Thursday, November 19, 2009

Traveling for the Holidays

When traveling, whether in the airport or on the road, I seem to always get questions about snacks to pack…so let me tell you what I pack!

-Fiber one bars; the key is to watch the sugar in your bars. You don’t want more than 12 grams of total sugars otherwise you might as well pack a snickers bar!

-Larabars; this is one of my new favorite bars! It is an exception to the sugar rule but ONLY because it’s 100% all natural. The great thing is--you can actually read and understand what all the ingredients are…no hidden secrets like trans fat, saturated fats or added sugars.

-Nuts; particularly almonds. 15 almonds=100 calories. Make yourself a little trail mix but no M&Ms, or just make them dark chocolate.

-Rice cakes; apple cinnamon is my favorite! I can eat 3 and it’s only 150 calories!

-Fresh or dried fruits; the dried might travel better; it may look like it has a lot of sugar but its usually natural...just remember moderation.

-Dried cereals; something with more than 4 grams of fiber per serving, Kashi is always a good pick at only ~110 calories for 3/4 cup.

-Graham crackers; add 2 tbsp of peanut butter for some protein!

-A fat-free latte and a piece of fruit; if you must stop or forgot to plan!

-6-8 ounce container of low-fat or fat-free yogurt; watch your sugar here too. My personal favorite? light and fit, 80 calories of satisfying goodness!

Snacking won’t sabotage your diet or make you gain weight (if you follow the tips below) it’s actually a good thing. According to the American Dietetic Association, eating small meals throughout the day is a good way to control your weight while keeping your food cravings under control; This will keep you energized for your voyage and keep you lively once you have hit your destination!

*Remember to snack sensibly. Be mindful of how much you’re eating, don’t over do it.
*Watch your calories. Some snacks can get so out of hand you end up eating the equivalence in calories in that of a meal.
*Plan ahead. Pack snacks so you’re not making a detour for the vending machine or fast food joints on the road.
*I like to keep my snacks under 250 calories.

Happy and Healthy Travels

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