I didn’t get away much this summer (save the odd day out) but now have a 5 day work (and play!) vacation in New York coming up. So today I have been checking through a few items that I can take while travelling to ensure I stay on track, get my protein and don’t feel tempted to have the usual air-line, truck-stop or mid-meal fare. I came across this feature in my inbox which has some good recommendations so I am sharing with any other WLS travellers, although they make good recommendations for what I call an ’emergency’ box when food choice is limited, journeys change dramatically and meal time is a long way away!
Nicole Giguere, MA, RD, LDN, clinical and bariatric dietitian at Pennsylvania Hospital, offers her favorite healthy snacks to bring or buy during your travels.
During summer vacation, there can be many temptations that make it harder to stick to the bariatric diet. One way to stay on track is to prepare for your trip with healthy snacks. Below are some bariatric-friendly snacks that can be pre-packed or purchased at the airport or gas station during your travels.
100-Calorie Nut Packs
Nuts are loaded with healthy fats, protein and fiber to keep you fuller for longer. Though nuts are good for us, they are a high calorie food. Purchase pre-portioned packs or portion out nuts in small baggies to prevent overeating.
Homemade Trail Mix
Making your own trail mix helps to control the sugar content, which may be higher in pre-packaged trail mixes. Try mixing your favorite nuts and seeds with a few dark chocolate morsels or dried fruit for a sweet mix. You can also try adding spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or even cayenne pepper to mix up the flavor of your trail mix.
Beef or Turkey Jerky
Though beef jerky and turkey jerky are loaded with protein, it also contains a lot of salt (also called sodium) to help preserve the meat. Be sure to stick to small portions of jerky and to drink plenty of water and eat fresh fruits and vegetable to balance out the salt content.
High Protein Chips
If you really need something crunchy to munch on during your trip there are a few brands of bariatric friendly chips to try. The best places to purchase these high protein low carbohydrate chips are either online or at your local vitamin and supplement shop. Try searching “bariatric chips” on the internet to find the brand and flavor that suits you best!
Individual Peanut Butter Packets with Whole Wheat Crackers
Individual peanut butter or other nut butter packets are an easy way to stick to proper portion sizes. Pair with whole wheat crackers for a quick easy snack.
Other Great Snacks
Packing a cooler for your trip? Here are some high protein snacks that are best refrigerated.
Remember, going on vacation does not mean giving up on your diet! Packing ahead of time ensures that you are prepared for whatever eating challenges arise. Continue to choose healthy options wherever you go and enjoy your vacation this summer.