Long walks without nourishment can leave you hungry and low in energy. Try these quick energy-boosting snacks for happier and healthier travel.
More energy for heavy itineraries.
BY HEATHER GOLUBSKI
Dietetic Intern and M.S. Student Texas Woman’s University
Exploring new places and undertaking new adventures, while exciting, can also be physically draining. The right snacks can keep your metabolism at high levels, which means more calories burned and more energy for traveling. A few handy items to bring are:
• Fruits and vegetables. Easy-to-pack options, like apples, bananas, oranges or carrot and celery sticks fit easily in a purse or backpack and need little or no packaging. Fruits and vegetables are packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals, and carbs the body can quickly use for needed energy.
• Nuts. A handful of almonds can go a long way towards providing energy for an active explorer. Almonds, pecans, or walnuts are good options. Be careful not to overeat these salty snacks as they can add on calories quickly.
• High-fiber dry cereal or snack bar. Fiber fills you up without adding unnecessary calories for a longer time. It is easy to pack a small bag of dry cereal or grab a fruit bar–low in fat, high in whole grain fiber–that will provide needed carbs for quick energy. Look for options that offer at least three grams of fiber per serving.
• Whole grain crackers and cheese.Delicious crackers, paired with a small portion of reduced-fat cheese, provide fiber and carbs (crackers) and some protein and fat (cheese) that will keep you full until the next meal.
So, the next time you find yourself planning for a long trip away from the table, make sure you are ready with snacks that will keep your metabolism and your feet, going! iT!