Friday, May 30, 2014

The Perfect Travel Snack Sack

Holy Cow! It's almost June. June for some reason is always my busiest month of the year. It might be that it is my birthday month and  between celebrations, vacations and work the days just seem to fly by. It also might be that in Minnesota the weather is always the best in June. Once we hit July the sun is way too hot and the humidity starts to set in. June is just perfect! 

Speaking of vacations I will be traveling a lot in the next couple of weeks. I know that lately Danielle has been the busy bee, buzzing from city to city, but now I get to take over. I will be leaving for North Carolina in the morning to attend my cousin's wedding (Congrats to Emily and Sean, they are an adorable couple!), in a couple weeks I will be heading to a cabin for my sister in law to be's bachelorette weekend and then at the end of June I will be venturing Chicago for a joint birthday celebration for my boyfriend and I. I don't often get to travel this much so it will be a great treat. I love to travel but it does seem that when in transit I tend to snack A LOT more than usual. I know that when I was in Vegas this winter, sitting in class all day really made me hungry and finding healthy snacks when on vacation can sometimes be really challenging. 

My sister put me in charge of purchasing snacks and I thought I would take the time to really find some fun and healthy snacks for the weekend. I decided to share my thought process so that if anyone else is traveling as much as me this summer they will be set!

I ventured to my favorite shop, Seward Co-op, because I feel like the bulk sections at the natural food stores always have a better selection than most other grocery stores. I entered the co-op with no real idea of what I wanted to achieve but I did know I wanted to find snacks that were high in protein and fiber. I always find that foods that are more substantial keep me from turning my snack into a meal. We all know that sick feeling you get when you engorge yourself past the point of full and that is never good when traveling- those darn seat belts always tend to get just a bit too snug once you over do the snack food. 

The bulk section was my first stop. It was full of really fun stuff so I decided to make a raw trail mix. I got a bunch of raw nuts-cashews, almonds, pecans, walnuts and sunflower seeds. I wanted to add just a little salt so I found this organic old fashioned popped corn snack which was perfect. I have a real thing for the salty sweet combination so I added some raisins and chocolate covered ginger at the end to really round it all out. But realistically creating your own trail mix can be really fun. I wanted to make sure the majority was unsalted nuts because they provide the most protein and do not lead to dehydration. When packing the snacks I used the small sized zip-lock bags to keep the portion sizes smaller- people don't put enough emphases on serving size. A snack is supposed to be snack sized!

After my trail mix was complete I scoured the store for more healthy gems. I found a seaweed snack that was incredibly inexpensive called Annie Chun's Roasted Seaweed. It comes in two flavors wasabi and sesame. Seaweed is an incredible source of iodine which is lacking in a lot of peoples diets especially up North here in our landlocked state. A couple other things I found were Earth Balance's P.B Popp (oat and organic peanut butter covered GMO-free popcorn), Lundberg brown rice cakes, and some real fruit vegan agave gummy bears (I die for a good gummy bear). I think my impulse buy, the GIN GINS was my favorite decision. I always have issues with motion sickness and ginger is known to calm the stomach. I absolutely adore The Ginger People's crystallized ginger products.  

When all said and done I might have gone a little bit overboard on the snacks for a two day trip... but it was my sister's fault for putting my in charge! Hopefully you all get an opportunity to pack your own perfect travel snack sack this summer. 

Happy Snacking!

PS. Check out our other post from the week, A Word to the Wise, Meet Dr. Lee Ann Herfort and Treating Injuries with Cold and Heat Therapy are all up for your enjoyment!

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