Tired of the same old pre-packaged snacks? Looking for travel-friendly recipes for your next outdoor adventure? How about trying some new food adventures to compliment your travel adventure? The best snacks are a combination of protein and carbohydrates and each of these healthy snack recipes have both!

Here are our favorite recipes to prepare.  Give one of these fun and healthy snack recipes a try and pack a new food in your backpack, cooler or carry-on luggage.


peanuts and pepitas

Photo by Kristin Jenkins

Have you ever tried pepitas?  You might have eaten them on Halloween? They are basically pumpkin seeds.  Pepitas are a great source of protein.  One ounce of pepitas have almost as much protein as two eggs.  Not only are pepitas high in protein, the are also high in fiber. And they are a good source of phosphorus, zinc and magnesium. 

Energy Bites

Chocolate Energy Bites

Chocolate Energy Bites. Photo credit Kristin Jenkins.

Pistachio Matcha Energy Bites

Pistachio Matcha Energy Bites. Photo credit Kristin Jenkins.

healthy snacks

Blueberry Muffin Energy Bites. Photo credit Kristin Jenkins.

Ever hear of energy balls? They are fun snacks that can be made at home, and the flavor combinations are endless! The base of these balls are usually oatmeal or some kind of dried fruit, pair with nuts, nut butter, or protein powder to make it a balanced snack. There are lots of variations of the energy balls recipe but some of my favorites are these chocolate peanut butter bites, these pistachio matcha bites or these blueberry muffin energy bites.

Roasted Chickpeas

roasted chickpeas

Photo by Kristin Jenkins

Roasted chickpeas are a great source of protein, fiber and carbs all in one! If convenience is what you are after, there are plenty of companies that sell roasted chickpeas packed up and ready to go. Or, if you want to be adventurous, try making our recipe!



Photo credit Kristin Jenkins


Granola makes an excellent snack for on the go. If you are buying it at the grocery store, be aware of portion sizes and ingredients!

Almond Granola Bar

granola bar recipe

Photo credit Kristin Jenkins


There is no doubt that a granola bar can make a great snack. Portable, quick, easy to eat? However, if you are allergic to peanuts, sometimes it can be hard to find a good bar. If you need a snack that is peanut-free, try these almond granola bars! The Almond Granola bar comes together quickly, and are high in protein! 


Whether you are a traveler, a weekend athlete, or any other kind of adventurer looking to eat healthier and take care of yourself, make an appointment with one of our registered dietitians by clicking here or calling 301-474-2499. 


Updated December 2019

Rebecca Bitzer loves to empower Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and their clients.  Co-author of Welcome to the Rebelution: Seven steps to the nutrition counseling practice of your dreams and  Taste the Sweet Rebellion: Rebel against dieting.