If you follow me on social media, on apps like Instagram or Snapchat, you may have noticed that after nearly 3 years of living in California, I am back to traveling again. The travel-bug has bit this girl and this is an itch that must be scratched. I absolutely love adventure and I live for that joy you get when discovering new places.
The hardest thing about traveling, however, is doing so with dietary challenges. With limitations on my diet and wanting to maintain a healthy, mindful lifestyle, this can be hard while I am away from the comforts of my own kitchen. While challenging, it is also totally possible and I want to share with those of you living a life similar to mine, that with a little research and planning, your wanderlust can certainly be quenched, too! In the past, after first changing my diet, discovering my gluten intolerance and making other changes to my lifestyle, I had found myself scared to travel, worried that I wouldn’t be able to eat. But I always more than make it, I eat well on my travels and I am able to honor my body the way I choose to, while still being able to explore new cuisine, experience new restaurants and travel a city the way everyone else gets to. I want to encourage you guys, to get out there, to have fun, explore and travel.
For me, a big part of my travel routine, relies heavily on planning ahead and of course, packing food. Though with every passing year it gets easier and easier to find restaurants that truly support gluten-free, I also like to know that I am covered. Plus, when flying, let’s be honest, most airlines haven’t quite received the memo that gluten-free is a thing! Homemade energy bars, trail mix, dark chocolate and other healthy snacks, these are always a must for me. Plus, I don’t ever leave home without some green stuff. This girl’s gut needs the green stuff to keep things moving, if you know what I mean.
These Chocolate Trail Mix Energy Bars (gluten-free, vegan and paleo) are basically all of the good superfood stuff you love, in one magical, travel-friendly bar! Trail mix, greens and of course, chocolate. (To know me is to know, this is something I won’t leave home without). Enter ALOHA, my very best travel companion. In my world, ALOHA is as important as my passport, when I head off on adventure.
ALOHA’s trail mix is an already-made blend that has so many of my favorite super foods in one mix, with various nuts, dried fruit and seeds. Their Daily Good Greens, literally go with me on every single trip I take, and mixed with a little water, juice or coconut water, has become an evening cocktail, of sorts, after a day of busy, on-the-go eating when I am away from home.
Their Superfood Chocolate, oh my word you guys – I absolutely love this stuff. They’ve basically figured out how to make a good thing even better, by amping up the superfood status of the almighty might dark chocolate, adding in their Daily Good Greens and other superfoods. Plus, it’s sweetened by coconut sugar, it’s vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, non-GMO and that boast-worthy list goes on and on and on for every one of their incredible, real food products.
These grain-free, no-bake trail mix energy bars are the perfect on-the-go snack. They are delicious, simple to make, and full of antioxidant-rich goodness. They are naturally gluten-free and vegan and also work well for the paleo lifestyle. The best part is how versatile this recipe is—swap in your favorite nuts or seeds, opt for one of the other ALOHA chocolate bar flavors, etc.
I freeze these bars prior to my travels, pull them out as I depart and individually wrap each. They are great on a hike, on a road trip, on a plane to an exotic location, or wherever your adventures may take you. You’ll get a tasty boost of energy and be able to rest easy knowing you are still getting all the good green stuff, too!
Head over to the ALOHA Recipe Center to get the recipe for these Chocolate Trail Mix Energy Bars
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