Tuesday, March 1, 2016

{Gluten and Dairy Free} Snacks for Hungry Travelers

Check out these fun tips I found for snacking on the road from this great new blog Simply Savory. She has a lot of interesting recipes that seem to be always gluten free and often dairy free. Here are some of my additional notes. If you can't have nuts, try making a trail mix with pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.  For veggies. . .  I saw this tip on Rachel Ray. . . Put the dip in a deep, round food storage container or leftover deli container. Cut your veggies to the height of the container and stand them up in the dip, then pop on your lid and you’ve got veggies and dip when you're ready for it!  The baby sweet peppers at costco would be perfect for something like this. I was shocked at how much vitamin C they have! Annie's has a lot of great salad dressings you could use, too if you don't want to make a dip. The Roasted Red Pepper one is my favorite. You could also do Trader Joe's hummus with the rice cakes or crackers (listed below) or even the Ener-G gluten free pretzels from freddies. I would use sunflower seeds, hemp seeds or pumpkin seeds in the trail mix.  What are your favorite snacks to take on the go?
  • Nuts and dried fruit. Make your own trail mix: combine your favorite raw nuts/seeds (such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, etc.) with chopped dried fruit (such as apricots, figs, dates, or raisins). Portion into small baggies or tupperware containers for easy snacking.
  • Date balls. These treats keep well at room temperature and are filling. Try this recipe for Cranberry-Pecan Date Balls or this one for Cocoa Balls.
  • Veggies and dip. Cut up carrots, bell pepper strips, celery, and cucumbers and dip them into your favorite spread. Try this one forCaramelized Onion and Chickpea Dip. If it’s not too warm out, veggies and a non-dairy dip will keep for 4-5 hours out of refrigeration before they start to get “questionable.”
  • Boiled eggs. Pack a couple in your bag for a quick protein fix. You may want to bring a small bag or container to dispose of the shells in if you can’t find a garbage can nearby. Boiled eggs, when still in their shells, will keep for 4-6 hours at room temperature.
  • Fruit. It’s nature’s perfect snack. Complete with it’s own packaging (the peel), fruit makes a nutritious and tasty snack to bring along with you not just when traveling but also once you arrive at your destination and need snacks throughout your vacation. The easiest options to eat on the go are apples, bananas, easy-peel oranges, and containers of berries. (The berries will need to be refrigerated after a few hours, though.)
  • Rice cakes or crackers with nut butter. Another way to get a bit of protein on the go is by spreading nut butter (almond, cashew, or peanut) on rice cakes or crackers.

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