How to Eat Healthy When You’re Always Busy or Traveling

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When I first went vegan, it wasn’t for my health. While eating plant-based foods is the best thing you can do for your health, my main motivation was for the animals. I am a 100% ethical vegan. Due to that, I’ve also been a junk food vegan for a majority of the past two years. As long as it didn’t contain animal products, I would eat it. However, I’ve recently started taking my health into consideration more and more. Just because the animals are my focus doesn’t mean I shouldn’t also be reaping the benefits of a plant-based diet. Plant-based foods may be better for you but oreos are still oreos even if they’re vegan.

Here’s my problem though – I’m either always traveling or if I’m home, I’m always busy. I mean always busy. There’s never really an excuse to not eat healthily but I am a master of excuses so there it is. All of this means I’ve been turning to find the absolutely easiest and affordable options to eat healthy either on the go or on the road. I eat a lot of fruits and vegetables which is obviously a great idea. I also like to eat a lot of whole grains, beans and the like.

One of my favorite go-to meals for busy days is some form of a power bowl as I call them. You don’t even need a recipe – you just put whatever sounds good to you together in a bowl and then, eat it, of course. You can bring a completely nutritious and delicious meal to life in 90 seconds.

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Steps for creating your own super quick, super healthy and super affordable power bowl:

  • Choose a grain
  • Choose a protein (bean, tofu, edamame, tempeh)
  • Choose a green vegetable or two
  • Add some toppings (avocado for me!)
  • Add sauce (sriracha usually for me)

how to eat healthy when you're always busy

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  • Basmati & Lentil (India)
  • Lemon Rice (India)
  • Tikka Masala (India)
  • Coconut Tumeric (Thailand)
  • Thai Green Curry (Thailand)

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The one I tried first was the Basmati and Lentil and it was incredibly tasty, especially mixing it with the above items. Sometimes, I find myself so busy (or lazy – I’ll admit it) that I’ve just been eating this straight out of the package. It literally doesn’t get any more convenient than that!

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Other Tips for Eating Healthy

  • Always carry fruit with you. I literally always have cut up fruit or a piece of fruit in my bag at all times.
  • Carry your own condiments to dress up something simple. I commonly have stevia, hot sauce, etc in my bag.
  • Plan in advance. If I don’t take the few minutes to put a few things in my bag for the day, I’ll end up stopping. If I have time to stop and buy something unhealthy, then I have time to do a little prep.
  • Instead of stopping at a gas station, stop at a grocery store! When you’re traveling, I know it can be easier to stop at a gas station and get a bag of chips and candy (that’s about the only vegan things you’ll find!). Stop at a grocery store instead though and grab a few things there – fruit, veggies, beans, grains. You can find a microwave at your hotel or even at a truck stop!
  • Carry your bamboo cutlery set with you everywhere so you always have a utensil to eat with but also to cut down on plastic use.

how to eat healthy when you're always busy

What are your tips for eating healthy when you’re always busy or on the road?

how to eat healthy when you're always busy

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Ashley Hubbard

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Aaren Prody

    Yay! I loved this!! You have such cute photos and this is really great advice! (fellow vegan here!) It is so refreshing to meet another blogger that has similar passions as I do. Beautiful blog!

    1. Ashley Hubbard

      Thank you so much Aaren! And I agree – wonderful to meet like-minded individuals!

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