Food for the Traveler

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Alltheangels...

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Posted: 27 Jun 2013, 12:29
Okay, here's the short version:

I travel 7 days a week for work. It got to the point that it was useless to keep the house that I was renting so I got rid of it. I am in hotels literally every night. This subjects me to eating out for every meal.

In the beginning of my journey I use to carry apples, bananas, granola bars, protein shakes, tuna packs, and things of that nature with me to make up my lunch/snacks. And I normally grab a piece of fruit or yogurt from the hotels that offer breakfast in the morning.

So far I have found choices at each fast food and sit down restaurant that fall into my calorie limit for dinner. However, I would like to see if eating a better quality of food will help me lose these last stubborn pounds.

Not every hotel I stay at has a fridge or microwave, I do not have ice packs in the car, nor access to a blender or stove. I am looking for suggestions of foods that can easily be carried around inside the car (even when it gets hot) or better food choices that can be found at big name restaurants.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 27 Jun 2013, 14:48
Arnold sandwich thins, PB2 (you could find at health food store; it is basically crushed peanuts that you mix with water to make peanut butter - i add splenda for sweetness). I guess regular peanut butter would work too, but it has too many calories for me right now. You could make sandwiches with the bread and peanut butter and fruit - berries or bananas work well. I add special k for crunch factor.
English muffins w/ jam
Fresh vegetables could last a little, if not too hot in the car. Tomatoes for tomato sandwiches, avocados for sandwiches. You could make soup and oatmeal with coffee maker that comes in most hotel rooms. Maybe you could invest in a toaster oven and use that to warm things in hotel room - you could make mini english muffin pizzas.
You definitely have some challenges, but if you are motivated you can make it work!
messamermom

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Posted: 27 Jun 2013, 15:55
Since you don't always have a fridge in the hotel rooms...Have you seen the 12 volt mini fridges for cars? They are small, around $100. Can't leave it plugged in too long without the engine running, but could keep a few small things cold.
Alltheangels...

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Posted: 27 Jun 2013, 19:26
Those are great suggestions!

I have seen the mini car fridges, unfortunately my trunk is filled with tools and the backseat is filled with 2 large suitcases, my snack bin, a big laptop briefcase...etc.
NCNOLE

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Posted: 27 Jun 2013, 20:50
I believe they have those mini fridges in small sizes, no bigger than a 12 pack. Check out amazon, surely you could find one that could sit on your passenger seat.
Alltheangels...

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Posted: 28 Jun 2013, 06:19
I've seen them. But since there are two of us that travel in the car, there really is no extra room of items like that.
Mary in LA

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Posted: 28 Jun 2013, 15:48
> But since there are two of us that travel in the car, there really is no extra room of items like that.

Umm... maybe consider a bigger car? Or a camper van, or even a small RV? If I were living the nomad lifestyle, whether for work or for adventure, I think I'd get a camper van, just to have a kitchen of my own. It's a thought, anyway! Smile Best of luck to you!
Mary in LA

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Posted: 28 Jun 2013, 15:53
As for foods to carry, IMHO beef jerky wins, hands down. It's high in protein, keeps for ages, can be eaten out of hand or cooked into stew (I haven't tried this yet, but a Web search on "jerky stew" will bring up lots of recipes.)
Mary in LA

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Posted: 28 Jun 2013, 15:56
Also IMHO, fajitas are one of the best low-carb high-protein foods to order in a restaurant -- just order them without the tortillas, or don't eat the tortillas.
Brian Adam

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Posted: 29 Jun 2013, 03:12
Here are some foods which you can pack before leaving your hostel room PASTA, Winter Wheat Berry Salad with Figs and Red Onion, Cuban Sandwich,Lima Beans With Cumin-Mint Dressing etc.

Alltheangels...

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Posted: 29 Jun 2013, 06:53
Yes, we've considered a bigger car. I can't justify buying a new car to get torn up for this job. And showing up at our client's sites in a camper or convertable van is considered unprofessional and the boss has vetoed it.
Kathy-NC

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Posted: 16 Aug 2013, 17:24
I use to be a car warrior myself. I generally stop at the local grocery store on town and stop to buy fruit, yogurt deli meatlike real sliced turkey. While you don't have a microwave many hotels have mini coffee pots. You can heat water to make hot cereal.
eKatherine

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Posted: 16 Aug 2013, 23:52
I'm going to be gone for a week on the road. I can't be sure that any of the food will be safe for me to eat, so I'm going to be bringing lots of canned fish. I'll see if I can buy some fruit and maybe vegetables to eat raw when I get there.

Without a home base this won't help you, but I'm thinking of canning some meat and chicken, too. One jar to a serving, no refrigeration necessary, can be eaten cold if I have no way to heat it.
Alltheangels...

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Posted: 18 Aug 2013, 15:45
Kathy,
I normally grab fruit or yogurt from the hotels in the morning. However, the deli meat is not a horrible idea. Assuming I eat it all in one sitting. Otherwise it will be in the hot car all day while I am working. I typically don't get my hotel room until I am done with work. Not necessarily because I don't want to, mainly because I am not sure how long the customer site will take. If I go in and am done before 5 p.m. then I drive to the next site. On the other hand, if I'm there until close and the problem hasn't been resolved then I have to go back in the next day.
Alltheangels...

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Posted: 18 Aug 2013, 15:46
Katherine,
Best of luck with your canning adventures.
FatKarateKa

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Posted: 19 Aug 2013, 08:21
I downloaded an app called "HealthyOut." You enter your dietary requirements (low cal, atkins, paleo, vegan, etc.) and it shows you menu items from nearby restaurants that fit those requirements. There's even a "no salad" setting, in case you get sick of having nothing but salads when you eat out.
Stacy, the Fat Karate-ka
check out my blog: http://fat-karate-ka.com
Alltheangels...

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Posted: 19 Aug 2013, 11:57
Stacy,
Thanks! I'm going to check that app out now. It sounds like it would be very beneficial for people in my situation.
Bbody1972

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Posted: 19 Aug 2013, 15:11
You could fill a thermos with a trail mix blend...nuts, dried fruit etc. even in a hot car it should be okay for quite some time.
Alltheangels...

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Posted: 19 Aug 2013, 15:20
I use to carry nuts in my food bin. I think it's time to refill it so I may grab some more.



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