What I Ate Today + My Favorite Travel Snacks

Living Inspiralized

If you haven’t seen already, I’m starting a new healthy living section and feature on this blog, that I’m naming “Living Inspiralized.” Cute, right?!

I love inspiring others to find their healthy strides, so I decided to talk about it on a weekly basis. Each week, I’ll share a “What I Ate Today” and then discuss a topic.

Mostly, I’ll be answering the questions I receive from all of you. Luckily, you tend to ask the same questions, so hopefully these posts are helpful for many.

What I Ate Today, January 17, 2017

I will say this: I ate more than I normally do, because I went for a 50 minute run in the morning and whenever I run, I always feel ravenous for the rest of the day. But I still keep it healthy, no matter my hunger levels throughout the day!

Breakfast

Snack

A small bowl of raw organic nuts – walnuts, cashews, and almonds (about a large handful). I’ve been working mixed nuts into my diet for the past couple of months, since I’ve been eating more plant-based than ever – they’re a decent source of protein, good source of fiber, and a great source of those much-needed omega-3 fatty acids.

Lunch

My go-to veggie sandwich, without sprouts (they were out of them at the grocery store!) I use Ezekiel Bread, hummus, cucumbers, red onion, Annie’s Naturals dijon mustard, sliced tomato, spinach, and mashed avocado.

Snack

As you’ll see in my favorite travel snacks below, I’ve recently become obsessed with NOKA Organics!

Snack

Some raspberries and almonds (almonds not pictured here) and my daily peppermint tea (I added steamed almond milk after taking this picture)!

Pre-dinner

I didn’t get home until about 7:35pm, and I was so hungry, so I polished off the leftovers from last night’s dinner, the Bell Pepper Taco Skillet. It looks like a lot – but it was really only about 1.5 cups.

Dinner

I made my Split Pea Curry with Cauliflower! It’s a lot of heavy prep, but once it’s all prepped, it comes together quickly – and in one pot!

After dinner

I had a few scoops of P.S. Snack’s chickpea cookie dough. It’s literally life-changingly delicious! It tastes JUST like cookie dough (but even better, with an almond butter kick) – and it’s vegan, gluten-free, non-gmo, soy free, dairy free, and well, you can read about it here if you’re interested (unfortunately, they only distribute in DC right now!)

My Favorite Travel Snacks

I travel quite often. I love traveling – for work or for pleasure, I generally enjoy traveling. I love having time to myself to read, binge on social media, and relax (yes, traveling is relaxing to me!) However, traveling and eating healthy can be difficult. There are so many sugary, processed foods at the airport – it can be tempting to just grab and go.

If I’m traveling on a short flight (under 3 hours), I usually just bring a piece of fruit, some nuts, or maybe a granola bar with me in case I feel hungry. If I’m traveling on a longer flight (4+ hours), I’ll pack a sandwich, a piece of fruit, and perhaps a snack (see my snack preferences below.) Also, of course, I drink an insane amount of water – it’s important to keep hydrated while traveling!

Living in New Jersey, I travel out of Newark Airport, JFK or LaGuardia, and the healthy options are abundant, thankfully. But, I’ve definitely been at airports when the only options are literally Flipz and M&Ms (ugh!) So, what do you do?

If you’re traveling out of an airport that has no healthy options (usually smaller airports), THINK AHEAD! Either pre-pack snacks when you originally leave home OR, pick up something healthy while you’re at that destination. For example, when flying back home this past Sunday, I knew the airport terminal wasn’t going to have great options (Phoenix airport) – literally, there was nothing vegetarian (I always go veg at airports) and the only healthy snacks were some soggy fruit and KIND bars. So, before I left my Aunt’s house on Sunday, I packed a bag of nuts, a banana, and had a big lunch. When Lu picked me up that night, I told him to bring me water and a snack!

It’s better to go a little hungry than to eat something unhealthy, that’s my policy – I rather be hangry than eat something that’s not good for my body.

Here’s a list of snacks I like to bring with me on the airplane (or, if I knew they’ll be at the airport, I purchase them there) :

NOKA Organics

This is actually a new discovery (literally this past weekend.) I grabbed the Sweet Potato variety and it was so good – I had never tried a pouch snack before, but these are really tasty. The Beet one is good too, but I love the Sweet Potato one specifically – it literally tastes like sweet potatoes baked in cinnamon. It’s made with real, clean, whole ingredients. On the plane, before I took off, I actually bought a couple boxes off Amazon and I’ve been enjoying them ever since!

You can grab them here.

18 Rabbits Bars

There are so many sugar-laden granola and fruit bars out there, it can be difficult to choose a healthy one, especially when you’re running through an airport. You don’t always have the time to make an educated decisions – who has time to read ingredients when your flight is about to board?! I love the Apricot, Walnut & Coconut variety.

You can grab them here.

