Healthy Summer Road Trips: AIP Snack Ideas for the Journey

Jun 10, 2024

Summer is the perfect time to hit the open road and explore new destinations. However, while road trips are full of excitement and adventure, they can pose a challenge for those following an Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) diet. Between gas station snacks and fast food stops, it can be tough to stay compliant and keep your energy levels up. But don't worry, we've got you covered! With a bit of planning and our trusty Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R. baking mixes, you can enjoy delicious, AIP-friendly snacks that are perfect for the road.

Here are some of the best portable snacks for your summer road trip:

1. AIP-Friendly Muffins

Using Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R. baking mixes, you can whip up a batch of muffins that are easy to eat on the go and perfect for breakfast or a mid-morning snack. Try incorporating some seasonal fruits like blueberries or strawberries for an extra burst of flavor and nutrition. Here’s an easy recipe to get you started:

Berry Muffins

Mix all the ingredients together, pour into muffin tins, and bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes. Let cool, pack in an airtight container, and you're ready to go!

2. Cookie Packs

Who doesn’t love a good cookie while on the road? Using our cookie mixes, you can prepare several batches of cookies ahead of time. Store them in reusable containers or eco-friendly snack bags for easy access while driving.

Classic Cookies

Combine the ingredients, form into small cookie shapes, and bake at 350°F for 10-12 minutes. Let them cool completely before packing them up.

3. Energy Bars

Homemade AIP energy bars are a fantastic option for keeping your energy levels high during long drives. You can customize the bars with your favorite add-ins for extra nutrition.

Nut-Free AIP Energy Bars

  • 1 pouch of Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R. Cookie baking mix (your choice)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (like dates or cranberries)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup seed butter (like sunflower seed butter)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Mix all the ingredients together and press into a lined baking dish. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour before cutting into bars. These can be wrapped individually for a quick grab-and-go snack.

4. Savory Crackers

Savory snacks are often hard to come by on an AIP diet, but you can make your own using our baking mixes. These crackers are perfect for pairing with guacamole or AIP-friendly dips.

Herbed Crackers

Mix the ingredients until a dough forms, roll out thinly, and cut into cracker shapes. Bake at 325°F for 15-20 minutes, until crispy. Let them cool completely before packing them up.

Tips for Keeping Energy Levels Up

  1. Stay Hydrated: Always have plenty of water on hand. Staying hydrated is crucial, especially in the summer heat.

  2. Small, Frequent Snacks: Instead of eating large meals, aim for small, frequent snacks to maintain steady energy levels and avoid feeling sluggish.

  3. Balance: Balance your snacks with a mix of carbs, healthy fats, and proteins to keep you fueled for longer periods.

  4. Plan Ahead: Spend some time before your trip planning and making your snacks. This will save you from reaching for non-compliant options out of convenience.

With these Eat G.A.N.G.S.T.E.R. AIP-friendly snacks, your summer road trip is sure to be not only fun but also compliant with your dietary needs. Whether you’re heading to the beach or exploring the mountains, these snacks will keep you energized and satisfied. Remember, planning ahead is key to enjoying your journey without compromising your health.

Safe travels and happy snacking!

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