Whether you’re on the road traveling to your next assignment or trying to take care of yourself while on the job, it’s really important for travel nurses to have healthy snacks to keep them satisfied. Planning snacks ahead can help you make better choices when hunger happens, so drop the processed vending machine junk and reach for one of these healthy snacks for travel nurses!
A handful of raw nuts provide major protein along with lots of important nutrients! Nuts are great for your heart and brain health in particular. The best candidates for healthy snacks for travel nurses are almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and pistachios. Just make sure you go raw, not roasted, in order to reap the most benefits. And, as with anything, enjoy nuts in moderation.
Hummus and Veggies
Ditch the ranch for hummus and you’ll increase your health and add major flavor. Veggies will provide hydration and nutrients, and hummus (a pureed chickpea dip) provides protein that will keep you energized throughout your busy day. Just make sure to read the ingredients as some packaged hummus can have unhealthy ingredients snuck in. You can also avoid that by making your own — it’s very simple! Spend 10 minutes at the start of your week chopping up cucumbers, broccoli, red peppers and/or celery to pair with your hummus — or go ultra easy with baby carrots, snap peas, or grape tomatoes!
This delicious, portable snack packs more than twice the protein of regular yogurt. Mix in some fresh berries and/or nuts for an even better snack. My go-to is plain Greek yogurt with a dash of raw walnuts, fresh blueberries, and a drizzle of local honey — yum!
One of these will run you about 80 calories and packs protein, choline, and leutine. Boil a batch of these up at the start of the week — while you chop your veggies — and simply grab and go throughout the week!
Cottage Cheese or String Cheese with Fruit
Cottage cheese with pineapple or string cheese with grapes are my favorites!
Pro Tip: A bento box with compartments is great for healthy on-the-go snacking. They allow you to pack small bits of a variety of food and keep them separate while in transit, and they double as your plate when it’s time to chow down!
What are your go-to healthy snacks for travel nurses? Share your favorites in the comments!