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Travel, or Whenever, Snacks!

Aug 25, 2015

I had a conversation with a client this morning who will spend the next three days out of town on a business trip. Going into the trip, she knows there will be food provided during the meetings, but isn't sure what it is going to be. "So, what kind of things can I take with me just in case I'm not able to make healthy choices while I'm there," was the question that came up.

This is a great question and one that I'm faced with a lot since a lot of our clients are subject to traveling for various reasons. Those of you that travel already know the options at airports are very slim--and let's not even talk about the "free" snacks on the planes themselves! So, what I thought I would do is compile a list of weight loss friendly snacks that are great for any type of travel.

  1. Hard-boiled eggs. Believe it or not, when these are left in the shell and packaged in zip-top bags they are generally allowed on a flight. Eggs are high in protein and have their own built-in healthy fat to make them a well-rounded snack. They're also a great option for road trips--just peel them first so you aren't trying to peel and drive!
  2. Dark chocolate. I'm winning a lot of friends with this one. Keep in mind the higher the percentage the better, so keep it over 80% to keep the sugar content on the lower end. The fat in dark chocolate are great to keep you held over until you can get a good meal.
  3. Avocados. Like an egg, these come in their own little package and are a great source of satiating healthy fat. Throw one in your bag and grad a little packet of salt from one of the kiosks in the airport and you're good to go!
  4. Bananas or apples. I'm not a huge fan of a lot of fruit when your goal is weight loss, but when you're in a pinch while traveling this is certainly a better option than grabbing a bag of pretzels or chips before you board the plane. Plus, you can generally pick these up in the concourse just prior to your flight.
  5. Macadamia nuts. These are my favorite go-to when it comes to nuts. They're rich and buttery, so much so that you can feel satisfied with only a small amount. Get yourself some single-serving zip-top bags and make several portions to pack with you.
  6. Protein bars. Again, an easy grab-and-go whenever you need emergency food. Refer to last week's blog for my take on the right choices for bars.
  7. Jerky. These days jerky is trending, so you can find all sorts in a lot of the top-notch grocery stores. Make sure you choose options with little to no sugar added and try to shy away from soy-based marinades. If you're feeling really domestic, try making your own in advance!
  8. Coconut butter. Sounds different, doesn't it. Well, it's delicious and an awesome source of healthy fat. You can find it in single-serve packets that are great for taking along with you. I know from experience the TSA will throw out jars--even if unopened--so make sure you come prepared with the packets.
  9. Almond butter. Similar to coconut butter, this can be found in single-serve squeeze packets. Try to avoid the ones with too much added honey or milk chocolate. Instead have a plain packet along with that apple or banana you packed with you.
  10. Salmon or tuna packs. You may not make friends on the plane with this one when you break it open, but portioned packs of salmon or tuna are awesome protein-packed snacks. I also like these because you can buy a salad out and throw one of these on top for your protein. Buy the ones with only water and salt and avoid those packed in vegetable broth as these are soy-based.

Well, there's ten options to get you started on your next outing. Heck, if you're like me these are staples that I keep on hand at all times--simply because I find myself being lazy and not wanting to cook! If you have anything questions are some suggestions to add to the list, feel free to let me know!

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