Healthy eating on the road: food at FitBloggin

FitBloggin Recap Part III (Did you miss Part I and Part II?)

While I love to travel, the prospect of healthy eating on the road causes me considerable anxiety. I am a creature of habit. My breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are fairly set. 

I snack on the same things every day. I eat a lot of protein.

I like to know what’s in the food I’m eating and how it’s been prepared.

What better place for healthy eating on the road than a fitness and health bloggers conference? Breakfasts, lunches and snacks were included with the costs of registration to FitBloggin and were almost identical to the meals I would have prepared for myself had I stayed home (so glad I didn’t!)

Fruit, grains and protein for breakfast? Check

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Quinoa oats, vegetable frittata and fresh blueberries

Dried fruit, nuts, energy bars and hard boiled eggs for snacks? Check

healthy eating on the road

Fresh greens, lean protein and varied grains at lunchtime? Check, check and check!

healthy eating on the road

Of course, a few indulgences crept into the weekend. I’m a firm believer in the 80/20 rule (eat healthily 80 percent of the time, enjoy less healthy options no more than 20% of the time). I enjoyed a wonderful pasta dish at a local, Baltimore Italian eatery, complete with fresh baked bread and butter.

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And a decadent piece of Caramel Pecan Turtle Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory had my name written all over it (can you believe that I’ve never visited the Cheesecake Factory before?). Note that I had eaten half of it before I thought to snap a pic. You’ll have to conjure up an image for yourself!

Do you have any tips for healthy eating on the road?

What’s your favourite flavour of cheesecake? (I LOVE pumpkin and chocolate!)

Both my trip to FitBloggin and my recap posts were generously sponsored by Gaiam. I thank them for giving me the opportunity to meet so many other healthy living bloggers and giving me the chance to cross ‘eat at the Cheesecake Factory’ off my foodie bucket list!

Comments

  1. I think the cheesecake was in order! The food was surprisingly good–not what you expect at a conference in a hotel.

    Really nice to meet you this weekend! Hope the trip back was good for you.
    misszippy recently posted..Fabulous FitblogginMy Profile

    • Absolutely! But I just noticed that someone commented on my Instagram photo “are you pregnant”! Clearly that cheesecake bump is visible…

      Great to meet you too! Next year can’t come soon enough.

  2. I pack my own food with me everywhere I go… if a cooler to take along is not an option, then I portion out nuts, and have healthy gluten-free bars such as Taste of Nature.
    Elle recently posted..I Am Such a Handful * #flatternotflattenMy Profile

    • Me too Elle. It’s just that airplane travel, cross border, across the country makes it difficult to pack my variety. No fresh fruits or veggies, no dairy, no meat. I survived the airport and flights on dried fruit and nuts and individual servings of tuna. And of course, my homemade wheat-less pumpkin bread!

  3. It was great hanging out with you this weekend. Mostly healthy but some indulgences is good for the soul!! My favorite cheesecake is pumpkin!!!!
    Toni @runninglovingliving recently posted..The Road to FitBloggin ’12My Profile

  4. I am so like yo – a creature of habit with food & I like to eat the way I want to eat! ;-) Also, I do have to be careful of my tummy. After all these years eating my way, my tummy reacts to a lot of things it is not used to & not fun in public! ;-)

    I tend to bring my own food if possible OR stay where I can prepare my own food…
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  5. What a creative way to recap the food from the weekend! I kept passing you and thinking, I really need to chat with Tamara… wish we’d had more time to hang out. Hope our paths cross again!
    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast recently posted..Fitbloggin Recap part two + Drink Chia samplingMy Profile

  6. I’ve never eaten so well at a conference before! It was nice chatting with you.
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  7. YAY
    Roni will adore this as she spent so so much time choosing and planning the food!
    MIzMiz recently posted..How atoning is kinda like fitness.My Profile

    • She did a fabulous job! So happy not to have to face the standard conference fare provided at academic conferences; weak coffee, stale donuts and dry pastries…

  8. When i use to travel for work all the time I use to bring a personal sized blender then buy some milk, bananas, frozen fruit and bring protien powder with me. Great after workout fuel, just got to make sure u find a hotel with a fridge!

  9. Alas, cheesecake is a rare indulgence for me these days, unless I’m lucky enough to be at a vegan restaurant that makes one (seeing that it is extremely unlikely that I will put my baking skills to the test).

    Being vegan adds an extra challenge when traveling. I usually research before I go anywhere so that I have a good idea of restaurants, either vegan or veg-friendly, before I arrive. I tend to pack snacks ahead of time, and if I have a fridge in my hotel room, I’ll stock up with what I need.

    Out of curiosity, did you notice if they had vegan options on the menu at Fitbloggin’?
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    • Hmm, I know that there were lots of gluten-free options on the menu. I’m pretty sure a vegan would have done okay too.
      Breakfast oats/quinoa with fresh fruit; lunch salad greens, dried fruit and nut toppings, marinated bean salad, some vegetable based soups. I don’t recall any of the menus saying specifically that they were vegan though.

  10. I tend to travel about once a month for work. Starbuck’s has been a life savor for layovers and any time spent in the airport and also for a quick, healthy breakfast – I love that they have oatmeal, fruit and protein plates. I also pack a ton of protein bars as snacks.

    Love the idea of taking along a blender that was mentioned above. I never have but it’s a good idea.
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    • Jessica, I agree. Starbucks does have some fairly healthy options, especially their fruit/veggie/protein plates. Just have to remember to avoid grabbing a sweet for afterwards….

  11. Great tips…I usually snack on the salad I’m making for for supper and cucumber is one vegetable that keeps me going until supper time.

  12. I can’t seem to find the recipe for quinoa oatmeal. Any chance you can send it to me? I’m enjoying your blog!

    • Meredith, I never had the recipe! I just was lucky enough to eat it at the conference!
      But, I have made my own version by cooking quinoa in cinnamon and almond milk and adding flax seed, nuts and berries at the end. Very yummy!

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