Tasha and I are currently on vacation and spent all of Monday flying from airport to airport. We’re both health conscious and working on specific fitness goals, so, one of the conundrums of travel is what to take with us to snack on. Healthy snacks are really a staple for airports. While fast food is available, it’s hard to find something on the menu that’s diet friendly. Not eating anything is DEFINITELY not an option because traveling plus hungry equals HANGRY and no one wants to see that! So, we choose the 3rd option which is to pack our own snacks.
But what should I bring?
When deciding on travel snacks, we consider portability, simplicity, taste, and, of course, nutrition. Nutrition wise, a good travel snack is one that keeps satisfied until you can get to your next meal and should include a good combo of protein, carbs and fats.
Here’s what we brought with us on our trip.
Protein powder ain’t just for meat heads anymore! It’s great for travel because, with a water or shaker bottle, powders are easily portable, and as durable as the bottle you make them in. It doesn’t get more simple than “just add water.” Nutrition varies slightly depending on the brand you choose. The key is to choose one that’s a mix of protein, carbs, and fats.
This convenience store staple meets most of our criteria. Beef Jerky is normally sold in resealable pouches so portability and simplicity are taken care of. Couple this with some dried fruit and you’ve created a well-balanced mini-meal.
Peanut Butter & Crackers Deconstructed
We’re calling this “deconstructed” because it’s really hard to find a truly whole grain prepackaged peanut butter and cracker. We bought them separately and made our own! Target sells an awesome Cranberry Oat Crisp that, combined with Justin’s Single Serve Nut Butter, makes for a super awesome PB & cracker sandwich! And it’s great fuel to keep you going and satisfied rather than salivating at the Starbuck’s line!
Nuts and Dried Fruit Trail Mix
We are sick of just carrying around a baggie full of almonds and wanted something more exciting. So we found this cashew & cranberry trail mix from Trader Joes. This is a great mix of carbs and fats with a bit of protein mixed in. Trail Mixes come in so many varieties now so, if almonds and mango is more your speed than cashew and cranberry, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for.
Hopefully this list will help you the next time you’re traveling. These snacks are also great to keep in your brief case or purse for those times that you unexpectedly get stuck at the office late. The key to consistent, great nutrition is being prepared and planning your meals…all the way down to your travel snacks…does just that.
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