There’s nothing more fun than packing up the family car and heading to someplace new or an old, familiar favorite spot to gather friends and family. And as they say… getting there is half the fun. But sometimes it’s hard to find healthy travel snacks along the way, especially if you’re living a lectin-free lifestyle.
So, what’s on the healthy food list for your road trip? Read on to find out.
Hitting The Road And Want To Stick To A Gundry-Approved Plan? Check Out These Lectin-free Travel Snacks
Fast food, soda, and vending machine snacks can be tempting traps when you’re on a road trip. But just because they’re there doesn’t mean you should give in to the temptation. Why should you hike up the calories, sugar, unhealthy fats and additives just because you’re leaving town? You shouldn’t.
Think ahead. Plan ahead. With some preparation, you’ll enjoy some delicious and healthy, hearty eats while on the road. But before you read more about the perfect roadside snacks, take one quick second to remember about hydration. Pack a carton of water bottles so you’ll never run out while traveling. The absolute last thing you’ll want to do is opt for sugary, unhealthy soda or sweetened fruit juice products because you forgot your water bottle.
Road Worthy Travel Snacks: Trail Mix With Gundry Approved Berries, Nuts, And Seeds
According to a variety of studies, consuming nuts can often be associated with a reduction in risk factors for chronic illnesses. In fact, quite a few studies report several beneficial effects when it comes to nut consumption.1
These benefits are usually due to the fatty acid profiles of various lectin-free nuts, not to mention the presence of plant-based proteins, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and carotenoids. Plus, many nuts contain phytosterols with potential antioxidant action.2
Lectin-free nut butters also have the incredible power to make you feel full and satisfied for hours on end. Just look for products with zero added sugar.3
Gundry-Approved Nut Mix For The Road
Now, it’s true that certain nuts are good for you… but only in moderation. So, once you make this mix, dole it out in little snack bags and ladle each serving out a 1⁄4 cup at a time. This recipe yields 10 cups (that’s 40 servings).
What You’ll Need For This Recipe:
- 1 pound raw, shelled walnuts
- 1 pound salted, dry-roasted pistachios
- 1 pound roasted, shelled macadamia nuts
- ½ pound toasted sesame seeds
- ½ pound dried blueberries (check to make sure there is no added sugar)
What To Do:
- Put the nuts and seeds in a large bowl. Mix well.
- Bag in individual servings and store in the refrigerator.
This nut mix mimics the flavor of a good old fashioned P.B. & J. since the dried berries sweeten the mix.
Easy Bag Of Raw Vegetables: Baby Carrots, Broccoli, And Celery Sticks (Keep In A Cooler)
The following veggies may take the prize as the healthiest road trip foods you can eat: carrots, celery, broccoli, and cauliflower.
Relatively low in calories, carrots are chock full of good-for-you vitamins and important minerals. Plus, the crunch and sweetness of a carrot are truly satisfying. To get specific, carrots are an excellent source of the following nutrients:
- Beta carotene
- Vitamin K
Carrots are easy to find and baby carrots can be packed into a small bag to carry with you wherever you may go.
Broccoli is another road trip favorite. The cruciferous veggie, broccoli, is great raw or slightly steamed, blanched, and chilled. Broccoli is high in the following nutrients:
- Vitamin K
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
Celery is a wonderful snack for travel as it is super low in calories. Not only because it can be cut into perfect little bite-size boats, but also because those boats can act as a vehicle for lectin-free nut butter or perhaps even a little goat cheese.
Celery also boasts the following vitamins and nutrients:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
The great thing about bringing the veggies listed above on your trip is that you can snack and snack without any guilt.
Hard-Boiled Omega-3 Eggs
If you’re worried about getting enough protein or healthy fats as you travel and you feel the plant-based foods in your picnic basket just aren’t cutting it, bring along some hard-boiled omega-3 eggs for the ride. Hard-boiled eggs are a filling snack and they happen to be quite portable once they’re cooked. Just keep them cool by putting them in a plastic baggie then into a plastic container with ice.
Omega-3 eggs are simply made by feeding pasture-raised hens flaxseeds full of omega-3 fatty acids.7 And on top of fueling your body with omega 3s, this snack also provides good amounts of copper, iron, and zinc.8
Of course, you can eat these protein-packed treats on their own, or you can mash them with a little bit of mustard and spread them on your celery boats for a mini-egg-salad.
A Healthy Dessert Food For The Road: Flourless Chocolate–Almond Butter Brownie
Now for something truly decadent (and relatively guilt-free). Dr. Gundry has a phenomenal recipe for his rich flourless chocolate-almond butter brownie. You will not believe how easy this dessert-y treat is to put together. And if you make a batch, you can share them with everyone in your car (and caravan).
This almond butter brownie is a virtual mini cake and the symphony of flavors is out of control. Because cream is entirely made of fat, the breed of the cow does not matter as it does with regular milk (that’s because it’s the protein portion of the milk that’s impacted by the casein A-1 mutation).
What You’ll Need:
- 2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp Just Like Sugar, Swerve, or xylitol
- 1⁄4 tsp (aluminum-free) baking powder
- 1 large pastured or omega-3 egg
- 1 Tbsp heavy cream
- 1⁄2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp buffalo butter
- 1 Tbsp organic almond butter (smooth or crunchy — it’s up to you)
What To Do:
- Combine your cocoa powder, sweetener, and baking powder in a small bowl. Use a fork to whisk and mash clumps of baking powder.
- In a different bowl, combine the egg, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Whisk to mix.
- Combine the wet ingredients and dry ingredients. Mix together until the well-incorporated.
- Grease a 4-inch ramekin with the buffalo butter. Then, pour in your batter.
- Here’s the easy part: Microwave on high for 1 minute 20 seconds. Remove. Use the microwave to soften the almond butter, just enough to drizzle it over the top of the cake.
All that’s left to do is refrigerate this personal brownie so you can take it in a cooler on the road.
To make this a vegan dessert, simply replace the heavy cream with a tablespoon of coconut cream. Then, replace the buffalo butter with a teaspoon of coconut oil. And use 1 VeganEgg instead of the omega-3 egg.
Hit The Road With Healthy Gundry-Approved Snacks
So, with nuts, yogurt, veggies, and brownies… you’ve got all the healthy food you need — even for dessert. Is there anything left to do? Pack! Armed with all of these great foods, you can now cruise and munch until your heart’s content.