Business or pleasure? Car, plane or train? Either way, you’re traveling! I’m just getting back from a trip and I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to break down smart snacking while traveling.
Eating 3 meals per day is crucial for optimal health. If you are eating three balanced meals each day, but you find yourself hungry between those meals, you should snack. Listening to your body is important. If it’s asking for fuel, you need to oblige.
If you get hungry between meals and you choose not to snack, you will probably be starving when the next meal rolls around. When you are overly hungry, you are less likely to make healthy choices and more likely to overeat. Sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.
When I talk about snacks, I’m not talking about the treats Little Debbie is cookin’ up in her kitchen or yogurt that has more added sugar than a Snickers bar. I’m talking about good for you, healthy snacks. I like to bring a variety of snacks so I have options containing all three macronutrients: carbohydrates, protein and fat. Yes, I said fat. Did you know your metabolism needs fat to operate properly? Fat is also important for brain function.
So, why are snacks even more important while traveling?
When you are away from home, your schedule changes. You go to bed and wake up at different times. Your workout routine is different. Your meal times are likely different, and you might be eating foods you wouldn’t typically eat at home. You are throwing a lot of changes at your body.
Packing snacks for travel will help you stick to your healthy eating habits. You will have good choices when McDonald’s is the only option for the next 60 miles or Burger King is the only place at the terminal without a huge line. Snacks can hold you over until there is a better meal option. They can also be very beneficial when you’ve reached your destination. No need to hit up the vending machine mid-meeting, or order room service for a late night snack. There is a (very) good chance anything you bring from home is going to be healthier, more convenient, and cheaper (big plus) than something you would find on the go.
Let’s take a look at what I packed in my snack stash:
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Purely Elizabeth granola. This is the granola of all granolas. It’s made with coconut oil instead of canola oil 👍🏻. This specific granola contains oats, sunflower seeds, quinoa flakes and chia seeds; all great sources of fiber. And you don’t want to forget about fiber while traveling 😁.
Larabar + Larabar minis. There are so many bars on the market, but Larabars are by far my favorite, mainly due to the short list of ingredients. Larabars don’t contain junk. For example, the peanut butter Larabars contain: dates, peanuts and sea salt. THAT’S IT! It gets better. The banana bread variety contain: dates, almonds and unsweetened bananas. If you aren’t convinced yet, just try one.
Individual protein powder packets. These can be used as a snack, but are also a good option for breakfast. Protein helps you feel full, which is important at breakfast time.
Dried fruit. This is where it can get tricky. Many dried fruits contain a lot of added sugar. Fruit is already sweet and there is no need for extra sugar. Look at the ingredient list. Peeled brand contains just the fruit, nothing else is added.
Sea salt rice cakes + Justin’s Almond Butter. The rice cakes are more of a vessel for the almond butter. You could eat the almond butter plain if you wanted. Almond butter is a great source of healthy fat. Also, the individual packets are 1.15 ounces, carry-on friendly 🙂.
Oranges. If you are traveling out of the country, fresh fruit may not be an option. I had to finish these before arriving at my destination. If I’m traveling within the states, I try to bring more fresh fruit. Vegetables are also a great addition. Carrots and celery make great vessels for almond butter too.
There is no need to undo all the hard work you’re putting in at your Burst classes! Hopefully, my breakdown of smart snacking will help you pack to stay on track for your next trip!