Traveling can present plenty of challenges, and healthy snacks are only one part to consider. It’s easy to give in to cravings when they’re easily accessible.
You always want to seek out healthy snack foods that are designed for easy access in small portions; these are the perfect snacks to pack into tight places, or in easy-grab locations like the side of a backpack.
Many of the typical healthy snacks, such as fresh fruit or hummus can be difficult to travel with, since there’s no reliable source of refrigeration, and these fresh foods tend to spoil quickly on long rides. This is where Youtopia Snacks comes in as the perfect travel snack solution.
Perfect sizes for packing in the side pocket of your bag or keep tucked away in the console of your car, these packets of goodness keep your body going without sacrificing any of the delicious taste you love.
In addition to listing our favorite healthy travel snacks for road trips or plane rides, we provide several tips for healthy eating below:
Stay Prepared (The Easy Way!)
At Youtopia, we firmly believe that the key to healthy snacking is having the right things on hand. That means if you know you will be on a plane for six hours, throw a couple of our Espresso Obsessos in your backpack to keep the cravings at bay. This works well as a quick fix for chocolate cravings and can help keep your mind alert and occupied.
Whether they are travel snacks or office snacks, we’re here to make healthy snacking easy. We will provide the snacks; you focus on enjoying the day to its fullest.
Check Your Cravings Before You Open Your Wallet
Curbing your cravings starts at the supermarket or the dine-in menu. Check your cravings before you open your wallet.
How will the food affect how you feel later in the day, and will it satisfy your body’s macro-nutritional needs?
If the answer is “bad, and no,” then close your wallet and choose a different option. This is where healthy travel snacks are useful, especially on long road trips. If you’re feeling hungry, try a high-protein travel snack. This will help you feel satiated longer, tiding your over until you can make a healthier meal choice.
Pace Yourself and Don't Be Afraid to Open Another Snacks
On long car rides, it can be easy to eat through an entire snack pack before realizing it is gone. Chances are, you are eating to occupy your mind just as much as you are trying to occupy your stomach.
To make your snack last the longest on a long road trip or plane ride, it is important to pace how often you reach into the snack bag and take a bite. This will give your body more time to process how full it feels in-between bites, and a slower eating pace will feel even more satiating than eating the contents of the snack all at once.
If you’re feeling hungry in-between meals and there are no healthy options available in the short term, don’t be afraid to open another snack to tide you over. Travel snacks are never a replacement for a full meal, but they can help you make it to the destination without becoming too hungry.
Pay Attention to Your Macros
The best healthy travel snacks will be high in one or more of your macronutrient needs. Macros (protein, carbs, and fats) are an essential part of keeping your body running throughout the day. These make the most impact on your energy levels. The lack of healthy macros in typical junky snack foods is a big part of why your body feels run down after a day of snacking on unhealthy foods.