When it comes to eating healthy on-the-go I’ve always believed it’s all about being well stocked with options. The problem I run into — and perhaps you’ve experienced the same — is those options seem so limited. I only have a handful of solid to-go snacks that I go to and as a result, just like most routines, eating the same thing gets boring! As a result, I sometimes stray from my nutrition plans.
Fortunately, there are expert snack-slayers like Lori Zanini, RD, and creator of the free 7 day meal plan, who has a whole arsenal of delicious and clean choices. Here, Lori shares a list of ideas that are sure to keep me happy and healthy on my journey to snack success!
How To Stay Healthy While Snacking On The Go
I frequently get asked how I make healthy food choices when I’m on the road. My strategy: always come prepared by packing some simple on the go snacks! Eating out for most meals, combined with a busy work schedule, can lead to making less than healthy choices while traveling. For me, packing snacks is a must, if I already have them on hand I’m less likely to go rogue. Here are some of my go-to foods when hunger hits on the road!
1. Single Serving Nut Butter Pack + A Piece of Fruit
My favorite on-the-go fruits are apples, pears, and bananas. Buying nut butters in single serving squeeze packs makes it easy to eat the correct portion size without any measuring or mess!
2. Homemade Trail Mix
I think the best combination is almond slivers, cashews, unsweetened dried cranberries or blueberries, dried coconut chips and a dash of cinnamon. Tip: make it in bulk before your trip and measure out your portions — about a ¼ cup for one serving — ahead of time in little jars or snack bags so you can grab and go each day.
3. Simple Avocado Tuna “Salad”
This is a great snack that makes more of a hearty on-the-go meal. Take ½ of a medium avocado and mash it with 3 oz. tuna (or salmon) packaged in water. Add a little bit of salt, pepper and cayenne or chili powder and enjoy! What makes this salad perfect for traveling? All of the ingredients can be kept at room temp until you are ready to whip it up!
4. Hummus + Pre-Cut Veggies
If you have access to a fridge, this is the perfect afternoon snack for in between events when you need a little energy boost.
5. Whole Food Bars
I always like to keep a couple of bars on hand for when I need a snack that is no fuss and easy to stuff in my purse. When checking out snack bars, look for ones with just a few ingredients, around 150-250 calories, less than 4 grams of sugar, and at least 6g of protein to help keep you feeling full longer.
6. Iced Matcha Green Tea or Kombucha
Great for a quick afternoon pick me up!
7. Smoothies or Smoothie Bowls
Getting in enough fruits and veggies while traveling can be a challenge, so try adding some spinach or kale to bump up your veggie intake for the day.
8. Air-Popped Popcorn
I always like to keep some air-popped popcorn in my room to munch on if I’m up late. No microwave? No problem! Many brands make a pre-popped popcorn without added oil or butter.
It’s important (and fun!) to explore the food scene wherever you are traveling, but knowing what to snack on in between meals is crucial to help keep you feeling energized, healthy, and ready to rock when you’re on the road.