Spring break is right around the corner, and with the distraction of exciting and busy travel plans often comes neglected nutrition. Prioritize your health and wellness this spring by packing food from home.
To keep traveling as stress-free as possible in the nutrition department, we've compiled a list of our top 9 healthy travel snacks. These simple superfoods are sure to keep you nourished while enjoying some
The bonus? These simple and easy to prepare foods are likely to save you a pretty penny on your travel food budget.
1. Homemade Granola
By lightly baking some raw oats with cinnamon, pumpkin seeds, sunflowers seeds, raisins and coconut oil, you'll have a flavourful, satisfying snack full of healthy fats and protein without the refined sugar.
For added convenience, you can bake a large batch and separate the granola into individual servings.
Homemade Protein Packed Granola
2 cups raw whole rolled oats
1/2 cup raw walnuts
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp coconut sugar (optional)
1. Preheat your oven to 300F
2. Mix all of your ingredients together in a bowl and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown.
4. Storing in a glass container will keep it fresh for longer!
Quinoa is an extremely versatile gluten-free grain, which is actually more of a seed. Quinoa is one of those ideal travel snacks because of its high plant-based protein content, containing all eight essential amino acids. These amino acids will keep your appetite satisfied for longer - especially important for long road trips with minimal time to stop.
Quinoa doesn't require refrigeration while traveling and works well in a sweet or
Quinoa Protein Breakfast Bowl
1 cup cooked quinoa, cold or warm
1 banana, sliced1 tbsp almond butter
1 tsp cinnamon
small handful cashews
1/2 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, adding almond milk last. If you're traveling with this dish, be sure to put the almond milk in a separate container and pour when you're ready to eat.
3. Chia Seed Pudding
This is a great travel-friendly snack to prepare the night before your travel plans begin.
Simply add 3 heaping tablespoons of chia seeds to a generous portion of almond milk (roughly 1 cup) and refrigerate in a glass container overnight. The almond milk and chia seeds will soak to form a filling and satisfying pudding texture.
In the morning, add any flavourful toppings of your choice (we recommend shredded coconut, banana slices, vanilla extract,
Due to their high fiber and omega 3 content, chia seeds are an excellent option for keeping your appetite sustained during long trips.
Traveling with sardines may sound strange, but when it comes to getting your protein, omega 3's and B12, you'll be happy you did!
You can eat sardines on their own or add them to a sandwich or toast. If you're staying at a hotel that offers a continental breakfast, you can include sardines in your breakfast as a healthy alternative to bacon or other processed meats.
5. Pre-Packaged Nut Butter
One of the easiest healthy travel snacks is individual packages of nut butters such as almond, macadamia and cocoa butter that pair well with whole grain crackers and raw celery sticks. Pre-packaged nut butters are one of the most simplistic health food products available to stay healthy with while traveling.
You can find pre-packaged nut butters at your local health food store.
6. Organic Sun Eleuthero
Organic Sun Eleuthero a powerful adaptogen, which means it helps your body adapt to stressful situations with more ease. It has been recognized for sustaining mental focus and cognitive function under periods of pressure and maintaining overall health.
For these reasons, traveling with Organic Sun Eleuthero in your carry-on is never a bad idea.
7. Well Well Wow!
Long drives and layovers can be exhausting, which is why it's always smart to travel with a natural
To avoid going overboard with coffee, sugar or energy drinks, consider packing individual servings of Well Well Wow! In your bag, an all natural and refreshing chlorella extract and eleuthero extract beverage.
8. Raw Foods
Raw foods, especially fruit such as apples, pears, bananas and figs, are perhaps the easiest and most nourishing foods to travel with. The vitamins, minerals and enzymes raw food provides will not only keep your immune system healthy, but also give you an abundance of energy to enjoy your vacation to the fullest.
Raw food is easy to find at convenience stores, most airport food courts and grocery stores or fruit stands that you pass along the way.
We're sure you're aware of how important it is to get your greens in, even when you're in vacation mode. Since lettuce doesn't make the best travel companion, chlorella is your ultimate greens go-to. Besides, chlorella contains twice the amount of chlorophyll the nutrient that gives leafy greens their dark green pigment) than any green on earth. Chlorophyll is a powerful cleanser that also aids in digestion and energy and helps build up your immune system.
In addition to chlorophyll, you can count on chlorella to provide you with minerals such as magnesium, iron and potassium and a high dose of
About Brandi Wagner, RHN
Brandi Wagner is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist from Vancouver, B.C. Experiencing her own health challenges at a young age led her to become passionate about educating on the healing properties of food, and how to achieve hormone balance, clear skin and sustainable weight loss naturally. In her spare
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