Feeling hungry is inevitable whether you’re traveling to someplace far via bus or plane. After all, waiting for hours with nothing much to do can be boring and exhausting. To keep you from feeling famished, you need to carry snacks. Now I know what you’re thinking – that bringing your own food seems like an impractical thing to do. But you’ll never know when inconvenience strikes.
I don’t want you buying the next unhealthy snack you see for the sake of staving off your hunger. This useful guide will give you the best ideas of the healthiest snacks that you can conveniently pack and eat while traveling. Remember that it’s important for you to stay nourished and energized. That way, your journey will be worthwhile, stress-free, and enjoyable.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
This filling snack gives you a healthy combination of protein, complex carbohydrates, and vitamins and minerals. I suggest that you choose skinless chicken breast since it’s known to be lower in calories. Although chicken breast without the skin has less flavor, you can relish it with tomatoes, lettuce, and juicy onions. Use whole-wheat bread since it’s made of refined grains – a better choice than white bread.
A Piece of Fruit
What’s more convenient than a piece of apple, pear, or orange? While waiting for you to arrive at your destination, you can simply take a fruit from your bag and take a bite. Healthful snacks you can pack on the go shouldn’t require cutting or slicing. It’s really inconvenient and unsafe to carry a knife around. Fruits are a great choice since they contain natural sugars for a boost in mood and energy. They’re also refreshing!
Popcorn Trail Mix
Vegans will surely love this deliciously portable travel snack: Popcorn trail mix. This snack is a healthy combination of plain popcorn, your choice of nuts (peanuts or cashews), dried raisins, pumpkin seeds, and dried banana chips. To add some more flavor and make it more exciting, you can throw in sliced bits of dark chocolate. Popcorn trail mix is both sweet and salty. It’s a good source of protein and antioxidants.
Oatmeal Energy Bites
Don’t worry, these oatmeal energy bites loaded with protein and fiber do not require baking. Needing only 7-10 minutes of preparation, all you must to do is to combine these simple ingredients: Rolled oats, chocolate chips, almond butter (instead of peanut butter), a teaspoon of vanilla extract, raisins, and ground flax seed. Roll into balls of your desired size and freeze. They’ll harden in about 30 minutes.
Crispy Roasted Chickpeas
Make efficient use of those cans of chickpeas in your pantry by roasting them. As an amazing snack food you can carry anywhere, chickpeas are a source of soluble fiber to support a healthy heart. Chickpeas also help supply your body with its needed daily dose of iron for normal cell function. You can skip adding salt if you want a healthier version. Bake a bowl of chickpeas sprinkled with olive oil and spices for 40 minutes.
Peanut Butter on Toast
Just put together two slices of multi-grain bread with creamy peanut butter and you’re good to go. Peanut butter on toast keeps you satisfied for longer so you’ll stay fed during your trip. If you want to avoid peanut butter from grocery shelves because of the fear that they contain a ton of sugar, you can prepare your own healthy version by mixing roasted peanuts, honey, and salt (to taste) in a food processor.
It’s best to carry with you these homemade snack recipes than opting for something readily available yet less nutritious. Save yourself from getting hungry and spending on junk food by sticking to this list. Packing your own snacks becomes even more beneficial if you have dietary requirements, allergies, or adhere to a fitness plan.
Last but not the least, remember to keep yourself hydrated especially when it’s summer and you’re flying on a plane. Dehydration can be caused by high altitudes and exposure to high temperatures. Bring a bottle of water with you.