Many of us start our travels with aspirations to eat healthy and stay fit- I know I did.
Eventually you realise that cheap, processed, quick and easy food is far more convenient. It’s a shame it’s not so convenient for your health or your waistline.
After catching virtually every single bug while working on a ski mountain, it became clear that I needed to do everything I could to include more fruits and vegetables, protein, and healthy fats into my diet.
This is a challenge when you are on $11 an hour, working an average of 30 hours a week, AND living in a hostel. So if I can do it, you can too.
Smoothies Are Where It’s At
Smoothies are the best way to blend fruit and vege into your diet (see what I did there?). Buy your ingredients in bulk, and freeze as much as you can. Because fruits have a short shelf life, I peel my bananas, chop them in half, and freeze them. This way I have the perfect serving for a smoothie. I also do the same with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mangoes, grapes, and apples. If you’re lazy, buy a bag of pre-mixed frozen berries. I just like having them all in separate snap lock bags so I can mix up my smoothie flavours.
I also add protein powder to my morning smoothie. Protein is a slow burning energy, meaning it keeps you fuller for longer- so it’s perfect to include in your breakfast. There have been many recent studies on how protein is useful for weight loss because it keeps cravings at bay and boosts your metabolism. When you lose weight you also lose muscle, hence why it is important to eat the right amount of protein.
When looking for a protein powder it is important to look at the sugar content, as many are overloaded with it! Keep in mind the recommended daily intake for sugar for a female adult is 25 grams (6 teaspoons) and for an male adult it is 37.5 grams (9 teaspoons).
Cravings? Snack On Nuts
I just looove snacking on cashew nuts. Yes, nuts are on the expensive side, but they’re filling and contain lots of healthy fats and protein.
They are a great substitute for muesli/granola bars, as they are often processed and filled with sugar.
Swap Pre-Made Sauces For Home Made
Instead of buying that super quick and easy pasta sauce, why not experiment with herbs and spices? My favourite combinations of herbs and spices include paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper, turmeric, mixed herbs, salt and pepper. Turmeric is also a great natural body healer, so I put it in everything. You can pick up herbs and spices in bulk quite cheap at certain places. Cayenne Pepper lasts practically forever as you don’t need to use much for full on flavour. Sprinkle a combination of these over chicken, mince, potatoes or sweet potato.
Of course if you can’t say no to that $2 jar of pasta sauce, add these spices to give it extra taste and health benefits.
Add Vegetables To Every Lunch and Dinner
Buy a bag of frozen vegetables or buy your vegetables fresh, chop and freeze them in a zip lock bag. Add them to every warm meal you can think of- curries, chill, burgers, pasta dishes…add them to anything and everything. Save money by reducing your meat serving (even slightly) and increase your vegetable intake. If you use the correct blend of herbs and spices you won’t taste the difference.