There is nothing worse than a trip to mess up your current clean eating patterns. Well thankfully, you can stay healthy and also travel across the country! ( by plane – I can’t speak for a full driving cross country trip at this time)
Next week I will be traveling to the West Coast. The flight will be around 6 hours. I also need to catch another plane from LA to Seattle later in the week which is another 2 1/2 hours.
It is easy to snack on airport food when you are stuck in an airport and then on a plane for a long period of time. You would think I hadn’t eaten for days and I didn’t know when my next meal would be.
” Oh god, away from normal day to day, must eat everything in sight!!”
This happens on a long bus trips too.
“Better stock up on tons of CRAP so I don’t starve to death on this 2 hour bus ride!”
In reality, you would never eat the snacks you consume while traveling, but this “vacation” mentality takes over and that is used as a type of excuse.
So I have come up with the following list to cover all cravings and help keep you feeling happy and healthy: (Oh, and you save some $$$ too)
Almonds – dry and unsalted. Count out 12-15 per serving, or buy the 100 calorie individual packs so you don’t accidentally go overboard with the nuts.
Banana – Easy to transport, not messy and helps when you are hankerin for something sweet. I would only eat one of these a day as they can hold up to 14g of sugar.
Individual packet of nut butter – You can buy small packets of almond, cashew, or peanut butter at most grocery stores. Use this on your banana to have some added protein for a complete snack.
Baby Carrots – Easy to transport in a baggie and helps with mindless eating. Takes time to chomp these suckers down and they are delicious. I love the organic baby carrots that come in all different colors. Have you seen them?
Pre-Made Trail Mix- Here is your chance to get creative! I like to mix unsweetened coconut flakes, slivered almonds, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate chips, peanuts, Goji berries, and raw cashews. Make sure to measure everything you put in there to keep track of the calories and sugar you are in taking. This option is always better than buying a trail mix at the airport which will be a gazillion dollars and have more added oils and sugar.
Epic Bar- I am really into turkey and chicken Epic bars. I do not eat red meat or pork, but Epic also has bars for those animals as well. These are a great source of protein
and taste awesome. These are 100% grass fed animals and all are organic. Each bar is rich
in protein, low in sugar, gluten free, grain free, and they do not contain soy or dairy. Oh and All EPIC animals are free to roam and come from certified humane sources. (I wouldn’t and couldn’t eat them otherwise.) Check out their products HERE.
I hope this list was helpful. Remember, a little prepping and planning can go a long way.
PS: I do not recommend eating all the above in one sitting. ( Unless you are traveling for more than 6 hours) These are just great to have on hand to help you avoid junk. Even if you did eat all the above, it would still be better than a bag of chips or candy.