It’s a fact: Finding nourishing food when you’re on the road is a challenge. Whether you’re a frequent flier or an occasional traveler, chances are you’re all too familiar with the lack of healthy snacks to keep you nourished while on the go. Even if you’re committed to a specific diet or meal plan while at home, it’s easy for your best intentions to fall by the wayside. However, with just a little foresight and planning, travel-friendly snacks are within reach. Here are a few easy ways to eat healthy, snack smart and stay satiated the next time you’re headed out of town.
Packing your own healthy travel snacks for air travel may seem like a silly thing to do. After all, airport food options are a dime a dozen, and most major airline carriers offer meals and snack items for a nominal fee. But airport fast food/fast casual options are rarely satisfying, and even when they’re available, “healthy” options like salads often contain loads of hidden fat and calories in the form of dressings and toppings. Simple carbohydrates, such as sugars, and starches are just empty calories and are wholly unsatisfying, while higher fat options (read: your typical fast food combo meal) just leave you feeling groggy and lethargic.
It’s best to pick nutrient-dense foods that pack a dietary punch, for example, lean protein. Great snacks to stash are unsalted nuts such as almonds and cashews, dried fruits, or hummus cups with veggies or whole wheat crackers. Om Mushroom’s organic Mighty Beef Bone Broth, and organic Mighty Veggie Miso Broth single serve sachets are great for on-the-go snacking. They both contain protein to keep you feeling fuller longer, plus they contain all the functional benefits of Om’s USA-grown whole food mushrooms. If you’re feeling low on energy, consider packing a few sachets of Om’s mushroom-powered Coffee Latte packed with Cordyceps to support energy, Lion’s Mane for focus, Reishi to help balance your stress levels, and Chaga for its antioxidant benefits. If you have time before you travel, spice things up by making a spicy hummus loaded with Chaga mushroom.
According to a recent study, a typical airline meal can contain upwards of 800 milligrams of sodium, which is more than 40 percent of the daily limit set by the World Health Organization. Coupled with an airplane’s super dry conditions, this can lead to discomfort, bloating and dehydration.
So be sure to drink up. It’s always smart to bring an environmentally friendly refillable water bottle to fill once you make it through security. Consider bringing along a few single-serve drink mixes as a functional and convenient way to add in some extra support for your immune system and gut. Om’s Immune+ is a great way to enhance your body’s natural defenses against airplane germs with mushroom superfood functionality, 100 percent daily value of vitamin C and 2 billion probiotics for regularity. Just add one single-serve stick to 12 ounces of water, shake and enjoy.
Your flight is just the beginning of your trip. Eating healthy while in a hotel is a separate battle. Without the convenience of your household kitchen, it can be easy to fall into a dietary rut.
Once you land in a new city, it’s always a good idea to get a general lay of the land — and that includes scouting out nearby places to grab a healthy bite. Packing or purchasing a few healthy snacks to stash in your hotel room minifridge can help banish the boredom munchies in between meetings or before dinner.
Most hotel rooms are equipped with a coffee/tea station, which means that healthy supplements can be just a brew away. Om mushroom powders make it easy to take your daily ritual on the go. Lion’s Mane, which supports focus and creativity, helps keep you sharp for that big pitch or presentation. Om’s Brain Fuel mocha powder, with naturally occurring caffeine along with Lion’s Mane and Reishi mushrooms, helps you start your day. Or, for another convenient option, bring along these superfood mushrooms in capsule form, which are easy to take wherever you are. (Pro tip: purchase a pill organizer from your local drugstore to take along only the capsules you need, saving you luggage space and helping to keep everything organized!)
Bring Your Functional Mushrooms
Om’s products offer an easy, travel-friendly addition to your on-the-go nutrition. From capsules to single-serve drink mixes and powders, these healthy and nutritious mushroom-powered products make it easy to pack wellness.
Lauren Keane is a Freelance Copywriter specializing in creating work for innovative brands in the health and wellness industries.