It is the season of travel but one’s diet doesn’t need to suffer nutritionally just because you are away from home base. Before heading out on your next jaunt, take a few moments to plan head for meals and snacks. You’ll be pleased with your planning ahead when you are fully fueled with healthy foods and not staring mournfully at a deflated croissant in the airport deli.
Bars! Bars! Bars!
Protein bars are an excellent travel food but be careful which ones you bring along. Some are full of unpronounceable ingredients and too much sugar. Look for bars with simple ingredients such as dates, spices, nut butters, nuts and honey. And there is nothing wrong with a bit of chocolate to make them extra tasty. You can make your own bars or pick up some at the store. Some of the better bars include Picky Bars, Zing Bars, Lara Bars and RXBars.
A good breakfast is a great way to start your day. If your hotel has a complimentary breakfast, make sure to take advantage of it but grab fruits, yogurts and whole grain cereals over cinnamon buns, waffles and sugary cereals. Grocery stores are another great place to stock up on a healthy breakfast. Grab a container or two of Kite Hill’s almond milk yogurt for a great non-dairy breakfast along with some cut-up fruit and a mini bagel with Kite Hill non-dairy cream cheese or regular cream cheese.
Sometimes you need a crunchy snack while on a long trip but don’t want to sacrifice nutrition. Luckily there are some awesome options out there. Grab some coconut chips if you want a slightly sweet crunch or dried peas for a saltier crunch. Yogurt covered pretzels are a great combination of sweet and salty. Dried seaweed snacks are a great choice for a nutritious salty snack.
Sometimes while traveling, you can’t stop for a nice salad lunch but that doesn’t mean you can’t still have a healthier meal. Grab a hearty bread and make a classic Nut Butter and Jelly sandwich. Go light on the jam! There are so many different kinds of nut butters available from cashew butter to sun butter and classic peanut butter. Some even come in convenient travel packs for a great snack when paired with an apple or pear. Add a piece of fruit and a crunch snack for a well-rounded and easy lunch.
A good trail mix filled with mainly nuts and dried fruits can help keep hunger at bay and energy levels high. You can even make your own trail mix without nuts if you have nut sensitivities or are traveling by plane. Spice up your trail mix with yogurt covered raisins, spices, seeds and coconut flakes.
Fruit and Vegetables
Packing some hearty fruits and vegetables are always an awesome bet. Pair with hummus and some hard boiled eggs for easy protein. You can almost always find the two in any Starbucks or airport deli. This is the time to buy the pre-made hard-boiled eggs without guilt. Carrots and celery are vegetables that travel well as do apples and oranges. Be careful with the softer fruits like berries and peaches as they can quickly turn to mush.
This one is an easy one. Drink lots of water while traveling to keep your system running smoothly. Some people advise drinking half your body weight in ounces every day so grab a bottle of water and drink up! Long fights are dehydrating so make sure fill your water bottle up. Most airports, like Sea-Tac have refillable water stations around the terminal so you can fill up once you are through TSA.
Looking for more travel food ideas? 5 great snacks for after school (or working out) are chock full of ideas or if you have access to a kitchen while traveling, enjoy Seven Fresh, Summer Smoothies for Every Taste