Let’s be honest. It can be hard to eat healthy while on vacation. To avoid getting stranded with fast-food as your only option, or going hungry (which might be even worse for your waistline), it pays to plan ahead. And since I know you’re already scrambling to pack your bags, these healthy snacks are great for tossing in your vacation or hiking sack at the last minute—they require almost zero preparation!
These are my favorite snacks for pretty much every vacation. As a personal trainer, I recommend these same snacks to my clients! Your going to love them too.
4 Healthy Snacks to Eat Healthy While on Vacation
When you’re on vacation, it might be tempting to give into your soda temptation, especially if you go somewhere hot! Soda isn’t the best option, and we both know that. That’s why I don’t go anywhere without my IdealBoost! It satisfies my soda craving plus it gives me up to three hours of hunger control. Seriously! It’s a lifesaver.
A Fiber-Rich Fruit or Vegetable
Fiber is your friend when traveling. Not only does it help you feel fuller so you won’t gorge at restaurants (you know, “vacation mentality”). It also helps with digestive troubles, which is an all-too-common travel complaint. Which fruits and vegetables have the highest fiber content? Carrots and bell pepper sticks are some of the easiest high-fiber veggies to tote around, while apples, bananas, oranges, pears, and berries are all easy fiber-filled fruit options.
Hummus on Whole Grain Bread
Hummus is a healthy spread made with protein-rich chickpeas, olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic. And according to WebMD, 100% whole grain bread makes a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. Add the two together and you get a snack that delivers a good energy mix: protein, carbs and healthy fat (from the olive oil). As long as you buy a brand of hummus that’s low on salt and other additives, or make your own, you’ll be all set. Hummus on bread or a pita is again a solid source of fiber, and you can add more by turning it into a sandwich with some of the veggies you brought along!
Protein, Protein, Protein!
It’s important when you’re on vacation to keep your protein intake high. Protein bars and shakes are good portable options to bring with you. You can also order a protein source with your meals with extra veggies on the side! For example, when my family and I go to Disneyland, I get chicken skewers, pineapple & bacon wrapped asparagus. So yummy but packed with protein!
Meal Replacement Bars
Yeah, you probably already thought of this! But which ones are the best? Some meal bars are little better than a candy bar, loaded with sugar but skimpy on protein and fiber. The goal is a mix of carbs, protein (at least 8g), fiber, and a bit of healthy fat (but as little saturated fat as possible). That’s why IdealBars are my go to. They’re filled with fiber (5g) and protein (10g), while lower on sugar (just 7g) and they taste amazing!
Wrapping It Up
When vacationing I definitely believe in enjoying some of my favorite treats, but I try to still make mostly healthy choices. We always book a hotel with a mini fridge so that we can start the day with a healthy breakfast and have healthy snacks.