Living a healthy lifestyle while travelling constantly can be challenging. As someone who’s constantly travelling, I’ve definitely had my fair share of healthy living hardships while on the road; from sickness to not being able to find anything plant-based to eat at all. If like me, you’re also plant-based, finding healthy, veggie-based options for a decent price can be exhausting but there are some steps you can take to make your life on the road easier. Click here for those 10 must-know hacks.
The meal I always find to be the most challenging is breakfast. Unless you’re in a vegan heaven-type destination or a 5 -star resort with a breakfast buffet, breakfast will almost always contain eggs and all the dairy you could possibly imagine. It’s definitely been the biggest let down for me.
One thing I always do now is travel with my own breakfast supplies and stay in an Airbnb with a small kitchen area. This allows you to easily prepare your own breakfast at your Airbnb before leaving to go exploring. While you can buy things like oats, cereal, plant-based milk and fruit at your destination, I like to come prepared with an option that will be as delicious and quick as it is easy; healthy granola.
Here is my fool-proof recipe for my favourite healthy granola, with nuts and seeds for an extra protein boost. Make it at home before you leave for your travels in just 30 minutes and you’ll have a breakfast that’s delicious, healthy, balanced and quick. All you have to do is buy some milk and extra fruit if you wish. Oh, and this healthy granola also makes the best trekking snack when eaten dry!
Healthy Nut & Seed Granola
↠300g steel-cut oats
↠150g mixed nuts of choice ( I use anything I have to hand)
↠100g mixed seeds, (I use pumpkin, sunflower seeds and flaxseeds)
↠50g dried fruit such as cranberries, dried apricots, raisins, coconut pieces etc
For the syrup
↠120ml maple syrup
3 heaping tablespoons honey/agave or more maple syrup
5 tablespoons coconut oil
Preheat the oven to 140°C/280°F. Mix together the oats, seeds and nuts in a large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan over a low heat, heat all the syrup ingredients until just slightly warm. Add the syrup to the oat, seed and nut mixture and stir well to combine. Make sure everything is coated evenly in the syrup. Spread the granola out over a large baking tray* so that it’s evenly distributed in a thin layer. If it forms a layer that’s quite thick you may want to roast it in two batches. Pop it in the oven for about 20 mins until golden brown. Every 7 minutes, give the granola a mix so it bakes evenly. Don’t worry if it looks too crumbly when it comes out of the oven. Leave it to cool and it should stick together more.
*I’ve seen many recipes when they’ve said to line your baking tray with baking paper first. I normally don’t like to use it as it’s a complete waste of paper and creates extra waste, but that’s up to you. I bake it directly on the tray and while it sticks a little you can easily scrape it off with a metal spatula once baked.
To reduce the sugar intake of the granola you can eliminate the dried fruit and you could try reducing the amount of sweeter. This may cause the granola is stick together less, however, so you’ll probably get crumblier granola, but equally, as tasty.
Once the healthy granola has cooled you can put it in a small canvas bag ready to transport it with you to your next destination. Check out the canvas bags I normally use here.
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