Nerdie Foodie: Convention Ready Snacks

Hello Nerdie Foodies! Who is ready for con season?? We sure are! All of us here at NC are super stoked for our annual trek to California. In preparation for two weeks of conventions, one must be prepared for the long days going from panel to panel, walking around the show floor, cosplaying, just to name a few. Participating in all of these events also means more lineups and missing regular meal times. During these times, it’s a good idea to bring snacks that will help you curb those hunger pains. Here are a few ideas.

Granola Bars

Granola bars are a great way to pack in protein, fibre and a hint of sweetness to help curb those hunger pains. If you don’t have the time to make some from scratch, you can always buy your favourite brand at your local grocery store. However, if you have some time in between all the packing, why not try making this granola recipe from Melissa (Bless This Mess)? She shares with us a base recipe and you can add whatever toppings you want to customize it to your tastes! Check out the recipe here! Also, Melissa gives us 8 of her favourite flavour combinations at the end of the post, so keep reading till the end!

(Photo Credit: Bless This Mess)

Apple Sauce Roll Ups

I love apple sauce to go. It’s a great way to get your daily servings of fruit and vitamin C during the madness that is Con season. Those apple sauce drink pouches you find at the grocery stores can come in handy, but remember that they might need to be chilled in the fridge once it’s opened. If that is too cumbersome for you, why not try dehydrating the apple sauce into fruit roll ups? Holly Homer (from Kids Activities Blog) shares with us her recipe here! Now it calls for baking the apple sauce for 6-8 hours at 170 degrees F. However, after some research online, you can also try baking them at 250 degrees F for 2-3 hours. It all depends on how thick you spread the mixture and your oven.

(Photo Credit: Kids Activities Blog)

Energy Bites

Like granola bars, energy bites or protein bites are similar in the idea that they give you the energy and nutrition to tide you over until your next meal. A small snack to satisfy the hunger while you are on the go. This is not to replace a meal on a regular basis, but it would be a good choice for those days where you’re running late and need breakfast on the go.

Jovita (Yummy Addiction) shares with us her no-bake recipe for a chocolate-coconut-dried fruit energy bite combo here! They look delicious!

(Photo Credit: Yummy Addiction)

Lindsay Cotter (Cotter Crunch) shares with us a vegan and gluten-free no-bake protein bite recipe. This one is cinnamon and vanilla flavoured. Check out the recipe here!

(Photo Credit: Cotter Crunch)

Breakfast Bites

A cookie for breakfast? Sign me up! This flourless cookie can be topped with anything you want. Doesn’t that sound yummy? Kimberly Sneed (A Night Owl Blog) shares with us her oatmeal cookie recipe here!

(Photo Credit: A Night Owl Blog)

Frozen Yogurt Fruit Bark

What is not to like about fro-yo? Take it to the next level, instead of having your frozen yogurt in a cup or waffle cone, why not freeze it till it is solid? That’s right, like a chocolate bark, but instead of chocolate, it’s made of yogurt! A super simple idea where you take your favourite type of yogurt, throw in your favourite pieces of fruits, grains or nuts, freeze it and you have your self a ready-made snack! Courtney Lopez (Courtney’s Sweets) shows us how here! And the best part, the nerdlings can help make this too!

(Photo Credit: Courtney’s Sweets)

Trail Mix

Super simple and a popular choice to snack on while waiting in those long line ups. You can mix it up to make it sweet, salty, crunchy, savoury, spicy or a combination. Maria Russo (Food Network) shares with us this infographic below and here!

(Photo Credit: Food Network)

But if you want a trail mix recipe that has been tried and tested, Kristine (Kristine’s Kitchen) has a recipe for a dark chocolate and toasted coconut trail mix that looks to die for! Check out the recipe here!

(Photo Credit: Kristine’s Kitchen)

I hope this helps you get ready for those long line ups and waiting times between panels. These are just a few ideas to help you prepare some cheap alternative snacks that can all be made days in advance. We hope you have fun during the con season and we can’t wait to tell you all of our adventures when we return from California.

‘Til next time,

Stay nerdalicious!

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