Probably more than anything, I’m asked what travelers should take as snacks on their trips. It’s a good question because there are so many fat- and sugar-laden options at airports (and in supermarkets for that matter…). Here are my go-to favorites:
Almonds. I always have a bag of almonds with me in case disaster (i.e. hunger) strikes. Fat, fiber and flavor. Quick and easy. Around 21 almonds equals an ounce and that should more than suffice. I generally limit myself to ten.
Goji Berries. What? The most nutritionally rice berry-fruit on the planet. They are a complete protein source as well as being full of vitamins and minerals. Gojis contribute to longevity and healthy hormones; improve vision; boost the immune system; and they contain a huge amount of hydrogen so are excellent for countering inflight dehydration. You’ll find them at your local health food store. And, you can get chocolate-covered goji berries but I didn’t tell you that.
Fresh fruit. Flying dehydrates you horribly and fruit is full of the best quality water there is.
Hummus. Even airport shops sell little tubs of hummus nowadays. It’s a yummy blend of protein and carbohydrate, and the fiber helps prevent inflight bloating.
Raw chocolate. Chocolate is a super food but not when it has soy fillers and artificial ingredients. Raw chocolate is the real thing and it’s delicious. My favorite is www.vitachocolates.com. I’m addicted to the coconut flavor.
Organic sweet potato chips. So much better than the processed snacks you may or may not get on board. These days I’m addicted to Late July’s products. www.latejuly.com.
Raw veggies. Looking for crunch? Get adventurous. Carrots and celery are yummy but find your inner radical and bring slices of fennel, jicama and radish with you. Even better with the hummus!
Chips and salsa. Of course! Salsa is made from fresh, raw vegetables. Pair with gluten-free chips such as Late July (mentioned above) or lentil chips (www.mediterraneansnackfoods.com).
Jerky. I’m including this for the meat lovers and carbo-phobes among you.
Seaweed snacks. My favorite! They weigh nothing so I always have a packet in my handbag. Seaweed is a super food and it’s a great protein – excellent for leveling blood sugar. A whole packet is 60 calories but you have to check your teeth afterwards for green bits.