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5 healthy travel snacks

5 healthy travel snacks

5 healthy travel snacks

Summer eats are “sizzling” with Registered Dietitian, Author, and Chef Michelle Dudash!

Check out these simple recipe ideas to get you going! 

5 healthy travel snacks

1. Easy snack recipe: No-Bake Energy Bites
Make these energy bites a few days before your trip. Made with California prunes, rolled oats, sunflower seed butter, cocoa powder, and a touch of honey, they are fiber-rich for sustained energy. Michelle works with California prunes and loves using them in recipes because they add a naturally sweet taste and great texture to recipes with no added sugar. They’re a premium fruit. 

California prunes are good for bone health due to their copper, boron, vitamin K, and polyphenol content. 4-5 prunes count as a serving of fruit and comes in under 100 calories.

5 healthy travel snacks

2. Low-carb meat bars
Country Archer Collagen Meat Bars
These bars pack in 15 grams of protein and real ingredients like grass-fed beef and antibiotic-free pork.

3. Spiced snack Mixes
Combine your favorite nuts with dried fruit and spices for a tasty trail mix.

CA Prunes and almonds with cinnamon snack mix
CA Prunes, cashew, and almonds with curry snack mix

5 healthy travel snacks

4. Protein snack: Flavored chicken pouches
Starkist Chicken Creations are new, with your favorite flavors, like Buffalo, lemon pepper, and ginger soy. Pair with almond flour crackers or whole-grain crackers.

5. Dried fruit and cheese skewers
Buy pre-cubed cheese. Skewer with California prunes on toothpicks. Delish and nutrish!

5 healthy travel snacks

No-Bake Energy Bites

This recipe is from the 4Real Food Reboot, an online meal planning program by Michelle Dudash, RDN.

2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/2 cup packed California prunes, finely chopped
1/2 cup sunflower seed butter (or other nut butter)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons honey
Coating: shredded coconut, toasted sesame seeds, or chopped roasted almonds

Sprinkle flaxseed over 1 tablespoon water in a medium bowl. Add the oats, prunes, seed butter, and cocoa powder and combine. Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in your favorite coating. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Yield: 15 servings, 2 balls each
Prep time: 15 minutes 

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Irsay fighting for long-term NFL Scouting Combine extension in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The dashing, lifting, shuttling and leaping — it’s that time again in Indianapolis. On Monday, 337 world class 2020 NFL Draft prospects begin their weeklong excursion at the NFL Scouting Combine downtown.

On Sunday, Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay spoke out on a few key talkers this week — including an eye-popping data point behind the machine that is the National Football League. 

“Do you guys realize that over the next five years, we (NFL teams) will roughly spend $40 billion on player costs?” 

“$40 billion as a league.”

Check, please.

Meanwhile, the most important microscope in sports shifts to primetime television beginning Thursday night. Workouts under the lights at Lucas Oil Stadium will try to heighten the buzz to a new level. Lurking behind the scenes is Indianapolis’ secret weapon as a host: A clean, convenient week for all parties.  

“If you talk to general managers, coaches and team doctors — no one does it like we can do it here,” Irsay said. “I think particularly medically … that is a strength and the centralization of downtown is a strength. It is a big economic impact for this city. We don’t take that lightly.” 

During Sunday’s half an hour question and answer session, Irsay said he was aware of the quote ‘provocative’ arguments on social media that point towards the NFL taking the combine away from Indianapolis. He dismissed some as pure speculation. 

This week, there is no secret behind this: Irsay will be busy canvassing fellow owners to keep the combine in his backyard beyond it’s current contract which expires after 2021. 

“I think it is important to remember that there are traditions that stay in place,” Irsay said. “I see us locking it up long term…No one can do it as good as us. In the end, isn’t that what it is about? I will fight for Indy tooth and nail to keep it here.” 

The bout continues.