Updated: Nov 4
Traveling is one of the most common causes of increased pain and inflammation. There are many reasons for this. Sleeping in a different bed, stress and worry about travel plans, and veering off of our normal diet just to name a few. Many of us overindulge in foods we are not usually consuming and this departure from how we normally eat increases the inflammatory response. The excess inflammation and toxic load causes increase pain, increased tension, and depletes your energy levels. So, what can you do feel your best when you travel?
Here are my top 5 best travel foods. They are low in sugar, high in nutrients, and of course super delicious! They are easy to prep beforehand and pack up perfectly. Let me know your favorites!
1. Hippea Chickpea Puffs
A healthy spin on a traditional cheese puff this particular brand is loaded with macronutrients and awesome flavor. They contain 3 grams fiber of and 4 grams of protein per 1 oz. serving. They are also organic, gluten-free, soy-free, and dairy-free which helps to minimize bloat and inflammation. My personal favorite but be careful, it's kinda hard to stop!
2. Yogurt and Granola
A strategically picked yogurt can be a very healthy snack. You have to really read the labels on this one though! Pick a yogurt that is full fat to get a well-balanced snack including some protein, fat, and carb. Pack in a cooler with an ice pack and you'll have a healthy snack wherever you may be. Homemade oats baked with coconut oil, maple syrup, and little sea salt is a healthy addition to this treat.
3. Assorted Nuts
Nuts are beneficial to our diet in many ways. They provide extra fiber, protein, and healthy fats while on the go. Almonds, Cashews, and Walnuts are beneficial for cholesterol support, and Pistachios and Brazil nuts help reduce inflammation. Remember to avoid nuts that are salted, roasted in harmful oils, and pre-shelled as they allow the oils to go rancid.
4. Banana and Peanut Butter
A banana may seem like a perfect travel option but the truth is a banana by itself is not a balanced meal. It contains carbs and protein but little to no fat which is partly why bananas can cause constipation. That's where the peanut butter comes in. Get a little pack of Justin's Peanut butter and dab it on as you eat! So So good!
5. Peppers and Hummus
Bell peppers contain the highest about of phytonutrients because of their vibrant colors. They also contain close to 200% of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin C and 16% of the recommended daily dose of Vitamin A. They contain the most nutrients than almost all other vegetables and have antioxidant properties. But the are on the "dirty dozen" list which is a list of produce that retain the most pesticides so be sure to get organic peppers! Cut up a few peppers and dip into your favorite healthy hummus and there you have it!
From the desk of Dr. Lisette Miller Kondrad. Dr. Miller is a licensed Chiropractic Physician and Board Certified Acupuncture Provider who has been in clinical practice for over 7 years. She has helped hundreds of patients through chiropractic care and acupuncture. Click here to contact Clark Road Chiropractic Center with any questions or to schedule your appointment!