Although I do tend to bring some healthy snacks with me when travelling, on longer trips I need to make a plan to stock up locally again too. Right around the time my supply of healthy nutty chocolate fudge balls began to dry up, I happily strolled around the shops in South Africa looking for different treats to enjoy. Luckily there is no shortage of healthy foods here: from the markets, to the health food shop, to the local supermarket, I found some real gems to enjoy and serve as inspiration to try make some new snacks when back home.
HEALTHY HOLIDAY SNACKS ABROAD, ZA EDITION
1. Fudge-It Chickpea fudge
My sister in law, Heather, brought us lovely freshly made hummus and chickpea fudge from the local market as welcoming gifts upon arrival. Chickpeas are something I have never thought of using in sweet snacks. Turns out I should have. These legumes are high in protein and fibre but more importantly, make an absolutely delicious fudge. These “Fudge-It” fudge squares are made with chickpeas, unsalted butter and honey and nothing else. Amazeballs! I am going to get into my kitchen and try and make these for sure once I get back home.
2. Nakd Cocoa Mint Raw Fruit and Nut bar.
I am an absolute sucker for mint chocolate (and mint anything), which is why I had to try these! The health store had a large variety of flavours in these Nakd bars but the cocoa and mint bar jumped out at me immediately. Turns out that these are made by a British company called Natural Balance Foods (naturalbalancefoods.co.uk). Stunning bars with all natural ingredients – and I had to travel halfway across the globe to find them!
3. Nairn´s Oatcakes
Oatcakes are among my favourite things to eat. Whilst trying to reduce my intake of wheat flour, oats are a great alternative and oatcakes make for great snacking options combined with some avocado, hummus, cheese or home made “jam”. I have known these from my time spent in Ireland and adore the Nairns products. Oatcakes seem to not be available in Germany (where I currently live) and my attempts at making them myself so far have left everything to be desired.. All the more reason to enjoy these on holidays!
4. Nakd Salted Caramel Fruit and Nut Nibbles
I could´t resist these salted caramel fruit and nut nibbles on display in the health store. Also from the Nakd brand, they are based around dates, cashews and raisins and are so so tasty. Either I will have to see if they ship to Europe or plan in some visits to the UK with an empty bag!
5. Woolworth´s Raw Fruit and Nut Bars
I found these gems n the supermarket (Woolworth´s Food). Available in a large variety, I selected the “Almond and Macadamia Date Bar” and the “Cashew and Coconut Date Bar”. They are raw bars, lovely and dense and are all goodness with nuts, sunflower seeds, coconut, and dates. Will try and make these at home for sure and not giving up hope that European supermarkets will catch on quickly too…
What have you discovered on your trips? Any little gems you’d like to share? Happy travelling!