Say goodbye to disrupting your healthy nutrition plan when you are travelling, by bringing along any of these five snacks.
Everyone loves to travel, but that may come at the expense of our nutrition. It is great that most airlines, even budget ones, provide snacks. However, not every flight may offer the option of healthy bites, and we would settle for snacks that are just empty calories. Listed below are 5 healthy snacks for travel, now you can satisfy those cravings while sticking to your diet.
Nuts are great to snack on—they are filled with lots of nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fibre. All these help you to quickly feel full, and reduce the urge to eat more. Raw nuts such as almonds and cashews top the list of healthy nuts, and they are known for their healthy properties such as high in vitamin E, which is an antioxidant, iron, zinc, and more. Just ensure that you opt for nuts without added sugar or salt to keep sugar and sodium levels under control. We like cashews, almonds, pistachios, and walnuts.
If you like the packing to be done for you, The Whole Kitchen has 60g and 250g bags of natural, gluten free, refined sugar free, and additive and preservative free nut mixes to choose from. We have a soft spot for their Spicy Tamari Nut Mix.
Like nuts, seeds are healthy superfoods that most of us are not eating enough of. Seeds are a great natural source of vitamins, minerals, protein, fat and fibre. They are also a smaller crunch alternative to nuts. Mix it up by combining different seeds together: pumpkin, sunflower, flax, and sesame.
For pre-packaged ease, get your hands on the seed clusters by Mekhala Living. They are handmade fresh, using natural ingredients, and are 100 per cent vegan.
3. Granola Bars
Granola bars are incredibly great for on-the-go consumption as they are compact and light. There are so many options in the market right now and some may be skeptical about these healthy looking bars because they look too good to be true. However, take a little care in reading the labels and go for those that use natural ingredients such as nuts, fruit, and whole grains.
4. Dried Fruit
Dried fruit is highly nutritious—it contains the same amount of nutrients as fresh fruit, just condensed in a smaller package. Be careful—not all dried fruit are equally healthy. Some may have added sugar for extra taste, which is essentially nothing but empty calories; others have added preservatives for a longer shelf life. Goji berries is one of many guilt-free dried fruit available, and are chockfull of essential minerals and vitamins. If you would like to be absolutely sure that the dried fruit is free of added preservatives and flavourings, opt for freeze-dried fruit. The process of freeze-drying the fruit locks in the fruit’s natural flavour, nutrients, and colours.
5. Dark Chocolate
Sometimes, we cannot help but crave for chocolate; it gives us a kind of special satisfaction that other bites cannot. The great news is that dark chocolate is actually healthier than we think it is, as long as you choose those that have a higher percentage of cacao and lower sugar content.
Like a little variety in your dark chocolate? Le Bono Collection stocks different types of dark chocolate, including one with banana and cayenne, and another with dates.
There you have it, five healthy snacking options that you can easily carry onto the plane or pack for your trip. If you would a little of everything versus only picking one from the lot, then combine them to create your personal version of a healthy trail mix. So go ahead, snack and stay healthy!