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Healthy Travel Snacks and Skincare Items (Plus a gift just for you!)

Healthy snacks for traveling

Who likes traveling? I do! And I am positive you do too!

Traveling is one of my favorite things to do besides spending hours cooking and reading about nutrition.

Visiting new places, trying new foods and going on adventures is always fun but this can also take a toll on your health and in particular, the digestive system.

Staying healthy and vibrant even while traveling is a must for me. So when packing I always make sure to bring the essential foods my gut loves at all times regardless of where I am.

Since we are going to be spending lots of time under the sun, it is also important to bring my skincare essentials to protect my skin from the sun naturally.

The purpose of this post is to show you how easy it is to stay healthy while on vacation. I have put together a list of some of my favorite healthy snacks and skincare essentials just for you. So without further ado, I present to you “Jen the Explorer travel bag.”


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Healthy Snacks – Have a combination of sweet and savory options 

Don’t let your sweet tooth take over control your grocery shopping. The point of bringing healthy snacks on your trip is to motivate you to keep up with your healthy eating habits and move forward with your health/fitness goals. All the recommendations you see here are low in sugars and are free of fake/crappy ingredients.

  • Primal Kitchen Collagen Bars: These bars had my tastebuds at 3 grams of sugars! They are delicious and filling because they contain 15 grams of protein. If you are a macadamia nut fan like myself you are definitely going to enjoy them. I bought them at Sprouts, but you can also get them online HERE.
  • Chomps Grass-fed Beef Sticks: If you are looking for a snack that will keep you satiated for a good couple of hours, this is the one. Plus they are super fun to eat. I found Chomp sticks at Trader Joe’s for $1.79 each stick.
  • Dark Chocolate: Two pieces of this dark chocolate have only 5 grams of sugar and the best part is that with every bite you support non-profit organization that protect endangered species around the world. I bought them at Sprouts too, but you can also find a wide variety of their products on Amazon.
  • Coconut oil: This one is a MUST everywhere I go. Every morning right after I wake up I warm up a cup of water and melt 1 tbsp of coconut oil. This drink gently wakes up my gut and automatically cleanses my digestive system. It is a nice way to start the morning feeling energized. It will also keep your inmune system strong preventing any bugs from ruining your vacation with unexpected runs to the bathroom. {Buy unrefined/extra virgin coconut oil}
  • Tuna: I am sure we are going to be going to restaurants or even cooking at the home rental, but when you are enjoying the beach and hunger kicks in, a tuna can saves the day, so you can continue enjoying that silky white sand.

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Skincare Essentials: Safer Products for Beautiful Skin 

  • Sunscreen: I finally found a safe and non-greasy sunscreen that doesn’t leave those weird white strikes on my skin. The majority of sunscreens are full of toxins and contain ingredients that act as endocrine disruptor, these can lead to hormonal imbalance, infertility, interfere with growth and brain function. I personally recommend: Protect All Over Sunscreen, Protect Stick Sunscreen (face), Protect Stick Sunscreen (Body). Click here to check the safety of your sunscreen.
  • Brightening Face Oil: I used to be the type of girl who was always afraid to apply oils on her skin. After I tried this facial oil, I have become obsessed with feeding my skin this luxurious concoction made of pure ingredients, which is helping me brighten my complexion, including the small red marks left during my years of acne. To see more, click HERE.
  • Lip Sheer: I love this lip sheer from Beautycounter; it applies smoothly and prevents my lips from getting dry. The best thing is that is safe to apply since it is made with safer ingredients. Here’s your perfect shade. 
  • Blush Duo: I am very simple when it comes to applying make up. I always go for the natural look, that’s why I love this bloom/tulip blush duo, it gives my cheeks a soft pink, sun kissed effect. I love it!

Until July 30th, I am giving you a FREE Protect Stick Sunscreen (face) with any purchase of $50 or more (shipping and taxes excluded). 

If you have any questions about what Beautycounter products are right for your skin needs, send me a message HERE. I’d be absolutely happy to guide you. 🙂

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Gut Essentials: Vacation is more fun with a healthy gut!

  • Raw kefir: This is a gut-saver! Raw kefir in its intact form is a rich source of healthy bacteria and enzymes that will keep your digestive system up and running at optimum levels wherever you are in the world. The brand I trust is Organic Pastures, their raw kefir is absolutely pure, made from grass-fed, raw milk. Absolutely no sugar added, just creamy raw kefir loaded with probiotics,  Their grab-and-go kefir is the perfect size to bring to any travel adventure.
  • Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides: My boyfriend and I, and now also my mom, dad, neighbor and clients are in love with this magical powder. It is a great immune system booster, helps seal leaky gut (like bone stock does, learn how to make it HERE) while feeding your hair and nails to grow shinny and strong. Collagen also improves the elasticity and thickness of the skin. Always remember that beauty starts in your gut and of course, in your heart too 😉
  • Kombucha: Ooh, this elixir of life has travelled with me thousands of miles in my luggage. It’s came with me all the way to Peru, Dominican Republic, Spain, Italy even Japan! I wrap 3-4 bottles in bubble wrap or towels and place them in a small cooler. Never had any problem with them arriving intact. I like the brand GT’s especially their Gingerade, Trilogy, Multi-green and Lemonade because they only have 2 grams of sugar per serving. As you can tell I am big on keeping my sugars low and my body likes that way.
  • Prescript-Assist Probiotics: If you are looking for a potent probiotic to keep your gut and immune system looking good, I recommend Prescript-Assist. We take 2 caps before bed, it doesn’t need refrigeration which makes it an ideal supplement for traveling. It is resistant to stomach acid meaning a larger quantity of probiotics stay alive to help populate your intestines with healthy and happy bacteria.

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Vacation is meant to break the routine and create unforgettable memories with the ones we love the most. Enjoying these experiences in a healthy body increases the level of joy. Stay healthy, my friend and go somewhere you’ve never been before! 

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