We all know that it can be difficult to maintain a healthy diet while traveling, whether it’s for a short business trip or a week long vacation. Unfortunately when you travel you do not often have access to your own kitchen and meal prepping equipment so you become stuck, having to eat whatever food you can scrounge up at the nearest restaurant or fast food establishment. But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the proper planning and execution you can enjoy healthy whole foods no matter where you are, and no matter what mode of transportation you take to get there. The best healthy snacks for when you’re traveling are often the same as the best healthy snacks for when you’re home, paired with a twist of convenience.
Healthy Travel Snacks
Celery & Nut Butter
Celery is made mostly of water which makes it one of the best mindless snacking options, but doesn’t offer much in the way of nutrients. That’s where the nut butter comes in. Add peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter or any other nut butter to your celery to get a better flavor and a healthy dose of fat and protein in your healthy travel snack. Of course if celery isn’t a favorite of yours you could always try apples and nut butter, bananas and nut butter or even carrots and nut butter if you’re feeling adventurous.
Store bought variety granola bars tend to have added sugars and unnecessary ingredients that reduce their nutritional value. But homemade granola bars can include your favorite granola, oats and fruits without any of the additional junk. Since granola bars don’t need refrigerated in order to remain edible and healthy they are an ideal travel snack option for anyone who is trying to maintain a healthy diet while away from home.
Whole Grain Cereal
For a quick snack that needs no refrigeration or preparation you can’t go wrong with a bit of whole grain cereal. Carbohydrates are necessary for a healthy diet (unless you are on the ketogenic diet) and complex carbohydrates like those found in whole grains are the healthiest options available. Besides being a healthy option that is also fairly convenient, whole grain cereal can also be paired with milk to add some protein to your diet, or fresh fruit to add flavor, fiber and other nutrients.
Fruit & Yogurt
When you’re taking healthy snacks for your travels that need to be kept cool like fresh fruit and yogurt it’s time to pull out your ISOBag and start packing. Fruit and yogurt is a healthy and easy to prepare snack that will remain at a cool temperature for your snacking pleasure for up to twelve hours in various conditions when packed within an ISOBag, including in a car, on a plane and in a hotel room. When it comes to packing healthy snacks that require cooler temperatures an ISOBag is the ideal lunch bag to take on any traveling adventures you may have.
Whole Wheat Wraps
Small snacks are great during travel but sometimes it takes a bit more substance to hold you over. In these cases it’s a good idea to prepare and pack a few whole wheat wraps stuffed with your favorite healthy foods like spinach, tomatoes, tuna, turkey, chicken, peppers, kale or cucumbers. Pack these lunch or dinner wraps in your ISOBag with an ISOBrick or two and you’ll be set with healthy snacks until you reach your final destination.
Keep your travel snacks simple by packing a few string cheese sticks and maybe some crackers and grapes. The spread will have you thinking you’re traveling first class, without the high price of admission. Thanks to its protein and fat content, string cheese is not only delicious and healthy it will also help to keep you feeling fuller longer so that you don’t go hungry during your longer traveling excursions. Keep your string cheese and other perishable food items cold in your ISOBag for up to twelve hours.
Hummus & Pita
Hummus can be served cold, but is much better when eaten at room temperature, which means that this healthy travel snack can be packed in any bag you like. Hummus makes a great dip for raw vegetables or pita chips but can also be used as a spread on a sandwich or healthy wrap if you’re looking for a healthy way to add more flavor to your lunch. While you can find pre made hummus at most grocery and convenience stores it is one of the easiest healthy snacks to make yourself, and when you do it yourself you have the option of adding any flavors you want.
When looking for a healthy travel snack fresh apples will always be a better option than applesauce, but when you are in a bind and forgot to pack your own bushel, a store bought applesauce can come in handy. If you have the option choose a natural applesauce with no added sugars as apples are naturally packed with sugar anyway. If you’re a bit of a travel snack overachiever you can even bring along a bit of your own ground cinnamon so that you can add some flavor and a few more healthy nutrients to your snack before you enjoy.
If there is one ultimate healthy snack that is perfect for traveling it’s popcorn. Of course you want to stay away from microwavable popcorn and instead opt for raw kernels that you pop yourself in oil over the stovetop. This way you don’t have to worry about any of the harmful chemicals found in the bagged varieties and you can avoid the added calories and fat from the flavor combos. Once your popcorn is freshly popped over the stovetop you can add your own spices and flavors to give it a delicious kick. Mix it up and try different flavor combos to see which you like best.
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