DIY travel snacks: Chuck that pack of chips, now

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Popcorn kernels are fun, so take them on a ride with you! “While ready-to-make ­varieties are high on sodium and preservatives, organic popcorn prepared at home is low-calorie, high-fiber and antioxidant-rich ­member of the whole-grain ­family,” says nutritionist Mona Goel. Combine organic popcorn kernels with some olive or sunflower oil in a covered pan, and shake it till the kernels pop.

Popcorn kernels are fun, so take them on a ride with you! “While ready-to-make ­varieties are high on sodium and preservatives, organic popcorn prepared at home is low-calorie, high-fiber and antioxidant-rich ­member of the whole-grain ­family,” says nutritionist Mona Goel. Combine organic popcorn kernels with some olive or sunflower oil in a covered pan, and shake it till the kernels pop.

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Pack a bowl full of surprise the night before to savour on your journey. Soak some rolled oats in milk and curd, add cinnamon, vanilla, honey, chia seeds, berry compote, mashed bananas and raisins. The idea is to experiment and play on your whims. Top the oats with fresh fruits, choco chips and nuts, and indulge whenever you feel hungry.

Pack a bowl full of surprise the night before to savour on your journey. Soak some rolled oats in milk and curd, add cinnamon, vanilla, honey, chia seeds, berry compote, mashed bananas and raisins. The idea is to experiment and play on your whims. Top the oats with fresh fruits, choco chips and nuts, and indulge whenever you feel hungry.

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While chocolate bars and chewy candies take us back to our sweet ­childhood memories, ditch the sugar-bombs and opt for homemade granola bars instead. Bind together whole grains and nuts with honey and team them up with chocolate chips or berry extract. Freeze this mix after shaping it into ­rectangular blocks before you indulge in your sweet cravings.

While chocolate bars and chewy candies take us back to our sweet ­childhood memories, ditch the sugar-bombs and opt for homemade granola bars instead. Bind together whole grains and nuts with honey and team them up with chocolate chips or berry extract. Freeze this mix after shaping it into ­rectangular blocks before you indulge in your sweet cravings.

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Boxed packs of yogurt are a great snack for kids and adults alike, as they contain probiotics, which are healthy ­bacteria that promote better ­digestion. “Yoghurt adds calcium and Vitamin D to your diet, is ­readily available, and is a great addition to be eaten with your fruits or nuts too,” says Prachi Agarwal.

Boxed packs of yogurt are a great snack for kids and adults alike, as they contain probiotics, which are healthy ­bacteria that promote better ­digestion. “Yoghurt adds calcium and Vitamin D to your diet, is ­readily available, and is a great addition to be eaten with your fruits or nuts too,” says Prachi Agarwal.

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Naturally cholesterol and fat-free, low in calories and super hydrating — these are just a few benefits of coconut water. “Stock up on this ultimate thirst quencher as an alternative to cola and sodas. Coconut water contains five essential ­electrolytes-calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium and ­phosphorous. These nutrients facilitate digestion, reduce blood pressure and the occurrence of acid reflux,” advises Mona Goel.

Naturally cholesterol and fat-free, low in calories and super hydrating — these are just a few benefits of coconut water. “Stock up on this ultimate thirst quencher as an alternative to cola and sodas. Coconut water contains five essential ­electrolytes-calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium and ­phosphorous. These nutrients facilitate digestion, reduce blood pressure and the occurrence of acid reflux,” advises Mona Goel.

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Pre-pack finger-sized ­veggies and fruits like ­carrots, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, ­broccoli, bananas, apples and ­berries. “Fruits and vegetables are high on fibre and keep you full. Plus, they’re easily available with roadside vendors, so you can always go for local ­produce. Also, you can pair them with toppings like mint sauce, peanut butter and nutella that can be carried in ­zip-locks to keep you high on ­energy,’ says Prachi Agarwal.

Pre-pack finger-sized ­veggies and fruits like ­carrots, celery sticks, cherry tomatoes, ­broccoli, bananas, apples and ­berries. “Fruits and vegetables are high on fibre and keep you full. Plus, they’re easily available with roadside vendors, so you can always go for local ­produce. Also, you can pair them with toppings like mint sauce, peanut butter and nutella that can be carried in ­zip-locks to keep you high on ­energy,’ says Prachi Agarwal.

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If you’re craving something crunchy and salty, skip the ­high-on-salt wafers and pop open a trail mix. “Create a mixture of your favourite nuts, dried fruits and seeds — think walnuts, almonds, peanuts, apricots, dates, raisins, flax seeds, prunes and ­cranberries. A moderate indulgence in these nutrient powerhouses gives you the much-needed protein, fibre and healthy fats. You can also add some dark chocolate chips for a sweet surprise,” says Mona Goel.

If you’re craving something crunchy and salty, skip the ­high-on-salt wafers and pop open a trail mix. “Create a mixture of your favourite nuts, dried fruits and seeds — think walnuts, almonds, peanuts, apricots, dates, raisins, flax seeds, prunes and ­cranberries. A moderate indulgence in these nutrient powerhouses gives you the much-needed protein, fibre and healthy fats. You can also add some dark chocolate chips for a sweet surprise,” says Mona Goel.

UPDATED ON NOV 22, 2014 06:38 PM IST
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