Be Good to Yourself – Healthy Travel Snacks for your next adventureAugust 29, 2018
-Words by Sean Gu of VentureSeekr-
Healthy eating while traveling doesn't have to be difficult. Whether on a plane or on a road trip, preparing healthy travel snacks can save time and turn a good adventure trip into a great one. We’re not talking about gourmet meals, but rather light and quick food that boosts energy and keeps you moving in a good way. Visit the grocery store before departing and focus on exploring instead of fighting hunger.
Below are a proper list of wholesome foods and ingredients which are easy to pack and delicious to eat. Pack well, save time, and get the most out of your next travel adventure!
Super Trail Mix
Pack almonds, cashews and peanuts providing protein and healthy fats as a great travel snack. Add in a good bit of [75%+] dark chocolate chips and granola before hitting the road. Super Trail mix can be simple or dressed up for a superb appetizing snack to keep you moving. Truly a portable and pack-able option for healthy travel snacks!
Bonus: these can be repurposed as helpers for greek yogurt to optimize nutrition during a break in action.
In-Shell Sunflower Seeds
Rich in iron, potassium and selenium, sunflower seeds help to boost our moods while supporting healthy muscles. They are also rich in Vitamin E, serving to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases while being low in calories. Sunflower seeds are great to consume for an energy and to kick up your mood during a dreary day in the mountains.
Sea Weed Snacks
Have your next veggies come from the sea! Mouth-watering, natural and healthy, seaweed has been consumed regularly in Asia and incorporated into many dishes. Rich in vitamins and minerals, they come in a plethora of flavors and are high in protein, fiber, and also iodine and vitamin K. Stick to the original or least modified flavors, as they have a delicious salty and refined flavor on their own. This makes seaweed snacks a good substitute for potato chips and crackers too!
Roasted Pine Nuts
Giving you magnesium, zinc and vitamin E, roasted pine nuts are a great source to boost your energy. They contain monounsaturated fat and help build stronger bones. They also make you feel fuller faster which is useful when you are traveling - a great gluten-free and vegan option.
Loaded with healthy fats and protein with a bonus of vitamin B6 to boot, pistachios are supremely tasty and healthy. Truly a super food, did you know that these super-nuts can also enhance blood sugar regulation and help with the formation of hemoglobin? They are one of the lowest-calorie nuts. It is also high in fiber, so it reduces the chances of digestive disorders. This is great to bring along as you can have a good stomach while trying out new local cuisine.
Satisfy your sweet tooth on the go with these healthy travel snacks! Naturally dried and dehydrated, dried fruits are awesome super food in many ways - mostly to kick in some sweetness in your on-the-go menu and. Dried Mangoes are one of the most popular dried fruits around the world, packed with vitamins A and C and boosting metabolism. Regulated digestion and increased circulation are just some of its health benefits. Dried fruits make for a great snack while you are touring around.
Granola (and other) Bars
Running on empty after a long hike or climb? These energy boosting treats are a great source of protein and fibre while also keeps you feeling full for the duration. Select from the no-to-low sugar varieties and benefit from a low sodium and high potassium treat. Other benefits of granola bars are that they increases your blood and oxygen flow. They’re wildly popular with younger travelers and kids too. If you go the DIY route, you can include ingredients best suited for you. Experiment with different types of nuts, dried fruit, or even chocolate chips for your custom-made bar.
Also consider protein bars as a good source of macro-nutrients, either before or after your adventure.
Bonus: dip your bars conservatively in a travel-can of organic peanut butter, almond butter, or another type of nut butter for a great breakfast on the go. They make for a great snack to start your day off during your next adventure trip.