Part of travelling means that you are out of your comfort zone, in unfamiliar territory, and definitely far away from staple food items that can be found everywhere in your own home town. So, either you end up eating loads of junk food from fast food chains that look familiar, and are safe and comforting, or just binge on deep fried local delicacies that fit more or less into your budget. Hence, the fact that travelling doesn’t have the best reputation for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, or the very best time to embark on a healthy eating plan. Also, if you are taking a long trip, the temptation of pulling into a roadside diner can be too much to resist. Healthy snacks are important on a long driving trip – helping you keep awake and alert, and certainly better for you than service station meals.
But part of the joy of travelling is sampling the local cuisine, and there are ways to still have a good time, feast on different dishes and keep a health-conscious routine. Following the cardinal rule of a balanced eating plan – the 5 a day rule, may help travellers combat the undesired weight gain and health issues travelling bring. The concept of 5 a day is basically that each and every person has 5 portions of 80g of fruit and veggies during each day. Not 5 of each, but 5 in total. Here are 10 healthy travel snacks:
1 Dried Fruit
Dried or dehydrated fruit is great for travelling; it won’t go off in your bag, nor leak all over your Kindle while you wait in long queues for your next flight to board. They are a great source of energy. The small packets travel light and well, and are the perfect hunger buster in between meals. Pack things like raisins, apricots, pears and apples.
2 Raw Nuts
Raw nuts are an excellent source of protein, are delicious, and provide many of our daily requirements of much needed vitamins and minerals. Stay away from the caramelised nuts or fried options – buy a bulk bag from a grocery store instead.
Yogurts are great healthy options for snacks on the go. You can easily store small tubs for you and your kids. The different flavours will disguise the healthy aspects for a fussy eater, and you know that you are getting much needed calcium.
4 Homemade Trail Mix
Trail mix is a great source of energy when you are on the go. With a diverse selection of natural ingredients, you can make your own batch at home and pack it into small packets to travel with your on your holiday. It will keep your blood sugar up, and give the kids something crunchy to chew when they land instead of gum.
5 Kale Chips
Kale has long been touted as a superfood, packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins A, C and K and well known for its super strength cancer-fighting properties. Lovers of Kale have found a way to dolly it up a bit for non-Kale lovers – the tasty, crispy, kale chip.
6 Health Bars
Health bars may not have the best reputation for being mouth-watering, but they have definitely come a long way. Low fat, great flavours, no preservatives and filling, they are a great in-between meal choice for kids and adults on the go.
Low in sugar, low in fat with proteins, minerals, iron and calcium, liquorice is one of those guilt-free sweet delights that can be packed in with the snack packs on the plane. Kids will love them, and you won’t feel that deprived after munching up an entire pack of carrot sticks.
When travelling with kids, it is even trickier to get them to eat healthy foods and not jam a small trolley full of delicious high sugar delights on their way through their airport. Security will allow fresh fruit, like oranges, bananas, pears or apples through, so make sure you have a couple handy in a fruit snack pack for the entire family.
Kids in general are not keen on salad stuff; wave a carrot at them and their eyes roll back in their heads. However, cutting up celery, apples, carrots, cucumber and any other fruit or fresh veggies into long sticks and chucking in a few small baby tomatoes will be a huge hit – you will be surprised how fast they get gobbled up.
Whole grain bread with low fat spread or butter will provide the low Gi kick that your body needs when travelling. Do not fill your sandwich with lots of processed meats and cheese and use lots of veggies and natural cheese and go easy on the dressing. While you are exploring your destination, look out for a local bakery or supermarket that bakes fresh bread daily and you can add it to your meals every day.