Disclosure: This post was made in partnership with California Almonds. Thank you for supporting the growth of Food Heaven
People always wonder how Wendy & I are able to create weekly content (for our blog, podcast & accountability community) while living on opposite coasts.
It’s simple: We travel. A LOT.
For example, right now we are in Washington DC for the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (also known as FNCE). The following week, we’ll be in LA recording an entire season of our podcast. The week after that, we’re going to Morocco for our annual nutrition retreat.
We basically live on the road.
One of the ways we’re able to stay balanced while traveling is by planning ahead. For example, when we’re on long flights across the globe, we like to bring nourishing snacks that can balance our blood sugar until our next meal.
For this post, we partnered with our friends at California Almonds to bring you four snacks to munch on while traveling. Bon Voyage!
1. DIY Trail mix
Snacks like trail mix — that contain protein, fiber, and good fat — will keep you energized and curb your hunger, so you won’t have a meltdown when traveling (aka: me when I DON’T have my snacks handy). We like to make DIY trail mix using the bulk bins at our grocery store. My go-to trail mix recipe includes a mixture of:
- Almonds (one ounce provides 6 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber!)
- Raisins or dried cranberries (they’ll give you an energy boost)
- Pumpkin seeds (they contain antioxidants like carotenoids and vitamin E)
Create your own trail mix by mixing your fav ingredients together and then storing it in mini mason jars with a screw on lid.
2. Almonds + fruit
If you don’t have time to make homemade trail mix, no worries! You can simplify the equation by bringing almonds plus your favorite fruit. Almonds are jam-packed with antioxidants, which help protect the body against oxidative stress (the kind that can cause damage to molecules in your cells and contribute to inflammation and disease). Note: make sure to wash your fruit before you leave the house. It will make your life a lot easier!
3. String cheese and a banana
A lot of our clients are afraid to eat cheese for fear that it’s high in calories and fat. The truth is, in moderation, cheese is actually a good source of calcium, protein, and sometimes even vitamin D. These are all nutrients that benefit your health.
We like to balance the protein and fat in the string cheese with a carbohydrate that will provide a boost of energy. A banana is one of our fav fruit choices because there’s absolutely no fuss involved. (No place to wash? No problem.) The banana is also a good source of fiber (at almost 3 grams per serving) and it contains key nutrients like potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.
4. Bars (protein bars, fruit/nut bars, natural fruit bars or granola bars)
Energy bars can be another great way to get in some nutrition before you board. When shopping for a bar at your local grocery store, we recommend you look for the following:
- At least 6 grams of protein
- Less than 6 grams of added sugar
- At least 3 grams of fiber
- Simple ingredients (stick to things you recognize)
- Healthy fats (known as monounsaturated or polyunsaturated)
And there you have it! Our four favorite snacks to munch on while traveling. Now we want to hear from you! What are your favs? Let us know in the comments below which snacks you can’t travel without! We love hearing from you. Xo