by Junelle Lupiani, R.D. Traveling can be one of the hardest times to stick to healthy choices. If you’re not enticed by pre-packaged salads or soggy sandwiches – the healthy options in airports might seem very bleak. So, my recommendation is to plan ahead. Pack these healthy snacks in your carry-on and feel confident in your ability to stay above the fray, stick to your guns, and give your body nutrients even while your mind is spinning with boarding calls, aisle numbers, and seat assignments.
Celery sticks & Miraval’s Carrot Peanut Butter
Miraval’s signature carrot peanut butter is served daily during lunch – it’s a favorite of Miraval’s guests. And it’s just plain yummy. Plus, it’s packed with protein from the peanut butter and nutrients from the carrots. Low-cal and decadent, all in one. Here’s the recipe –> The Famous Carrot Peanut Butter Recipe
Blueberries or Grapes
It might seem simple… but easy-to-snack-on fruits such as grapes or blueberries are wonderful for traveling because you can put them in a tupperware or even a ziplock bag for easy transport. Plus, there’s no peel or pit to discard and they aren’t messy to eat like other fruits (grapefruit, peaches, etc). They’re the perfect snack to pop in your mouth when you’re on the go and you’ll be getting the nutrients and antioxidants to keep your body happy.
Homemade Energy Bars (or Balls!)
Instead of spending for overpriced granola bars or protein bars at the airport’s newstand or bookstore, make some homemade energy balls of your own with this exclusive recipe:
Junelle’s Energy Balls Recipe:
1 cup almond, cashew or organic peanut butter
1/5 cup honey
3.5 cups oatmeal or granola
2 tablespoons ground flax
2 tablespoons chia seed
2 tablespoons hemp seed
2 cups pitted dates (chopped in food processor)
Mix all ingredients in large bowl. Once mixed shape into balls or press into 9×9 inch baking pan and cut into bars. Serve.
Homemade Healthy Trail Mix
Mix together and serve!
Spicy Soy Nut Pretzel Mix
This “bar mix” is a staple of our Daily Buzz hors deouvres in the Brave Bill Lounge each afternoon at the resort. This recipe was featured in our Mindful Eating cookbook and it is a delicious snack to indulge in while traveling because of the crunch and robust flavor profile. Here’s the recipe –> Spicy Soy Nut Pretzel Mix