Thursday Temptation: Vacation Snacks That Will Help You Stay On Track

Summer is quickly approaching and we all can't wait to dive right in! Some of us have family vacations, getaways or road trips already planned. Before you get started on the things you are going to do while on vacation, think about how you are going to take care of that vacation body you've been working on. 

When most of us go on vacation, we put our whole lives on "vacation mode"; our health, responsibilities. By the time you know it, it's the end of your vacation and you gained at least 5 pounds. It is important to make a list of portable foods and snacks that you can carry along while traveling, that way you stay on track but yet are still able to relax and enjoy yourself. 

My family and I recently went on a week long trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. Being that we had four children with us, I felt it necessary to pack enough snacks for each day of the trip. Of course having my health and body in mind, I packed a few goodies for myself. 

Here are a few goodies to carry along in your travel bag:

  1. Water, Water, Water- I cannot count how many times we bought water during our vacation. With all the running around we do during our vacation, we sometimes forget to stop and rehydrate. Keeping a few water bottles in your travel bag is necessary, but not too much as to weigh your bag down. 
  2. Trail Mix- depending on the ingredients of your trail mix, this snack can be rich in proteins and vitamins. 
    • For Energy (carbs): dried pineapple, bananas, and raisins. 
    • For Protein Sources: Nuts and seeds (peanuts, cashews, almonds, sunflower/pumpkin seeds).
    • To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth: crystalized ginger, shredded coconut. **Trail Mix that's loaded with candy bits or sugar-sweetened fruit offer more empty calories and are not considered nutritious.**
    • Slow-Burning Carbs (Not Nutrient Rich): granola, pretzels, cracker bits.                   
  3. Fruit- the simplest of snack packing is cut-up fruit. Personally, I enjoy fruit better when it's washed and cut. Although fresh fruit is best, try to pick fruit that won't easily brown or mush quickly, as you want to pack snacks for a day's trip. 

While on your vacation or weekend trip, please take the time to respect your body and fuel it with nutritious foods and water...your body will thank you!

**Please share any of your favorite travel snacks/DIY snacks in the comment section below.**