This Labor Day weekend, my husband and I decided to take a trip to Boston. Why not enjoy another great city, walk around, and enjoy some good food?
We left Friday on an early morning Amtrak train. Since I knew the Penn Station options would leave my breakfast choices to bagels and pastries, I figured packing my own would be smart.
I packed a vanilla chobani yogurt, 1/3 cup trader joe’s muesli, and a pear. I did pick up an iced coffee from Zaro’s for my caffeine fix. I ate the yogurt & cereal around 7:30 and the pear around 10:30. This held me really well until our lunch.
Sunday morning we took the train home from the South Station. Unfortunately I did not have time to pick up food ahead of time, so I was left to the train station options.
The bagels & pastries were front and center. But they did have some other healthier options: fruit, yogurt, nuts, and after I ordered I saw oatmeal! I wasn’t that hungry – so I settled on a large soy latte (for protein) and a large cup of fruit. I had a luna bar in my bag and figured I would have that a few hours in to the train ride (which I did!). The fruit cup was a mixture of honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon and grapes, it really hit the spot.
Nutrition Tidbit: Breakfast while Traveling
- When you can – pack it yourself!
- Some foods that travel well are: yogurt, cereal, whole wheat english muffin with peanut butter, fruit and trail mix.
- If you must buy at the airport or train station you do not have to succumb to treats you wouldn’t normally have, think: bacon, egg & cheese on a croissant (that was available at Au Bon Pain).
- To make a complete breakfast look for a whole grain (whole wheat bagel, whole wheat toast, oatmeal, cereal), lean protein (peanut butter, eggs, yogurt, milk), and fruit.
- If you get an egg sandwich, ask for the bread dry (to prevent them buttering it), opt for canadian bacon instead of regular, and skip the cheese if you’re having the yolk.
- Be wary with the yogurt parfaits – a lot of the time they are brimming with sugar. Ask if any of them are made with plain low fat or fat free yogurts and only use a little granola, on average 1/4 cup = 150 calories.