth it. It was an interesting experience washing out my blender container in the bathtub :)

    I also LOVE the Artisana packs of nut butters, I usually bring the coconut and almond varieties. I’ve also been known to travel with avocados in my suitcase.

    This trip, I was fortunate enough to find an organic popsicle truck– they were all made with the most fantastic ingredients! I got to talking with the owner, and he told me about a green juice bar that I would have never found on my own. So I also recommend talking with local, like-minded individuals to see what’s around.

    For once, I didn’t return from a trip feeling weighed down, zapped and bloated. WORTH IT!

    • Meghan Telpner says:

      Such a great idea Elizabeth. I have found too that going to farmer’s markets and chatting there results in some great leads!

  3. cathyd says:

    Lemon just won’t do it for me as a dressing. I prefer a cilantro based vinaigrette with balsamic vinegar, garlic, honey and olive oil… yummers!!

  4. deborahyoung says:

    I am going to Bolivia in October and greens are not plentiful there. I am taking some individual packaged smoothies and you just add water. Now that you have mentioned granola and hemp seeds, I will try and bring some of those with me.
    Thanks for all your ideas with different foods.

  5. Sondi says:

    I love making overnight superfood breakfasts. 1 tbsp each of chia, hemp, buckwheat, goji berries (or other dried fruit), coconut sugar, along with 1/2ish cup nut milk or water. Mix it all together and leave it overnight – it’s a totally yummy breakfast or snack.

  6. Jana says:

    Hi Meghan…
    Love your video segments! Question for you: when traveling, what type of water do you drink if you are avoiding bottled water??? I always struggle with that one being away from home, as we have a reverse osmosis system at home, and I cannot stand the thought or taste of tap water when traveling :-(

    • Meghan Telpner says:

      It depends where I am. If the tap water is safe, I will drink that, and if questionable I try and find glass bottles of water- or we’ll buy one really large bottle to keep in our room and refill our own bottles. Drinking water is something we consider when choosing where to go.

  7. Steph says:

    Thank you so much for this! These segments keep me motivated and you give such great PRACTICAL ideas!

  8. Jackie says:

    He Meghan,

    I love your video’s and positive energy!!
    I always bring coconut water and protein powder on trips and homemade healthy granola bars as snacks for after a workout.
    Not every hotel in Europe has a fridge so I often just put my food in a bag and hang it outside the window since the nights in Europe can be colder than day temperatures.
    I will definitaly try your collards wraps.

  9. Janet says:

    Meghan, I have to say I am really enjoying your new video segments! I was not a fan of the old style (sorry!) but you have really grown and know how to work the camera now! This post was particularly helpful I always get off track when I am travelling so this will be my go-to before my next trip!

  10. Marilene says:

    I just got back from a camping/hiking trip in Iceland and these tips were invaluable. Greens are uber expensive in the land of fire and ice so we often made cucumber/red pepper/onion salads. We packed our own nuts and tinned sardines as well. Probiotic drops were helpful too. Thanks for the fun video!

  11. Kristine Morris says:

    How do you get your foodstuff through customs and borders? They are very picky about food. Unless it’s a package and labelled you’re out of luck…no home made glow bars, trail mix (or sandwiches on flights). Even taking a small amount of protein powder – they require a label, so you have to truck the whole container – and they don’t come in small containers.

    • Meghan Telpner says:

      I always declare that I have food, and have never had an issue flying in our out of the US with the foods I’ve listed here.

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