The end of the year is here, it’s time to travel and visit new places. Family holidays are the flavor of the season. Vacations usually mean there are no schedules, we eat when we’re hungry, we eat whatever we want and whatever we can get our hands on. Foods like chocolate, chips, sweets, pakora and samosas that are nutrient-dense and rich in calories and fat are all you get along the way. Have fun and indulge yourself in the game but don’t get completely off track, your body doesn’t deserve it.
One easy way to make the trip healthier is to include an important travel companion – snacks. Choose the ones that are easy to carry and also delicious. While choosing a snack only make sure that it contains at least two nutrients in addition to the calories.
Here are some ideas for snacks that can make your trip healthier:
1. Nuts and seeds. Make a mixture of almonds, walnuts, some cashews, and pine nuts. Add your favorite seeds – pumpkin, hemp, or chia, and you’re good to go. Rich in protein, they provide satiety with fiber, antioxidants, and minerals that keep you energetic and full.
2. Eat popcorn: a whole grain that has been popped in dry heat. Discard the loaded butter and margarine. Along the way, you’ll get someone to defecate these whole grains in the hot sand – those are the healthiest. Another way to get this in a healthy way is in boiled form. Steamed corn and cooked grains are readily available. Fiber is rich and full of antioxidants, they are the best.
3. Makhnas: These fuxi nuts are full of magnesium, a mineral that is essential for our immunity. They also add Kaempferol, a natural antioxidant. Less inflammation in our body not only protects against non-communicable diseases but also boosts our immunity.
4. Peanuts: These legumes are a treasure trove of food. With protein, fiber and healthy fats, it’s a perfect way to include heart-healthy plant protein in your daily diet. In addition, peanuts also add a host of antioxidants such as p-Coumaric acid, resveratrol, isoflavones and phytosterols – all of which make them essential in a daily diet. You can carry some peanut sauce or the easiest option is peanut butter, so when you feel hungry, dip your apple slices in the peanut butter.
5. Protein Bars: This word makes us run to online shopping sites and search for fancy bars that are loaded with sugar and preserves. Gore and Peanut Gachak, or chakli, san porfi with lots of nuts and figs/angir with nuts are easy to make and easy to carry around. Yes, they are high in simple sugars, but when made at home without added sugars and preservatives, they make a great healthy snack with all the nutrients of the ingredients. If you want to buy, choose small producers who make them at home for you.
6. Fruit: These are the most easily available snacks along the way. As you travel, you can also pick up fresh, locally grown fruit; This means more food. Fruits, in addition to fiber, add a lot of vitamins and antioxidants. It’s rich in potassium and has some sodium as well as plenty of moisture, so it keeps you hydrated and keeps you from feeling tired.
7. Cheese: Fresh cheese and paneer are readily available anywhere you go. Proteins, calcium, and antioxidants add up to massive health benefits. Imagine choosing a chaat paneer with tomatoes, onions, green peppers and some green chutney on a samosa, needless to say more.
8. Yogurt: Packed plain dahi is another food that is easy to get along the way. Traveling usually deals many of us with digestive issues. Probiotic-rich yogurt is a good way to keep us happy and our tummy tucked away. You can add some fresh local fruit or nuts or both and voila! The healthy snack is ready to eat.
9. Eggs: Another high-protein, low-carb snack to eat. Avoid the butter omelette, which is a simple boiled egg with a slice of Multigrain bread and you’ll be set for the next two hours. If you monitor your cholesterol intake and eat mostly animal proteins during meals, remove the yolk.
While selecting the menu, proteins were especially taken into account as they bring a feeling of satiety to our meals, one of the most important needs to control overeating. While all of the above snacks are healthy, they are not devoid of calories. In fact, some of them are calorie dense, so watch the amounts. Nuts: – 30g/serving, Nut Butter: – 2 tablespoons/day, Dairy: – 40g/serving
Enjoy your vacation, we will be traveling in almost two years, but be safe.
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