Sun is out and summer is here! A whole world of picturesque hiking scenery and sandy beaches is once again available. Summer is excellent to load up on vitamin D and exercise levels and a time to create beautiful memories.
Just in case you find yourself in the middle of nowhere with no food available, take some nourishing, easy snacks on the go.
Don't let your blood sugar levels ruin your day out!
Easy portable snack ideas:
1. Boiled eggs and spinach
Simple to prepare the night before, this snack is high also high in protein and will give more sustained energy for longer.
Smoothies are excellent on the go, as are quick and easy to make. Aim for half the smoothie to be vegetables and half fruit. This way you will get an energy boost from antioxidants and load up on the fibre for smooth digestion.
3. Cinnamon nuts and berries
Toss some of your favourite nuts in a pan with some cinnamon a few hours before leaving. I like to pack mine in a brown paper bag for a rustic feel with a selection of my favourite seasonal berries. Cinnamon is an excellent spice for blood sugar balance, meaning it helps keep energy levels stable.
4. Protein drink
Really easy to take on a go- just add water or your favourite alternative milk and the snack is ready. Protein is largely supporting energy production and cell renewal. Pay attention to the label of your drink and make sure it comes from plant sources and has no artificial additives.
5. Hummus and vegetable sticks
Hummus and vegetables has become somewhat of a staple picnic food in the last few years and it's no surprise! Takes under 10min to prep and really hits the spot when hungry. Include seasonal juicy veg like lightly steamed purple sprouting broccoli and local cucumber.
6. Energy balls or bars
Although it is easy to make your own, energy balls and bars are now widely available in health food stores if you are really pressed for time. Combination of nuts, dried fruit and 'superfoods' will keep you going for hours! Packed with slow- release energy, these are particularly good for long walks.
7. Seeded oatcakes and avocado
Widely available even in the local supermarket, a pack of oatcakes has often been a saviour for me. This combination is excellent not just for a snack, but also for breakfast. Oats are packed with fibre and complex carbohydrates, that give a sustained source of energy and supports active digestion. Add a squeeze of lime for a pleasant zingy taste