Travelling, aside from Christmas dinners (and anything past 11pm) is often found as the most difficult time for us to keep our snacking in line with our health goals.
There’s gas stations with 59 flavours of chips, there’s airports wafting Cinnabon and there’s stretches of walking/commuting/flying when we’re not sure where our next plate of kale is coming from.
While studying at Nutrition School I commuted several times a week into the city, sleep-eyed and schlepping 20lb textbooks with the rest of the morning rush. It was rocky at first; there were days I didn’t make it home without caving on a bar of dark chocolate or chips. But things really improved when my nightly snack-prep became less of a last minute shuffle, and more of an art.
The following snacks are pür body approved of course, which makes them nourishing, supportive of your health + fitness goals and of course provoking of envious, hungry gazes.
These can be made quickly and inexpensively at home in a delicious medley of flavours- savoury OR sweet. Check out a great how-to Here.
If you don’t feel like tackling the oven, there are plenty available on the market for purchase. Just make sure the salt level isn’t worse than dorritos, and they aren’t using over-processed/GMO laden oils like canola.
My favourite brand is these nutritionist-formulated peas at Yes, Peas! They have a variety of sweet and salty mixes that combine delicious dried fruit and the crunchiest of chickpeas.
When purchasing trail mix, make sure they use raw not roasted nuts and seeds, which often are hiding poor quality oils and are covered in salt. I really like Prana Machu Pichu Blend because it has a mix of delicious superfoods like brazil nuts, goji berries and golden berries. Some of my favourite camping moments involved a sunset, a glass of wine and this mix 😉
Prana brand nuts and mixes are readily available at health food stores, some grocery stores (in the organic aisle) and Costco!
To make your own simply combine a few of your favourite high-powered nuts, seeds, and dried fruits and store in a jar. Some of my favourite home made trail mixes include:
goji berries, golden berries, dried cherries, mulberries, walnuts, brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts… maybe a few chocolate pieces thrown in there?
Just make sure they are raw, no-sugar added (dried cranberries I am lookin’ at you) and preferably organic.
Granola is much more fun to make your own, mostly because you get to get your paws on it toasty right out of the oven. Try my Caramel Crunch Quinoa Granola where quinoa gets a makeover, roasted with honey and coconut oil for a satisfying crunch.
As far as buying granola, I am a HUGE fan of Small Batch Co., which provides locally + consciously made granola made sweetened with date paste, and good quality oils. Me likey! Available at most health food stores in Toronto and Southern Ontario.
A staple in every plant based kitchen, hummus is a reliable 3pm pick me up with carrots, cucumber and the works. I love getting creative with the flavours of my hummus, and making it at home is just CHEAP especially when you are soaking your own chickpeas.
Try my Impossibly Smooth Hummus With Caramelized Onions for a deluxe take on the spread.
When buying hummus, naturally look for a company that is local to you, uses quality oils and minimal ingredients. None of this soy bean oil crap i’ve seen lurking in big retailer’s.
Sunflower Kitchen makes some killer-tasting hummus blends and is made locally in Scarborough. You can find their dips in most health food stores in Ontario.
While not a completely balanced snack, popcorn fills the void for that crunch factor we need when we crave salty, chip-like foods. Making your own on the stove top with coconut oil, sea salt and pepper is a simple way to get a little fibre!
I’m a sucker for the deliciously addictive Buddha Bowl Popcorn which contains 3 awesome ingredients: Organic Non-GMO corn, coconut oil & pink himalayan sea salt.
While not every fruit will treat you well on your travels (R.IP. to all of those pears that got smushed at the bottom of my back pack), fruit is a good way to sneak in some easy-to-digest carbs and hydration between meals.
Apples, oranges, figs, and bananas hold up really well, and are great to enjoy between breakfast and lunch when hunger strikes.
I talk about smoothies a lot with my clients as a way to conveniently and effectively boost your daily nutrients. I take one to work with me every day, made the night before if I can help it! Besides breakfast, smoothies are great for travel because you can sip one all day to curb cravings for sweets and prevent that afternoon coffee run.
Try my classic The Pür Body Beauty Smoothie with a little extra protein powder if you need something substantial on an active day.
If you’re going to buy smoothies on the run, make sure you aren’t just drinking juice mixed with fruit mixed with more sugar! A lot of the newer, health conscious juice shops will have smoothies with simple, protein packed ingredients like almond butter, plant based milks and powders.
stuffed sweet potatoes-
OK, these take a little more prep and flair than some of the snacks around, but there is nothing more satisfying than digging into a tupperware of sweet potato with all of your fave toppings!
Recently on Instagram I shared my love of sweet potatoes with avocado, hot sauce, chickpeas and radishes
This simple snack is a decievingly filling in small doses, with a solid balance of omega 3 fats, fibre and protein to keep you charging through the day. Make your own the night before by combining chia, plant milk and your favourite fruits/toppings.
Seeing as were full swing into mango season, you will definitely want to try my favourite Coconut Mango Chia Pudding. A ridiculously flavourful way to energize your afternoon!
Bliss, balls, orbs, power balls, these spheres of goodness have had their 15 minutes of fame in the health world for good reason. Make a batch of 20 and keep them in your fridge or freezer for weeks. Most importantly, they fit the bill of nutrient dense snack as well as dessert in most cases.
These Health-Ified Cranberry Bliss Bombs are more on the dessert side of things, but they are suitable midday nourishment none the less!
A great thing about energy balls is you can customize them to what’s in your cupboard, what’s on sale and what you’re craving!
I wouldn’t mind trying out these Chocolate Bliss Balls either.
Alright friends, enough talking about snacking I think it’s time I took a hummus and gilmore girls break myself
What do you think, did I hit all of your favourite on-the-go grub? Let me know in the comments!