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The best healthy travel snacks, according to nutritionists and dietitians – NBC News

My motto is: Never travel without snacks! Just as traffic and weather are unpredictable when traveling, so is the snack selection. Some airports and convenience stops are well-stocked with plenty of healthy items while others — even in big cities — leave you with few nutritious options. Plus, bringing your own food means you can avoid the over-priced airport and rest stop fare.

Whether you’re hitting the road, railways, or the skies, travel can take you long stretches between meals and a healthy snack can help nourish you and satisfy hunger between stops. You might even find that by snacking well, you’re less irritable during those unpredictable delays.

Even when you’re heading out on vacation, it makes sense to stick to your (mostly) healthy eating routine. You’ll find it easier to offset vacation weight gain and you’ll feel better during your trip. So, on top of your sneakers, sunscreen, and clothing, add healthy snacks to your packing list. Here are some nutritionist-approved picks to choose from.

What makes a healthy travel snack?

Travel snacks need to be easily portable for road trips and airplane travel, and if the latter, they must be able to make it past TSA inspection. Yogurt, nut butter, and certain dips (like hummus and guacamole) are considered “liquids and gels” and would therefore need to meet size requirements to make it through US security. (Rules may vary if you’re entering the US from a foreign country.) Fresh foods need to travel well, meaning they’re easy to tote and not too messy to eat on the go. Beyond that, here are some guidelines the registered dietitians (RDs) considered when suggesting snacks that get the green light:

  • Primarily made with whole food ingredients (think: beans, nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies, whole grains).
  • Any grain-containing items should be made with whole grains
  • Controlled (if any) amounts of added sugar and sodium

The best healthy travel snacks, according to nutritionists and dietitians – NBC News

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