I realize that many a post on travel snacks has been written before. In fact, I’m going to go ahead and give you a couple of my favorites:
For real y’all, if you’re looking for some new ideas, check those articles out. They are pretty comprehensive (especially the first one).
Alright, let’s dive right in, shall we?
So, my husband and I have done a lot of traveling in our four years of marriage – the trips being mostly business, with the occasional ‘for pleasure’ trip here and there.
At first, these trips were extremely straight-forward (as far as food was concerned). Then my husband developed a sensitivity to sugar. This was when we learned just how prevalent sugar was in anything and everything packaged. Even organic goods can be a problem for him, because rapadura and coconut nectar are still, essentially, sugar (even if they are healthier options).
At home this isn’t an issue because I make everything from scratch. But when you are traveling this isn’t always possible (unless your accommodations come equipped with a kitchen). Eating out for every meal is expensive, and we still have to deal with the hidden sugar issue. Most restaurants are happy to accommodate us, of course, but we have had a few stressful experiences.
Side Note about Restaurants: Lets get real: I love food. I love trying new things (haggis! kimchi! squid! pickled watermelon!). This, combined with the fact that I live in Europe, can lead to some magical foodie experiences (a few of which I’m sure I’ll share in the future). But, sometimes you go in with high expectations, and come out disappointed. Or you order fish, ’cause you feel like fish, only they serve it raw with the tail still attached- ’cause that’s how they serve it. And then you choke like half of it down, ’cause you’re paying for it and you don’t want to be rude. But then you start gagging, and you tell your husband that you can’t do it. So then you have to wait for your husband to finish his dish, so you can pay and leave as quickly as possible with your tail between your legs. Basically, the older I get, the less excited I get about eating out, unless there is a specific restaurant, dish, or cuisine that I want to try. This makes me sad (I don’t want to feel like a killjoy! I don’t!) but it’s true.
So, what do we generally do about food, when we’re traveling? Well, the day we depart, I generally pack a meal to take with us on the road. Homemade calzones work really well for the road (will probably post the dough recipe I use in the future) as do sandwiches, etc. Basically, anything that you can eat with one hand is good. We’ll eat this for lunch, and then have the option to snack later, or go out.
As for the rest of the trip, ideally we will eat breakfast at our hotel, hit our snack stash for lunch, and then either find a restaurant or raid a grocery store for dinner. (This is all assuming that we are staying somewhere without a kitchen, of course).
Side note about raiding grocery stores: This can be fun and inexpensive. Buy some fancy cheese, find a meat option, get some raw veggies and maybe buy some yogurt. Depending on what country you’re in (here I go again with the Europe thing) the grocery stores can be really fascinating. Or, if you’re in the states, you can totally hit a specialty store for some fun options (I love exotic cheese). It’s still cheaper than eating out, and you get to feel adventurous. Of course if it’s purely a business trip than you can skip the fancy and just buy sustenance. That’s totally cool too.
Anyways, onto the snack stash:
Apples, almonds and raisins are easy to travel with. You just grab them and go – there’s very little chance that they’ll go bad if you handle them properly. (Bananas are also a good option, but they brown quickly).
Carrots do best under refrigeration, but they should be good (with the peel intact!) in a cool spot for a few days.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fats. Seriously, three cheers for the mighty avocado! They should come with masks and capes. If you choose to pack these, however, you will need to bring utensils to open/eat them with. The extra fuss is worth it though, in my opinion.
Tinned fish is an excellent source of protein (in the states you can also buy chicken like this!) and you don’t have to worry about it spoiling. (Bring a can opener along too, just in case you accidentally rip the tab off before you can get the thing open- otherwise you’ll have to like, run it over with your car, or something).
The slices of salami were meant to represent beef jerky. In store it’s hard to find sugarless jerky, but there are some brands on the Internet that offer healthy products if you do your research.
Side note: Over here in Europe jerky is extremely expensive (it’s more of an American thing) but they do smoked sausages that travel well and are divine. Again, however, sugarless options are scarce.
And then, of course, there are your baked good options. I have a 100% rye sourdough bread pictured. I actually buy mine (’cause I live in Europe, heh heh) but you can make something similar by following this recipe: Vollkorn Brot. I haven’t made it myself because, again, I live in Europe. From reading other blogs, some people bring muffins with them on the road, some people bring crackers (this recipe is amazing!) Some people bring pretzels or granola bars…etc. I tend to just stick with fruit, protein, and nuts. That’s pretty low maintenance, and works well for us.
Although, I should find a recipe for a sustenance bar with shredded coconut as a base. That would be pretty cool – lots of good fiber and fats. Maybe a paleo, or mostly paleo thing? Dunno.
Anyone else have any ideas? What do you do that works? Also, do you know of a sugarless coconut bar recipe?
If you do, I’ll give you a virtual high five.