Thursday, May 26, 2016

Healthy Travel Snacks

Memorial Day is right around the corner and for many of us that means traveling to see loved ones or spending a fun weekend away. But staying on track with our goals can be challenging on the road, so here are some healthy travel snack suggestions to keep you from hitting up that drive through!

Remember, planning ahead is KEY!

1. Fruit
High in fiber and water content, fruit will keep you full AND hydrated (but don't skip that bottle of water). If you're looking for mess free suggestions that don't leave trash behind, opt for pit or stem free fruits like grapes, raspberries, figs, pre-chopped strawberries and banana slices.

2. Kale Chips
Low in calories and high in Vitamin A, Kale chips are super easy to make but you can also find some in stores (check the ingredients to see how they are prepared!). Just be sure to check your teeth before you get out of the car!

3. No Bake Protein Balls or No Bake Shakeology Balls 
Packed with healthy fats and protein to keep your energy levels up, these also serve as a great sweet tooth snack. Just watch your portion control!

4. Shakeology
With over 70 superfoods, Shakeology packs a nutritional punch you'll be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Equivalent to several servings of salad, Shakeology not only helps to keep you full for 2-3 hours, but it boosts your immune system, improves your digestion and helps reduce internal inflammation. It comes in a variety of flavors. I even keep a shaker cup and packet in the trunk of my car for emergencies!  Message me if you're interested in trying this or getting a discount on a month's supply.

5. Hard Boiled Eggs
Great for a quick energy boost, hard boiled eggs are loaded with B vitamins too!

6. Nuts
Though nuts are high in calories, they are also high in omega-3 fats and great for taking on the go.  For an extra flavor boost, prepare some ahead of time in different flavors. You can roast them in spices such as cinnamon, cayenne, cumin and a touch of honey! Check out these great recipes:
Spiced Nuts

Salty Lime Roasted Nuts 

Spiced Nuts 

7. Carrots and Hummus
Pretty tasty on their own, carrots provide a satisfying crunch and natural sweetness, but if you need something to dip them in, try some travel containers of hummus or make your own and portion it out.  Wild Garden Hummus Dip comes in 6 flavors and doesn't need to be kept in the fridge! Hummus provides you with protein and a number of essential vitamins and minerals. While it can be high in fat, it's mostly heart-healthy, unsaturated fat. Again, just be conscious of portion sizes.

8. Homemade Energy Bars
Store bought energy bars can be loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients, but luckily it's pretty easy to make your own and the recipes available are endless! Packed with protein and good, healthy fats, these are a great on the go option that you can double up portions on and freeze the rest for later!
Check out these sites for some great recipe suggestions.
Quinoa Coconut Cacoa Bar

Quinoa Coconut Cacoa Bar

9 Healthy Homemade Energy Bar Recipes

10 Easy Recipes for Homemade Energy Bars

9. Spicy Baked Chickpeas
Roasted chickpeas are lower in calories than nuts but still provide a satisfying crunch. Incredibly versatile there are tons of ways to spice or sweeten these bad boys up, depending on your preference. Here's a great Baked Smoky Paprika Chickpea recipe!

10. Split Pea Crisps
Peas are excellent for you because of their high fiber content and vitamins A & C, but I'm pretty sure not many of us like to snack on them on the road. Split Pea Crisps however are another story and becoming easier to find in stores (just be careful of the ingredients). Better yet, make your own with this recipe from Whole Living,  that combine peas with just a touch of olive oil and salt.

11. Brown Rice Cakes & Peanut Butter
Rice cakes are a great high fiber, fat free snack that are low in calories.  Add some healthy fat and protein from Peanut Butter and you're good to go!

12. Turkey Jerky
High in protein and low in calories, this is a better for you alternative to crackers, chips and some store bought bars. Check out Krave Jerky for a variety of flavors.


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