Coconut Nut Snacks…and How to Stay Healthy while Travelling

I have a husband who travels a ton. From Asia to Europe and North America, he spends a lot of time eating at restaurants, working long hours, and doing his best to fit in a workout whenever possible! It takes discipline and some extra planning, but he knows that keeping healthy habits while on the road, only helps to improve his productivity and energy levels.

Now whether you are travelling for work or leisure, there are some key ways to ensure that your healthy habits don’t go out the door with your routine. As such, I’d like to introduce Kendra Thornton, a travel expert who appears on TV stations across the US to offer travel tips and deals to millions of people every year. She makes regular appearances on ABC, NBC and CW stations in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. She has also made special guest appearances on The Nate Show, Fine Living Network and The Tyra Banks Show. As a mother of 3, Kendra knows what it is to be busy but she is dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle for herself and her family, especially while on the road.

To compliment her tips, I’ve put together a tasty, travel-friendly snack below: Coconut Nut Snacks. Enjoy them as a mid-day snack or take them on your next trip over the pond.  Either way, they will ensure a healthy serving of protein and healthy fats to keep you on track wherever your travels take you. Well, without further to adieu, here’s what Kendra has to say!

Coconut Nut Balls Walk Everywhere

Walking is gentle, effective exercise that can take the place of sedentary transportation options. When you’re at the airport, walk to your boarding area when possible. At your destination, choose walking tours over bus tours. By walking after dinner, you can boost your digestion. Finally, walking in parks, on beaches and around your hotel on a daily basis will help burn any excess calories you consume during your travels.

Avoid Airport Vittles

Airport food is frequently diverse and delicious but unfortunately, few airport menu items are healthy. If you take time to look, however, you will find that more airports are keeping healthier options on hand. For example, you can now get fresh fruit, oatmeal and sugar-free yogurt at many airports. Not only will these foods replenish your energy, but also they will keep you full longer so you can enjoy your trip with less stress.

Stay Hydrated

Getting enough water is essential for feeling your best. It’s easy to become dehydrated during travel, making it especially important to plan your daily water intake at these times. Naturally, water requirements are even higher on trips to areas with high heat and heavy sunlight. Be sure to keep your carry-on bag, backpack and vehicle filled with enough water to last you through your trip. Finally, don’t be afraid to keep a water bottle on hand for regular thirst quenching.

Head to the Gym

Traveling can make it more difficult to stick to your established fitness routine. To make it easier, I always try to stay at hotels with decent gym facilities. Although not all gyms are properly stocked, many include equipment for both strength training and cardiovascular exercise. Take time to check websites and speak with hotel management before making reservations. This way, you can avoid being stuck with a gym that is too small or poorly equipped.

Whenever my family and I travel, we keep plenty of healthy snacks within reach so we’re never tempted to indulge in junk food. As a result, we feel better and have more energy to get things done and enjoy our time together.  Once you get into a routine of taking steps like the ones I’ve listed here, you will never want to return to less healthy travel habits.

Coconut Nut Balls

Coconut Nut Snacks Recipe
Makes 12 balls
1/2 cup hazelnut & almond butter (or nut butter of choice)
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup chopped, blanched almonds
1/3 cup pecans
3/4 cup divided, shredded, unsweetened coconut

In a saucepan over the low heat, heat nut butter and honey. When slightly heated and easy to stir, add in remaining ingredients and 1/4 cup of shredded coconut. Mix well to ensure all ingredients are coated with honey and nut butter. Remove mixture from stove and pour in a bowl. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes.

Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour remaining 1/2 cup coconut into a bowl. Taking spoonfuls of the nut mixture, roll  the spoonful with your hands to form a ball. Roll the ball in the shredded coconut until evenly coated and place each ball on the cookie sheet. Store in the fridge or wrap in parchment paper to take on your travels!

Enjoy!

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