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Spring and summer vacations are fast approaching, so it’s smart to plan ahead and pack healthy snacks you can grab while on the go. Feel fresh and fine with snacks that you can take along, eat and enjoy guilt-free! Here are six of our favorite travel-friendly snacks that will keep you going strong throughout your journey:
- Trail mix is the ultimate on the go snack. Trail mix can include an array of ingredients tailored to whatever your taste may be, and is easy easily portable. Dried fruits provide natural sugars, while nuts and seeds provide protein and essential healthy fats to keep you fuller longer. Toss in a few raisins or dark chocolate chips when you craze an extra touch of sweetness. Mix it up: Try dried cranberries, dried blueberries, dried cherries, dates, popcorn, pretzels, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, cashews, or pine nuts. The sky’s the limit.
- Yogurt with granola and fruit is so delicious it will satisfy your sweet tooth, and can even replace dessert. Yogurt provides protein while the granola serves healthy carbs. On top or stirred: Use plain, vanilla, or Greek yogurt, as your toppings will serve as natural flavoring. Add berries, peaches, mango, or more fruits for a delightful dash of color and flavor.
- Almond or peanut butter with apple slices or a banana is a simple yet satisfying treat. Salty and sweet, one or two teaspoons of nut butter mixed with a hearty fruit is easy to prepare and filling. You can’t go wrong with this protein and fiber mix! Too smooth: Opt for organic chunky peanut butter for the biggest payoff, or roll your snack in a handful or crushed nuts.
- You can’t go wrong with whole fruit, whether fresh or dried. A snack staple, fruit provides essential nutrients and vitamins, along with natural sugars when you want to eat something sweet. The possibilities are endless. And fruit comes in it’s own convenient, travel-friendly package, provided by nature. Fruit for the go: Berries, nectarines, apples, oranges, plums, pears, bananas, or peaches.
- Hummus packs a protein punch. A blend of chickpeas, tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic, use hummus as a dip for fresh veggies, or spread it on whole grain crackers. Spice it up: Try different hummus flavors with a pita or as a sandwich topper.
- Hard-boiled eggs travel well when stored in a cooler. Remove the shell, gently salt at home, and store them in a plastic travel container until hunger strikes. While you are packing your cooler, throw in a few cheese sticks for even more protein on the go!
If you plan on stopping to eat during your travels, research places on your route ahead of time, so you can browse the menu to pick healthy and cost-friendly options. Likewise, when you’re out and about, it’s important to stay hydrated and nourished. Here are six helpful tips for eating while on the road:
- When you can, choose veggies like tomatoes, onions, avocado, sauerkraut, pickles, horseradish, cabbage, cucumbers, and sprouts to top sandwiches.
- When ordering sides, opt for veggies or salads. Choose things like asparagus, cucumbers, tomatoes, zucchini, celery, green beans, peas, broccoli, mushrooms, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts.
- Burritos, enchiladas, or quesadillas are great ways to incorporate veggies into meals while keeping you full with lots of fiber and protein. Even pizza is a fine choice when topped with fresh vegetables.
- Stick to grilled chicken, turkey, baked or broiled fish, or very lean ground beef when it comes to meat.
- If you must have carbs, choose baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, or whole grains.
- Avoid heavy items with lots of ingredients. Stay away from things like mayonnaise, ranch dressing, soda, sugary fruit juices, energy drinks, and candy. Instead, bring plenty of water, and choose coffee or tea when you feel the need for a boost.
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