Healthy on-the-go snacks are crucial when you're on vacation. Even if you ordinarily have great eating habits, it's all too easy to grab candy at the airport or a bag of chips at the gas station during a road trip. How do you avoid the temptation of quick empty calories when you're far from home and hunger strikes? The answer is to plan ahead. Having healthy food on hand is the best way to keep energized and satisfied until you can sit down for a proper meal.
Here are some great examples of easy, delicious, and healthy travel snacks to take with you as alternatives to the typical convenience store options.
Frozen anything is a big hit with both kids and adults, especially during the hot summer months. Seedless grapes are a fruit that happens to freeze really well. Fill small sandwich bags with them for a refreshing treat if you're heading to the pool or the beach. Grapes are high in fiber and water content, so they simultaneously hydrate and help to quelch hunger. They're also rich in potassium and antioxidants, which help fight the damage done by aging and environmental toxins.
If you are a fan of crunchy and salty snacks, roasted chickpeas are a good alternative to chips. They're also easy to make at home. Buy a couple of cans and drain them. Then blot with a towel. Give your dry chickpeas a toss in olive oil and add a sprinkle of salt for flavor. Roast them in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until crispy. Once cooled, bag them up and bring them on your trip. Keep portions in mind with this snack. One cup of chickpeas is about 269 calories. But they also offer a number of nutritional benefits, including 12.5 grams of fiber per cup for half of your daily requirement.
Clementines are a great source of vitamin C and other nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, and fiber. They're easy to pack and peel, low in calories, and refreshing on a hot day. It's hard to find a more convenient and delicious summer travel snack.
String Cheese and Apple Slices
String cheese and apple slices are great healthy travel snacks that go great together. Apples are high in fiber and low in calories. One medium apple equals about 95 calories. String cheese averages about 80 calories per stick. You've heard the saying about an apple a day. When you add the low-fat and high calcium benefit that comes with string cheese, you have a snack that not only tastes good but is good for you.
Whole Grain Cereal
Parents have been packing small bags of cereal into diaper bags for decades. You can make this snack a bit healthier by choosing whole grains cereals for extra fiber and less sugar. Whole grains are also a great source of iron, magnesium, B vitamins.