I find travelling stressful because sometimes you never know where your next meal is coming from, and there’s absolutely no guarantee you’ll be able to make a healthy choice. My first night in Mexico, having arrived at the hotel at midnight, I got a McChicken Burger and an orange juice. Depressing, I know.
My solution? Always carry snacks. My handbag is always filled with a veritable excess of snacks, just in case I can’t get a healthy meal. Snacks are also my top tip for surviving a long haul flight!
So here are my favourites, all available from mini-marts or small shops (in my experience). Even if it’s specific to Mexico, I hope you can get some ideas, or even just confirmation that healthy, on-the-go food is possible.
1. Nature’s Heart Nutty Berry Mix.
Filling, nutty, and 100 calories a pack. Granola bars are also an option, but check the packet as they can be packed full of sugar!
2. Apple or Mango Chips.
I have two brands I go for, my favourite is Fruta Sana. As a rule of thumb, I can get them from a local Oxxo, so I pick up a few packs every time I pass by.
3. Chocolate Milk.
Easy to get hold of, and great for refuelling after a run. Also, I just love it.
4. Protein Bars.
Okay, these aren’t from a mini-mart, but where I currently am, there’s a GNC on every corner. So I stop by and get Quest or Raw Revolution bars.
5. Beef Jerky.
God, I wish I didn’t love this as much as I do. I crave it. It’s amazing. I get it from GNC, so it’s the low fat stuff. But god. So much salt.
6. Skinny Popcorn.
Available from Nutrisa (again, on every corner), they have an amazing lime and salt flavour. Only 80 calories a pack!
7. Greek Yogurt
You can usually find greek or greek-style yogurt in mini-marts. It’s not the real deal, and packs a lot of sugar, but it’s better than the alternatives.
8. Packets of Tuna.
These are ready-to-go sachets that pack a protein punch if you’re in need! The smell won’t make you popular at the office though, so don’t break them out unless you really can’t avoid it.
9. A Skinny Latte
Great for some protein, and almost always available. I sometimes get a decaff in the evening when I just feel like a little treat.
10. Apple Puree
You know, the ones made for babies. Always available, and great in oatmeal. Just check the ingredients though, some Heinz ones contain a load of crap and, consequently, taste like crap.
My biggest tip when on the go is portion control! This is something I struggle with, so I always get portioned packets.
Good luck and happy snacking!