While it may be a little challenging, bringing the right kind of food to snack on while on the road means that you don’t have to forego eating healthy and nutritious snacks in between meals. Plan on bringing snacks that are a good mix of protein and good fats. These will make you feel full longer and avoid all those simple sugar and carbohydrates that are the staples of convenience stores and gas stations where you might stop for a rest. Remember, before you start your travel, it is advisable to have well-balanced meal so that you’ll avoid those hunger attacks and make bad choices later while on the road.
Nuts and Dried Fruits
Nuts can provide that instant fix for the “munchies” that you may experience during your travel. Pistachios, peanuts, walnuts can be mixed with dried apricot or berries to make a simple trail mix that you can snack on. Seeds – sunflower or pumpkin – are good alternatives to nuts. These snacks provide a good combination of healthy fats and protein.
Fresh Fruit or Vegetables
Any small-sized cooler filled with ice is an essential travel buddy. Try putting some of your favorite hummus at the bottom of a round container with a lid. Then, slice up some carrots and stick them into the hummus. You now have a healthy snack complete with a savory dip. Slice some of your favorite fruits into bite-sized pieces, store them inside a food container with lid and just put these containers inside the cooler. You can use resealable baggies if you want to divide them into snack-sized portions.
Soy-free, gluten-free are GMO-free protein bars are great snacks especially during long drives. Aside from providing proper nutrition, protein bars stretch the time between hunger pangs. Some protein bars are also great meal replacements. Just make sure that you are bringing protein bars with the right nutritional value, organic and tastes good to your palate.
While traveling, especially if you’re flying, replenishing the fluids in your body is a must. Water and organic, 100% fruit juices are good sources of hydration. You can prepare them beforehand, put them into drinking bottles and store them in the cooler with your snacks. Avoid caffeinated drinks because caffeine adds to dehydration.