Summer is the time when everyone is on the move. Vacations, visits, conferences : planes trains and automobiles. Folks are always asking me how they can pack healthier traveling snacks when the alternative is relying on fast foods, airport snacks and often not-so- great options. Granted, we only have but so much control over the foods available to us and even the foods we can take with us when traveling, but there are always some go-to healthy snack options ideal for almost any trip. Here are some of my favorites:
- Nut Butters by Justins – high protein, filled with healthy fats and calorically dense. These little packets are my go-to to have on hand when traveling to tide me through until I can get an actual meal.
- Avocado’s – So satiating and filled with healthy fats, avocados are shelf stable at room temp for several days but will ripen quickly.
- Plant based protein bars – I really love taking a collection of KIND nut bars, Pure fruit and nut bars and also hemp seed bars for protein and nutrients if I’m traveling and miss a meal.
- Mixed nuts / trail mix with dried fruits – great for kids as they can put these together themselves. Mix almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and dried fruits with some coconut flakes and it’s great for all manner of travel.
- Spiced and roasted garbanzo beans – my absolute favorite snack to take anywhere.
- 1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 tbsp. olive oil or sunflower seed oil oil
- 1 tsp. ground coriander
- 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. spelt flour
Preheat oven to 425°. In a medium bowl, combine the beans, oil, coriander, cayenne, salt and flour. Spread on a rimmed baking sheet and roast at 425° for 30 minutes or until crisp. If they start to pop, they’re done!
Cooler friendly: Ideal for a long car or train ride
- Hummus with sliced veggies
- Hard boiled eggs
- Apples & organic cheese
- Yogurt + granola
- Celery sticks with nut butter (you can add nut butter to the bottom of a small mason jar and stick the veggie sticks in with them for non-messy eating.
Planning ahead is your biggest ally when trying to continue a healthy eating regimen when traveling. It’s extremely difficult to feed yourself (much less an entire family!) if you don’t have options on hand at the beginning of the journey, so pre-make, package and pack simple options you and your family will enjoy so you’re not at the mercy of roadside stops if you don’t want to be!
Lindsay Kluge M.Sc, CNS, LDN | HealthCoach@EllwoodThompsons.com