Healthy eating on the road: Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference recap

I often struggle with healthy eating on the road. So many high fat, high sugar, high calorie options. When I can, I make sure to pack my own meals and snacks.

But that’s not always possible, especially when I’m traveling by air (fruit, veggies, eggs and meat can’t be transported between Canada and the US) and living in a hotel (with few restaurant or grocery store options within walking distance) for several days.

Thankfully, the organizers and sponsors of the recent Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference in Denver made healthy eating on the road a top priority! Clearly, they understand the importance of energizing food to the creative task of writing! (Healthy living bloggers LOVE to eat!).

Each morning, the conference sponsors treated us to a breakfast of mouthwatering berries (Driscoll’s; I ate at least 6 pints of raspberries in 2 days and lived the benefit of a high-fiber diet!), Greek yogurt (Better Whey of Life; whom I found via Twitter are available at Loblaws and Safeway in Canada!), granola (Love Grown Foods; the granola I’ve recently found at my local Superstore and fallen in love with!),

Driscoll's Berries

and whole grain cereal (Attune Foods; I managed to fit the whole boxy in my carry-on and thanks for the T-shirt Andrew!).

Uncle Sam cereal

Snacks included maple energy bars (Pure Canadian Maple Syrup; the bars were amazing and I ate way more than my share! Didn’t even manage to get a photo but you can grab the energy bar recipe here), chocolate milk (Refuel with Chocolate Milk; great for quenching my never-ending thirst in the 100+ degree sun), chocolate-covered nutty energy bites from Goodness Knows (I’m suffering withdrawal symptoms today), dried cherries (Choose Cherries; fabulous on your morning oats!) more berries and granola and some chocolate covered calcium from Adora (can’t think of a better way to get my daily calcium than through fine chocolate, can you?).

attune foods

These are all products you can pack in your OWN cooler or picnic basket to ensure good health and digestion on your summer travels!

The conference was held at the Anshutz Health and Wellness Center on the Medical Campus of the University of Colorado and included a tour of their metabolic kitchen, a healthy cooking demonstration (with an incredible snack of red lentils, marinated chicken and fennel and watermelon salad)

and dinner (with options for vegans) provided by sponsor Chipotle Mexican Grill and Chef Paulo himself!

Clearly, we ate well (as apparently, the campus wildlife do too!).

fitknitchick

There may even have been the odd sweet indulgence;

fitknitchick

but you know what they say, “What happens at FHBC12 stays at FHBC12”!

The conference was about so much more than food and healthy eating, but since food is life, I thought where better to start my travel tales!

Disclaimer: Although FitFluential and Refuel with Chocolate Milk sponsored my attendance at the 2012 Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference, all opinions about the products I sampled at the conference are my own!

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. it is sooo much easier when the travel is for a healthy workthing 🙂 huh?
    I used to tote a lot of healthy snacks back in the day when I worked for the man and always found coworkers wanted MY FOOD 🙂 instead of the less healthy fare.
    I shared.
    Im nice that way 🙂
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    • I’m a food sharer too (although sometimes I do it begrudgingly…). I was amazed at how much better the snack fare was at FHBC than the old academic conferences I used to attend. Coffee and cakes are a sure-fire way to put people to sleep during the afternoon sessions!
      Missed you in Colorado, but will see you in Baltimore!

  2. LOVE – I just ate & want to eat all in those pics! YUM & what fun!!!!

    When we travel, drives my hubby crazy that I bring so much of my own food with me! 😉
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  3. Love that photo of Alexandra! I missed that sweet indulgence!
    However, I did stuff my face with enough Goodness Knows & the breakfast by Choose Cherries (was so freakin’ good).

    I’m ready to go back. 😉
    Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl recently posted…#FHBC12 : Fun with Friends, Yummy Food, and Lots of Gr8 InformationMy Profile

    • What do you mean “what happens at #FHBC12 stays there.” No way – it gets spread like icing on a delicious cinnamon bun. Ha haaa I definitely got a kick out of how you worked in the squirrel picture! Then I had to laugh out loud when I saw the next photo, clearly of Alexandra (thanks Christine, Oatmeal in my Bowl). I was impressed by our healthy food choices and came home 2 pounds lighter.
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    • You gotta love how Panera tries to tack on a huge, sweet treat to each meal by offering if for 99 cents! I’m onto those tricks though… But those bites by Goodnessknows were very addicting!

      How much fun did we have?!?

    • Hey Christine, I also loved the maple energy bars by Canadian Maple Syrup! I’ve already bookmarked the recipe and will be making them soon! (Although my son has already claimed the sample bottles of syrup I brought home!)

  4. I am definitely making the next conference! So nice to have healthy options on the road:)
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  5. What a great recap of the food selections at the conference! They did make it easier for us to eat healthier and I especially appreciated portion-controlled servings. If those maple squares had been served on a plate, I might have been out-of-control in my consumption. BTW, did you snag an Almond Joy before heading home? 🙂
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    • I totally hear you about the maple squares. I’m sure I ate at least a dozen! And I’m definitely making them at home!
      I never did manage to grab and Almond Joy; I think I would have been disappointed after all the great treats at the conference (plus, Alexandra’s comments about over-processed coconut seem to have dampened my enthusiasm for them!)
      Did you see that you made the Fitness and Health Bloggers Conference web page? Elle blogged about you and the rock star Dr. Jim!

  6. I wish I could have gone to this conference!! I bet it’s much easier traveling for a health conference, food-wise, than a plain corporate conference!
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    • Absolutely Laury! I don’t think I’ll ever go to another corporate or academic conference again!

  7. Wow that food all sounds amazing! And how cool Chipotle made dinner. I love them! <3
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  8. Nice recap of the FHBC food Tamra! Wow, now that I read this I realize just how much healthy food we were treated to. It was definitely one of the highlights of the conference! I so enjoyed hangin with you and the rest of the crew… and thanks much for letting me pick your brain! Hope to see you at the next healthy-eating conference :).

    • Hey Suzanne,
      The food really was stellar when compared with the usual corporate conference fare! Now if only they had had some good, organic espresso…