Double duty snack

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Travel. It’s exhausting and stressful under the best of circumstances. Throw in holiday crowds and something like SIBO, and the simple act of going from location A to B can set your gut health into further disarray. Do yourself a favor, pack a snack and eliminate the complicating factor of trying to determine what to eat when you’re on the run. When I was following a SIBO diet, I kept a pack of these olives from Trader Joe’s in my purse at all times. As you can tell from some of my other posts, I’m all about double duty products: makeup as skincare? Yes, please! Bees wrap that seals products AND has antibacterial qualities that helps keep food fresh? Sign me up!

When it comes to an on the go snack with amazing health benefits, these olives do the trick. They can be thrown in your bag, will fill you up until your next meal, and they are chock full of health benefits. To name a few, olives:

  1. Provide tons of antioxidants (anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, anti-aging effects)

  2. Lower cholesterol and high blood pressure (full of good fats that can help decrease inflammation)

  3. Relieve pain (think of olives as natural ibuprofen)

  4. Boost heart health (provide a great supply of copper and vitamin E)

  5. Natural probiotic (increase the number of bifidobacteria which can enhance microbiome function)

  6. Lower risk for diabetes and obesity (high in monounsaturated fats which can help reduce risk for type 2 diabetes)

  7. Help fight infections (effective in fighting off certain microbial, viral, and fungal infections--who doesn’t want THAT when you’re traveling on a plane?!)

  8. Prevent osteoporosis (olive polyphenols are beneficial in preventing bone loss)

Did I just hear a Trader Joe’s bell? Plus, if you’re on a plane and things are delayed, you have the fixings to make yourself a martini. Just saying...