Travel Snacks

Eating healthy while traveling is very difficult sometimes. It takes you out of routine and makes it difficult to find fresh food to grab on the go. 

When I am traveling I usually go to Bulk Barn or a local grocery before I leave. I pack my carry on with filling , protein-packed snacks to keep me satisfied. Choosing foods like nuts/seeds, or bringing brown rice crackers crackers with a travel size package of almond butter, picking up a Greek yogurt at the airport, making homemade energy cookies/granola bars, or grabbing a HEALTHY bar. 

This one is my new favourite. The Simply Protein Bar. 

  

Do you know why? 

I know EVERY ingredient on the label. The ingredient label does not contain more than 7 ingredients. It has less than 3g of sugar. Contains 16g of protein!! Also, is only 160 calories and tastes great. They have a variety of flavors to cater to everyone’s taste buds. 

When choosing a protein bar or granola bar – if the ingredient list is fine print, very long, and contains ingredients you can’t pronounce/have no idea what they are….Why would you buy it?! 

Always make sure to choose a bar with at least less than 8g of sugar. 

Look for natural sweeteners to be used in bars: organic cane sugar, maple syrup, honey, dates.

The first ingredients should always be something whole grain, oats, brown rice crisps because the first ingredient is the main ingredient. It should NOT be the sweetener, especially sugar. 

Try to find a protein bar with greater than 10g of protein if you’re looking to stay satisfied for longer. 

Almond Crunch Granola

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This is my favourite granola recipe yet!.. Almond butter was the perfect ingredient to make crunchy chunks 🙂 So tasty in yogurt or to nibble on its own!

Mix in a bowl:

2 cups large flake oats
1/3 cup almond butter, softened
1/4 cup honey
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup natural almonds
Directions:
Preheat oven to bake at 375F. Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Place mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cook for ~25 minutes (until browning) and stir occasionally.

Maple Pecan Cinnamon Granola

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Combine in a bowl:

3 cups oats
1/3 cup coconut oil, microwave for 10 seconds to make liquid
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup honey
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup pecans, crushed

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375F
2. Combine all ingredients and mix. Ensure that you microwave the coconut oil for at least 10 seconds to make into a liquid.
3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the granola on the parchment paper.
4. Bake in the oven at 375F for ~25 minutes. Mix it around every 7 minutes with a spatula to get even browning.
5. When finished, allow to cool for 10 minutes untouched and it will form into crunchy chunks! 🙂
Enjoy on its own, topped on yogurt, in your cereal, however you prefer!