The holidays may be over but the trek home still awaits. As you plan your trip and prep for planes, trains, and automobiles, don't forget this crucial detail: the snacks. For too long we've fallen prey to the overpriced gate-side restaurants and greasy vending-machine chips only to feel deprived and cranky. But with a little planning, you can make your own delicious and healthy snacks to keep the hunger at bay.
So while we can't promise there won't be traffic, delays, or crying babies, we can send you off with a bag full of tasty bites. From nuts to crackers, from sweet to salty (and even gluten free), we've got you covered. Here, a collection of our favorite traveling snacks that will make it through security and make you the envy of every flight attendant, train conductor, and fellow traveler you meet. ¡Buen viaje!
You have a long day of ahead you, you'll need something that can keep you energized and focused. Try Warrior Nut Mix, a tasty jumble of roasted almonds, walnuts, and cashews sprinkled with cinnamon. It's a crunchy blend of protein, omega 3’s, calcium, vitamins, and fiber. It's also customizable (swap out the nuts for whatever you have in the pantry) and shelf stable (make a few bags for every leg of your journey).
This protein-packed snack is especially fun for kids. Hummus, a spread usually made from chickpeas or garbanzo beans, gets a Latin touch with the addition of avocado and a garnish of cilantro. Chop up some sturdy veggies (carrots, celery, and radishes) and let the kids dip to their heart's content while you make your way to the ticket counter.
This light snack of luscious fresh pineapple, crispy jicama, and hydrating cucumbers is a great mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Add a squeeze of lime juice with a dusting of chile powder and you have a simple snack with sophisticated flavor.
Airport snack shops prey on the tired, innocent, cranky, and hungry. And they take advantage of a captive audience with notoriously high prices. Instead of dropping a small fortune for a stale bag of chips, pack your own! These Serrano Olive Oil Tortilla Chips are the perfect mix of spicy serrano chiles and fruity olive oil. Salty and crunchy, they'll satisfy any snack attack, no matter how long the layover.
If your trip starts before the sun comes up, don't forget to pack a snack that goes well with an extra large cup of coffee. These golfeados, a Venezuelan classic made with cheese, cinnamon, and sugar, are the perfect bite. Make batches on a lazy Sunday, freeze them, and bake them off right before your trip. Stow them until you've settled into your seat and can enjoy a bite and a cafecito.
Gluten-free travelers have an especially hard time finding snacks to fit their needs. Instead of risking your health (and a stomach ache that will cross state lines), arm yourself with an extra big bag of these Lime Cilantro Crackers. They're salty, tangy, and vegan and will keep you going all day long.
A simple recipe without fanfare, roasted pumpkin seeds make a great travel snack. Small and sturdy, they pack enough flavor to keep you happy. They're also great add-ins to whatever you may find at the airport: toss them into a pre-made salad for added crunch, mix them into a travel-size box of cereal for flavor, or pour them on top of yogurt for some Latin flair.
Let's be honest: we've all given in to temptation and bought that extra large Tobleron. Instead of scarfing down a whole bar (or log) of chocolate, make yourself a sweet treat that you can you portion out and control. Pack up a tray of these Spiced Mexican Chocolate Brownies. The addition of spicy cinnamon and cayenne adds a surprising Mexican twist to this classic chocolate treat. And although the ancho chile powder is optional, it provides a smoky, not too hot flavor that will help you taste the chocolate.
These cheese chipas, a popular snack throughout South America, are savory, spongy bites that go well with morning coffee (or midafternon coffee or a midflight glass of wine... ). Sturdy enough to withstand transport, but light enough they won't weigh you down all day, they're great for any trip.
We like our rum in everything from cocktails to midnight treats. This Late Night Almond Rum Biscotti recipe is a delicious way to end the night. Made with dulce de leche, this is a great end-of-day bite and the perfect accompaniment to a soothing hot tea or hot coffee.
You won't be able to eat just one: this recipe for fresh potato chips with lime juice and chile makes deliciously spicy and tangy chips that are spiked with hot sauce. You can even pack them in individual bags; you'll help avoid fights!
In this crowd-pleasing recipe all the flavors of a classic breakfast burrito are baked into a portable egg muffin studded with cheese, beans, onions and peppers. Make a big batch and enjoy these easy and healthy grab-and-go breakfasts whenever you don't have the time for a full meal! You can also mix up the batter and ladle out into the muffin tin one night, then bake fresh the next morning.
Breakfast cookies are a great solution to single-handed dining and they're pleasant enough to get your morning started right. Scented with cinnamon, sweet without overdoing it, and loaded with fiber and super fruits such as blueberries and cherries, homemade breakfast cookies beat stale packaged granola bars any day.