Justin’s Almond Butter Packets and a Banana

You can almost always find bananas or apples at the airport (make sure you rinse your apples in the bathroom before eating them, though!) and if you come pre-prepared with almond butter, you have a high-protein, filling snack! I literally squeeze almond butter into my mouth, bite the banana and chew – haha! I order the packets of Justin’s now, because I could literally eat a full tub in a sitting, so this is instant portion control.

You can grab the packets here (bananas not included!).

KIND Snacks

I love packing these Dark Chocolate Cacao bars to have on hand when I’m craving something sweet – there are two bars in each package, so I’ll have one a night when I get back to my hotel – and skip the restaurant dessert. It always satisfies my craving!

Grab them here.

Raw, whole nuts

Just mix a bag before you take a trip! A lot of the pre-mixed bags of nuts are roasted and salted – it’s better to get the raw varieties, and they are harder to find in airports. I just pack a Ziploc bag and keep it in my purse! I love raw almonds, cashews, and walnuts. If you need something sweet in there, add some chopped, pitted dates.

Dried Mango Slices

For those who get a sweet tooth, you’ll especially enjoy this snack – dried mango slices are perfectly sweet, and I love them to chew on! I have these in my pantry at home always, but they’re usually easy to find in airports.

You can grab them here.

Pretzels

If I’m really in the snacking mood, you can’t beat this snack! I’ve been eating Newman’s Own for awhile, they’re great – I love the spelt flour variety.

You can grab them here.

What are your favorite healthy travel snacks?

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Comments

  1. Looks like a great day of fueling yourself! I am the same way after an intense morning workout or run. JUST RAVENOUS. I have to increase my protein and healthy fats or I will just eat all day. Love these posts, Ali!
  2. Looks like you had a lot to eat tried the pancakes with banana but to sweet for me
  3. For travel, I usually pack an apple and/or some raw carrots, celery. I sometimes pack a small container of basic almond or peanut butter. I also always bring a baggie of my own mix of nuts. So we are along the same page. Nuts and nut butters are so satiating! I also bring my own Hydroflask water container and buy water - and ask for ice (since I always have to dump mine when getting to security) and put it in. When way in the back of coach it sometimes takes forever to get your water order! The Hydroflask keeps that water cold for many hours! Sometimes I even remember to bring my own sliced lemon or orange for putting in my water. Good post!
  4. Stephanie Donahue :
    This is not about snacks but I loved reading about your snacks and plan to try most of them myself! I wanted to write to tell you how much I enjoyed your cookbook. I especially enjoyed the section you included about your mom being a Type 1 diabetic. My daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 when she was 32 years old and it was very traumatic for all of us. We all now eat a very low carb diet and use your spiralizer all of the time! We love it! My daughter uses an insulin pump and now has an iwatch so that she can monitor her levels on it (it is amazing!). We love your website (blog) and enjoy watching all of your success! Please keep up the good work and thanks for sharing all of the amazing recipes and tips!
  5. "It’s better to go a little hungry than to eat something unhealthy, that’s my policy – I rather be hangry than eat something that’s not good for my body".I had to highlight this and share with my sis because its HUGE for me! I'd like to think that when I am hungry with limited options I try to make a good decision (nuts are usually my go to). I know what I should be eating. But I so often have those moments of "Oh well I am hungry so it is what it is!" Your self discipline is really inspirational. Thank you for sharing!! These words will stick with me.
    • That line stuck out for me too! I read it out loud to my coworker before I even saw this comment! Definitely will be keeping this in mind.
  6. Loved this post! I've been looking for healthy snacks. Just ordered the sweet potato juice and the dried mango per your suggestion! Thanks!
  7. Great post!Curious, the taco skillet link takes us to a video that shows you making it with beef. The pic above looks like quinoa maybe. Is there a different technique to make it that way?Thanks.
  8. Just ordered 2 boxes of Almond Butter packets, one from Justin, one from Barney (which is a new brand for me) just to compare. Thanks for the inspiration!
  9. Are you not a KIND fan anymore? I thought you were into them a little while back. I'm just curious because I tend to grab one if I'm hungry while traveling as a healthy snack! I'm in the DC area so I'm excited to try P.S. Snacks! Thanks for letting us know about them!
  10. What brand of peppermint tea do you drink? I'm a daily peppermint tea drinker and always just by Traditional Medicinals.
  11. I'm loving the "What I Ate Today" posts! Great info! Thanks so much for all you do!
  12. Hi Ali, I pack most of the same snacks as yours when I travel. The Noka is a new one I will have to try. Another one I almost always travel with is Nick Sticks or a similar beef stick. 100% grass fed beef with no nitrates, antibiotics, MSG or gluten. They are good way to get some extra protein. I get them on Amazon or Thrive market.
  13. I very often have some grape tomatoes and cucumber slices with me. I just put them in a baggie or small container and drop them in my purse. Not super sustaining but do the trick when healthy options aren't available.
  14. What are your favorite eats/tricks for laguardia airport?I'm flying in (and having a 2 hour layover) and I won't be able to bring enough food since that's my 2nd out of 3 layovers that day.

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