Hello from Aruba!
Today I thought I’d talk about something very important in my life: snacks. Snacks are essential for me as I’m usually out and about and on the go and this is particularly true when I’m traveling. When traveling, I find that snacks are something crucial that I pack for plane rides (saves you $ and ensures you have vegan friendly snacks on hand) and in new cities and countries that may not be quite as vegan friendly as my home city, New York.
A good travel snack for me is vegan, nutritious (filling up on the good stuff will keep you satisfied much longer than empty calories from junk food) and also travels well. I’m a big fan of preparing in advance for plane rides, train rides or even road trips, but I’ll also share some pre-made snacks in case you’re not a big home cook. I’ll also be telling you about Health Warrior’s delicious and brand new coconut, almond and dark chocolate pumpkin seed protein bar which has saved me twice on this trip from hangry-ness. If I miss any of your go-to’s, make sure you let me know what your favourite travel-friendly snacks are!
1. Raw fruits + veggies
This is one of my favourite options because it is healthy, hydrating, nutritious and usually doesn’t require much prep or wrapping. Fruit in particular usually has its own skin, or wrapper if you will, so you can toss the whole piece of fruit into your bag, which will also keep it fresher. I also love to pack veggies in my Stasher Bag (in pink!) and have found that some of the longest lasting veggies are haricots verts or green beans, sugar snap peas and carrot sticks. Celery too, but I’m not really a celery girl 😛
2. Bliss balls
Bliss balls AKA energy balls AKA power balls make for a great travel snack because they’re really dense for their size. I love to make a batch before traveling and bring them with me on my trip because they will last really well, and are really portable! The basis is usually dried fruit and nuts so it’s a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth while using ingredients that will actually keep you full and give you energy for your travels. I like making matcha bliss balls because they’re a great pick me up for long days with the added caffeine. You can also make raw brownies, because they are made of similar base ingredients and the best part about bliss balls is that you can play around with so many recipes, and it’s so easy to make.
3. Protein bars
Protein bars and snack bars are a classic travel snack but they aren’t all created equally. First and foremost, not all bars are vegan as many of them contain milk byproducts like whey protein, which is not only tough on your digestion but also on the cows. But seriously, when you’re traveling, especially flying, you want to take it easy on your system but still get your nutrition and food in. So what to do? Well in my day to day life, I go for protein bars made with all kinds of supplemented plant-proteins with no issues, but when I fly, I try to go for bars made without protein powders because it’s processed by my body so much more easily. I still try to choose a bar high in protein however, so that I’ll stay full longer. Health Warrior’s new dark choc coconut almond protein bar is made with whole ingredients (no protein powder), low sugar (coconut nectar!), and the protein comes from nuts and seeds. I started this 4 day trip with 2 bars and had one while on an outback road jeep tour, and another while on a boat. I can’t tell you how glad I am that I brought them with me, because they’re like a healthy candy bar from my childhood that rhymes with almond boy, and I don’t feel bloated or sugared out after eating them. If you want to check them out, you can use my code “veggiekins20” for 20% off Health Warrior products. I also HIGHLY recommend the protein mug cakes, which I also brought with me and only need a microwave to enjoy!
4. Rice cakes
Rice cakes are one of my favourite snacks period, but especially for travel because they can be serve only as snacks but also become part of breakfast or small meals. They’re also very light to travel with so they won’t take up any weight in your suitcase if you’re a heavy packer like myself. Rice cakes come in a variety of flavours, and you can also customize them by adding ingredients while on your travels. One of my favourite things to do is to pack travel sized portions of nut butter, and I’ll top my rice cakes with nut butter and fruit once on the ground. As a savoury option, I love adding avocado and veggies as well. It’s almost like a gluten-free bread substitute sometimes, and makes for a great snack.
I’ve been on a popcorn kick the last few months ever since I found my favourite way to make it at home, but popcorn is a snack that I reach for on plane rides in particular because my digestion tends to slow down and I opt for snacks that are lighter and easier on my tummy. As it is I’m a slow digester, but once on the plane our body is put under quite a bit of stress so it’s typically a good idea to help your body out by opting for lots of water, and lighter, easier to digest food. Like rice cakes, popcorn is also not physically heavy, so it’s easy to carry around with you.
6. Nuts + dried fruits
Nuts and dried fruit are such a classic travel snack. Before travels, I’ll usually stop by the bulk section of my grocery store and full up my reusable produce bags with a variety of nuts and fruits. I like to think of it as a DIY trail mix! Of course, dried fruits and nuts travel really well and require no refrigeration plus they are calorically dense. Some of my faves are almonds, cashews, dried cranberries, goji berries and dried mango. My tip is to go for raw nuts (not roasted in oil or salted) and pure dried fruit with no added sugars. If you have trouble digesting nuts, I’d opt for activated nuts which are easier to digest.
7. Hummus + veggies
Hummus and veggies (or pretzels, crackers etc.) make for a really great and sustaining snack. There’s protein, fiber and delicious spices that will keep you full while on your travels. You can often find travel size hummus packs at airports and train stations, but you can also bring your own. Just make sure you stay under the liquid allowance if flying–I’ve learned the hard way that hummus counts! Psst. You can also put hummus on rice cakes if you bring them with you.
So these are some of my favourite travel snacks, and I’ll periodically add to this list as well!
Big thanks to Health Warrior for keeping me energized this trip and for sponsoring this blogpost.
Love & snacks,
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