10 Slimming Snacks for Holiday Travel
Traveling can be the perfect storm for bad eating, especially during the bustling holiday season. Whether you're hitting the road via car, train, plane or sleigh, check out a few of my favorite on-the-go eats.
Traveling can be the perfect storm for bad eating,
especially during the bustling holiday season. You're under stress
by tempting, fattening fare and often tired and cranky from fighting crowds.
But things are looking up — airports, gas stations, and rest stop convenience
stores have all improved their healthy offerings in recent years, so you don't
have to look hard to find satisfying low-cal snacks that leave you feeling
energized and slim. Whether you're hitting the road via car, train, plane or
sleigh…check out a few of my favorite on-the-go eats.
Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars
I love the Nature Valley twin packs because you get two bars
for fewer calories than some single
granola and nutrition bars. More
volume means it takes longer to eat, making it a more satisfying snack. My
favorite flavor is the classic Oats 'N Honey, but my kids are big fans of the
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Pistachio nuts are the skinniest
nut in town — you can enjoy
30 for just 100 calories. Plus, the process of cracking the shells
automatically paces your eating, which could help you eat less overall. A study
published in the journal Appetite
found that people who consumed
in-shell pistachios ate 41% fewer calories compared to those who consumed
already shelled pistachios.
Starbucks Skim Latte
If you're the designated driver — or entertaining
passenger — and looking for something to keep you awake for a long drive, a skim
latte is the perfect choice. You'll get a boost from the caffeine, and the skim
milk fills your tank with energizing
protein. A grande nonfat latte is only 130
calories (tack on 20 cals for a single squirt of syrup or packet of sugar).
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Greek yogurt has twice as much protein as the traditional
kind, making it a smart, filling snack to hold you over on a long, wearisome
day of travel. Many airport cafes and convenience stores now stock individual
cups in their refrigerated cases. I'm a big fan of the nonfat plain and
flavored varieties from Fage and Chobani.
Food Should Taste Good Chips
These good-for-you tortilla chips are my go-to plane snack
when I'm in the mood for something crunchy, and the snack-size pouches prevent
you from catching the "just one more handful" bug mid-trip. The thick, hearty
Sweet Potato chips are lower in sodium than most savory snacks, and the sassy
orange spud adds a shot of beta carotene (a nice bonus in a chip). I also love
the Multigrain variety, which is made with an interesting mix of healthful
ingredients, including quinoa, sunflower seeds, and flax seeds.
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McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal
For an easy pre-flight breakfast or snack on-the-run, grab a
cup of McDonald's oatmeal. Order it without the brown sugar and cream to slash
extra fat and sugar and bring the calories down to 250. The whole-grain oats
and fruit combo contribute 6 grams of fill-you-up fiber.
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If you're starting your journey at
daybreak, you may be able to pick up an egg sandwich at a café or mini-mart.
meal will stay with you longer than a carby muffin or bagel — plus,
its lower in calories too. Order your sandwich on unbuttered whole-grain toast
or an English muffin (versus a roll or bagel) to minimize the bread calories,
opt for egg whites if available, and skip the fatty sausage and bacon (a slice
of cheese and a squirt of ketchup is A-OK). At Dunkin Donuts, try the Egg White
Veggie Flatbread — it will fill you up for just 280 calories.
Red Mango Frozen Yogurt
If your sweet tooth flares up while you're wandering the
airport, bypass the junky candy bars and jumbo cookies at the newsstand and
find the frozen yogurt instead. If you order smart, you can satisfy your
craving without overloading on sugar. A small cup of Red Mango's original froyo
with fresh fruit toppings is under 150 calories.
Photo Courtesy of Red Mango
This portable, mess-free fruit is available just about
everywhere — airport cafes, gas stations, and coffee shop counters included. At
only 105 calories, a medium sized banana provides a hearty dose of potassium,
which helps banish bloat and lower your blood pressure. Pop one in your
carry-on bag, or toss the entire bunch in the car if you're taking a family
road trip this holiday season
Bars are the ultimate convenience snack for travelers, but
many are loaded with sugar, unhealthy fat, junky additives and preservatives.
KIND bars stand out from the pack because they're made with whole food
ingredients you recognize like nuts, dried fruit, and seeds, and they're low in
added sugar. The nuts provide protein and healthy fats to curb appetite and
stabilize blood sugars, which helps keep your mood level (important as you
battle crowds and traffic!).
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