If you’re planning on doing some traveling this month but are wary of airport foods, pit stops, or the less-than-optimal selections at your destination, packing some healthy snacks is probably on your agenda. But which ones? It’s not very practical to take along a lot of raw vegetables, nor will you have access to a kitchen to warm things up. What’s a health-conscious traveler to do?
Stocking up on a few ready-to-eat and nutritious snacks will help boost your energy, balance your blood sugar, and even provide you with the antioxidants you need to battle stressful traveling or insufficient sleep.
The following foods require little to no refrigeration, contain a wide variety of nutrients, and are mostly lightweight. They’re the perfect companions on the road, or to have on hand when options are limited.
The ideal living snack-on-the-go, apples can stay fresh for over a week as long as you don’t beat them up! They can balance your blood sugar, cleanse your digestive tract, and satisfy hunger with fewer calories. Apples taste great simply on their own, or are delicious dipped in almond butter for a heartier, more protein-packed snack.
Most commonly available dried, goji berries are considered a superfood because they offer a wide variety of health benefits including preventing cancer, boosting the immune system, lowering cholesterol, and contributing to longevity. Like all dried fruits, goji berries contain a high amount of sugar so they are best consumed in conjunction with other foods such as nuts or oatmeal.
While most people don’t eat coconut oil straight out of the jar (although you can!), this healthy fat made the list because it is rich in antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial compounds as well as helping to balance the hormones and soothe the digestive system. It is also very nourishing for skin and hair, so it doubles as a beauty treatment. Put it on toast, use it for cooking when you arrive at your destination, rub some on your lips for a natural moisturizer, or simply eat a spoonful to stave off hunger and avoid unhealthy alternatives.
Quickly gaining mainstream popularity, chia seeds are rich in anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, hunger-satisfying protein, and an impressive array of antioxidants. Simply mix 2 tbsp. of chia seeds per 16oz of water and you’ve got a liquid snack that’s nutritious and hydrating!
Despite being the most perishable of the group, carrots can stay fresh for at least an entire day without refrigeration, and they make an excellent crunchy snack. Rich in antioxidants, as well as vitamins A and K, carrots can help prevent free radical damage in the body as well as boost heart health and vision. The best storage allows carrots to maintain moisture, so pack them cut and peeled in a container or bag with a little bit of water.
What’s your favorite travel snack?