It's so easy to get thrown off track with our healthy eating when we travel. I'll share my own example. This weekend I drove to Long Beach for a nutrition and wellness conference with my school, Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. I packed apples, dried fruit and a few just-in-case gluten-free bars. I brought a big jug of water to refill my water bottle. I drank well and ate healthy snacks for the entire weekend. In a pinch I always had something on hand in case a meal wasn't gluten-free or I wanted to play it safe.
So I'm going to share one of our favorite snack mixes. This is easy to bring along wherever you go - via car, plane, bike, foot or boat:-) It's a fabulous combination of dried fruit, cacao, nuts and seeds and the BEST part - it's super simple to throw together anytime.
And yes, I said cacao as in chocolate...we're adding cacao nibs to the mix. Say what?
Cacao nibs are the result when cocoa beans are roasted and the insides are separated from the outer husk. This inner nugget of pure cacao is called a cacao nib. These can be found in many stores in the raw or baking section. Make sure to choose an unsweetened variety for a pure hint of chocolate goodness!
On a budget tip: I like to use whole nuts but often times using halves or pieces is a less expensive option. Select the nuts that you're most likely to eat!
Let me know what you and your family like to bring along for a healthy snack.
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Hit The Road Snack Mix
1 cup cacao nibs (unsweetened)
1 cup raw almonds, whole or pieces
1 cup raw cashews, whole or pieces
1 cup raw walnuts, whole or pieces
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds, removed from shells a.k.a. hulled
1 cup raw sunflower seeds, removed from shells a.k.a. hulled
1/2 cup dried blueberries, unsweetened
In a large bowl combine ingredients.
Store in a covered container, preferably in a cool, dark place, such as a pantry or drawer.
On-the-Go Tip: Store in small individual serving size containers.
Makes approx 12 1/2 cup servings
NUTRITION: (serving size approx. 1/2 cup)
300 cals, 24g fat, 0mg cholesterol, 10g fiber, 13g protein, 23g carbs, 54mg sodium
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