My body loves routine and schedules, so whenever I travel it slightly stresses me out because my body feels "out of whack." I also have to eat every 3-4 hours or you will find Ms. Grumpy -sluggish, hungry, and tired....soo this has made me learn how to travel with some great healthy snack options to keep me energized AND prepared throughout my trip!
1. One of the easiest snacks to bring along are almonds. I love almonds and they definitely leave you feeling satisfied. Grab a handful and divide into multiple baggies for easy grab and go snacks. Raw almonds are of course the best for you, but I absolutely love these cocoa roasted almonds, delish. We buy a big container of these from Sams!
2. Next up would be homemade beef jerky. Beef jerky is a great source of protein but almost all of the store bought jerky is processed and is filled with unnecessary ingredients. I have found a recipe I love and this has now become a weekly staple in our household. We usually buy 1 1/2 - 2 lbs. of eye of round steak from Yoder Meats. They will then slice the beef, jerky style for us which is perfect. We then mix this recipe together and let the jerky marinade over night. The next day we pop on the dehydrator for a few hours and voila - delicious jerky!
1/4 c. tamari (we sometimes use liquid aminos instead)
Juice of one lemon
1/2 tsp. onion salt
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/8 tsp. sea salt
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
How easy is this??
3. Then there are Quest bars, my new found love. These actually contain legit good for you ingredients and have a ton of nutrients, you would never imagine them to taste so good! Pack a few of these instead of stopping for chex mix or other processed and sodium loaded snacks. My favorite flavors are cookie dough, cinnamon roll, and apple pie!
4. I have also recently stumbled upon these which I am getting ready to order, so I have yet to try them but will post a review once I do. I have a good feeling that I will fall in love though:)
Biotrust Protein Cookies which come in oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip.
5. Next up are another snack I have recently come across which is delish. I'm totally not an edamame fan, that was until I tried these. These things are so yummy and are loaded with 14g. of protein in only a 1/4 cup plus low in fat and calories.
6. Okay last one I promise...can you tell I like my snacks?! Who doesn't like corn nuts? Well I recently saw a recipe for Roasted Chickpeas that was supposed to be very similar to corn nuts so I thought I'd give it a try. Much to my surprise I loved them, they are addicting!
2 Tblsp. EVOO
1 Tblsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. Chili Powder
A pinch of sea salt and ground pepper
A dash of crushed red pepper
1 can of Chickpeas, rinsed and drained.
Mix dressing and then toss chickpeas to coat thoroughly. Lay on a baking sheet on a single layer and bake at 350 for about 45 minutes tossing occasionally until slightly crispy. I also think these would be great by just tossing with a dry Ranch seasoning packet, I'll have to give that a try next time!
So these are my top picks for easy travel snacks, but you could also make homemade trail mix or granola to take along, energy balls, or even protein powder that could easily be mixed with water if needed.