I don’t know about you, but when I travel, I don’t usually take snacks. Yes, I think I’m that tough. “Because I don’t have any snacks with me, I just won’t get hungry and I won’t eat anything,” I say to myself. Then I add, “Maybe I’ll get some gum.”
Despite the bravado and the gum, invariably I become ravenous before boarding, panic and buy some over-priced, unhealthy food item at the airport shop-ette, feeling the fatty junk-food goodness slide into my system, calorie by calorie.
This time, I’m vowing, it’s going to be different.
I’m traveling soon and while on my recent Trader Joe’s run, I selected an assortment of palette-pleasing treats verging on the healthy – or at least on the not SO unhealthy – side.
First and foremost, I had to appeal to my overriding love of salt. I thought the cheese would be a good alternative to crackers and steer me away from that evil standby – chips.
As for satisfying the sweet side, I tried to veer away from chocolate (melt prone and fat laden), keep it small (I usually need just a tiny bit), and even possibly include something healthy (that would be the roasted and processed plantains, and the sugary fruit leather).
Then there is the box of brown rice “Rice Crispy Treats.” I’ve been wanting an excuse to try them and am grateful for my sudden brainstorm to accommodate that urge. If they’re all I’ve dreamed they would be, I’ll give them a post of their own soon.
TILATJ (i.e. this blog) will be on the road for a bit. I hope to collect reports about TJ’s in other towns to share with you along the way, or when I return, depending on what my down time will allow. I’ll definitely let you know how my travel snack companions fared.
Do you have any favorite travel snacks that err on the side of healthy, or fall under the category, “not-as-unhealthy-as-it-could-have-been?” Please share, and we can all put the ideas on our list for our next trip.
Thanks, all! And, thank you, TJ’s.
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