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Viewshound Article: Healthy Snack Options While Traveling

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Check out my article on packing smart snacks for airline travel this holiday season.

Viewshound Article on Healthy Travel Food Options  (Please note Viewshound’s website was closed in January of 2012, the link no longer works, but you can read the article as it appeared below)

Travel food for thought

You can save some money and avoid unhealthy munchies at the airport by packing your own snacks. Here are five easy options.

By Paula Rosenberg – Friday 09 Dec 2011

Travel food for thought

The holiday season is the busiest travel time. Food at airports and on planes is always overpriced and there aren’t too many healthy options. To save yourself some money and to take control over the nutritional contents you consume bring your own snacks on board. Here are some options for prepare ahead treats:

D.I.Y. Trail Mix

You can certainly buy prepared trail mix, but many varieties are high in calories and sugar content. If you want to have a little more control of what you’re munching on, try making your own. Health food stores tend to sell items like nuts, seeds, and dried fruit in bulk. You can measure however much or little of an item that you want and pay by the pound. At home mix the ingredients of your choice and fill individual sandwich bags for the entire family. Cashews, raw pumpkin seeds, and reduced sugar dried cranberries make a great end of fall medley.

Protein Shakes

True this was a much easier option prior to liquid laws that prevent carrying pre-made shakes onboard. But protein shakes aren’t off limits. Invest in a travel size blender bottle. You can purchase one at most vitamin stores for under ten dollars. There are a variety of powder proteins that you can purchase either prepackaged in individual bags or you can measure out a bag if you have a canister of powder at home. After you get through security purchase a bottle of water or skim milk, add your liquid and powder to your blender bottle, then shake and enjoy. If you’re afraid adding this little bottle will weigh down your carry on you can pack no assembly required protein bars instead.

Tuna

Prepackaged tuna is an easy snack that doesn’t require prep work on your part. Opt for tins that don’t require a can opener or tuna that comes in easy, tear open pouches. My personal favorite is Bumble Bee Sensations. They come pre seasoned in a variety of flavors and have an individual portion of crackers and spoon included.

Veggies and Dip

Make up a plastic bag of raw veggies such as carrots and celery. You can purchase individually packaged dips such as Jif To Go peanut butter packs or Sabra Humus Singles. This will satisfy your salty craving during while you wait to board your plane.

Miso Soup

This is my go to travel snack. It is so easy and I feel really good about myself after a flight for making this healthy snack choice. A number of companies make powdered miso soup in individual envelopes. I bring a packet along with a serving of rice crackers and a plastic spoon. When the flight attendant comes by with the beverage cart I ask for a cup of hot water. I just pour in the powdered soup and stir. This filling snack around 30 calories and much more satisfying than a bag of stale peanuts.

Article category: Food/Drink
Article tags: protein shakes, veggies and dip, hummus, trail mix, miso soup, tuna, pre-made snacks, airline travel, peanut butter
Disclaimer: the views of the author are not those of ViewsHound or Publisha Limited.
Copyright © Paula Rosenberg, all rights reserved. License this in the Content Store.
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Written by paularosenberg

December 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

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