6 Healthy (Mess-Free) Homemade Snacks to Pack When Traveling
Bring some of these delicious, good-for-you treats with you and you'll have no trouble bypassing the junk food at rest stops and airports.
The Salted Nuts Alternative
Roasted chickpeas are lower in calories and fat than nuts, but can still fill your salt cravings—and fill you up, too. You can flavor them with any spice you like; this recipe calls for smoked paprika and onion powder, but we also like cinnamon and sugar, or cumin, chili and cayenne.
Get the recipe: Smoky Paprika-Baked Garbanzo Beans
The Summery, Handheld Treat
These coconut muffins may not be quite as rigidly healthy as your standard bran variety, but they're a lot better for you than the cupcakes-disguised-as-muffins found in most convenience stores and cafes. They're made with rye flour, which has a nutty flavor that pairs wonderfully with tropical-tasting coconut.
Get the recipe: Coconut Muffins
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The Trail Mix That Has No Dud Ingredients
You won't be picking through this party mix for the good stuff—because everything in it is delicious. Chef Cat Cora uses cereal (such as Cheerios or shredded wheat), pretzels, peanuts and popcorn to make her version of the classic travel snack, and adds wasabi peas for a spicy kick.
Get the recipe: Cat Cora's Party Mix
The Lighter Slice of Cake
This moist, just-sweet-enough chocolate-zucchini bread has more than a few healthy ingredients—sweet potato and yogurt, to name two—tucked inside, but you'd never know it. Make a loaf the morning before your trip; then, once it's cool, slice and wrap each piece in plastic or foil for on-the-go snacking.
Get the recipe: Chocolate-Zucchini Bread
Granola That Doesn't Get All Over the Place
Here's the trick to making granola stick to itself in easy-to-pick-up clusters: Combine the oats, nuts and dried fruits (you can adapt the recipe to any taste), and then stir in an egg white that you've whisked in a small bowl until frothy. Spread the granola-egg white mixture in an even layer on foil or parchment-paper-lined rimmed baking sheets and bake. Let cool completely, and then you can break it into whatever size clumps you desire.
Get the recipe: Classic Granola
A Brownie You Can Feel Good About
These brownie-like bars have a virtuous ingredient list, which includes honey, coconut oil, almond butter, almonds, walnuts, dark chocolate, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, goji berries and oats. Individually wrap them and stash one next to a cold drink in your bag, since they taste even better when they're slightly chilled.
Get the recipe: No-Bake Chocolate Almond Bars
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