If there is one thing that will sabotage your healthy eating habits, it's travel. Stopping at convenience stores and restaurants and airport and hotel food all leave something to be desired in the way of nutrition.
Even a day or two of eating sugary, processed or other low-quality foods can leave you feeling sluggish and irritable – not something you want when you’re on a trip.
How Can I Eat Healthy On The Road?
It's a good idea to plan ahead. Whether you’re driving or flying, packing some pre-made snacks can make a huge difference. Even throwing some snacks in your carry-on to eat during your flight is easy enough to do if you pack the right things. Snacks can be prepared, like homemade granola bars, or ready to go, like nuts and dried fruit. Here are five snacks to pack on your next road trip:
1. Almonds: Almonds are a simple go-to for travel snacking. A pack of almonds fits just fine in your backpack or purse and provides protein, healthy fat and energy. You can't go wrong with this snack. Other choices include cashews, macadamia nuts and walnuts.
2. DIY Granola Bars: If you love granola bars, but hate the excess sugar and additives in many store-bought brands, then make your own. Use natural ingredients, like high-quality oats, nuts, dried fruit, honey, cocoa and anything else you might like, without all the excess stuff you don't.
3. Veggies: Prepare some veggies ahead of time to pack in the ice chest or an insulated container. Good choices are baby carrots, broccoli florets, celery and grape tomatoes. A small container of hummus for dipping is a good addition.
4. Fresh Or Dried Fruits: For a car trip, a variety of fresh fruits in the ice chest can make for a refreshing and healthy snack. If you are flying, apples are a good choice, but if you are short on room then consider dried fruit. Apple and banana chips and dried apricots are perfect.
5. Dark Chocolate: If you want to satisfy your sweet tooth, go with dark chocolate. It's packed with anti-oxidants and pairs well with nuts.
In addition to eating healthy meals and snacks, don't forget to stay hydrated.
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