How to Eat Healthy When Traveling

Tips for finding healthy options in convenience stores, airports, fast food restaurants, and strange cities

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
3-minute read
Episode #144

Healthy Eating Tip #3: Technology is Your Friend

Although most big corporate chain restaurants now provide nutrition information, independently owned restaurants usually don’t.  And part of the fun of traveling is finding those one-of-a-kind places that you can't find back home.

If you have some time before you leave home, check out Healthy Dining Finder. The website currently lists healthy menu options from tens of thousands of restaurants around the U.S.--including lots of independently owned and fine dining establishments.  Nutrition professionals review and analyze menus according to criteria posted on the Healthy Dining Finder website, where you can search the database by location as well as price.

The Best Healthy Eating Apps

If you have a smart phone, there are lots of apps that can help you locate healthy eating options. One of my favorites is an app called Good Food Near You. For my vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free listeners, check the app store for iVegetarian, Vegan Steven, and Gluten Freed, apps that will help you find restaurants and markets that cater to your needs and preferences. If you have other favorite healthy dining apps that I haven’t mentioned, be sure to add them to the comments below or post them on the Nutrition Diva Facebook page.

Healthy Eating Tip #4: Stick to Your Usual Habits

Finally, once you're at your destination, try to stick to your usual eating habits as much as possible. If your hotel room has a small fridge, for example, stop at a grocery store and pick up whatever you usually eat for breakfast. Starting the day with your usual yogurt or high-fiber cereal rather than the Grand-Slam pancake breakfast will help set the tone for the rest of the day.  Eating some yogurt every day when traveling can also help you avoid irregularity, which certainly takes a little of the fun out of traveling.


Healthy Dining Finder
Stop & Go Guide to Fast Food

Woman Traveling image courtesy of Shutterstock


About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.