Overbooked flights. Train delays. Stinky seatmates. No one said holiday travel was easy, but it would be nice if it didn’t crush your body as well as your spirit. We asked Melisse Gelula, wellness expert and co-founder of Well+Good NYC, for advice on how to stay happy and healthy during the busiest travel season. Turns out it’s easier than you think.
Eat at home beforehand
“You’re surrounded by high-carb, prepackaged foods at airports and train stations,” says Gelula. “So I eat a really healthy meal at home beforehand, like a kale salad with avocado and almonds.” A light, well-balanced meal will curb the impulse to reach for that in-flight Chex Mix freebie. To satisfy a mid-journey snack attack, reach for smart-but-tasty option like Lärabar’s ϋber bar.
Nutritionist Kate Geagan helped us makeover our snacking habits—and told us why soy is an ingredient to love. (Photo: fitnessmagazine.com)
Much though we love our sweet treats, we know that too much chocolate truffle and pecan pie love can negatively affect your health. Since we’re headed into the holiday season (a.k.a. cookie, candy and cake overload) we decided to ask nutritionist Kate Geagan for her best tips on healthy snacking. She not only helped point out ingredients to avoid, like high fructose corn syrup, but also gave us the lowdown on why we should be reaching for soy-based snacks. (Did you know it’s been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease?) We’ll be using her tips to make good choices all winter long.
1. What are the nutritional components of a great snack? Should you have different types of snacks at different points of the day?
A great snack includes what I call the “trifecta for fullness”: fat, protein and fiber. These nutrients help give your snack staying power, and because they take longer to digest they also help your blood sugar stay stable longer. Also, snacks should be between 100-200 calories—if the calorie intake is too little you’ll be hungry again, too much and it can lead to changes in body weight.
2. I eat a lot of snack bars because they’re great on the go and when I’m at work. What ingredients should I look out for?