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Food Choices when Traveling

If you have any travel lined up for this summer, some planning ahead to prioritize nutrition can be really helpful. Whether it's car, bus or air travel, travel days can be stressful and include odd times of eating, which can certainly mess with our appetites. Especially if you are at times already struggling to consume adequate nutrition, traveling can be an added challenge.

Here are some ideas for things to pack to try to still include adequate and consistent fuel while traveling:

  • Nuts and seeds (just be mindful of an allergy restraints i.e. if someone in your group has a nut allergy)

  • Dried fruit/fruit chips

  • Granola bars/energy bars

  • Non-perishable carbohydrate products such as crackers, pretzels, pita chips, rice cakes, nut butter filled pretzels, chips, tortilla chips, popcorn, biscotti, cookies, etc

  • Other starch products to consider could be dry oatmeal or cereal

  • Trail mix (pre-made or homemade)

  • Jerky or meat sticks (vegetarian options also exist in the form of soy or mushroom variations as needed)

  • Nut butters (usually pre-portioned cups or packets travel easiest)

  • Fruit cups, fruit snacks, fruit leather

  • Olives

  • Roasted chickpea/bean/edamame snacks

  • Applesauce cups or pouches

  • Shelf stable dairy options - some cheeses such as Babybel or string cheese or less perishable. Other shelf-stable milk alternatives such as almond or soy milk can travel with you

  • Candy or chocolate

  • Dried seaweed

  • Last but not least, an old fashioned PB&J sandwich can be a really travel friendly option to give you some carbohydrates, protein and fat

If it's accessible and affordable, also allow yourself to get meals while traveling. While fast food may not be your #1 pick for a meal, there is no such thing as "good" or "bad" food, and your body will appreciate the energy. No one meal or day of eating has the ability to have an impact on our health and well-being, and being able to employ flexibility versus feel stressed out by this is actually the healthier choice!

Safe travels!


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