When you travel, do you plan your snacks, or do you plan to stop along the way when entering the next town around a meal time?
We use to always take our chances with whatever was coming up in the next town. Now, sometimes we’ll strategically search out healthy options on smartphones while traveling depending on where we’re going, but the easiest and most budget-friendly strategy for our family is preparing snacks and meals at home to take with us.
A perfect example of this came up recently when my awesome mom had spent a month with us. Even though it had been so much fun, the time came for everyone to pile in the car and take her back home. Sniff…sniff…
One Day Travel
It takes a few hours to get to her house, and we would be driving back home the same day, so while my sweet hubby loaded her belongings in the car, and my mom did one last check around the house for any left-behind belongings, everyone else prepped some healthy, filling, and tasty travel treats to enjoy.
While fruit is always an easy snack, and we remained consistent with that by packed up pear and mandarins, we also chose to make some avocado hummus for something savory that would also be satisfying for the day and nourishing as well. Avocados are a favorite around here, so this hummus is definitely a win with everyone in our family. Freshly cut carrot sticks plus some of our favorite crackers, to partner with our hummus, finished out our quick and flavorful feast.
Access to Health
The ingredients in avocado hummus present you with access to quite a combination of phytonutrients coming from the fruit and vegetables, herbs, legumes, nuts and seeds including beta-carotene, potassium, folate, manganese, magnesium, iron, and copper to name just a few. This simple recipe includes protein, healthy fats, and carbohydrates and provide you with access to benefits in areas including immunity, vision, detoxification, and inflammation.
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A quick and easy meal or snack.
- 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Avocado (Pitted and peeled)
- 1 Can/box Garbanzo Beans (14 oz. can or box, drained and rinsed)
- 1/2 Cup Cilantro (Preferably fresh)
- 2 Tablespoons Tahini
- 1/2 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice (Preferably fresh squeezed)
- Salt and Pepper (To taste)
- 1/2 Tablespoon Dried Onions (Optional)
Combine oil and dried onions in your mixer and set aside while you prepare your other ingredients.
Add other ingredients and blend until smooth.
Serve with your favorite additions such as carrots, celery, red/green pepper and your favorite crackers.
- I like using Redmond Real Salt (fine) for this recipe and usually find it at my local grocery store.
- I recommend organic, non-GMO fruits and veggies, and growing your own gives you the freshest source. Otherwise check out your local farmers' markets, Local Harvest for other resources near you.
- Here's an example of Tahini for your quick reference.
- You might also find the Environmental Working Group Clean 15 and Dirty 12 lists also helpful.
Varying Snack Goals
Whether going on a trip or for weekday snacks, making plans ahead of time can take the stress out of your week day or travel day work. No standing in front of the opened refrigerator wondering what to choose when you have a plan. And when you make your own snacks, you are also in control of how you fuel your body for a productive and enjoyable day.
More Snack Suggestions
Other easy traveling foods that you might consider include energy bites (recipe coming soon), curry honey cashews, banana chips (recipe coming soon), kale chips (recipe coming soon) or veggie sticks in cashew dip (recipe coming soon). Wow. “Recipe coming soon” tells me I better get busy.
While the example I give here is a trip out of town, don’t forget to consider hummus for your lunch or afternoon snack at work or school or away from home or even when your not leaving home and just looking for a yummy and filling treat.