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Plant based snacks for your next road trip

Road tripping is back for the summer baby, + to make your road tripping just that little bit healthier I’ve teamed up with @toyota_aus for World Vegan Month to give you some fun, nutritious and as always delicious plant based options to snack on the road.

CHOC-CHICK PB  ENERGY BALLS  : Rich source of protein – 5g per ball – from chickpeas + peanut butter – recipe below!

Recipe: Choc-chick PB Cookie Dough Balls

Makes 10 balls

Gluten free : Dairy free : Vegan

1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (240g)

1/3 cup peanut butter

1/3 cup almond meal (44g)

3 tablespoons maple syrup

1/3 cup vegan choc chips (68g)

Place all ingredients  except choc chips in a food processor and blitz to a dough. Transfer to a bowl, add choc chips and mix. Measure 2 tablespoons of mix and roll into balls, then place in fridge to set.

COLD WHITE COOKED POTATOES: Love a roadie hot chip but need a healthier alternative? These babies deliver beneficial resistance starch to the trillions of microbes in your gut to support digestive + overall health.

PLANT BASED BERRY MUFFINS : Delicious but without refined sugars, made plant based by combining flax meal + soy milk to bind the ingredients – recipe just below!

Recipe: PLANT BASED RASPBERRY CURRANT MUFFINS

Makes 8 large muffins

Vegan : Vegetarian (optional)

2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons ground flax meal + 6 tablespoons water)

1 cup (250ml) soy milk (we use Bon Soy)

1 teaspoon (5ml) apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup (65ml) maple syrup

1/3 cup (85ml) extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla extract

2 cups spelt flour

2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

pinch sea salt

1/4 cup currants

1 1/2 cups mixed frozen strawberries and raspberries + some extra for the top

Heat oven to 180C and line 8 muffin holes with cases. Start by making your flax eggs. Place ground flaxseed and water in a small bowl, mix and set aside for 5 minutes or so to combine. In a large mixing bowl combine soy milk , apple cider vinegar, maple, extra virgin olive oil and vanilla and whisk to combine. Add flax eggs (once gelled) and whisk again. Add spelt flour, baking powder, sea salt and currants and mix, then gently fold through the frozen berries.  Spoon into muffin cases, top with additional berries then bake for 30 minutes.

STEAMED CORN: Fibre, vitamin B1 and B9 for energy, metabolism + a healthy gut, also less likely to decorate your car like a Christmas tree as popcorn does. That said, if popcorn is your jam, then pack what works best for you and the family.

 

PLANT BASED BEVIES : Pack your nutrition + hydration in one with wholesome plant based smoothies.

CRISPY SALT + VINEGAR FAVA BEANS : Stumped for an alternative to the humble salt and vinegar crisp? These plant protein rich beans are satisfying, salty, vinegary, baked not fried sub.

VEG STICKS + PLANTY DIPS:  Cut, or grab and eat whole enjoy with plant based dips so meeting the daily recommendation of 5-7 vegetables is easy- even on the road!

STRAWBERRY CITRUS ALMOND SLICE: A beauty to ensure you’re including a serve of healthy monounsaturated fats + antioxidants. Grab this recipe below…

Recipe: Strawberry citrus almond slice

Makes 12-16  pieces

Gluten free : Dairy free : Vegan

1 cup (180g) sliced fresh strawberries

2 tablespoons maple syrup for vegan option

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

2/3 cup (75g) rolled oats or quinoa flakes for GF option

1 cup (95g) shredded coconut

1/2 cup (72g) chopped macadamias

1 cup (88g) almond meal

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons (40ml) grapefruit juice*

2 tablespoons (40ml) mandarin juice*

Opt: sesame seeds for top

Place all ingredients in a food processor or high speed blender and blitz for 2-3 minutes or until combined but still textured in consistency. Pour into a lined loaf tin and spread evenly. Sprinkle sesame seeds over the top if desired and then place in freezer to set for 2-3 hours. Slice into 18-20 pieces and enjoy straight from the freezer.

*If grapefruit and mandarin aren’t in season use 4 tablespoons (total) fresh orange juice.

FUN FRUITS : Choose whole fresh, hard fruit then, create some fun by including a few other options.

RICE CAKES, CRACKERS + PLANT BASED (NUT) BUTTERS: Make sure if you’re packing rice cakes and crackers that there’s some wholesome plant nut butters + some green cutlery for the road.

+ This is a partnered post with Toyota Australia, all thoughts and opinions expressed are the authors own.

Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline is an Accredited Nutritional Medicine Practitioner specialising in family and early childhood nutrition and gut health. She writes for several media publications, hosts a regular nutrition segment on Channel 7 and in 2016 published her first book, "Seasons to Share" (Murdoch Books). Jacqueline is passionate about working with corporations and brands to support and educate their community and audience and is currently a media spokesperson and ambassador for Remedy Drinks, Eimele Australia, Woolworths, Kitchenaid and Nutrition Director at Bondi Bubs Wholefoods. She is mum to Jet and outside her working hours you'll find her with her family in the surf, on the beach, or out and about in nature.

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