Thursday, May 26, 2016

Long Weekend Travel Snacks



It's Memorial Day Weekend!
The beginning of another Summer. 
Anybody road-tripping this weekend?
Wondering how you will stay on track with healthy eating choices over the long weekend--traveling, backyard BBQs, festive summer drinks???

Here are some snack ideas for you:

1. Fresh fruit: 85-105 calories 
Duh, that's an easy one. Yup, but you might forget how easy it can be to bring along in the frantic rush of getting ready for a trip. So I'm reminding you to grab a few bananas, apples, grapes, peaches, nectarines...

2. Better Than PB&J = Almond Butter & Banana Sandwiches: 360 calories
Grab a few whole wheat english muffins and spread with 2 tablespoons almond butter. Top with 1/2 of a sliced banana.
This is great for travel because it doesn't require refrigeration. Almond butter is a great swap for peanut butter and contains 25 percent less saturated fat.
Calorie breakdown: 1 whole-wheat english muffin: 120 calories, 2 tablespoons almond butter: 190 calories, 1/2 sliced banana: 50 calories


3. Hard Boiled Eggs: 80 calories
You might find the idea of taking eggs with you on the road a little odd, but hard-boiled eggs are great for a quick power-up. Plus, they’re loaded with B vitamins, which may help keep tempers cool on long trips. Just be sure to eat these at the beginning of your trip, as they should not be left out for longer than 2 hours. 

4. Awww Nuts!: Calories 130-180
Nuts are highly caloric, but they’re also high in healthy omega-3 fats and travel well. Choose raw, unsalted nuts like almonds or walnuts that don’t require you to dispose of a shell. A little goes a long way and will keep you feeling full for a long time. 

5. Spicy Baked Chickpeas: Calories 187
Chickpeas, garbanzo beans, little weird things that come in a can…whatever you call them, these little nuggets of goodness are high in fiber and will help keep you full. Try this road-friendly recipe for them.
(7 servings, ¼ cup each)

Ingredients:
1 15-oz can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1 tsp. olive oil
1 pinch cayenne pepper
½ tsp. garlic powder
½ tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. sea salt



Preparation
Preheat oven to 400° F
Rinse canned garbanzo beans and let them drain well in a colander for several minutes.
Toss the beans in a small bowl with olive oil, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, ground cumin, and sea salt.
Bake on a foil-lined sheet for 40–45 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Notice that these are all whole food choices--hopefully this keeps you away from those scary looking things that roll around on heated plates at the gas station. In general, you want to stay hydrated with water and plan ahead so you don't end up stuck somewhere, super hungry, with only crap in sight. If you do find yourself stuck, do the best you can and choose wisely. And if you want a treat or a drink this weekend--go for it--in moderation, with a plan of attack to keep you from totally undoing any hard work you've been putting in! 
Safe, fun travels! 

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