Paddle Healthy | Nutritious On-The-Go Snacks

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Nutritious On-The-Go Snacks

Between jobs, kids, and errands, sometimes there’s just not enough time to get on the water–especially during these abbreviated winter days. Saving time is the name of the game and one of the easiest ways to do so is by preparing quick and healthy on-the-go snacks. Just think, instead of spending an hour preparing and eating a meal, that hour could be better spent doing what we all love–paddling. So here are three nutritious, on-the-go snacks to help you spend more time on the water and less time in the kitchen.

1. Baby Food

Nope, we’re not kidding. Ask any endurance paddler and they will tell you that baby food is an important part of their diet. Packed with essential nutrients and minerals, these easy-to-eat snacks will give you the boost of energy you need, without taking up your valuable time. Plus, with so many flavors to choose from, you’re bound to find one palatable to your taste.

2. Sweet Potato Chips

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Before you grab that bag of processed chips at the local convenience store, think about what’s really in them. Artificial flavors and colors, unpronounceable preservatives, and processed corn product. Yum. Suffice it to say, after devouring a bag filled with that nasty stuff, you won’t be paddling at peak performance. Instead, spend 10 minutes making sweet potato chips that aren’t only delicious but–unlike their convenience store counterpart–are actually healthy for you as well. All you have to do is thinly slice a sweet potato, place the slices on parchment paper, spray them with canola oil and add a dash salt. Then simply toss them in the microwave for four to five minutes and voila! Trust us, you’ll never back to 7-11 again.

3. Apple Butter Stacks

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These easy-to-make snacks deliver a nutritional punch that’ll satisfy both the taste buds and the wallet. Apple stacks are the type of healthy finger food that is perfect for paddlers with both busy schedules and a big sweet tooth. All you need are apples, almond (or peanut) butter, and granola. Simply slice up the apples, spread the almond butter onto the apple slices, top with some granola, and then stack them for a tasty pre-paddle treat.

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