I love food - I always have. I enjoy both making and eating new things, though the making part gets old when you realize just how many dishes you've created in the process (more so when you don't own a dishwasher and have to clean them all by hand).
Since I've been able to pack my own bag/purse/etc, I've had a tendency to carry food with me wherever I go, partly due to a lovely family trait of becoming something similar to a harpy (or other equivalently unpleasant creature) when hungry, and partly due to not having cash on me for snacks should I get hungry while out and about.
This habit has become beneficial to me in modeling as a lot of the time, there is travel involved during shoots, and waiting periods during set up or other parts of the photo taking process. Those minutes, plus the time during which we are shooting or getting hair and makeup done add up quickly, leading to a hungry (or in my case "hangry") model/individual.
So, I've included a list of my favorite snacks that I find best for travel. These should help curb those unpleasant feelings of weakness, sudden annoyance/frustration, and the loud noises coming from your stomach.
- I like fruit because it's 1) good for you, 2) easy to eat, and 3) tends to come in its own convenient packaging
- My favorite travel fruits are bananas, apples, pears, and plums
- If you don't mind bringing a container, grapes, blueberries, or strawberries are good for snacking on as well
- And while I love them, I try to steer clear of oranges (unless already cut and peeled before hand) as they tend to be sticky, very juicy, and seem to get everywhere while peeling
- Similar to fruit in the sense that they're healthy and tend to be easy to pack, for the most part, they don't need to be refrigerated and are easy to snack on
- My favorite travel veggies are carrots, bell peppers (usually cut into strips), cucumbers, and fresh green beans
- Again, if you can take them in a container, any of these can be improved with the added protein benefits of some hummus or guacamole (mmmmn...avacado)
- The nice thing about nuts and seeds is that most of them come in an easy to take along baggie already, though I like to make my own trail mix by putting a few different types in one container
- Favorite trail mix combo: almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, peanuts, and raisins
- Other Snacking Options
- I've found that if it doesn't need to be refrigerated, and isn't messy (or you don't need silverware to eat it), pretty much anything can be a travel food
- That being said, some other snacks I've brought to photo shoots with me are, dry cereal, rice cakes, toasted chick peas, PBJ / or other sandwich/wrap, and energy bites (ball/square form)
While it can be a nice treat to get coffee on the way to a shoot, I try not to make a habit of drinking coffee immediately before or during a shoot. There are days when I enjoy the extra caffeine boost, but for the most part, I'm already amped enough about going to a photo shoot and don't need the extra sugar or caffeine racing through my veins. I've found that water really is your best bet to quench thirst and keep you hydrated while working (even if it isn't as delicious, or pretty, as that $8, doll-sized to-go-cup of coffee, with a flower drawn in the foam).
Obviously, there are many more options for things you could take with you, but these are my personal favorite snacks.
Speaking of favorites, I thought I'd share one of the recipes in this post so you can try it yourself! It's similar to trail mix in its diversity of ingredients, but you have the option of creating a ball or square to take with you...and it has this strange tendency to disappear in about 3 bites...
*Added bonus: its incredibly simple to make*
- 1 cup old fashioned oat meal
- 2/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup flaxseed or wheat germ
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
- 1 TBSP chia seeds
- 1 TBSP vanilla extract
Stir all together. Let chill in fridge for 1/2 hour. Roll into balls, or form into squares, and store in air tight container up to week.
Mmmmmmn delicious. They can be a little crumbly if the peanut butter starts to melt while you're eating them, but they're so quick to make and delicious, I let that minor fact slide.
Bringing snacks along has helped me cut down on spending money and eating not-so-great-for-me-snacks while I'm out. With the money I save, I can instead opt for a delicious sit down dinner after my photo shoot is over...or you know...actually save money for other things that aren't food related.
What are your favorite travel snacks? I'd love to hear any recipes you have for homemade snacks that are easy to transport!