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Best Travel Snacks for COPD
No matter if you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, you’re going to get hungry sooner or later. Depending on the length of your journey, you may need a snack to keep a growling stomach at bay. But for those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it can be a tricky task to find quick snacks that won’t cause symptoms to flare up. Here are a few things to keep in mind when looking for the best travel snacks for those with COPD.
Do Your Best to Plan Ahead
Those who travel often know how difficult it can be to find quick, healthy food options. Often, they’ll see roads and interstates lined with fast food chain restaurants. And even at airports it’s common to see a litany of offerings which should generally be avoided by those with lung disease.
The best thing to do is plan ahead and pack your own snacks. Fruits such as apples, grapes and bananas, or vegetables, such as carrots, are always great between-meal snack options.
Another option to try is a homemade trail mix. There are several recipes available online which can provide a nutritious snack option. As an added benefit, when you make the recipe yourself, you can customize it to add or take away the things you may or may not like in a standard trail mix.
What to Get in a Convenience Store?
As we’ve mentioned earlier, a majority of roadside eateries cater to convenience over nutrition. So finding a healthy snack for someone with COPD in a convenience store or gas station can be a difficult task. Often many of these shops are full of shelves stocked with candy bars or potato chips, and coolers full of sodas and energy drinks.
Over the last few years, the newer gas station/convenience stores have diversified their offerings beyond hot dogs and taquitos on hot rollers. In newer chain gas stations there are healthier options, such as cups of mixed fruit, veggie sticks, almonds, or pre-made sandwiches.
As a word of advice, take a look around, and examine the cleanliness of the convenience store. The cleanlier the store, the better an indicator of how well they keep their unpackaged food fresh.
For those with COPD, finding healthy foods which will not cause symptom flare-ups are among the many challenges when dealing with chronic lung disease. But for those with COPD, there is hope. Here at the Lung Institute, we offer a wide range of cellular therapy options that may help achieve a better quality of life. If you or someone you love has lung disease and would like more information, contact us at (800) 729-3065.