Eating healthy at home may be challenging enough for some but it becomes a little more difficult when traveling and/or going to visit family. I am off to Alberta (where I am from) in 2 days and will be celebrating my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary.
HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY MOM AND DAD – LOVE YOU!!
How amazing is that! What an inspiration but….I will not be following in their footsteps…. not many people will hit a 50th wedding anniversary.
I am currently baking some granola bars (not raw, recipe later in this post) to take with me. I also have made some raw cookies to bring and some vegan gluten-free muffins. I cannot and do not eat airplane food so I always bring my own food and drinks (usually just water).
Have you also found that airports are one of the worst places to try and find something healthy to eat or drink? In larger cities I sometimes go to a airport restaurant and order a salad – with no dressing. This tends to be a bunch of iceberg lettuce and maybe a slice of cucumber. But….unfortunately that is the way it is.
I am traveling to Edmonton (where I grew up) and then onto a very small town in southern Alberta. When I arrive in Edmonton I will go to grocery store (more of a health food store) and get some stuff to bring with me. I have a few hours to gather some things and off to the celebration where there will be a lot of family and a lot of food. Food I am not used to eating anymore. So….I will be munching on whatever I bring with me and some salads that will be part of the meals.
It will be FANTASTIC to see my parents, aunts, uncles and cousins. I am really looking forward to that. I also get to spend some special time with my beautiful daughter who I miss like crazy! (pic of me and her below)
Some of the things I will probably buy and bring with me to the family gathering are: Tahini, carrots, organic brown rice cakes, fruit of course, bag of organic mixed greens, cucumber, organic lemons and hopefully I can find some healthy juices and coconut water somewhere also.
Yes, I do get strange looks when I walk in with my bags of food but I hold my head high and know that I will feel better for it. I am not embarrassed by it anymore. Some people do take offense because they feel it is a statement that “their” food isn’t good enough but I actually get bad headaches and feel really sick when I eat food containing preservatives. That means no bottled salad dressings, sauces, dips, chips, munchies, etc.
I have become really good at quickly packing and preparing food to bring with me. No matter where you go, you can find healthier options.
Below I have recipes (I tried my best to write these out) for baked granola bars and raw granola bars.
BAKED GRANOLA BARS
- Brazil Nuts
- Coconut chunks
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Sesame seeds
- Qunioa flakes
- Medjool dates chopped (and/or raisins or any other dried fruit)
- Jar of Rice Syrup
I know I don’t have any measurements but you really do not need any. Remember, this is like a buffet, you don’t want to use a lot of any of the ingredients because once to add them to a bowl you will have A LOT. I probably used 1-2 handfuls of each of these. It also depends on what you like. Use whatever nuts and seeds you like and leave out ones you don’t like.
- I put the almonds in food processor and pulsed until broken down a bit (but not too much) and then put in large bowl
- I did the same with brazil nuts, pecans and the walnuts
- I then added pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, quinoa flakes and coconut to the bowl
- Remove pits from the dates and chop into small pieces. Or throw in the raisins or dried fruit
- Add rice syrup – start by adding about 1/4 cup and stir. This will be very sticky and hard to stir. Keep stirring with big spoon and mix well. You will probably need more so add 1-2 Tbsp at a time until the mixture begins to clump and stick together.
- Then get your hands in there and mix things together with your hands. Taste for sweetness and flavour.
- Grease a baking sheet (cookie sheet) with oil of choice
- Pour mixture onto sheet and take spatula, run it under water and then spread mixture on baking sheet. Maybe about 1/2 inch thick??
- It should really stick together when you press down on it. If it doesn’t at all, it may not have enough rice syrup so return mixture to bowl and add a bit more rice syrup.
Put in oven at 300 degrees and bake for about 10 minutes.
Take out tray and then cut into pieces (the size you want). I suggest wetting a knife after each cut because mixture is so sticky. Use a sharp knife.
Return back to oven and bake until light golden brown.
Take out and let sit and cool. It will harden as it cools.
RAW GRANOLA BARS
To make this into a raw recipe all you have to do is soak nuts and seeds first – do not use the quinoa flakes – rinse and then drain well and dry a bit. Then pulse in food processor as described above.
Then add into large bowl.
In food processor, add dates, agave or honey, a bit of water and cinnamon.Not sure how many dates because that will depend on the quantity of nuts and seeds you have. A guess – if you have 6 cups of total mixture (nuts and seeds, etc) then maybe use about 1 cup of chopped dates with 1-2 tbsp of sweetener and then some cinnamon. Add only about 3 Tbsp of water to begin with. Process really well. Pour on nut/seeds mixture and stir. Does it feel like enough? Taste it. Is it sweet enough? Best to start with less, you can always make more.
Once you think it is right, pour that mixture over bowl of nuts and seeds (not quinoa flakes) and mix well. Then spread on teflex sheets, score into pieces and dehydrate for 8 hours. Take off teflex sheets and put on mesh sheets and dehydrate for about 6-8 hours. You will dehydrate as long as it takes to get them as hard as you want them. Could take 24 hours or more.
My granola bars are done and I just had one – HEAVEN!! These will be great on the plane and for a snack when I need one over the weekend. I usually don’t eat things like this but so much better than the airplane – NUTS AND BOLTS!!
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