Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget While Traveling

Traveling is fun. You get to meet new people, see new places, and learn new cultures and ways of life. Traveling broadens your perspective about life and as such, we should all aim to travel far and wide during our time here on earth.

Traveling to new places, however, is expensive and that is why most people are not able to travel as much as they can.

With some creative planning, one is able to travel on a budget and still have a good time. Food is one of the things people spend huge amounts on when traveling and in this article, we share helpful tips for eating healthy on a budget when traveling.

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Bring your own food

One of the things you can do to ensure you are eating healthy when traveling is to bring your own snacks. Airports and convenience stores have few healthy options when it comes to snacks and this could see you consume unhealthy snacks should you fail to carry your own.

Snacks at these locations are also very expensive and this makes them less ideal for the budget traveler. The best option is, therefore, to bring your own snacks. Carry as many RX and Lara bars as you will need for your travels.

It is uncomfortable having to carry the snacks around but it will help you save cash and avoid lots of mindless eating.

Hit the local market

Hitting the local market is a great way to eat healthily and experience the uniqueness of the city you are visiting. You will find lots of fresh local food varieties at these markets sold by local vendors. The food is way cheaper than what you will pay at tourist restaurants and upmarket stores and this makes visiting local food markets a great way to eat healthy and on a budget while traveling.

Prepare your own meals

The reason most restaurant meals are tasty and appetizing is that they are cooked with lots of butter, oil, and sugar. For the health-conscious folk, this is not the right way to eat and you can avoid this by cooking your own meals.

If you are staying at an Airbnb that has a kitchen area, you can get fresh produce at the local market and prepare your meals. Fresh fruit juices are a great option for those visiting tropical destinations that have fresh fruits year round.

Talk to the locals

The locals at your destination know the perfect spots that serve healthy meals and as such, talking to them will help you unearth the real dining gems. Talk to the staff at your hotel and let them tell you where they eat. You can also ask local passengers when riding a bus for tourist-friendly dining recommendations.

Opt for “healthier” fast foods

Fast food is not healthy but you can still get yourself a veggie bowl or a salad at some of these joints. Let this, however, be the last option should you fail to find healthy local dining spots at your destination.

Healthy Travel Snacks You Can Eat Anywhere

When traveling to new places, you likely will want to try new foods when you get to your destination. However, before you get there, you will want to bring healthy snacks for the journey. Without snacks, you will be very hungry by the time you reach your destination and as a result, you may end up making unhealthy eating choices. Snacking also makes you less irritable when traveling and this is why you need to make sure you carry enough snacks with you when traveling. There are few nutritious snacking options at most airports and convenience stores. To help you make healthy choices when traveling, here are some healthy travel snacks you can take anywhere.

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Dried Fruits (Apple chips, banana chips, coconut chips)

Real fruits are the better option but they will make a mess inside your luggage. Real fruits also don’t pass border-crossing inspections and this is why dried fruits pass as the ideal travel snacks. You can slice and dry the fruits yourself or purchase them at a store. When buying from a store, check the ingredients carefully to ensure they don’t contain added sugars.

Trail Mix

You can purchase trail mix or prepare your own for the ultimate travel snack. Mix dried cherries, walnuts, dark chocolate, almonds, and sunflower seeds to create a healthy trail mix for your travels. The combination is super filling and satisfies your sweet tooth as well. Pack the trail mix in snack-sized bags for portability and portion control as they have plenty of calories

Popcorn

Popcorn is a low-carb snacking option that is perfect for your travels. It is full of fiber and complex carbs that serve as a source of energy when traveling. When buying popcorn at the store, make sure that it is not prepared with anything other than salt and oil to ensure you are not consuming any harmful chemicals. Alternatively, you can prepare them at home with olive oil and some salt.

Beef jerky

This traveling snack contains a lot of protein and will help satisfy your hunger. Don’t, however, buy your beef jerky from the gas station stores as these are full of preservatives. You should instead buy organic and grass-fed beef jerky from your local food store.

Protein bars

Protein bars are great travel snacks but you need to be careful with your choices. Some protein bars are full of harmful sugars, additives, and preservatives you need to avoid . Instead, buy protein bars made of natural ingredients that supply your body with the nutrients it needs.

Carrots & Grapes

When traveling, some people find themselves eating a lot because they are bored. To avoid eating unhealthy snacks when boredom creeps in, carrots and grapes are some of the healthy and travel-friendly snacks you can eat.

Carrots and grapes are rich in vitamins that the body needs. Grapes, however, have a lot of sugar so don’t take too many of them.

Peanut Butter Sandwich

A peanut butter sandwich is another healthy travel snack you can take anywhere. This snack provides you with proteins, fats, and healthy complex carbs.

It is also easy to make as all you have to do is spread some peanut butter on wheat bread. Add banana slices to spice things up.

April Fools Day Events in Miami 2020

Celebrated on April 1st, April Fools’ Day is a day when many people unleash their creative sides in hilarious – and sometimes over the top – attempts to bamboozle others. The idea of playing such jokes is a tradition that is celebrated all over the world and Miami Beach is just as enthusiastic as others when it comes to letting loose and embracing the silly on this day. Lots of events have been planned for this day and below are some that you might consider.

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Brickell Comedy Festival with Gali Kroup

Gali Kroup will headline the 2020 Brickell Comedy Festival that will be held at the amazing Flamingo Theatre Bar. Gali is a former Lieutenant of the Israel Air Force and her transition to a full-time comedian has made her a hit with comedy lovers. With her unique, intelligent, and quick-witted style of humor, Gali has gained a massive following across the world making her one of the busiest performing comedians at the moment. She has shared a stage with renowned acts such as Damon Wayans and Whitney Cummings as well as appearing on Sons of Anarchy and Comedy Central. Tickets for the show start at $10. Grab yours today for a night of fun and laughter.

Howard Soul Sessions

Howard hosts a soul music party every first Wednesday of the month and this month’s session happens to fall on April Fools’ Day. The show will be presented by Guitars over Guns and this is not an event that you would want to miss if you are a music lover. The event will take place at The Citadel and it allows you to experience beautiful views of the surrounding neighborhood as you enjoy sounds from South Florida’s emerging talents.

Food Truck Festival

This is a great community event for those looking to spend April Fools’ Day with friends and family. The food truck festival will be held at the Pelican Harbor Marina from 5pm to 10pm. Bring your loved ones over for an evening of fun and music as you get to enjoy the best of Miami Beach’s food trucks. Carry your chairs and blankets and enjoy the great outdoors park.

XXIII New Music Miami ISCM Festival 2020

The New Music Miami Festival will feature performances from FIU alumni in celebration of Florida International University Panther Alumni Week. Join the concert for the opportunity to listen to performances by Dang, Herriott, Bonacosa, Mansilla, Lough, and Kojs. The event will include a pre-concert discussion of music works at 7pm followed by a performance from FIU NODUS Ensemble members at 7:30pm. The discussions and festival performances are free to the public.

Art Exhibition: “Painting in the garden” by Gaspar Saldanha

Brazilian painter Gaspar Saldanha will be showcasing his impressionistic painting style at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens. Saldanha took his Fine Arts training lessons at the Arts Student League New York City and his career has been focused mainly on Design. Gates open at 6pm.