5 Healthy Eating Tips for Travel Nurses

Planning ahead can help travel nurses make healthy food choices
By:
Cross Country Nurses
Posted:
February 22, 2019 00:44 AM (GMT-04:00)
Categories:
CCN Traveler Tips

Travel Nursing and Healthy Eating Can Go Hand in Hand

When you’re on the go, it can be hard to make healthy food choices. And when you’re on a travel assignment, it can feel like you’re on the go for weeks or even months at a time. Your normal routine is disrupted, and it can be easy to slip into the habit of grabbing what’s most convenient instead of what’s healthiest. If you’re trying to stick to a healthy eating routine while on a travel assignment, here are some tips that may help.

Stick to a Routine

When you start a new travel nurse assignment, getting into a routine as quickly as possible can help you eat healthier. Identify grocery stores and even restaurants where you know you can get healthy options for both cooking at home and eating while you’re at work. Make a list of the things you need so you’ll know exactly what to get while you’re there.

Meal Prepping

Meal prepping is a great way to save time, money, and yes, even calories. Think of some healthy meal options that you can eat for a few days, for instance, baked chicken breast and salad. On your day off, cook your chicken and then chop it up after it cools. Mix together a fresh chopped salad using your favorite ingredients, such as romaine lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. Then, pack individual salads in to-go containers and store them in the refrigerator. Grab one on your way out the door to work each day.

Healthy Snack Choices

Sometimes we don’t know when we’re going to get a lunch break, and that can be especially true for travel nurses. That’s why you should always make sure to keep healthy snacks nearby. They can help curb hunger between meals and maybe even prevent you from making a snack decision you’ll regret later. Whole fruits like apples, bananas and oranges are great options because they are full of fiber and vitamins and are easy to store and eat on the go. Chopped carrots, celery or cucumbers with a healthy dip or hummus are another healthy option. Be careful with “healthy” options that can be anything but, like trail mix and granola or protein bars. They can be full of hidden calories.

Calorie Counting App

If you need help staying on track on your next travel assignment, consider downloading a calorie counting app on your cell phone. MyFitnessPal and similar apps count calories and even give advice about your specific food choices. Think of it as a checkbook ledger, but for food. After all, you wouldn’t spend money willy-nilly without keeping track of the debits from your checking account, right? These apps allow you to do the same thing with calories, letting you know when you’re spending more than you have available.

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