It’s official, people. Festival season is upon us and we are so stoked. After all, few things are better than good tunes with good people. But when you’re trying to eat well, a festival can mess with your flow.
Thankfully, packing smart will make a huge difference. It’ll save you time, cash, and calories. Most importantly, you will feel awesome enough to dance the day (and night) away.
To get you started, check out these six healthy festival snack ideas. See you never, $15 fries.
Bananas are as simple as it gets. They’re easy on the wallet, and don’t need special prep. Just peel and go.
Their high fiber content will keep you nice and full for a long time. That means no hunger pangs in the middle of your favorite set. Score.
To top it off, bananas will sustain your blood sugar and prevent muscle cramps. It’s a festival goer’s dream come true.
The avocado craze is real, and it’s easy to see why. They’re packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats that will keep your belly satisfied.
Like bananas, avocados will be fine without a cooler. If you’re camping out for a few days, buy under-ripe avocados, so they’ll be ready by the time you are.
And if they still aren’t ripe? Pack ‘em up in a brown paper bag with a banana or two. The bananas will release a gas called ethylene, which speeds up ripening.
For a quick snack, pair mashed avocado with pita, whole grain bread, or tortilla chips. You can also grab a spoon and just have at it.
3. Nut Butters
When you’re trying to rock out, there’s nothing worse than a hungry stomach. That’s where peanut butter comes in. It has a ton of protein, so you’ll stay satisfied for a while.
Almond, cashew, and hazelnut butters also work. Even sunflower seed butter has a hefty dose of protein.
These days, you can find nut butters in travel-friendly packets. Enjoy them as a dip or in a sandwich.
Hummus is another stellar source of protein. It’ll fight cravings, regulate blood sugar, and boost satiety. Basically, it’s about to be your new BFF.
However, hummus also needs to be stashed in a cooler. If you need to take it on the go, eat it within two hours, max.
It’s available in countless flavors, so you can keep things interesting by packing multiple kinds. If you’re the DIY type, use spices to customize smaller portions. Enjoy it with crackers, pita, pretzels, or bread.
Craving a crunch? Snack on granola. This dry food can last for days, so you won’t have to worry about storage.
Thanks to the oats in granola, you’ll get an awesome dose of fiber. Throw in some almonds for an extra protein boost, along with coconut flakes for a sweet touch.
Watch out for granola with artificial sweeteners and added sugars. Better yet, make it yourself. This will let you control how much sugar is added. Your granola, your rules.
6. Oatmeal Cookies
Oatmeal cookies are right up there with granola. They’re a great source of fiber and protein, as long as you stay away from the extra sugar.
Your best bet is to make your own. Most recipes use nut butters, so you’ll also get a major energy boost.
Don’t forget to stay hydrated, too. Your music-lovin’ self will thank you.
Kirsten Nunez is a lifestyle journalist, author and DIY queen. Find her at http://wildamor.com/