Snacking on the Road: How to Eat Healthy While Traveling

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Snacking on the Road: How to Eat Healthy While Traveling

Snacking on the Road: How to Eat Healthy While Traveling

When you’re on the road, it can be difficult to maintain healthy eating habits, particularly if you’re used to cooking your own meals at home and don’t know where to find healthy food while traveling. To stay healthy while traveling, you have to do some advance planning so that you can keep your snacks both healthy and delicious, especially when you don’t know what will be available to eat in your location at any given time. Here are some ideas for how to snack on the road in an optimal way.

Keep things fresh

When eating while traveling, it’s important to keep things fresh and avoid cranking up that hotel mini-fridge. Many hotels provide in-room coffee makers with complimentary coffees, teas, and hot chocolate packets. These are often flavored without artificial sweeteners, dyes, or high fructose corn syrup making them a great alternative when you’re craving something warm (and sweet).

Stay hydrated

The body’s cells use water to function properly, so it’s important that we drink plenty of fluids. Drinking at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day (or 3 quarts) will ensure your body gets its daily hydration needs. But sometimes, you may need extra fluid-like when exercising or in warmer weather so it’s helpful to know how much water and calories are in different drinks.

Bring a supply of nuts and dried fruit

Rather than rely on sugary pre-packaged snacks, bring along a supply of nuts and dried fruit. You’ll stay fuller longer and have less sugar in your diet plus you can tuck these items into your purse or bag, so they’re easy to grab while waiting at an airport or sitting in a car. When buying nuts, choose shelled varieties (they tend to be fresher) or ones that are already chopped; if you have time, roast them yourself for extra flavor.

Invest in non-perishable items

One way to stay healthy and alert while traveling is by packing healthy snacks. If you find yourself in an area without any options, though, it can be difficult to find a meal that’s both filling and nourishing. Rather than throwing your health out of whack with a bag of chips or other less-than-ideal food choices, make sure you have some non-perishable items handy when you’re away from home.

Use technology for inspiration

Technology, particularly when it comes to fitness and healthy eating apps, is a wonderful thing. If you are out of ideas for snacks that travel well, check out some of these fitness-focused apps. Maybe they’ll give you some inspiration! And don’t forget to bring healthy snacks in your bag you never know when you might be stuck somewhere with no other options but fast food!

Check out your hotel’s menu

If you’re staying at a hotel, chances are it offers room service. Instead of ordering a burger and fries every night, ask if your hotel has a menu of healthy options. Chances are they do and if not, they can probably make something up for you (probably at an extra cost). Alternatively, reach out to local restaurants and ask them what foods they recommend eating before hitting the road.

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