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5 Protein-Rich Snacks for your Next Adventure

Ever had hunger ruin a perfectly paddling good trip? We know the feeling. Out in the wilderness among beauty and beautiful flowing water, and all you can think about is a large greasy pizza with extra cheese. While pizza is always a good option to curb those cravings, you might opt-in for some more protein rich and carb-ready options to keep you satisfied longer. Don’t let hunger take-over your trip and try some of these options for your next get-away that fit perfectly in your drybag.

Watershed drybag and man in sunhat by the water

1) Protein-Packed Sandwich

You can’t go wrong with a sandwich after a workout―it’s got everything in a hand-held package, just make it smart! Low-sodium cold cuts provide salt to help replace what’s lost in sweat. Tomatoes add freshness and a boost of vitamin C. Place everything on some fresh, whole wheat bread and don’t forget to load it with veggies. Grill it up ahead of time and pack for lunch, or whip it up in minutes for an easy after workout snack. Try a hummus wrap for a change with sunflower seeds, avocado, and cucumber! Don’t forget your Ocoee Drybag – no one likes soggy sandwiches!

Peanut Butter roll-up sandwich in a wrap

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2. Banana Peanut Butter and Honey Roll-Ups

Sweet, savory, and protein-rich, these guys are so easy throwing in a couple for the day will make the perfect snack. Ingredients include flatbread, peanut butter, bananas and honey. You can also buy protein packed flatbread – and of course always whole wheat! This is a great one for the kids as well. Pop a couple of chocolate chips in to make their day.

3. Cranberry Almond Energy Bites

Energy bites are perfect for on-the-go snacks and can be altered in so many ways. Substitute any ingredients you don’t like for your own creation that’s loaded with nutritional ingredients and energy for your day out on the water. Freeze the energy bites before-hand and they may still be cold when you are ready for them! Ingredients include oatmeal, almonds, sweetened shredded coconut, ground flaxseed (optional), nut butter (peanut or almond are both good), honey, chia seeds and dried cranberries.

  1. Bake oatmeal, almonds and coconut for 8-10 minutes at 350°, stirring after 5 minutes. Allow the mixture to cool.
  2. In a medium bowl microwave the nut butter for 20-30 seconds until runny, add the baked mix along with flaxseed, honey, chia seeds and cranberries to the bowl. Form into 1.5″ balls and refrigerate. Store in an airtight container refrigerated for up to one week or freezer for 3 months.

Mix it up. Make your own protein mix! Store bought fruit and nut mixes can get so boring. Head out and get a couple different kinds of nuts, cheeses, crackers, and fruit options. Mix and match and don’t be scared to surprise yourself! Keep the ingredients separated in a Tupperware container and throw in your pack. Throw in some baked kale chips or edamame for a different taste.

Picture of egg muffins

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4. Egg Muffins

These are perfect for a quick snack that isn’t in the nut category. Good for a day out, they don’t have to be refrigerated but we would suggest eating them within 24 hours if they are not kept cool.  Wrap some up in tin foil, pack in your drybag out of the sun, and you should be good to go! Ingredients include Organic Coconut Oil, Broccoli, Onion, Green Bell Peppers, Red Bell Peppers, Eggs and pepper or any seasoning you see fit!

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Grease the muffin tin with coconut oil.
  3. Rinse and chop all vegetables into 1/4-inch pieces.
  4. Divide vegetables evenly between muffin tins.
  5. Whisk the eggs, then pour into the tins, dividing it evenly.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then stir the vegetable and egg mixture briefly to evenly disperse the vegetables throughout the egg.
  7. Bake the egg muffins in the oven for 18–20 minutes.

This is a great alternative for a protein-rich snack and includes veggies to keep you going!

Crunchy Peanut Butter Wrap open showing ingredients inside like almonds and fruit

via twohealthykitchens.com

5. Crunchy Peanut Wrap

Wraps are your best friend when on the road. Simple and easy to alter, keep the creations different and free of boredom. Add in more or take out items as you wish to make this recipe your own:

  1. For each sandwich wrap, place a Flatout flatbread on your work surface and spread with peanut butter.
  2. Lay apple matchsticks evenly, lengthwise, down the center of the flatbread, as shown in the photos in the post. Sprinkle raisins, cranberries, granola, and cinnamon (if using) evenly over top of the apples.
  3. Beginning at one long side, roll the flatbread up. Cut in half and serve immediately, or wrap tightly and store in the refrigerator until serving or packing in lunch boxes.

Voila! No more hangry meltdowns, and more fun in the water. Eat up, buttercup!

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