I chatted about this a few posts back, but this past July, Ksenia of Breakfast Criminals and I packed up our yoga pants for four days of scenic yoga, moon parties, and wildflower walks at Wanderlust Festival, Squaw Valley as part of Wellness Warrior Collective — a collaborative series exploring the elements and interconnectedness of whole body wellness through the lens of self-love, positive thinking, and holistic living. With our diverse backgrounds and overwhelming passions for spreading health and lives in motion, we partnered up with Free People to share our two sense on snacking – our favorite meal of the day! [line][line]
While in Squaw Valley for Wanderlust Festival, we set an intention to really step up our snacking games. With our schedules jam-packed with yoga practices, meditative dance, media events, and wildflower and singalong hikes, we knew we had to bring some solid, sustaining snacks along for the ride. Whether you’re conquering a yoga festival, an afternoon or overnight hike, or the business of everyday, here are six of our favorite snack time must-haves to bring along on your next adventure (and yes – the office and classroom are adventures)! Let’s get munching!
Wellness Warrior Collective’s Top 6 Snacks to Bring On An Outdoor Adventure
1. Fruits – think fresh fruits with tougher skins: bananas, oranges, apples. These fruits will not only hold up better in your bag without refrigeration, resisting those bumps and bruises, but will provide you with a natural sugar boost to keep you going strong and feeling bright while conquering the great outdoors. If your adventure is on the longer side, also consider dried fruits, like these Ginger & Cinnamon Spiced Dried Pears, or opt for a naturally sweetened store bought option for added ease.
2. Raw or Lightly Roasted Nuts & Seeds – nuts and seeds, like cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and brazil nuts will give you a clean, instant energy boost. Try mixing your favorite nuts and seeds for the most interesting flavor combinations. If you decide to add some dry fruit to your homemade trail mix, go for a small amount of goji berries, mulberries, or a couple of dates to keep the sugar in check. This snack wins “the most portable” award in our list.
3. Red Berry Chia Jam – utilizing the best of summer’s bounty, this naturally sweetened jam is perfect spread on your favorite slice of sprouted toast, coupled with creamy almond butter, or even stirred into your morning oats or chia pudding. Much like fresh and dried fruit, this jam is packed with just the right amount of natural sugar, plus the addition of protein and fiber-packed chia, to keep your cells buzzing while you’re on the go. We like to assemble our nut butter & chia jam sandwiches before we head out for extra convenience. (see recipe below)
Red Berry Chia Jam [makes about 1 ½ cups jam, 12 servings]
Note: well stored jam will keep in your refrigerator for up to a week
2 cups (10 oz) fresh strawberries, stems removed & halved
1 ½ cups (6 oz) fresh raspberries
2 -4 tablespoons coconut sugar (depending on desired sweetness)
2 tablespoons chia seeds
In a medium pot, bring strawberries, raspberries, and 2 tablespoons coconut sugar to a boil over medium heat. Mixture will appear very liquidy, don’t worry – it will reduce during the simmering (and chia adding!) process. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low and allow mixture to simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove pot from heat and check jam for sweetness – I prefer my jam as is, with the 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar, but add more to your desired sweetness level! Stir in chia seeds and allow jam to sit for a minimum of 15 minutes.
Transfer to your favorite glass jar, serve, and enjoy!
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