For athletes or someone trying to stick to their fitness goals, fitting in workouts and eating healthy in a new town can be tricky. This is especially true when you have a race on the line. We’ve been there and have a few tips to help you eat well and stay fit.
To AirBNB or Hotel?
If you don’t mind not having a kitchen, often times the added benefits of a free hotel include a gym, spa and concierge for local travel tips that can ease the burden of being in a new location.
Airbnbs are typically less expensive than hotels, and while (sometimes) not as luxurious, being able to prepare your own meals can often be a deal breaker. Knowing you will have some semblance of your normal routine is helpful when managing the stress of being in a new environment.
Fast Food... for Athletes
Having healthy go-to meal options can bring peace of mind when staying in a new city. We’ve been taught to avoid fast-food, but here are some tips on how to navigate the staples you’ll find nearly anywhere you go:
- Ditch the sorbet when ordering their smoothies and substitute for fresh fruit.
- Be careful of the sugar content – always opt for their “all fruit” options.
- Sub the granola out (they make it with too much sugar) for added protein powder.
- Swap the sandwich for a salad! You can turn any sando into a salad on a bed of greens.
- Always ask for extra protein, and pay extra for the avocado (it’s worth it).
- Beware of pre-made salad dressing – get that healthy source of fat in your salad from olive oil and balsamic on the side.
- Make it chopped! (The person making it will chop and mix all your ingredients for you).
Not just for coffee anymore, Starbucks is actually a hidden gem when it comes to a healthier fast food options:
- Breakfast: Try their Icelandic yogurt which is packed with protein and no added sugars, or their steel cut oatmeal with fresh blueberries.
- Lunch: Try their ready made nourish bowls and BYOA (bring your own avocado) to mix in.
- Dinner: Bulk up their pre-made salads by combining two together for a well-rounded meal.
emergency foodHere’s what’s in our emergency travel pack:
- Tuna pouches – they are lightweight and can make any meal more satiating.
- Protein powder – GU Recovery Drink Mix can keep you feeling satisfied on the go.
- Nut butter pouches – never leave home without them! Squeeze on a banana, a piece of toast, or right into your mouth.
- Stroopwafels – Two stroops’ with a smear of almond butter make a pretty delicious morning snack.
- Always avocados – Just keep them at the top of your bag so they don’t get squished.