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You're probably tired of cheese and salami sandwiches too, aren't you? In this article, we reveal some tasty ideas for great snacks to take on the go when you have a long car journey ahead of you, or when you''re going on a hike or a trip to the hills.
Simple, slightly different ideas that will turn your lunch on the go into an exciting culinary experience and break the "boring lunch on the go" stereotype. Even a to-go lunch can taste great. Discover how ...
Here are some ideas for practical, but no less tasty, snacks while camping:
Colourful vegetable skewers
Place pieces of fresh vegetables such as peppers, carrots, courgettes, cherry tomatoes and onions on bamboo sticks. Serve a dip of hummus or other sauces alongside.
Tuna pasta salad
Boil pasta (crickets, snails, etc.), add canned tuna, sliced cucumbers, sliced red onions, cherry tomatoes, season with pepper and salt and drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil for a great taste.
Boiled eggs and avocado slices
Hard-boil the eggs in advance, peel them on the spot and serve them with avocado slices seasoned with salt and pepper and drizzled with avocado oil.
Oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts
Mix the oatmeal with dried fruit such as raisins, cranberries or apricots and add chopped nuts. Just before eating, top with yoghurt for extra freshness.
Protein snack with Greek yoghurt
Greek yoghurt is a rich source of protein. Add a spoonful of honey, granola and chopped milk chocolate with no added sugar and enjoy a nutritious and filling snack.
Vegetable soup in a thermos
Make vegetable soup in advance, pour it into a thermos and take it with you. You can add sliced carrots, kohlrabi, celeriac and kale to the soup. This warm soup is perfect for warming up after a long day outdoors.
Mini pies with vegetables and cheese
Make mini pies with puff pastry, a filling of your choice of vegetables (e.g. spinach, courgettes, tomatoes) and add some grated cheese. Wrap them in foil or put them in a plastic container. They taste great cold too. If you fancy a taste of the sea, you can also add salmon.
Crispy chickpea snacks
Roast chickpeas in the oven with a dash of olive oil, salt and seasoning to taste. Add different flavours such as curry, paprika or Mexican spices as desired.
Tortillas with chicken and vegetables
Fry the chicken in avocado oil then remove from the pan and save. Fry the sliced vegetables, add the fresh avocado and sour cream, add the chicken and fill the pre-baked tortillas.
When camping, it is important to choose food that preserves well, is easy to prepare and provides enough energy for outdoor activities. It is also a good idea to have some raw fruit such as apples, bananas or oranges for refreshment and necessary vitamin intake.
Water is, of course, a must. Hydration in the mountains is essential. The sun, tiredness, thirst can always get to you and it''s a good idea to take enough water with you. Something to eat is also highly recommended, as we lose a lot of energy while walking and can quickly become hungry and weaker.
Here are 10 protein snack ideas for hiking in the hills to replace your usual sandwiches:
1. Cocoa snack with pistachios
Spread a thin layer of cocoa spread on a banana half and sprinkle with chopped pistachios for a tasty energy snack.
2. Hazelnut smoothie
In a blender, combine the banana, hazelnut spread, milk of your choice (you can also use plant milk) and a few ice cubes. The result is a protein-rich smoothie for extra energy.
3. Pistachio tomato sandwich cream
Spread a layer of pistachio spread on a slice of wholemeal bread and add slices of fresh tomato and a little fresh basil to freshen up the taste.
4. Coconut protein balls
In a bowl, mix together the coconut spread, oatmeal with coconut and chocolate, some honey and protein powder (optional). Form small balls and roll them in coconut flour. Leave them in the fridge to harden, then take them with you on a hike in a plastic container.
5. Cocoa energy cubes with hazelnut spread
Prepare a mixture of walnuts, dates, cocoa spread and a little salt. Mix it all together in a blender. Place the mixture in a baking tray and leave to set in the fridge. Then cut into cubes and wrap or pack them in a plastic container for easy transport.
6. Protein pancake with strawberry jam without added sugar
Prepare a protein pancake and fill it with strawberry jam without added sugar. You can also add some fresh strawberries.
7. Pistachio spread with carrot and apple
Spread a layer of pistachio spread on carrot and apple slices for a tasty and crunchy protein snack.
8. Oatmeal with granny''s apple pie flavour and apple slices
Cook the oatmeal, add a little honey, cinnamon and sliced apple slices if desired. Mix well and enjoy a quick and nutritious snack.
9. Energy bar with dates and dark chocolate with no added sugar
Make a homemade energy bar with a mix of dates and dark chocolate with no added sugar. Cut the bar into pieces and wrap them for easy carrying.
10. Coconut banana with pistachio spread
Halve a banana, spread a layer of pistachio spread over it and sprinkle with finely shredded coconut.
These tasty and easy spread combinations can be used to create a variety of quick protein snacks for your hikes in the hills.
We''ve rounded up some ideas for quick protein snacks that can be easily prepared at home:
Protein pancake with 100% plum jam
Make a protein pancake (with egg, protein powder or other substitutes) and top it with 100% plum jam. The pancake will be very tasty and packed with protein.
Omelette in a vegetable bowl
Make an omelette with eggs and cut into strips. Serve it in a bowl with sliced avocado, tomatoes and spinach and a drizzle of avocado oil over the top.
Ricotta with tomatoes and basil
Ricotta is an excellent source of protein. Spread it on a slice of wholemeal bread and add slices of fresh tomato and a few fresh basil leaves.
In a blender, combine the protein powder, milk (you can also use plant milk), banana and oatmeal with the banana and chocolate. This smoothie is a quick way to get the protein your body needs after an active outing.
Tuna sandwich with chickpea puree
Mix a can of tuna (in its own juice) with natural yoghurt or mayonnaise and season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Serve as a spread on a slice of wholemeal bread, with chickpea puree on the side.
Hummus with vegetables
Prepare a chickpea hummus and serve it with slices of cucumber, carrot, pepper or other fresh vegetables.
Curd with seeds and honey
Serve the curd with a handful of mixed seeds (linseed, sunflower, pumpkin) and drizzle with a little honey for a sweet note. You can also add grated sugar-free dark chocolate for an even sweeter taste!
Raspberry smoothie with milk chocolate
In a blender, combine milk (can be plant-based), protein powder and fresh raspberries, add two tablespoons of raspberry jam with no added sugar and a few pieces of milk chocolate with no added sugar for a sweet and sour refreshing smoothie.
These snacks are easy to prepare at home and will give you enough protein, which is essential for muscle recovery, energy and satiety. Tailor them to your tastes and dietary needs and add the ingredients you think are essential for the ultimate road trip snack!