National Car Rental: Eat Like a Pro- video

annapolis 016You’ve worked hard to get where you are in life. Many hours of studying, many hours of training, many hours or learning, worrying, wondering, but here you are, a successful business person. So why not treat your Business Travel Dining with the same care you have placed into making your career successful? Place the same energy into choosing healthy meals and snacks, hydrating properly, and supplying your body with the best nutrients possible, because when your body feels good, you will perform even better on the job.

I’ve partnered with National Car Rental’s campaign “Go Like a Pro” and was asked to teach their business travelers how to “Eat Like a Pro.” Watch…

3 Tips for Success:
If there is nothing else you do to change your diet while on travel, then at least do these three and you will find that these three small changes will impact your performance.
1. Hydrate Like a Pro: Drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. Avoid Energy Drinks, diet and regular sodas, supers sweet drinks like iced teas, or coffees with flavored syrups. When the business traveler feels sluggish and sleepy during that 2 o’clock lecture, it is best to drink a glass of water. Many times the body is telling you that you are thirsty, not hungry.

2.  Start Like a Pro: Begin your day with a protein rich healthy breakfast. Try an omelet instead of pancakes or plain yogurt with fruit instead of breakfast cereal.

3. Snack Like a Pro: Swap out sugary sweet and salty un-healthy snacks with nutrient dense snacks like fruit and veggies, nuts, trail mix, multi-grain crackers and cheese, nut butters, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, yogurt, or a fruit and nut bar.

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Before you Go:
I like to pack a few things to have on the airplane, at airport, or on a layover. You never know when you may get caught in an airport after dining hours and your are starving. I have made that mistake, so now I pack some snacks.  I like to pack…

Hummus- Sabra brand has small 2 ounce packs. These will have to make their way into your 1 quart plastic bag in your carry-on due to TSA guidelines but you will be happy to have this tasty and protein rich treat.
Sun-dried tomatoes
Olives- Kat Cora’s Kitchen has small olive packs that are great for airport snacking.
Pita Chips
Mini Sweet Peppers
Mini Cucumbers- Wash and keep these veggies whole so that they do not go bad as quickly.  Mini cukes are about the size of a pickle and are very sweet and crunchy.
Snack Bars such a Cliff or Lara bars
Hard-Boiled eggs- Do not peel.
Packet of tuna- This is one to eat at the airport and not in the plane due to odor. But tuna packs in plenty of protein to keep you energized and sharp for a long time.
Hand Sanitizer or Wipes

Dining Out:
Sometimes you have no choice where you are dining, it could be a client or colleague’s choice. The many times I have dined out on business, it was a long multi-course heavy ordeal.  Make wise choices that contain plenty of fruit and vegetables, are not heavily sauced, and do your best to avoid deep fried foods late at night. Here are some ideas…

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Every One Loves Gadgets! annapolis 001

Here are my Traveler’s Everyday Carry…
**Note- you may want to throw these in your checked baggage because they are so cool, TSA will be sure to take them.

Swiss+Tech Utili-Key 6-in-1:  I like this gadget as is simply clips to my keychain and once opened is a knife and bottle-opener. It is also a handy screwdriver too.

P-38: Or even the P-51 will work too. This is a can opener which comes in handy if you find yourself having to eat from cans. Travel can take you all over the world, even into some places where your only safe choice is canned food.

Mini Microplane: This is my favorite little healthy travel tool. Great for adding flavor in ways that will wow your colleagues.  Like grating dark chocolate (yes! always pack a little dark chocolate bar) over your fruit, yogurt, or even coffee. Grab a lemon or lime from the market and zest a little over your fruit, tea, or salad for a burst of flavor. After hitting the slopes, wow your girlfriend with a grating of fresh nutmeg into her hot toddy, because every good man carries a whole nutmeg in his luggage.

If you can’t be the Boss, then eat like a Boss-  Eat Like a Pro!

Video Credits:
Videographer- Trident Films
Writing, editing, costume and make-up, photography, voice overs, dubbing, sound, gaffer, key grip: Robin Sue
Thanks to the lovely city of Annapolis, MD.
No Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were consumed in the filming of this video.

*I have been compensated for this incredibly fun project. All ideas, opinions, video,  eyelashes, and photos are my own.


  1. Posted May 22, 2013 at 7:10 AM | Permalink

    Robin, this is wonderful!! Great job…that little gadget of yours has to be the best kept secret. How perfect for traveling.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted May 22, 2013 at 7:54 AM | Permalink

      Thanks Susan!

  2. Kim
    Posted May 22, 2013 at 10:24 PM | Permalink

    You’ve presented some good, practical, do-able ideas! Thank you! Sending to DH, who travels much more often than I do.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted May 23, 2013 at 7:05 AM | Permalink

      Thanks Kim!

  3. sharon
    Posted May 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM | Permalink

    I love it! If you can’t be the Boss, eat like a Boss.
    Some other traveling mercies protein rich items we like to bring with us are protein powders–choose wisely as many are jacked up with sugars and artificial sugars, beef jerky (Trader Joes carries some nitrate free), beef/chicken/turkey pepperoni sticks–Whole Foods, raw nuts, small containers of nut butters, cooked chicken breasts (we’re carnivores, we just eat it as is). I’m usually packing for a family of 4 and these are all kid-approved. ~Sharon

    • Robin Sue
      Posted May 23, 2013 at 7:05 AM | Permalink

      More good ideas! Thanks Sharon. Beef Jerky is a great idea and I like the one TJ has, I also found some cacao butter which is coconut butter and raw chocolate which I cannot wait to dive into with some fruit:)

  4. Posted May 23, 2013 at 12:24 PM | Permalink

    Congrats on the opportunity.

    And mini microplane!!! I LOVE that!

  5. Posted May 24, 2013 at 4:47 PM | Permalink

    I love the video!! Great job Robin!

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