As some of us travelling during March Break or we find ourselves on road rushing here and there, these type of things can easily sabotage our plans for healthy living. Mind Body Green shares some suggestions on what types of “Super Snacks” to keep handy. (taken from their article HERE)
Mind Body Green.com recommends to never leave home without these perfect seven healthy essentials:
1. Green drink powder
If you’ve ever looked for broccoli at airport restaurants but the only greenery they offered was iceberg lettuce, you know how hard getting fresh vegetables can become on the road. That’s why I always carry a low-sugar impact powdered greens supplement. While it doesn’t fast-pass me from foregoing broccoli, green powder provides a little leeway if I can’t meet my veggie quota when I’m traveling.
2. Dark chocolate
Curb your sweet tooth without the guilt. Find a high-cacao (85 or 90%), low-sugar impact, preferably organic bar. Among its benefits, dark chocolate can help curb on-the-road jitters. “A randomized, placebo-controlled trial published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology revealed that people who drank a dark chocolate drink, equal to about 1.5 ounces of dark chocolate per day, felt calmer than those who did not,” says Dr. William Cole. Break off a serving and step away from the chocolate. Otherwise, you might eat the whole bar waiting for takeoff.
3. Green tea
Among the zillion reasons to regularly drink green tea are improved detoxification, immunity, digestive health, and fat loss. All things you especially want while traveling, right? The primary compound in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), boosts metabolism while the amino acid theanine provides calm for frazzled nerves as you’re going through security. I usually hit up a coffee shop for green tea, but packing my own tea bags saves me time and money.
4. Coconut milk
I always travel with little cartons of unsweetened coconut milk. They don’t require refrigeration and provide a great way to get fat-burning medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and immune-boosting lauric acid that coconut milk is rich in.
5. Protein powder
Protein shakes become my number one needle mover for fast, lasting fat loss that save time, money and trying to figure out whether a scone fits into your low-sugar impact diet. (Sorry, but no.) Protein shakes are convenient, portable, take seconds to whip up, yet curb hunger and cravings for hours. I put non-soy, non-dairy plant- or animal-based protein powder in little plastic baggies for the road. I second Ella Woodward’s suggestion to carry a travel blender, which makes whipping up protein shakes a breeze.
6. Nitrate-free jerky
A fabulous way to get hunger-curbing protein and healthy fats without cooking or refrigeration (check out this fabulousPrimal Jerky. Nitrate-free, gluten-free, grass-fed beef jerky isn’t your thing? Look for a wild-caught salmon or turkey jerky.
7. Dehydrated or low-roasted nuts and seeds
According to Dr. Ronald Hoffman, nuts are portable, versatile, nutrient-rich and promote satiety, all of which makes them a no-brainer travel snack. Like dark chocolate, watch your portion sizes or a handful of almonds can become the whole bag.
Do you have any other go-to healthy snacks? We’d love to hear from you!
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