Traveling by car or plane can certainly throw a wrench in your nutrition routine. We often get dehydrated, grab less than ideal snacks and end up eating fast food to help us get by. This doesn't have to be the case though! Packing healthy snacks can save you from bloating, dehydration and h-anger (angry because you are hungry).
Here’s what to pack:
Protein will help you feel full and satisfied.
- Protein powder (pack with an empty shaker bottle). We love Ascent Whey and Ascent Plant Protein
- Protein Bars like RX Bar, Real Food Bar and Sans Bar
- Jerky - beef, turkey, venison
Carbs and fats will give you energy and help your body perform critical functions.
- Instant Oatmeal like Purely Elizabeth and noodles. You add hot water and you’re good to go!
- Unsweetened dried fruit and dark chocolate to curb that sweet craving
- Nuts, nut butter and seeds
- Dried chickpeas
- Tea bags for relaxation or a small dose of caffeine
- Powdered electrolytes like Skratch and LMNT (buy a bottle of water, drink a little, pour in powder and shake, or mix in your packed shaker bottle)
Other tips when traveling:
- Stay hydrated by drinking a bottle of water every hour or so. Black coffee and unsweetened tea count in this mix.
- Do not over caffeinate.
- Limit alcohol as it can upset your GI system.
- Try your best to get a good night of sleep or stay on a consistent sleep schedule.
- Do not skip meals. If you hold out, you might be more inclined to overdo it when you do finally eat. Eat small snacks throughout your trip.
- When you run out of your packed snacks, head to a convenience store or grocery store and opt for fresh fruit, yogurt, salads, lean protein or simply restock the snacks you brought with you.
Packing healthy, filling snacks for travel will help you make nutritious choices that will give you more energy and make you feel better.