Nature lovers and adventure seekers know the protocol when embarking on another journey. They know what clothes to bring, equipment to pack, and even the food to prepare. The pros can prepare for a trip in less than 3 hours. But what about those just starting? This article hopes to help in the food aspect, particularly, healthy travel snacks anyone can bring on their next adventure.
- Beef jerky
You can't go wrong bringing a pack or two of beef jerky from your local steak restaurant on your next adventure. It's packed with protein and it's one of the best ways to stave off hunger especially while still en route to your destination. But be careful what kind of beef jerky you bring. The ones commonly found in gas stations are loaded with preservatives, with sodium levels often to the roof. Go with organic and grass-fed jerky that is sourced locally.
Known as a movie snack, popcorn is more than just food to munch on absently in cinemas. It's a great source of complex carbs and fiber that has a ton of benefits to the body. It'll also provide you with energy while you're on the road. Just make sure you don't bring the microwaveable kind on your adventure since that's already filled with chemicals. Go instead of popcorn from a natural food store that has natural ingredients.
- Hard-boiled eggs
For something simple and easy to make, you can bring hard-boiled eggs on your next adventure. Easy to prepare and store, hard-boiled eggs can be an easy snack while on the road. Full of protein, eggs are ideal snacks and food sources, especially on long journeys. They can be paired nicely with wheat crackers to give your body some carbohydrates for energy.
- Protein bars
When people think of going on an adventure, they immediately think of protein bars as snacks or food throughout their journey. But one must be careful when it comes to selecting the right protein bar. There are numerous protein bars out there that are only full of sugar and preservatives that your body doesn't need. Look for the ones that are made of natural ingredients to give your body the right nutrients it needs to get through your adventure.
- Peanut butter sandwich
Yes, you can bring a peanut butter sandwich on your next adventure. It's actually a great idea since peanut butter is a great source of protein and fat. Just don't add any jelly in your sandwich to minimize excessive sugar consumption (you wouldn't want to crash after a sugar high on your adventure). For maximum benefit use whole wheat bread so you get some carbs together with your protein and fat. You can also add banana slices on your sandwich for a more filling snack.
- Dark chocolate
To all chocolate lovers out there, yes you can bring chocolate on your next adventure, just make sure it's dark chocolate. Try to avoid finishing the whole bar in one sitting, munching on a few chunks instead. Dark chocolate has been known to lower the risk of heart disease and improve brain function. It also has less sugar than regular chocolate making it the perfect source of sugar on your journey.
- Vegetable chips
I don't mean just about any kind of vegetable chips; I'm talking about homemade vegetable chips. They are a far better option than potato chips since they offer more nutritional value than the salt-rich potato chips everyone loves to munch on. They're also easy to make. Simply toss the leaves with olive oil and spread it onto a baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes at 375 F, allow to cool, and you're all set.