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Your Best Traveling Companion: Healthy Snacks

By Donna Kostiew

The busiest time of the year has arrived, which means many of us are going to be hitting the roads this holiday season. Whether you are traveling by car, plane, or train, don’t let all of your good eating habits fall by the wayside because you didn’t come prepared and are now stuck choosing between Ding-Dongs, pork rinds, and candy bars at the rest stop along the highway. Here are some healthy snacks that are easy to prepare and will keep you satisfied during those long hours on the road.

No Need to Make That Pit-Stop if You Have These

You will feel so good about eating these snacks that you may even be moved enough to share with those traveling beside you.

  • Jerky – The most satisfying nutrient for hunger is protein but look for jerky that has lower sodium levels and preservatives (organic and natural food stores carry these).
  • Vegetables – These are always a no-mess, easy to eat snack that are low in calories and substantial enough to take your hunger pains away. The act of chewing and crunching on these can also help to keep you awake and alert if driving.
  • Fruit – Mix together a bunch of fruit and you will have the sweetest, easiest snack ever. You can reach into the bag over and over again and feel good about it since fruit is full of antioxidants and nutrients.
  • Plain popcorn - Whether you buy a bag of plain popcorn or make it at home, this is a perfect snack that has fewer calories than chips, and they won’t break apart in your lap when you bite into them.
  • Filled pita sandwiches - Hummus is full of protein and by adding sliced vegetables and keeping the pitas small enough to fit in your hand, these become the perfect little pick-me-up that even your children will love.
  • Trail mix – Easy to make and will help keep you full and energized between meals. If you want the healthiest version possible, make sure to buy unsalted peanuts and dried fruit without added sugar.
  • Kale chips – If you just gotta have a chip in your hand, try these. Enough said.
  • PB&B – Skip the sugary jelly and opt for a peanut butter and banana sandwich. It’s filling, full of protein and fiber, and will help to maintain your energy levels.
  • Healthy beverages – Skip the drinks that are loaded with sugars and dyes and choose water, coconut water, shelf-stable milk and almond milk, and natural juices.

It doesn’t take much to make traveling fun … good company, your favorite music, a great book or movie to pass the time with, and snacks. Really, really good snacks. So while you are planning out how much time you need to pack your suitcase, add a little bit more to pack some healthy snacks as well. It will pretty much guarantee a better start to your adventure.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sunset Hill, Mo.

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