Are your kids chomping at the bit . . .
To stretch their legs this spring? Here are some healthy packable snacks that will keep you on-the-go and out of the drive through.
Sweet Coconut Curry Granola Bars
“A traditional Greek confection, sesame honey candy combines the simplest of ingredients – gently toasted sesame seeds, unrefined sea salt and honey – for natural treat.”
And ohhh, it’s so easy to make! Mix, heat, mold in to shape and voila!
Find the recipe here
Cherry Pie “Larabars”
When tons of folks started popping over from Glamour Magazine last week I figured I was being featured on “What NOT To Wear.” Ha! Turns out someone just mentioned these sweet little morsels. Ready in 5 minutes!
Magnesium is needed for over 300 biochemical reactions in the body, but most of us are deficient in it. Good news, though! Nuts are a great source of magnesium IF they have been properly prepared to reduce phytates.
Find out more about soaking and/or fermenting nuts here.
Homemade Beef Jerky
If you’d like to use a roast instead, this recipe from Cara at Health Home & Happiness is a simple blend of honey, garlic, spices and such. Mmmm mmmm!
Find the recipe here.
Wild caught salmon offers brain building omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin D and astaxanthin, a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Note: Depending on which dehydrator you have 24 hours may yield and overly dry end product, so check on it every once in awhile.
Recipe here: Salmon Jerky
“Cheese from 100% grass-fed cows has a perfect omega 6:3 ratio of 2:1. It also contains 5x the amount of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA), which is an extraordinarily powerful cancer fighting nutrient.
CLA is known to boost metabolism and fat burning while enhancing natural immunity. This form of cheese is also a great source of highly bioavailable calcium & magnesium, amino acids and vitamin A, D3, & K2.”¹
A delicious and cost effective way to use up extra fruit before it goes bad! Check out the instructions here.
*Pssst! Have you noticed by now that dehydrators are reaaaally handy when it comes to making snacks? Wondering if you should get one? I used a garage sale Nesco for years until I burned out the motor , then upgraded to the excalibur dehydrator. I LOVE my excalibur because it allows me to do huge batches of nuts and make coconut flour/jerky/fruit rolls ups all at the same time, but if you’re not sure you’ll use one all the time I recommend getting a cheap one to start with.
Sour Gummy Stars
A fantastic alternative to congealed red #40, high-fructose corn syrup and modified corn starch-laden snacks, these sour gummy stars are yummy and simple to make! They’re also rich in high quality protein, skin nourishing collagen and amino acids.
Sesame and Sunflower Crackers
These crispy crackers go great with tuna or chicken salad . . . or even something simple like cheese.
Of course, you **could** add bacon, too. It’s slightly less “grab and go” friendly, but yum!
Aren’t these just gorgeous? They’re as good as they look, too, just read the comments after the recipe!
Also, here’s another recipe that uses up your leftover egg whites after making mayo.
I recommend baking over dehydrating because kale “contains goitgrogens that suppress the thyroid gland. The good news is that a gentle cooking will reduce the goitrogens by about 2/3, so you can enjoy your kale with little downside risk.”²
Find the recipe here
This is one of my absolute favorite lacto-ferments because they’re so easy and cheap to make. The crunchy texture is a nice change from other fermented foods and the littles love them.
Recipe at The Nourishing Gourmet
As I wrote about here, Bubbies pickles are truly fermented with artisanal well water (no fluoride) and mineral rich salts.
They’re a great thing to have around when you’re too busy to make your own.
A great alternative to chips, toasted and seasoned seaweed is rich in minerals such as iodine, calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, copper and selenium.
Unfortunately seaweed snacks are made with canola or safflower oil. Safflower I don’t have a big problem with, but companies often switch between the two depending on what’s cheapest so you never know what you’re going to get. Fortunately, I recently discovered these mineral rich from Sea Snax that use olive oil instead.
Ranked in the “Best” category of the Weston A. Price 2011 shopping guide, dried anchovies are a great source of omega 3’s, calcium, selenium, and niacin.
We buy ours from Radiant Life.
Banana Walnut Muffins
Though I’ve made double and triple batches in an effort to freeze the extras, somehow these always disappear off my countertops! I’ve been assured, though, that they freeze very well, so feel free to grab one as you and the kids head out the door. It’ll thaw just in time for your mid-morning snack!
These buttery pecan cookies are perfect for a quiet tea with your littles, a rowdy BBQ, or even skydiving (okay not that last one, but you could eat one in celebration once you hit the ground!).
Ideas For Packing:
We use class storage at home, which is not usually welcome in places like the zoo, beach, etc., so on those days we use wax paper bags or Wexy bags, which is a biodegradable, washable bag decorated with colorful characters. For water we use the Berkey Sport Bottle, a portable water purifier which eliminates or reduces up to 99.9% of:
- Unpleasant taste and odors, cloudiness, silt, sediment and chlorine.
- Toxic chemicals: Trihalomethanes, VOCs, detergents, pesticides, etc.
- Harmful microscopic pathogens: Cryptosporidium, Giardia, E-coli 99.99999% and other pathogenic bacteria.
- Heavy metals: Aluminum, Cadmium, Chromium, Copper, Lead, and Mercury.
- Radiologicals: Radon 222
If it filtered fluoride it would be just about perfect, but it’s awesome as it is (and BPA free, too, of course!).
Do you have a favorite container for on-the-go-snacks? I’m shopping around right now so please let me know!
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Photo credits: All photos belonging to The Urban Poser, Nourished Kitchen, and Health Home & Happiness were published with permission. The salmon jerky, fruit leather, cheese, and boiled egg are from Flickr.