Healthy D.I.Y Airplane Snacks
Do you love traveling but sometimes have problems finding a healthy snack in an airport? Are you tired of trying to convince yourself that the Sun Chips you get on the plane are healthy? Here are some healthy homemade airplane snacks you can whip up for your trip courtesy of health food aficionado Tara Milhem of TheWholeTara.
Apricot Almond Protein Bars
These snack bars blend healthy fat with protein. They will keep you fueled and full, free of the added preservatives and sugar of the bars you see in stores. They can be stored at room temperature and fit easily into any carry-on. You can even pack them in a Tupperware-like container and enjoy one when you need some energy. Put one and a half cups of raw almonds In a food processor on pulse to chop. Remove almonds. Add two scoops of your fave protein powder, one cup of Medjool dates, one cup of dried apricots and a pinch of sea salt. Process them to combine. Add chopped almonds and process until smooth. Put the mixture on a baking sheet and spread until you have an even layer of nuts and fruit. Put it in the freezer for half an hour. Remove then cut into bars.
Cinnamon Baked Apple Chips
These apple chips are a lot healthier than potato chips. They’re easy to make too. You can carry them in an airtight container or a Ziploc plastic bag. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice two apples. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put apples on the baking sheet. Sprinkle the apples with cinnamon. Bake them for 1 hour flip them over. Bake them for one more hour until they start to crisp and are no longer moist. Take them out of the oven. Allow them to cool.
Spicy Roasted Chickpeas
Spicy roasted chickpeas are a crunchy travel snack. They are high in fiber and protein. They will keep you full during your flight. If you like cayenne pepper you can add a little of that to help boost your metabolism. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Empty a can of drained chickpeas into a bowl. Mix chickpeas with 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 1 teaspoon of chili powder, 1 teaspoon of cumin and 2 tablespoons of olive oil until well coated. Spread all the chickpeas in a single layer onto a baking sheet. Bake for half an hour. Allow them to cool. Pack the mixture into Ziploc bags.
Tamari Roasted Almonds
Almonds contain a number of nutrients. Not only do they have great health benefits and a great shelf life. They can help you lose weight, improve your skin, and lower your cholesterol. Rather than just eat plain almonds, Why not spice things up with tamari? Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. One pound of almonds on a baking sheet. Next, roast the nuts for approximately 15 minutes. Remove them from the oven. Lower your oven's temperature to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Add 324 tablespoons of Tamari to the almonds. Roast them for another 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool. Portion them into separate Ziploc bags. Bon, voyage! Bon appetit!
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