Save your coins by skipping the vending machine when you travel, and opt for these homemade snacks instead. If pre-packing snacks isn’t your thing, then fret not; many of these items are readily available in stores. Ditch that sodium-laden bag of chips or artificially flavoured packet of sweets and grab these healthy and nutritious options. You’ll find out it’s not impossible to keep it healthy when you’re on the road, or even when you’re in the air. So avoid ruining your diet by bringing along a few of these easy-to-carry snacks on your next trip.
They come in all sizes, shapes and colours. Seeds are great sources of protein, minerals, zinc and other life-enhancing nutrients. They’re also quite high in fibre and protein, making them a filling snack option that will keep you satiated for a long time. Choose from a variety of seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin, chia, flaxseed and a lot more. It’s best to choose raw, unsalted seeds for weight loss and complete nutritional value. They can be added to a trail mix or mixed into homemade power bars. You could also make your own flavoured seeds by adding spices, such as cinnamon or paprika, and then baking them until they’re slightly browned.
Mixed nuts provide a quick and easy way to get yourself a delicious dose of protein, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, and potassium in a convenient, long-shelf life package with the crunch that can satisfy your snack craving. A handful of nuts of your choice are the perfect way to fill up, and will give you longer-lasting energy than carb-heavy options. Buy them in bulk and pack your own servings or buy the convenient pre-packaged products. If you’re mixing your own, you can add dried fruits such as apricots, berries or raisins to the nuts for some added sweetness. Or for a lower-calorie, crunchier option, add some high fibre cereal.
If you’re looking for a healthy crispy creation that doesn’t add to your waist line, consider whole grain crackers. Not only are they tasty, they are jam-packed with super-foods like millet, seeds and more. The combination of complex carbs and protein in the crackers will help keep your blood sugar stable and keep your hunger pangs at bay. Though most crackers are savoury, there are many with delicious fruit extracts to give you a sweeter option. To amplify your protein intake, pair your crackers with cheese, reduced-fat cottage cheese or healthy dips like hummus.
Looking for something salty and crunchy like potato chips? Try alternative vegetable chips to satisfy your cravings. They’re healthier and, most importantly, still quite tasty. Sweet potatoes, bananas, beetroots and squash are ideal stand-ins for regular white potato chips, and they can be flavoured any way you want. Vegetables like carrots, kale, zucchini, turnip, green beans and many more can be sliced thinly and baked into chips. If you want to be traditional and fry the chips, use healthier oil alternatives like avocado or coconut oil. These homemade chips will not only solve your chip conundrum, but because there are no artificial flavours, colours, additives or preservatives, they are sure to please every health nut.
Fruit leathers are tasty, chewy, fruit rolls. They are an easy way to make the goodness of fruits portable, less messy and therefore a quick and non-perishable snack. Simple to make (combine fruits of your choice and purée them before spreading onto a baking pan), these delicious rolls are low in calories and super-convenient while travelling. Apple, banana, cherry, pear and others are excellent candidates for a fruit roll up. To add more nutritional value, consider adding some finely chopped nuts to the fruit purée. To take the taste up a notch, add a dash of spices like cinnamon or nutmeg, or even a touch of fruit brandy or liqueur. With natural vitamins, minerals and nutrients, this is an ideal dessert for diabetic patients or those watching their sugar intake, as long as they don’t contain any added sugar.