Having healthy travel snacks readily available is the key to balancing your hunger, cravings and energy levels while on the road
- Trail Mix– Don’t jump the gun on this one ladies. I am not taking about the trail mix filled with M&Ms and peanut butter cups…bummer I know! There is nothing better than a great mix of nut medley to help keep your blood sugar levels up. Key things to look out for: Make sure the nuts are “naked”, meaning no added salt. Some trail mixes can have up to 200mg of sodium per serving, which is close to 10% of your daily value. Stay away from “yogurt” covered raisins; it’s usually not real yogurt and contains lots of trans fats. Best way to know what is in your trail mix? Make your own. Go to the market and buy fresh nuts and dried fruit.
- Fresh fruit with protein – The best snack and probably most accessible – fresh fruit! You can find it almost anywhere whether it’s at a gas station or a local street cart. Your best bet is to go with lower sugar fruits that are high in fiber. My top picks are apples, berries, grapefruits and pears. To help balance these snacks throw in some protein by adding a handful of unsalted almonds, or a piece of string cheese.
- Hearty fresh veggies– As with fresh fruit, veggies are easily accessible to purchase just about anywhere. Not only are veggies a great source of fiber but they also have a high water content, which aids in feeling fuller. My top picks are baby carrots, green beans, cucumbers, and celery.
- Hard-boiled eggs– This one may be a bit trickier while traveling overseas if you do not have access to a kitchen, but these are one of my favorite go to snacks. At the start of your day, boil half a dozen eggs to last you a couple days. I usually pack two in my purse. For those of you watching your cholesterol ditch the egg yolk, or limit yourself to one while still consuming the whites.
- Protein bars– I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with this choice (hence it being the last on my list.) I did include it though because sometimes we are in a hurry and a protein bar is better than letting yourself go hungry, but the above “real” food options trump this snack. However, if this is the best it’s going to get, here are my top choices: Think Thin Bars (the white chocolate one is delish!), Balance Carb Well Bars, and Power Crunch Bars.
*Remember- Never let yourself go more than 4hrs without eating…be prepared and snack happy with your healthy and easy travel snacks : )