You know what derails a deployment fitness plan faster than me hitting the snooze button on a Monday? A care package full of junk food. But sending healthy care package contents can seem like more trouble than it’s worth: your items have to be shelf stable, easily shipped and fit within a budget. Are there things you can send your loved one that will help them with their fitness goals?
The short answer is yes! My friend Maggie from Food From The Garden sent me some care package-friendly (and vegan) health foods your loved one will actually enjoy eating!
Healthy Care Package Contents: Food
- Nuts and seeds: nuts are known for their high protein content, but they are also good for iron, magnesium, healthy fats and B vitamins. Any allergy-friendly substitute are seeds! Nut and seed butters are also fair game.
- Seaweed chips: This is a fun way to help your loved one get their greens in. They are just like potato chips, but instead of being made from potatoes, they’re made from seaweed. Check them out here.
- Shelf-stable plant milk: Plant-based milk may be hard to come by where your loved one is. However, don’t send this if your loved one does not have access to a refrigerator, as these need to be refrigerated after they’re opened. Trader Joe’s carries some fun flavors, like matcha and blueberry lavender as well as some seasonal flavors.
- Dried fruit: Aside from the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables with a high water content, there’s nothing nutritionally you can get in whole undried fruit that you can’t get in dried fruit. Make sure to look for one with no added sugar. You could also send fruit leather.
- Coconut water: While you hope your loved one is drinking enough regular water, coconut water will replace both the fluids and electrolytes they are losing without the additives found in sports drinks.
- Tea bags: This is another fun way to encourage them to drink enough because they can put tea bags in their water (instead of drink mixes) if they get bored of regular water. Bonus: different teas have their own benefits too!
- Superfood powders: Powders like matcha green tea powder and Amazing Grass brand powders come in individual servings and mix into water easily. They come in a variety of different flavors, all of which are allergy friendly and free of artificial ingredients. It’s all powdered fruits and vegetables, no matter what flavor it is so send whatever flavor(s) you think your loved one would enjoy.
What a great list of suggestions from Maggie! Make sure to check her blog out if you’d like more vegan suggestions. There are just a few additional items that I’d add, based on experience with my husband’s care package requests.
My husband could not get enough of this Epic brand jerky; they have a variety of flavors and meats so you can find one to suit your loved one’s preferences. He also highly recommends the Complete Cookies and RXBARs for more indulgent snacks that won’t undo all the work you’ve put in at the gym.
But healthy care package contents don’t have to come just from the grocery store. Anything that helps your loved one stick to their health or fitness goals is fair game for a fitness care package.
Healthy Care Package Contents
Sometimes the healthiest thing you can send your loved one in a care package is things that make working out easier and fun. This FitDeck definitely accomplishes both those goals. I happened across this idea while binge watching Shark Tank and loved it immediately! Your loved one shuffles the deck and draws a card for their next exercise. Then they can track their super fun workout in a fitness journal; the one pictured allows your loved one to plan workouts, keep track of progress (both scale and non-scale) and record what they’ve eaten each day.
Keeping your loved one cool and hydrated before, during and after a workout is a big support to their fitness goals! I am a huge fan of my Hydro Flasks and how cold they keep water. Adding in a cooling towel will also help your loved one cool down after a workout, which is invaluable when you’re working out in a super hot climate.
Don’t forget that there are other calorie-free items to send in your care package. This post has 10 suggestions for items that aren’t food, but are perfect for care packages.
Even though it may seem a little daunting at first, you can send healthy items in your care packages! With a little creativity (and some help from Maggie), your loved one can receive a healthy and thoughtful care package while on deployment.
Want even more care package ideas? I’m giving away 165+ ideas (plus what to put in them) here.