Travel food for thought

Whenever I travel I’m always prepared with the appropriate mix of my healthy macros. Macronutrients are a combination of protein, fats and carbs that perform essential roles in the body.  I eat very clean so try to avoid processed foods.  When traveling there are limited food options, most of which are generally processed.  Preparation is key!  Rather than get caught in a situation with limited options, I bring all the essentials such as nuts, berries, flax crackers, protein bars and protein powder.   I really like the nut mixes containing super foods such as mulberries, golden berries and goji berries to help keep up my energy.   I like to have healthy options and rather than having to stress about feeding myself every 2-3 hours I come prepared.  Again, can’t stress the importance of preparation.

The picture below is a collection of healthy food options that I picked up at a local health food store.

Travel snacks

For this trip I grabbed the following staples:
1.) Protein bars – (Square bars, Vega Sport bars and go Macro Protein bars). All are vegan, non-GMO, gluten free and as close to natural as you can get with no less than 10g of protein per bar.  Try to seek out the highest protein bars that contain natural ingredients.
2.) Nuts – I chose an energy mix containing all raw ingredients including: cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, goji berries, mulberries & golden berries). I also grabbed a bag of raw almonds.
3.) Carbs – just so I have a good balance of carbs and protein I got these protein packed flax crackers with a savory flavor.
4.) Protein Powder- I chose Vega One and Vega sport to mix with water. Again this brand is plant based and as close to natural you can get with high protein. I also love Plant Fusion, RAW, Sunwarrior and hemp protein. If you’re on the road and can’t easily access a milk substitute like almond milk you want to choose one that mixes with water and TASTES GOOD:)
5.) WATER – I can’t say it enough but staying hydrated is key for your body. Flying dehydrates the body and skin so keep water on hand at all times and DRINK UP!

In airports or in flight you can typically get a fruit like a banana, apple or etc. I would pair this with my almonds or protein shake if I’m hungry. You can always bring an empty water bottle and fill at the airport. Most airports now have filtered water stations. Worst case you can always pick up a water at the airport. Also, you are traveling via train, automobile or boat you can always access fruit or water.

So next time you are traveling just remember to think ahead and prepare for a healthy trip. Hopefully you find these tips helpful! Happy Travels!

 

Raw Green Smoothie

This is my ultimate favorite pre-workout protein packed smoothie!  I thought I would share the recipe for everyone to enjoy!

For the base, I really love to eat my breakfast with a spoon and like it a bit thicker.   However, you can make it in more of a smoothie form and drink it.  Whichever consistency you choose, its simply delectible.  Below are the ingredients.

Raw Green Protein Smoothie

Smoothie Base:

1 Frozen Banana (I peel, cut and put these into freezer bags so I can quickly access them during the week)

2  Handfulls of fresh organic spinach leaves

1 tbsp maca powder

1 scoop of RAW protein powder or your favorite protein powder.

1/2 – 1 Cup of Unsweetend or vanilla almond milk (depending on how thick you want the consistency)

1-2 Ice cubes to add thickness to the consisency

Topping: Fresh Berries + my RAW Chocolate Granola mix

Angie’s RAW Chocolate Granola

In a saucepan mix the following to a liquid state:

2 tbsp organic coconut oil

2 tbsp organic natural peanut butter

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 tbsp organic brown rice syrup

Add in the dry ingredients:

2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds

1 tbsp chia seeds

2 tbsp raw unsweetened shredded coconut

2 tbsp RAW protein powder or Nutrilite All Plant Protein powder

3/4 cup organic oats

*Add a sweetener of your choice.  You can use Stevia or I prefer Raw Agave syrup and I use about 1-2 tbsp depending on how sweet you like it.

Mix it all together and put in a pan or tupperware and freeze about an hour.  You can crumble pieces off as needed to add to your shakes or just break off and eat alone.  Either way, its delicious and packed with superfoods and protein.

The end result is simply delectable as a pre-workout/post workout or just a snack!  I hope you all enjoy!

My journey to achieve a healthy life

Welcome to my Blog!  I’m happy you decided to take a few minutes out of your busy life to read about my journey.  Hopefully by reading this you will find your own inner drive to be the ultimate you.  My goal is to share with you things that inspire and motivate  me while in turn, it reflects on to you to be able to provide the inspiration you need to accomplish your goals.  I will try to provide relevant information about what I do to live a healthy life from my food journal, recipes, workouts, travel, skincare and overall beauty tips.  My passion in life is to help others find what inspires them and to help you reach your goals.  To truly love yourself and radiate love, confidence and a passion for a healthy life it starts on the inside. 

I’ve really come to the realization that in order to make a difference in your life, or anybody else’s life, you have to be proactive.  Being proactive is a choice you make, every single day.  Things won’t change unless you make it happen.  This requires an extreme amount of self motivation and/or encouragement from friends and family.  The reason I mention this is because a lot of people complain about their current circumstances, but really have no drive to change direction.  Its like they want it to be magically “fixed”! 

 What is your motivation?  What drives you to be successful?  What motivates you to be the best you can be?  For me, it’s a lot of things!  For me it’s a combination of extreme self coaching, support from friends and family, a positive attitude and a drive to accomplish a goal.  Some days are definitely harder than others, and you will have days you fail.  Its ok to fail.  You pick yourself up, brush yourself off and keep going. 

People are always telling me they can’t workout like I do or eat like I do and I tell them that I’ve not always been this way.  I too had my days of eating Oreos, pizza, drinking soda and putting unlimited amount of bad, proccessed foods in my body.  Its a decision to make a change, followed by daily action steps towards your goal.  Some days you will take a step back, but you keep moving forward and eventually your steps forward will overtake your steps backwards and you will begin moving the the right direction. 

So, think about what you want to accomplish, what steps you need to take to get there and start by taking the first step TODAY.  Not next month, not next week, not tomorrow, but TODAY!