Snacking for Energy - Free People Contribution
Depending on what city you are in and what type of travel you are doing, these snack and easy-to-carry food options can help you get the desired fuel in between meals and when proper meals are scarce. My friends will definitely agree that wherever I go, I bring snacks (some call me ‘snack-mama’). I usually have everyone on a roadtrip covered when it comes to healthy sustenance! When predictable schedules and even more unpredictable flight delays are in the mix, snacks are imperative!
This recipe is super easy and I love using it as a topping to create crunch on the top of my chia seed pudding that I make before a photoshoot or when I’m away working. The ingredients and recipe are below! It’s so easy to keep some in a snaplock bag and bring for a quick snack also.
3 cups gluten free rolled oats
5 tbsp coconut oil
⅓ cup honey
1 tbsp cinnamon
⅓ of a lemon
⅓ cup goji berries
⅓ cup macadamia nuts
½ cup raw almonds
½ cup coconut flakes
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp maca powder
Warm up the oven to 325 F
Chop finely, peeled skin of 1/3 lemon, and mix it in a pot with 4 tb coconut oil, 1/3 cup honey, 1 tsp cinnamon and warm up on a stove until it starts boiling.
In a big bowl, mix this mixture with 3 cups of oats of your choice (I use Bob Mills gluten free oats) and stir well!
Add the chopped macadamias and almonds
Bake on foil lightly greased with coconut oil for 35 mins, flipping and stirring granola a couple of times after first 15 mins.
In a bowl, add your favorite nuts and superfood goodies! I used goji berries, walnuts, raw almonds, dried coconut flakes, maca and cacao powder. Mix all of this together and store in a tight container. Can be served on it’s own with nut milk, yoghurt or on top of chia puddings.
2. Chia seeds! A high fibre, high protein and omega rich option. These definitely need to be pre-soaked and to conquer that challenge I make sure I bring a fully sealable tupperware container with me so I can either soak them in some water and add some yoghurt, granola and fruit or preferably a mini nut milk. Make sure to soak these for at least 10 minutes until they are gelatinous before consuming.
3. Low sugar, high protein, protein bars. Consuming unprocessed foods is certainly the preferable option but when you’re really in a bind, they can definitely help. Top quality bars are a challenge to find as a lot of them are made from soy protein and are often high in sugar (the sugar content should preferably be below 6g per serving). Soy (particularly genetically modified soy) can tamper negatively with the hormone levels in the body so is best to avoid. Quest bars are a great option, they are made of whey protein, so not for those who are vegan. I personally prefer Bulletproof protein bars, in chocolate or vanilla (these can be bought in bulk on Amazon) as they have a cashew base.
4. Kale chips - so easy to make and also giving you greens on the go! Eating greens whilst travelling can be a challenge and so these give you some of those needed vitamins. Zucchini chips are also a great idea. Ao easy to make - slice thinly (not too thinly), add coconut oil salt and pepper and bake at 450F for 25-30 minutes.
6. Energy Balls
Knowing what to snack on is one thing, but having to travel with snacks is a whole other ball game (pun intended!). It can be challenging to know what travels well and what doesn’t, until the snacks we’ve pack have suddenly melted or crumbled all throughout our bags! These balls are crumble free and incredibly yummy.
7. Nut/trail mix
My nut mix comprises of a low fructose, protein dense mixture - heavy on the macadamias and cashews! Avoid raisins if you can and replace them with golden berries instead, if you love a bit of a sweet surprise mixed in. Warning - golden berries can be on the tart side and may not be for everyone’s taste buds but they are very high in antioxidants if you manage to fall in love with them like I did!
1 cup of macadamia nuts
1 cup of raw organic almonds
½ cup cashews
½ cup golden berries
¼ cup goji berries
8. Apple slices with almond butter. A great snack which satiates sugar cravings as well as providing the body with protein and good fats. Apples on their own don’t always boost energy but the two combined can be a power house. I personally love to buy an organic red pink lady apple and then add almond butter to every bite of apple (when having access to a knife to cut up an apple is limited). Almond butters can be easily found in small sachets (companies such as Justin’s make them.)
9. Chickpeas. This legume can be a great snack to help control hunger. There are companies that make them in packets but they’re easily made at home by roasting them in the oven and then put into baggies. Simply pour some out of a can, rinsing off the excess liquid, place them on a baking tray and add coconut oil and desired spices/salt and pepper for 20-30 minutes in an oven set at 400F. Easy! Low sugar snack option, success!
10. Goji berry and cacao nib mix. A potent antioxidant ‘super mix’, it’s an energy and mood booster all in one! The cacao nibs can be quite bitter so the goji berries provide the sweetness to this mixture. Super simple and satisfies the sugar/chocolate cravings also!