A bestselling author, nutritional biochemist and founder of the plant-based supplement range Bio Blends, Dr Libby Weaver knows a thing or two about health and wellness. Following the release of her latest book, The Energy Guide (Pan Macmillan, $39.99), Weaver shares the snacks you should have on hand when travelling and the biggest misconception about eating well in transit (hint: it’s all in the mind).
What are the best snacks for travel?
“Nuts are a great snack to have on hand. It’s really easy to keep them in your handbag or briefcase so you’ve got a nourishing snack that will keep you satisfied, which means you’re not turning to whatever is put in front of you. Bliss balls are also a great option.”
What is an example of a great breakfast in transit?
“A green drink. It’s really easy to throw a powder of ground-up green vegetables into a bag or briefcase then add it to some water. If nourishing food options are limited, this helps to keep vegetable intake up and provides a boost of nutrients to support your health while travelling. Alternatively, many cafés offer freshly pressed juices and smoothies, as well as poached eggs, which are all fantastic choices.”
What is an example of a great lunch in transit?
“If you need to grab lunch while travelling to your destination, it’s a great idea to prepare by researching a café or a restaurant nearby that serves nutritious options. Order additional greens on the side of your meal – it’s a great way to boost your vegetable consumption. Even if they aren’t on the menu, most kitchens will make them for you.”
What is an example of a great dinner in transit?
“Stick to lighter meals that are easier to digest, like vegetable-rich soups and stews. The higher water content helps to keep you hydrated and the vegetables provide vitamins and minerals that the body needs for a robust immune system.”
What should you avoid eating when in transit?
“Avoid processed and deep-fried foods as much as possible – they’re generally very low in nutrients and high in poor quality fats and refined sugars, which can drive inflammation.”
What should you avoid drinking when in transit?
“With any kind of travel that we do, whether we realise it or not, we tend to get dehydrated. Avoid coffee or alcohol, especially if you’re on long-haul flights, as these will only dehydrate you further. Make sure you stay hydrated and focus on making water your main drink.”
How important is planning ahead and being organised?
“Planning ahead is key if nourishment is a priority for you. Opting for accommodation that has a kitchen or kitchenette means that there is the option to prepare simple meals such as breakfast, or alternatively, choose accommodation that is in close proximity to nourishing dining options.”
What is the biggest misconception about eating well when in transit?
“From a mindset perspective it’s really easy to just think it’s too hard, but if nourishing yourself is a priority for you, you will almost always find a way. If it’s impossible to find a healthy option and you’re really hungry, then judging yourself about that one meal that might not be that nourishing can be more detrimental to your health than the less-nourishing food itself – it’s just one meal.”