During store tours and consultations, I am constantly asked how to eat well and maintain energy levels while on the road. In this post, I'll provide some simple recommendations for great travel foods that should be staples in any athlete’s (or family's) travel bag!
Nuts and Seeds (think pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, Brazil nuts, etc. [all unsalted]) These foods are high in protein and healthy fats and pack a huge amount of fibre, not to mention essential minerals and antioxidants. Plus, they keep fresh for ages!
Dried Fruit (figs, dates, raisins, cherries, blueberries, cranberries) Amazing for energy, these provide a large volume of carbs for energy as well as fibre and a host of minerals and vitamins. They also taste great and make a great addition to trail mixes.
Powdered Whole Food Meal Replacements, which can be found in health food stores and grocery stores, can be kept in the car for long periods of time. Simply bring a stainless steel-water bottle with you, mix the powder in, and you've got a quick and convenient food source with hydration.
Homemade Granola Bars can be put together extremely easily and when you make them at home, you can use your everyday ingredients, like those found in trail mixes, as well as beefing them up further with top quality additions such as oats, raw cacao nibs, etc.
Also, don't forget, when you find yourself out of food, a grocery store is usually just as close as a fast food outlet. Make the right choice: head to a grocer to stock up for the haul ahead!
Whichever way you choose, making sure you have good quality, high-energy snacks with you on the road means no missed meals, steady energy, and consistent performance – even away from home.
Thanks for reading!