“It is better to travel well than to arrive.”– Buddha
This inspirational teaching of Buddha stands true even today. He has quoted one of the true facts of life. Travel is a mini journey in itself, and if you travel well, you will arrive at your destination, happy and full of zest.
An important part of travelling is the food that we consume. Who hasn’t fallen for the lure of fried samosas, pastries and fatty puffs? A plethora of options like burgers, fried dishes and chicken wings are available at bus stops, railway stations and airports.
As Indians, we also pack along the unhealthy, yet yummy duo of fried potatoes, puris and aachars. We must realize that we should opt for nutritious and healthy food while travelling to avoid the debilitating effects of travelling, including jet lag. Unhealthy food also plays havoc with your diet, causing you to bid goodbye to those flirtatious dresses and skinny denims.
Top 10 Travel Friendly Foods:
Let us look at a few healthy food combinations for travelling. These will keep you light and refreshed, yet filled up.
1. Fill Up On Fiber-Rich Veggies:
Bite-size veggies like baby carrots, broccoli florets, bell pepper slices are filling, yet low on calories and fat. You can pair these with pre-packaged containers of hummus or make your own yogurt dips by using hung curd mixed with salt, pepper, and other spices.
2. Nuts And Seeds:
Nuts are your daily dose of omega 3 fatty acids, proteins and minerals. They are yummy to eat and come with a satisfying crunch.
Fill up a bag with mixed nuts. But, remember the proportions as it is easy to overdo on nuts. Opt for a 100 calorie single serving of nuts. You can also roast the nuts for a strong flavor. If all else fails, buy a pre-packaged salad and forgo the dressing. Instead, sprinkle the roasted nuts on top for that yummy crunch.
3. High-Fiber Cereal / Diet Management Cereals:
You can fill up on single serving bags of high fiber and nutritious snacks like granola and Special K cereal. You can easily mix these with a cup of pre-packaged yogurt for a nutritious and protein-rich snack.
4. Cheese/ Paneer:
Opt for pre-cut pieces of cheese or paneer. Ensure that you pack them in a cling film to avoid them from drying out. Keep an eye on the portions as cheese is high on calories. These pair well with ready-made salads and even plain sandwiches, available at travel points.
5. Dry Fruits:
Dry fruits, such as figs and prunes are nutritious and full of fiber. In fact, Big Bazaar carries an excellent variety of figs. Prunes are available from Del monte. Dried apricots are another option. Don’t overdo them, or you may end up with an upset tummy. Remember to portion beforehand for a 100 calorie snack and not more than that.
6. Energy Bars:
Energy bars are a complete meal that will provide you with an invigorating protein and fiber boost. You can buy them ready-made or toss up your own with this recipe, customizing it as required:
- 1 /2 cup dates which are pitted
- 1/4 cup honey (Dabur honey works)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds
- 1 and 1/2 cups Quaker Oats
- Add ins – chocolate chips, dried fruits, nuts etc
Mix the ingredients; lay on a flat pan, bake, cool and cut into bars.
7. Trail Mix:
Make your own 100 calorie mixes by mixing together popcorn, nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate chips. You can choose to make it savory or sweet. Just pack 100 calorie portions separately.
Yogurt provides you with protein and is an excellent snack. Mix in your trail mix or granola, and you are good to go.
9. Fresh Fruits:
Always carry fresh fruits like bananas and oranges. Avoid super sweet and difficult to consume fruits like mangoes and melons. Nothing beats the nutritive and economical value of fresh fruits.
10. Homemade Whole Grain Goodies:
If you have a sweet tooth, you can ensure that you nosh sensibly by preparing your own baked goodies and packing them along. This way, you can control the ingredients and the sugar content. Face it; everyone loves sweet treats while traveling!
This guide should hopefully provide you with a list of travel-friendly, healthy foods. Happy noshing.