It’s easy to resort to unhealthy snacks when traveling, so plan ahead with these healthy, portable options.
Travel can be unpredictable, no matter how much you prepare. But what if you need a predictable diet when you’re away from home? The answer is to plan ahead and pack plenty of healthy snacks. Whether you’re sticking to a diet, want to eat clean, want to have your kids eat clean, or simply want to be prepared for whatever comes your way, we’ve got you covered with this list of our favorite travel snacks.
- Beef jerky and meat bars – These are great travel options as they contain filling protein and can withstand heat and time. Look for brands with little to no added sugar. We like Epic Bars or Krave Bars. They contain a good amount of protein and NOT a lot of extra problematic ingredients.
- Nuts and seeds — These pack protein, fat and fiber, meaning they keep you full and satisfy cravings. Choose raw or dry-roasted varieties as oil-roasted contain fats that are inflammatory. We like cashews, macadamia nuts, shelled pistachios, etc. Go beyond the ordinary almond.
- Fruit — Apples, small oranges, other citrus fruits & bananas can last a few days out of the fridge and are the least messy. If you are sensitive to sugar, choose green apples for their high fiber and low sugar content. We like to travel with a couple of pieces of fruit. It’s a lifesaver when you’re hungry in the airport or on the plane.
- Avocados – Also fruit, avocados are a filling fat source and can be kept at room temperature. Avocado keeps you full for a long time and is more travel-friendly than you might think. Simply slice it open and eat it right out of the shell with a spoon.
- Protein bars – While protein bars are convenient and tasty, they can also be packed with additives, sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. You’re looking for higher protein and fiber, lower sugar and NO soy or additives or preservatives you can’t pronounce.
- Oil packets – Coconut oil and olive oil now come in individual packets. With these handy little sachets, you can still make bulletproof coffee in the hotel or top a restaurant salad with heart-healthy oil. Nutritionist hack: buy oatmeal at Starbucks, but skip the sugar packet. Cover the oatmeal with olive oil and a bit of salt. It’s yummy.
- Veggie Chips – Skip the potato or corn chips, which are often made with inflammatory oils and offer little nutrition-wise. If you can’t forgo the convenience, aim for better-quality chips. Jackson’s Honest Chips are sweet potato cooked with coconut oil. Better yet, look for dehydrated kale and beet chips that aren’t cooked with unhealthy oils like most potato chips and crackers. Check the detail on your chips. We bet you can do better.
Plan and gather your snacks prior to travel so you don’t have to worry about it on the go. And, think of how relaxed you’ll feel knowing you’ll be well nourished during stressful travel days.
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Hi! I’m Robin, the founder of Healthy Nest Nutrition. I am a board-certified holistic nutritionist in Denver, Colorado. My passion is helping people find the right diet for their bodies and then showing them how to make healthy nutrition doable and delicious!