Travel SnacksAugust 6, 2019
If you’re one of the many Americans who chooses to travel over the summer, you’ve likely recently faced the tough reality that is packing healthy snacks when driving, flying, or taking the train to your summer vacation destination. Sure, you could get a snack at an airport shop, but those stores tend to be overpriced and healthy options are usually limited. Here are some go-to ideas next time you’re packing up your suitcase.
When I’m flying, chances are I’m watching a movie. And if I’m watching a movie, I’m going to want popcorn. There are plenty of pre-bagged popcorns available in stores today; look for one that doesn’t have too much sodium and uses a healthy oil like canola or extra virgin olive oil. Avoid popcorns that contain additional ingredients like cheese or caramel, as these won’t lend any health benefits.
2. Trail mix:
Yes, you can buy trail mix at the store, but it’s more fun to make your own so that you’re in charge of what goes into it. Not a fan of raisins? Use dried cranberries instead! Not a fan of almonds? Sub cashews instead! The possibilities are endless. Just try to use unsalted nuts when possible, make sure your dried fruit is unsweetened, and exclude or limit any chocolate-y ingredients.
3. Fresh fruit:
While salty snacks always satisfy my plane cravings, it’s always good to have something more fresh available, as well. Fruits like clementines, which are easy to peel and not messy, or a bag of grapes, already washed and in a plastic bag, are refreshing and will provide some natural sweetness.
4. String cheese:
Super portable and already packaged, string cheese is a no-brainer. They take up next to no space, you don’t have to worry about spillage, they’re fun to eat, and they’re kid-friendly.
This timeless classic is always a good travel companion. There’s no need to worry about refrigeration, and it’s easy to wrap up and throw in your backpack. If you’re bored of the usual peanut butter and grape jelly, you can get creative with other types of nut butters and different flavors of jelly—almond butter is a great alternative paired with apricot or strawberry jelly.
Lastly, don’t forget to bring a water bottle! You’ll have to make sure it’s empty before going through security, but you’ll be able to refill it at a water fountain later, and you’ll save yourself a few bucks.