Thrivenotes Travel Snacks
What makes them worthy of the Thrivenotes designation?
- High in potassium (good for blood pressure and heart health)
- Portable (no-mess and 0-prep)
What should I bring with me to eat while traveling?
The following foods are high in potassium. The nuts and seeds are high in protein and healthy fats as well. All these can be great for camping, hiking, or taking with you on the airplane to balance out the pre-cooked, high-sodium meals-on-a-tray. They will help balance your electrolytes and help you stay hydrated as long as you are drinking enough water. (Smart Traveler – 1; Desert/Dessicated Cabin – 0!)
Listed in order of potassium content per 100 gram serving:
- Dark Chocolate (72% DV)
- Dry Roasted Soybeans (39% DV)
- Dried Apricots (33% DV)
- Pistachios (29% DV)
- Pumpkin Seeds (26% DV)
- Sunflower Seeds (24% DV)
- Almonds (20% DV)
- Dates (20% DV)
- Dried Figs (19% DV)
Note: watch the sodium content on the nuts and seeds! Perhaps unsalted is wisest.
For the fruit and chocolate, know that these can be very high in sugar too. Best to mix it up with some of the nuts and seeds.
What to drink?
Coconut Juice (Contains 7% DV of potassium per 100 grams)
Orange Juice (6% DV of potassium – not too shabby!)
Since we’re talkin’ potassium, what about bananas?
Besides the fact that they quickly spoil and get squished when lugged around, their nutrient density is only about 10% of your daily value of potassium. (Not bad, really, but you can do much better!)
Any Honorable Mentions?
Sun-dried Tomatoes — with an astonishing 98% of your daily potassium needs! But then who eats straight-up sun-dried tomatoes 100-grams at a time? (Oh, sorry — I didn’t see you there, Tomato Larry!) Just know that they are good for you the next time you see them on the menu somewhere.