It can be difficult to keep a healthy, balanced diet while you’re busy traveling. Keep these satisfying snack suggestions in mind and stay health while you’re on the go!
In the Car
This is the easiest situation to keep snacking under control because you can pack a large variety. Keep trail mix, pretzels, and granola bars handy for between meals, and increase your protein intake with beef jerky. Avoid sugary snacks like candy and cookies, but don’t avoid your sweet tooth altogether – fresh or dried fruit make excellent snacks that are full of nutrients and fiber to keep you healthy while you’re on the road.
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In the Airport
Traveling by plane can be tough on everyone, and unhealthy snacking can make it worse. Avoid foods high in sodium, which will cause you to be thirsty and bloated. Instead, look for a protein or energy bar that’s high in fiber but less than 200 calories. Avoid chocolate coatings along with candy bars, as the sugar will eventually cause your energy to plummet and help you to feel worse.
At the Mall
If you find yourself at the Food Court with your stomach grumbling, run past the place with the giant cinnamon rolls. Instead, look for vegetables, fruits and whole grains paired with lean meat. A shop that sells salads or sub sandwiches is a good bet, especially if you order lean turkey on whole wheat. Combine your choice of meat with a variety of tasty vegetables, including tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, pickles, and sprouts to add additional nourishment.
The Gas Station Mini-Mart
Granted, you’re in a convenience store, but the healthiest way to snack here is to avoid the greasy foods on display, like doughnuts, deep-fried burritos or corndogs. Instead, head for yogurt or string cheese, which are both low in fat but high in nutritious calcium, vitamins and minerals. Pair one of these with an apple or a banana – you’ll pay more than you would at a grocery store, but you’ll feel better and keep your body functioning smoothly.
They’re convenient, but vending machines can be dangerous to your health. Choose carefully while you’re standing in front of one – avoid potato chips and tortilla chips, which are low in fiber and protein but high in fat and calories
Instead, opt for a small bag of plain pretzels, avoiding extra flavors like cheese or peanut butter that add calories and fat. Also, a small bag (one to two ounce serving) of nuts, like peanuts, almonds or pecans plain or have been roasted. These single-serve bags help to control portions while offering a satisfying crunch.
At the Game
You’ll need some nourishment while you’re cheering on your favorite team. Keep your diet balanced with a stadium hot dog, which are generally high-quality and 100% beef. Skip the chili and cheese, and choose the smaller size or split the jumbo dog to avoid overeating.
Peanuts in the shell are also a good option at the game. Aside from being a delicious and convenient snack, peeling away the shell helps you eat slower and gives your brain time to tell your stomach when you’re full. To control portion size, keep your serving to about twenty.
No matter where you find yourself, these snack options can help you stay healthy while you’re on the go!
Guest post by Kelly Wilson, a busy mom who likes to travel with her family. To learn more about how snacking wisely can keep your whole mouth healthy, contact Dr. Gregory Williams of Tigard Family Dental, a dentist in Tigard, Oregon.