Smart Snacking on the Road

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January 12, 2017

D3 Staff


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Have you ever found yourself away from home, feeling hungry and settling for greasy, fatty foods? Reaching for sugary sweets and fast food options from chains can disrupt your diet, affect your mood, and reduce productivity. While we've all been there, it doesn't have to be that way anymore. By traveling prepared and making smart choices, you can easily change your eating habits for the better. And it's simpler than you might imagine. Here are some tips and tricks to add to your nutritional toolkit while traveling, keeping you both happy and healthy:

A. **Nuts and Nut Butters:** If you don't have any nut allergies, nuts and nut butters are among the most nutrient-dense foods you can have on hand. Packed with heart-healthy fats, essential minerals, and quality proteins, nuts like almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, or peanuts are excellent options while on the go. Pack some nuts in a bag, carry individual packets of nut butters, or grab some at the airport. Pair a nut butter (such as peanut, almond, or cashew) with a piece of fruit or a whole-grain bagel for a satisfying snack.

B. **Fruits:** Bananas, oranges, or apples are convenient choices full of energy-boosting carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, all wrapped in their natural packaging. Dried fruits like raisins are also excellent options as they have a longer shelf life than fresh fruits but offer the same nutritional benefits. Plus, they'll satisfy your sweet cravings!

C. **Granola:** While most store-bought granolas are high in sugar, you can find healthier options by reading labels carefully or making your own. This beloved snack can serve as a nourishing mini-meal, providing essential nutrients and fiber. Despite its calorie content, granola's high fiber content makes it a great, lower glycemic snack option.

By incorporating these travel-friendly snacks into your routine, you can maintain a nutritious diet even while on the go, ensuring you stay fueled and ready for your adventures.

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