Eating Healthy on Vacation: 10 Healthy Holiday Snacks to Enjoy
Healthy eating on vacation isn’t difficult when you take a little time to plan ahead. Here are a selection of healthy holiday snack ideas that will ensure you can eat healthy on the go.
Eggs with Avocado Toast
Hotel cooked breakfasts can be a nutritional minefield. Walk past the fried meats and stick to a serving of poached or scrambled eggs, as research shows that eggs keep your stomach full for longer. Swap white bread for wholegrain and get your daily dose of fibre.
High in fibre, protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, edamame is the perfect healthy vacation snack. Eaten in China, Japan, Korea and Hawaii, these scrumptious beans are available from many sushi takeaways and Asian food markets.
Beef Jerky can be a lean source of quality protein. While some brands pack their jerky with high levels of sugar and salt, you can benefit from eating the low sugar varieties that are often found in health food stores.
Hummus and crudités
The whole-food, unprocessed, plant-based ingredients used in hummus make it an excellent snack to eat on holidays. While it pairs perfectly with slices of toasted pita bread; red and green peppers are a great carb-free accompaniment.
Apple and nut butter
Apple slices with natural peanut butter are a match made in heaven. Packed with fibre, protein and healthy fats, they’re incredibly filling. Thinly slice an apple into a small bowl and add two teaspoons of natural peanut or almond butter, simple!
Hard-boiled eggs with Sriracha
Hard-boiled eggs are an excellent healthy snack food, packed with essential vitamins and minerals. High in protein, essential fats and potassium, hard-boiled eggs are not only nutritious, but are great for controlling hunger. Mixed with Sriracha sauce, you can’t go wrong!
Popcorn is a whole grain snack that’s high in fibre and antioxidants. Research also shows that it fills you up faster, and has less calories than most potato chips. Avoid adding sugary caramel flavours and go for alternatives like cinnamon, wasabi or sea salt and you will have a healthy holiday snack guaranteed to stop any cravings.
Pork rinds with guacamole
Modern pork rinds are puffed and not deep fried, meaning they’re high in protein and low in carbs. They contain about the same amount of fat as a bag of tortilla chips, with almost half of that in the form of oleic acid – a fatty acid that occurs naturally in various animal and vegetable fats.
Spiced whole almonds
In nutritional terms, whole nuts are a bit of a paradox: they’re high in calories but don’t lead to fat gain. Almonds are a great source of protein, fibre and vitamin E, magnesium and a number of other essential nutrients.
It’s easy to make your own spiced nuts. Just gently warm almonds in a pan with a squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkle on a little paprika or cinnamon. Sumptuous!
Quark cheese with raspberries and honey
Quark is a low fat, low sugar, high protein cheese. It’s mild like cottage cheese but doesn’t have the lumps that some people are put off by. It’s perfect for mixing with fresh berries and, with a little honey, makes for a great on-the-go vacation snack.