Just because you move from destination to destination as a travel professional, doesn’t mean you have to spend your hard-earned paycheck on fast-food. The following list of meals are portable (grab-and-go!) and all you need is a cooler in your car. You can still eat healthy while you are on the road to your next assignment!
Vanilla yogurt and berry parfait. Sure, Greek yogurt isn’t the tastiest when eaten on its own. But that changes if you add some fresh fruit, granola and honey! This breakfast is rich with protein, and it’s almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
Salad in a jar. Healthcare professionals notoriously get the busiest at lunchtime (it’s like patients know you’re trying to sit down and eat). This speedy, customizable, and portable option is easy to put together in the morning, and easy to munch on throughout the day. You’ll pack in whole grains, lean protein and vegetables. This is the kind of lunch you’ll look forward to all day.
Healthy Mediterranean tuna salad. You know this as a healthcare professional, but tuna offers excellent anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. You can pick up canned tuna at the grocery, so it’s on hand when you need it. This recipe calls for basil, lemon, and extra-virgin olive oil to give it a Mediterranean flare. Use it in a salad, use it on a sandwich! The options are endless.
Healthy Nutella energy bites. Nutella. If you’ve never had it, then let us introduce you to the gates of heaven. Mix it up with oats and other healthy ingredients, and you’ll get the best of both worlds: healthy + delicious. This snack will give you the fuel to overcome that mid-shift slump.
Spiced chickpeas. If you’re working with a limited kitchen while on assignment, you can’t exactly pull out the food processor to whip up a fresh batch of hummus. You can still get all the nutrients and the taste with this recipe. Swap this out for your usual popcorn for a yummy pick-me-up.
In addition to the more “gourmet” options above (doesn’t everyone deserve a little indulgence every once in a while, especially with that hefty traveling nurse salary?), some other healthy options that fit nicely in the cooler include:
- Lunch meat
- Cheese (think mozzarella sticks)
- Grape skewers
- Cucumber or other easy veggies to munch on like celery sticks with peanut butter and raisins, carrots
- Boiled eggs
Are you ready to spend your next assignment well-fed with the help of these recipes? Contact us to talk about your job options!