Whether you’re hitting the road or cracking the books, such times call for quick, clean, perfectly packable snacks and meals!
A few weekends ago we stuffed our duffle bags and departed for cottage country in Lake of Bays Muskoka. With a drive a few hours long at the peak of lunch hour, we found ourselves in a hunger pinch and took a road side stop to the organic section of a Superstore. So while some of the following unconventional snacks entail a specialty stop to a health food department, others can be snagged just about anywhere you may find yourself. Never will you have to drive yourself into excuses and all will enhance concentration, energy levels and brain power.
This is what we snacked on in Muskoka as a cheat sheet to a few quick and affordable fast foods!
Not to be fooled by the cup: my friend brewed this tea for me of medicinal mushrooms for the drive up to Muskoka (you can see why we’re friends 😉 ).
- Native to the birch forests of the northern hemisphere, Chaga mushrooms have become well known for boosting the immune system. Yet, being an adatogen, it also helps us to cope and adapt to the stresses of university studies.
- Bonus: Chaga is a natural source of melanin to help provide protection against solar UV rays. An added boost of cottage sunscreen in a cup!
- Note: While this is a quick and easy brew, it is not readily available. At coffee shops, opt for a hydrating herbal tea (I personally love the perk of peppermint). Use stevia and/or non-dairy milk if desired.
Greens Powder Pouch
- Perhaps you need a mid day boost without the caffeine or didn’t consume the most optimal meal. The solution? Crack open one of these pouches, shake into a bottle of water, and drink. Not only does it have a pleasant flavor from the green apple, but greens powders provide an instant boost of energy to both the body and brain.
- Didn’t squeeze in a nutritious breakfast this morning? Greens will realklinaze the body to counteract some of the negative effects of an unbalanced meal.
Perfectly Packable Chia Pods
- With the simple base of chia seeds and coconut milk, you can easily and affordably whip this up yourself in any number of flavours. But when in a pinch, Chia Pods can be purchased from local health food stores in compact cups with a built-in spoon.
- High in omega-3 fatty acids for brain health, these compact packs are loaded with fiber to keep you feeling full through to your next meal making them ideal for on-the-go student studies and thrifty travelers alike.
If you are what you eat, we were bound to become walking, talking watermelons by the time we were homebound!
- Not ideal for long road trips or lectures as they consist of 92% water and are a natural diuretic, but don’t toss this idea yet!
- Watermelons make a delicious way to eat yourself hydrated on a hot day and are packed with natural sugars that your brain uses to run efficiently. Its high vitamin C content assists in counteracting the stress on students and boosts the immune system while the high fiber reduces blood sugar spikes (that can lead to brain fog) and promotes good digestion when traveling.
Other pre-packaged Fruit
- Equipped with their own containers, fruit such as apples, bananas, grapes, and mandarin oranges, etc. all make perfect grab-and-go snacks.
- We snatched these up for a canoe ride on the lake along with coconut that we had freshly cracked. Coconuts are loaded with brain boosting fats that will satisfy your hunger and the MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) present in coconuts have been shown to enhance cognitive performance as they can be turned to ketones and used as fuel for the brain.
We really loved Muskoka. It was magical. And perhaps the most magical part came from laying beneath the stars with ginger teas and a mountain of melon beside us. I can’t imagine how beautiful it will be in a few weeks with the first fall of snow. But until we make it back again (perhaps for a winterized version of this food guide??), we’ll be savouring our stress-free snacking!