This one focuses on foods that are far from healthy. These are the kind of foods that we usually take to take the edge off appetite when it comes to surviving a vacation trip, a long stay at school or elsewhere. You cannot take your home kitchen alone, and cooking is the last thing you can afford when you are gearing up or are on the road or away from home. There are some nice options, which can help you and you kids feel satisfied and can bring at least a tiny bit of benefit.
Here they are:
Apples are among the most versatile fruits, because:
- They are rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants
- They are compact in size and won’t take up a lot of space
- They won’t get squished or stain your bag during the trip
- They quench severe cravings for food for a little while
Dried meat is great, because it contain tons of spices and ingredients, which will keep them edible for a couple of days. Usually, it comes in sticks, which are galore in supermarkets. They are rich in proteins and fats and therefore can fill you up for quite a while.
There are various types of snack bars, and they can be fairly nutritious. Many of them boast a healthy balance of carbs, fat, and protein. If you are setting out on a trip and are concerned about your weight, choose one with 200 of calories or lower.
Although some may find it surprising, nuts are very rich in fat (mostly monosaturated), proteins, fiber, and other healthy ingredients. It is one of the healthiest types of “fast” snacks for your kids and for you as well. Needless to say, they are very filling and can get you through hours of having limited access to food. Finally, a handful of pistachios, almonds, peanuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, walnuts, etc. is a great addition to whatever else you have in your backpack or schoolbag to bite on.
Seaweed is a little less known as a snack, having it in your bag would be a very good idea. Usually, seaweed is low on calories, yet it contains a whole load of healthy nutrients: iodine, fat, vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, etc.
Crunchy snacks include a variety of whole-grain crackers, popcorn, rice cakes, sweet crackers, etc. They are easy to pack and do not take up much space. Please, check ingredient lists and calorie levels. They can provide you the amount of nutrients needed to get your kids through the rigors of the trip and last them for a couple of days. There is no need to add butter or other short-lived additives.
Cool snacks like string cheese and fat-free yogurt are also great, because they are rich in proteins, carbohydrates, and other healthy nutrients. Eggs are another excellent option, because the egg white is a whole load of protein. If you would like to put something like that in your kids’ travel bags, use a cooler.
Stick to your point!
A long trip is no good reason to drop your diet. When gearing up, please, make sure your snacks are healthy (not all of them are!) and are in line with the eating regime you have been following. Supplement what you get from your trip with what you get from eating well, no matter what!