It can sometimes be difficult to make healthy choices and eat all natural foods when we’re on the go. With sugar loaded, artificially colored convenience foods and snacks lurking around every corner, feeding yourself and your kids healthy treats and wholesome snacks can be tough!
This is particularly true when traveling. Now that sunny days and summer vacation season is here, you might be planning a road trip or getaway, which obviously calls for some portable snacks to keep tummies full and tempers steady.
The good news is that you don’t have to resort to gas station candies, or a pit-stop at the drive-thru burger joint. With a little forethought and planning, you can create healthy snacks that are perfect for when you’re out and about!
Portable Healthy Snack Preparation
You may not realize it, but convenience foods come with more hazards than simply their ingredients and preservatives.
A study by the Silent Spring Institute actually found that one third of fast food packaging contains fluorinated chemicals, which have been linked to cancer, thyroid problems, and changes in hormone functioning, as well as a decreased immune response in children!
Suffice to say, it isn’t enough to ensure the food you eat is natural and healthy — the packaging has to be, too. This is why if you’re creating your own healthy snacks, you need to ensure that you prepare and package them correctly.
It’s a good idea to invest in some ‘green’ food containers, such as the Thinkbaby BPA Free Bento Box. While you’re at it, a few reusable snack bags like those in the Blue Avocado (re)zip range wouldn’t go amiss either! Less waste = a greener planet, after all.
Healthy Snack Recipes for Travelling
These portable, fridge-free healthy treat recipes are perfect for road trips, days out at the beach, or any time where you know you’ll be away from home.
These are great for popping into a ziplock bag and munching throughout your trip. Simply slow roast peanuts, pecans, walnuts, cashews — or any other nuts you fancy — with organic honey and a little salt. If you’re looking for simple and healthy treats, nuts are definitely the way to go!
Jerky is great for a healthy protein hit — but the store bought varieties often contains artificial preservatives and a lot of sodium! Making jerky is simple — simply mix together garlic powder, a little organic honey, paprika, and black pepper in a bowl, and brush onto thinly sliced beef strips (top round). Bake the strips in a preheated oven at 175 degrees for 3 to 4 hours until dry and deliciously chewy.
These are great healthy treats and are perfect for traveling or for keeping in the pantry at home. Simply mix together 2 cups of rolled oats with half a cup of organic maple syrup, sunflower seeds, a tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil and a sprinkling of dried mixed berries. Spread the mixture onto a lined baking tray, and bake for 25 minutes until golden, at about 325 degrees. Once cooled, cut into bite-size pieces and enjoy with a sliced apple.
Pre-Packed Healthy Treats
Of course, not everyone has the time (or the inclination) to prepare healthy, portable snacks in the days before their road trip or vacation. There are only so many hours in a day, right?
If adding cooking to your ever growing vacation preparation list just doesn’t sound appealing to you, there are some guilt-free options that you can turn to as a welcome substitute. To save you time, we’ve hand picked some of our favorite healthy treats below:
Organic Fruit Lollipops
Lollipops are always a good option for road trips and travel — and these are sure to keep the kids busy (for a little time, at least).
Lollipops from YummyEarth are convenient, healthy treats; they contain 100% of the daily Vitamin C requirement — and are only 22 calories per pop!
Ginger Zest Organic Candy Drops
Ginger Zest Organic Candy Drops are a great option for kids and adults alike!
They contain no artificial colors or flavors, are certified organic, and are individually wrapped for easy sharing.
A good option for grown-ups, EPIC Bars are an all-natural, gluten-free snack that’s perfect when hunger strikes.
Consistent with the simple yet powerful diets consumed by our ancestors, the EPIC Bar is packed with the highest quality animal meat available!
Do you have any tips for healthy snacking while you’re on vacation or just on the go? Please share them with us!