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Missy Costello

Missy Costello

Personal Chef & Wellness Coach Karma Chow

Missy Costello, the founder of Karma Chow has always had a passion for healthy, delicious food. She began cooking at a very young age and when she became a vegetarian at the age of 19 she began experimenting with healthier versions of everyday recipes! Her passion for health, nutrition & wellness led her to become a yoga teacher and wellness coach. She is dedicated to being happy and healthy and incorporates all facets of her training in her daily life and when working with her clients.

Missy teaches cooking classes & hosts demonstrations throughout Southern California. Her flavorful & nutritious meals will leave you feeling more energetic, happier & satiated. You will save time & money and have a refrigerator full of tasty & nourishing food!

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5 Travel Tips for Healthy Eating

Going on the road for Summer Vacation?? Tempted by those dogs & burgers on the Barbie at the July 4th party? Don’t know what to eat when you’re at the airport, so you cave in and go for that McD’s?

Well, let’s all remember that old saying, “We are what we eat.” So, instead of caving in, here are some tips to help you eat healthy while traveling & vacationing.

1.  Snack Pack – No, this does not mean the pudding you buy in a plastic container! This means pack your snacks when you are planning a road trip or a trip by plane. This may take a little extra time and prep work, but the benefits are worth the effort. I love to make my own healthy trail mix with Raw Almonds, Cashews, Pumpkin seeds, Raisins, and even some dark chocolate chips! Also, cutting up carrot & celery sticks or some fresh fruit and storing it in a plastic bag if you are flying, or a Tupperware if you are on the road. Make sure to eat some nuts along with these yummy snacks to get a dose of good fats and protein and keep your blood sugar levels even to prevent dips in energy.  Protein bars are simple to carry and good for you. Make sure to find a quality protein bar that is not loaded with simple sugars!

2. Water – Drink plenty of water. Most of us know that our bodies are over 70% water, so sometimes when we feel hungry, it could really be our body telling us we are thirsty. Drink some water and see how you feel. It’s best to drink 1 liter of water for every 50 lbs. of body weight. I know this sounds like a lot, but water is equally important to us as exercising and eating right! Make sure to carry a water bottle with you wherever you go and refill it as needed. This is the best way to keep track of your water intake.

3.  Fruity Fun – Not only are coffee houses on every corner these days, but so are juice/smoothie bars! Most airports offer fruit smoothies. To cut back on sugar, custom-order your smoothie to be made without extra-added ice cream, sugar or frozen yogurt. Most places can make your smoothie with low fat milk, freshly squeezed OJ or Apple juice. From there, add ½ a banana and some strawberries & blueberries, which are lowest in sugar. Lastly, add protein powder to help maintain a steady even energy throughout the day!

4. Meals to go – most of us know well ahead of time that we are going to be leaving for a vacation or a trip, so we can plan accordingly. Here is a list of simple, easy & nutritious meals  to take on the road that will fill you up: Black Bean Burritos with brown rice in a whole wheat wrap, tuna on whole grain bread with Dijon Mustard, Lean turkey or chicken breast (preferably not lunch meat) on whole grain bread with avocado. There are many other options as well. Just think of lean meats, healthy fats, such as avocado and whole grains.

5. Going to a Party? – We all love the smell of hot dogs and burgers on the grill, but we know that eating these things can add to our waistline. If you know you are going to a holiday BBQ, make a pit stop at the grocery store on the way and pick up a healthier version of the everyday hot dog or hamburger. Lean ground turkey makes great turkey burgers. There are also some great Veggie burgers out there on the market that actually taste like meat as well as Soy Hot dogs that are close in flavor to their less healthy counterpart. Grilled Veggies are another healthy and tasty option. Brush some Portobello mushrooms with olive oil, and throw them on the Barbie, they have a similar texture to meat and taste like it too!

Vacationing doesn’t have to mean letting go of your healthy eating! Just a little planning and prepping will keep you on the road to health and wellness, as well as save your waistline!

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