Chex Mix is a classic, but it's about to get a serious upgrade for the 2013 school year. Shaking up our favorite cereal, nuts, and chocolate mixture, we found 10 recipes that blend this crunch into cookies, brownies, and even doughnuts. Better yet, these recipes take only minutes to make and can easily be packed in lunches or served up as an easy dessert. Click through for a recipe that is sure to end Summer on a sweet note and start the school year off right!
Ralph Waldo Emerson would likely be horrified by our appropriation of the phrase, but we'd argue that his oft-cited saying "life is a journey, not a destination" is tailor-made to describe the key difference between a road trip and a mind-bogglingly long drive. While you'll get to your destination regardless of outlook, why not enjoy the ride? In this spirit, we asked around our office and rounded up our editors' recommendations for road-trip snacks to transform your next grueling drive from dull to delicious.
Craving the crunch of potato chips but on a Paleo diet? Welcome these seaweed chips to your snack-time rotation. They're cholesterol-free, high in vitamin A, and seven of these spicy seaweed chips are only 42 calories. Even if you don't love raw seaweed, you'll find that the texture and flavor of this nutrient-rich dense sea vegetable changes after a quick pop in the oven. It only takes some simple preparation before you'll be snacking away.
No car trip is complete without plenty of snacks to keep you fueled and awake on the open road. If you're feeling ambitious, we've got homemade versions of snack favorites, but if time isn't on your side, we've also included store-bought options from brands we know and love.
If hopping on a plane to an exotic destination isn't in the cards for you this Summer, fret not. Road trips (especially to America's top food cities and other culinary destinations, like food festivals) can be just as fun. Even if you can't afford to take a massive vacation, you can still enjoy peak travel season by getting in a car and driving somewhere fun. But as the old adage goes, sometimes the journey is the destination, so if you've ultimately got your sights set on good eats, then don't overlook the ever-important car snacks. Here are a few road trip foods that are just as appetizing as they are portable and transport-resistant.
— Additional reporting by Emily Bibb
Chock-full of oats, seeds, nuts, and fruit, chewy granola bars make an ideal breakfast, midday snack, or fuel for your next outdoor activity. Our favorite recipe happens to come from First Lady Michelle Obama and the White House kitchens; it's sweetened with honey and maple syrup for a sweet yet wholesome finish. The recipe's basic — it's as easy as heating, mixing, and cutting — but we'll offer tips for toasting seeds, heating the sugar, and cutting the bars. An added bonus: your house will be infused with the scent of warm spices.
Fiber- and protein-packed hummus is always a healthy option, but recently, this staple snack has been losing its luster. After tasting the coconut-curry flavor from Boulder-based Hope Hummus, I fell in love all over again. The combination of sweet, tangy, and spicy was so exciting that I immediately went home to hack the recipe.
Healthy spices like curry and turmeric and an interesting array of produce blend together for this Thai twist on the Mediterranean classic. It might not be exactly like the traditional, but it's still sure to satisfy. Keep reading to learn how to make this coconut curry hummus recipe.
It's 3 p.m., lunch is long gone, your energy's flagging, and you're craving something that's salty and sweet to satisfy those afternoon hunger pangs. But the assortment of snacks in the office kitchen just isn't exciting after seeing it day after day. Why not change up the routine with this super easy, drool-worthy office junk food bark that can be easily customized with snacks lying around the office pantry? Your co-workers will love you for it . . . that is, if you're willing to share! Watch the video to see how it's done.
Sipping on a protein shake after a workout is a great way to help your muscles recover, but if you're not careful, you could be consuming so many calories that you end up gaining weight. For a lighter, more portable post-workout snack, roll up some nutty homemade protein balls made with a high-protein secret ingredient.
These are made without protein powder, so they're perfect if you're not a fan or it's not an ingredient you keep in your kitchen.
The protein in these bites comes from cottage cheese, raw almonds, and rolled oats. With a touch of cinnamon and maple syrup, these balls that you pop in the freezer taste more like an after-workout bite of cherry cheesecake.
Each ball contains 78 calories and offers 3.7 grams of protein. Keep reading to learn how to whip up this simple and tasty recipe.
Looking for a way to use up overripe bananas without having to turn on the oven to bake yet another loaf of banana bread on a hot Summer day? Strawberry banana creams are a refreshingly sweet recipe, but if you're vegan, here's an alternative.
These strawberry bites are filled with a chocolatey mashed banana-quinoa mixture, and topped with chopped raw almonds, so they're packed with rich flavor as well as fiber and protein.
Keep reading to find out how to whip up this simple 118-calorie treat