When I travel, I am always prepared – from an hour car ride to a several-hour flight, I am guaranteed to have snacks on my bag! My other half is, as I’ve enumerated in the past, a great sport about it all – it’s not unlike traveling with a five year-old! 😀
The other day I had to head to NYC for the day – I probably spent about five and a half hours on the train, and a good two stuck at the train station. At first I was thinking “UGH…this is just like an airport, only smaller with fewer options!” Despite that I had my snacks, I was hoping for something more filling…so I scoped the scene.
Fortunately, there was a deli in the terminal! Most people ordered like normal folks – sandwiches and salads. Then I get to the counter and ask for a half pound of sliced turkey! I was so excited that there were healthy options available, and that I didn’t have to resort to buying a sandwich and removing the majority of it (including its exoskeleton, very likely!)
But even without having the deli nearby, I was prepared! I had one bag with all of my reading materials, and another for my snacks:
- Fresh fruit is a great option because it contains fiber, nutrients and water…not to mention natural sugar to satisfy any I’m-traveling-let-me-just-grab-a-candybar-cravings. I brought a sumo orange, an organic fuji apple, and red grapes
- Pistachios are another good option – the bag was small enough that I wouldn’t have gone crazy even if I ate it all (portions matter, especially with nuts!) The fat and protein was helpful so I could feel full and not like I needed to devour something I’d be unhappy about! I get salted and roasted because I do need a bit of extra salt, and the roasted flavor is delicious.
- Seaweed chips in Barbecue are a favorite of mine… I don’t eat them every day but they are a nice crunchy option instead of having potato chips or crackers. Sometimes baby carrots aren’t enough!
The sliced turkey was a great idea in addition to all the other goodies – it turned out to be a long day and the protein was just what I needed to stay satisfied. (I did eat breakfast, by the way – egg whites and vegetables!)
It’s better to be prepared with some healthy snacks if you are out and about, lest you order something unhealthy that you feel unhappy about later on – it isn’t hard to do, and there are items you can take without refrigeration.
If you DO forget, most places these days have fresh fruit to buy, or at least fruit salads, as well as cut veggies (if I buy those, I get the ones with hummus, not a creamy dip!) I was really excited to see the deli, though, and so appreciate how many more food shops are adding nutritious foods to their shelves….even in a dingy train station (no offense, PENN!)