Urmila Marak Aug 18 2014

Top 10 healthy food items to munch on while travelling

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We might be eating healthy with our regular dose of exercise everyday when we are not travelling. But the moment we set on a holiday or go on an official trip many of us throw caution to wind and start unhealthy binging, only to regret once we are back. We make a lot of effort while packing our clothes and other stuffs, but hardly give much importance to the food that we need to carry. “We can grab something outside,” is our attitude most of the time. Whether it’s for a week or a month, a little planning is what we need to eat healthy even when we are travelling. Here’s a list of the top 10 food items that we can munch on when we hit the road.

10. Nuts all the way

If you do not want to “go nuts”, literally, when you check your weight once you get back from your vacation, munch on healthy nuts. We all crave for chips, especially when we are travelling. Instead of opening a packet of potato chips, opt for almonds, pistachios, cashews, walnuts and peanuts. They will not only keep you full for a longer time, but you will be munching on healthy protein and fats.

9. No substitute for water

There can be no drink that is as healthy as water. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Many of us avoid drinking water while travelling just to stay away from going to the washroom. But this can lead to complications. Kick the caffeine or aerated drinks and opt for a bottle of water instead. Including fresh fruit juice can be healthy as well.

8. Go Vegan

Raw vegetables can be healthy as well as filling. Dice some carrots, cucumbers and beet and carry them in an insulated cooler bag. They will remain fresh for a long time. Whenever you are hungry, eat them instead of opting for snacks like samosas or pakoras.

7. High on energy

Replace your chocolate bars with granola or energy bars. They will enhance your fibre and protein consumption, while stopping your sugar carving. As they contain cereals, having an energy bar will keep your hunger at bay for a long time.

6. Yoghurt to keep you cool

You can carry yoghurt in a travel-friendly container or make a smoothie and drink it on the go. If you are travelling to a hot and humid destination, yoghurt will keep your body cool while boosting your calcium and vitamin D intake. It is also refreshing on a hot sunny day, whether it is sweet yoghurt or a plain one.

5. Light & healthy crackers

Crackers are not only light and healthy snacks, but also easy to digest. Combine them with cheese or jam and give them to your kids (if you are travelling with them) when they ask for chips or biscuits. You can also snack on crackers without worrying about the calories.

4. Power-packed oats

Oats make wholesome breakfast as they are your very good source of fibre. Carry them with you and give a power-packed start to your day with low-fat milk. Add fresh fruits like strawberries and bananas and you will not feel like binging on unhealthy snacks.

3. Love your tea?

If you are a tea addict, it is better you carry your own tea bags. Whether you love your black tea or green tea, you can have them whenever you want to, instantly. All you will need is some hot water.

2. Fruity delight

Carrying fruits, which are fresh or dry, are the best way to keep your hunger at bay. They are your best on-the-go snacks, as they are your powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. Bananas, apples, grapes, oranges and berries can be your best bet when you are out. Dry fruits like raisins, dried figs, dried apricots are not only tasty but also high on energy. Pre-wash your fruits before you set out.

1. Wholesome food on the go

Home-made vegetable or chicken sandwiches, methi, carrot or onion parathas (wrapped well in aluminum foil) and idlis with chutney are the safest food for you while travelling. You can pack them well and have them for your breakfast instead of going to a fast food joint.

If you snack on these healthy food items, you will not need to bother about burning your extra calories when you get back to the daily grind.

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