The HARDEST part about healthy eating is those days or weeks when you get out of your routine, then fall back into poor eating habits & junk foods! It is so difficult to create the habit in the first place that it’s always been discouraging for me to leave on a vacation and be stuck with gas station junk food & drive thru’s.
This last weekend we went on a little family vacation to Zion National Park, and for the first time I took the time to meal prep healthy meals and snacks for us, for the weekend. It made the WORLD of a difference. It not only ensured we were never in a bind for food, but also helped us to have lots of energy and continue to feel great! Another great benefit was saving $$$. A meal for our family is anywhere from $15-$40 to go to a restaurant. It only cost about $30-$40 to get all the ingredients for our meals for the weekend. Uh-maz-ing.
It’s difficult to narrow it down since everyone is different and has different likes, diets, allergies, etc.. But I thought I’d share some tips that I learned after a successful meal prep experience!
healthy vacation meal prep tips:
- PLAN ahead. Make a list of meals that you enjoy that are simple to store.
- Make enough meals for at least 2 meals a day plus 2 snacks. I had a 3 day vacation so I made 6 meals and had enough for 6+ snacks :).
- Some examples of what I chose to prep: spinach salad, cucumber salad, stir fry bowl, wraps, sliced veggies & hummus, overnight oats, fruit, lara bars, chicken breast (for my husband) & rice, power balls, granola, healthy trail mix, nuts & seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, almonds), coconut water, etc.
- MAKE A TRIP to the grocery store a day or two before your vacation.
- Shopping with a purpose and a list always has a more successful turn out than just hoping you have enough and trying to pull scraps from your fridge. You will be more motivated to do the prep work if you have gotten all the groceries specifically for this purpose!
- Some examples of what I bought: spinach, broccoli, zucchini, cucumber, tomato, carrots, sprouts, red peppers, lentils, rice, hummus, pasture-raised chicken breast, oats, almond milk, chia seeds, lemons, plums, bananas, “cutie” oranges, blueberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raw almonds, purely elizabeth granola, lara bars, coconut aminos sauce, coconut water, jugs of spring water, small tupperware, ziplock baggies, ice for my cooler
- PREP your meals! Once you have all the goods, set aside 2-3 hours to wash, cut, and package your produce, cook your meals, put everything in cute little baggies and containers that will be easy to throw in a cooler & backpack.
- This is the hardest part! I know it stresses me out to think about everything I have to pack for the trip. But your food is even more important than the outfit you’re going to wear. So take the time, you won’t regret it :).
- PACK yo stuffs! Have all your perishables stacked neatly in the fridge on the same shelf, with your cooler next to the fridge. Put the rest in it’s own designated backpack or bag that you can keep in the front of the car by your feet! (This is where I put all my snacks, hehe)
- ENJOY your trip. Duh. Have the time of your life and eat some delish food while you’re at it! Of course go and splurge at some fun restaurants. Keep your perishables in a fridge in your hotel or place you’re staying if possible! If not then you’ll have to devote a little more time to making sure everything stays iced but it’s possible.
I hope this little post helps. I don’t have all my recipes up on the blog yet *I will update later*. So if you have any questions or want any specific recipes feel free to comment and leave your email in the comments or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org OR DM me on instagram @kyrholistics.