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5 Convenient Healthy Foods

Good morning Friends!  Can you believe we are half way through the year! Where did the last six months go! It really flew by for us.

When we were traveling in May, I was shocked at how hard it was to find convenient nutritious foods.  We were tempted by hamburgers from fast food restaurants and chocolate chip cookies (my personal favorite!), but my husband and I really wanted to try to eat as healthy as possible.

Today I want to share with you the five foods, we found convenient and healthy for our family, while we were traveling.

#1. Naked 100% Juice Smoothie

I love smoothies.  I love making them because you can get a lot of nutrients in one 8 ounce glass!  But when your traveling you can’t carry a blender and 10 items of veggies and supplements.  So the next best thing is: Naked Juice.  My husband and I had one of these once a day.  It tastes amazing, little buddy loved it too!  It does have some different ingredients in it but we really enjoyed them.  I found them at just about every gas station we stopped.  I even saw that some Starbucks carry them. They were cheaper in a grocery store, but the price was worth the convenience and nutrition that each bottle has.

#2. Avocado

Avocado is one of my favorite fruits.  They are packed with Vitamins B,E, K and potassium.  Studies have shown when you consume moderate amounts of healthy fats found in avocado, it can help reduce your risk of heart disease.  When we stopped at a grocery store along the way, I picked up a couple and kept them in a cooler.  Little buddy and I would just eat them right out of the peal. :) Whenever we could get avocado as an added topping to a salad or sandwich, we asked for it.

#3. Hard Boiled Eggs

Every continental breakfast we had, offered hard boiled eggs.  We also found them easily at grocery stores in the speciality deli section. Some gas stations like Quik Trip had them in the deli section also. Another great way to get a hard boiled egg is order a yummy cobb salad.  My husband ordered that almost everyday.  So what are the benefits of eggs? Well there is protein of course but another great nutrient that lives in eggs is choline. One benefit from choline is it can help with memory. You can learn a little bit more about choline here.

#4. Nuts and Dried Cranberries

I picked up a box of unsalted mixed nuts (although the ones I photographed had salt) and a bag of dried cranberries from Costco before we left.  These were great on the road snacks in between lunch and dinner stops! :) Little buddy only had the cranberries, he’s still to little for nuts. Nuts are another way to make your heart healthy.  The unsaturated fats, omega-3s, and fiber are just a few of the nutrients packed in this little bites of goodness! The Mayo Clinic has a great resource to read about the health benefits of nuts if you want more information you can read it here.

#5. Green Leafy Vegetables

Iron, calcium, vitamin c and fiber are just a few nutrients found in green leafy veggies.  This is one health reason we tried to have at least one salad a day when we were on the road.  We stopped at a Safeway one time for lunch, picked out salads to eat and had a picnic. :)

Well here is our 5 convenient and healthy foods we aimed to consume each day when we were on our trip.  We did have some splurges, (oh, if there was no such thing as chocolate chip cookies!) but overall we ate pretty well on our fly-by-the-seat-of-our-pants trip. :)

Next week I’ll be sharing with you 5 convenient healthy foods for toddlers when you are traveling! :)

What are some healthy foods you eat on the go? 

 

Nutrition resources for this post came from the following sources: 

http://www.avocado.org/avocados-and-your-heart/

http://www.cholineinfo.org/healthcare_professionals/overview.asp

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/nuts/HB00085

http://www.draxe.com/video/top-5-superfoods-for-a-healthy-pregnancy/

 

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4 Comments

  1. We love nuts and dried fruit on the go! Bananas, Apples, carrots, fruit leather, grapes, cheese sticks…I have a breakfast cookie recipe on my site that we use alot too. I am visiting from Heavenly Homemakers and her granola bar recipe is devine!

    Tara @ SimpleMadeHome

    • I’m heading over to your site to checkout your breakfast cookie recipe Tara! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  2. No, I can’t believe we’re halfway thru the year! ack! We love those healthy quick foods you listed–we take a lot of berries and melon on roadtrips, nuts, etc. I’m loving these delicious, giant, dried cherries I’ve found online. They’re sweet and chewy! I eat them all the time:)

    • Send me the link to the dried cherries you found! I want to try them. We don’t have a natural store or Trader Joes near us. So I’m going to have to do more online shopping. :)

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