4 Vegan, Gluten-Free Snacks to Keep in the Car

Posted on: 11 July 2016

If you spend a lot of time on the road, there will be those times when your stomach starts rumbling and you need to eat something. Usually, it's best if you can eat something that will both give you a boost of energy and also curb your hunger, but what if you're both vegan and gluten-free? Your choices are suddenly diminished, but that doesn't mean there aren't still plenty of options for you. Read on for some ideas of yummy snacks that you can keep in the car that will keep you nourished and awake when on the road.

Baby food pouches

Don't give up on this idea too easily! It's difficult when you're out and about to get all the fruits and veggies your body needs, and a pouch of natural, organic baby food that contains only fruit and veg can be just the thing to keep you well nourished. Stick a few in your cooler bag and you're good to go!

Go nuts for nuts!

Nuts are a fantastic source of protein and antioxidants and are a great choice of snack for people on-the-go due to their portable nature. Roasted nuts tend to go rancid faster than raw, so go for raw nuts that are unsalted (no-one needs all that extra sodium!)

Roasted Sweet Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas really travel well, plus chickpeas are packed with fibre and protein, so they will fill you up and give you a nice energy boost at the same time. To make them, simply add a can of drained chickpeas to a bowl, add a teaspoon of honey (or agave nectar) and a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar, add a sprinkling of cinnamon and, if you want a little kick, some chilli powder, stick the mixture on a baking sheet and roast in an oven at 200 degrees Celsius. The chickpeas are done when they look nice and golden brown, which should take about 30-40 minutes. When they've cooled down, stick the roasted chickpeas in a sandwich bag. 

Oh kale yeah!

If you want to get a fix of beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C and calcium, you can find all these things in a serving of delicious kale chips. They are super easy to make, too; simply heat up your oven to 175 degrees Celsius, discard the kale's tough stems, chop up the leaves and pop them on to a lined baking tray, scatter with sea salt and olive oil and place them in the oven for about 10 minutes. 

If you don't fancy making them yourself, go to your nearest health-food store and get some that have already been made for you.

With a few healthy snacks kept in your car and at your fingertips, you should be full of energy and feel nicely satiated as you go about your day.


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