You need instant energy and one that comes in the healthiest form possible. So, what’s better than dehydrated fruits to give you the much-needed boost of energy? This is why I keep dehydrated fruits with me whenever I travel. Snacking on these healthy yet delicious snacks is the ideal way to keep my spirits and my energy up.
The best part about dehydrated fruits is that you can prepare them in your food dehydrator mere days before you are set to travel. Once dried properly, you will have a healthy, nutritious, and wholesome snack to munch on whenever you feel hungry while traveling. If you’re also interested in enjoying these little energy boosters in your backpack while traveling, read on.
Today, I am going to discuss with you some of the best dried fruits that can make you feel rejuvenated and energized if you’re ever feeling low on energy while traveling. Because these fruits are dehydrated, these are easy to carry, and a small amount can go a long way. Here are the top five dried fruits that are considered as the best sources of energy while you’re traveling:
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Did you know that apples can be dehydrated in many forms? Depending on your preference, you can make rings out of apples and dry them, or you can cut them into slices and dry. You can also sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on them to make a delicious dried snack. A 1/2 cup serving or dried apples contain 104 calories and 3.5 grams of fiber. Apple is one of the few dried fruits that are low in calories so if you’re looking for a light snack, this is the one to choose.
Dried apricots are simply delicious and similar to all the fruits in this list, they are vegetarian and vegan-friendly! They contain 156 calories in 1/2 cup serving and also come with 4.5 grams of fiber. You can get your recommended dose of vitamin A, potassium, vitamin E and more from a single serving of apricots. Just carry a small amount with you, but keep in mind that you don’t end up eating too much as they are packed in calories.
3. Prunes (Plums)
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While dried plums – otherwise known as prunes – might not contain any fiber, these are a great source of protein, iron, and calories. A single serving or prunes can contain as much as 2.5 grams of protein and 13% of iron along with 223 calories. But make sure you know and understand that prunes can have a laxative effect and you should consume these in limited quantities to avoid having any unpleasant ‘accidents’ while traveling.
4. Raisins (Grapes)
Often referred as a superfood, raisins are rich in fiber and one of the most versatile dry fruits that can be used in anything from cookies and cakes to salads and porridge. A half cup serving of raisins contains as much as 217 calories and 2.5 grams of fiber. Raisins are great to carry around when you’re traveling and whenever you need a little ‘pick me up’, take a handful of raisins to munch on. Each serving also has 2 grams of protein and it also contains potassium and manganese.
Peaches are great as a source of fiber and calories. A half cup serving of peaches contains 191 calories and up to 6.5 grams of fiber. You can also get vitamin A and iron from this vegan-friendly snack and they’re a great source of niacin, copper, and potassium. Peaches are some of the easiest fruits to dehydrate and they taste simply divine. Dried peaches especially concentrate all the flavor in a small package and the taste of these can make you crave for more.
These are only a few examples of the dried fruits that can help you to re-energize while traveling. There are so many different types of dried fruits that you can make at home and take with you when you go traveling. I keep looking for new recipes and ways to dehydrate fruits that will allow me to take something new and unique on my travels.
If you are an avid traveler, make sure you add some dried fruits to your travel items next time so that you can enjoy feeling full of energy throughout your travel. That said, remember that store bought dried food often has a lot of chemicals and preservatives that wreak havoc to your health in the long run.
So, whenever you can, choose to dehydrate your own fruits. After all, it’s so easy and it doesn’t take much time either. If you want to dehydrate large quantity of fruits in the dehydrator, then I recommend you to choose commercial food dehydrator instead of regular dehydrators.
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