10 Best Healthy Snacks for Traveling (by car or plane!)

If you didn’t notice, I unfortunately missed “Motivation Monday” yesterday due to being out of town. I hope you were able to find motivation of your own (and watch the eclipse, which was pretty cool!)

I like to write posts based on my own experiences, so while traveling over the weekend, I thought this would be a great topic to write about.

Ever since I found out I had a dairy allergy and a gluten sensitivity, traveling has become a lot more difficult. Gone are the days where I can just pull off and grab something to eat really quick before continuing the drive.

Here are some great snacks to keep you healthy while traveling (food allergies or not!):

1. Nuts

Almonds, pistachios, walnuts, pecans, etc.  The only nut I don’t eat are peanuts, due to their mold content.  Nuts are a great travel option as they are extremely portable, filled with protein and healthy fat, and will keep you full.

2. Fruit

Bananas, apples, grapes, pears, and berries are a few of my faves because they are not super messy and you don’t need a fork to eat them. Fruit is high in fiber and water which, again, will keep you full. Dried fruit is a great option as well, however it will not keep you as satisfied, because there is way less water content and more sugar. I’d stick to the fresh stuff!

3. Veggies

Of course with fruit, comes vegetables! Veggies are full of fiber, water, and vitamins so you’ll stay full and nourished.  Some of the best portable vegetables are carrots, cucumbers (I like to bring the little cukes!), and celery.  Although, I have brought raw broccoli and cauliflower florets to munch on before as well!

4. Chips/Pretzels

photo taken from sheknows.com

Okay, so this option isn’t extremely healthy, however sometimes you just need something crunchy on the road.  I like to have blue corn chips (these ones), sweet potato chips (these), or gluten-free pretzels (this kind).  When choosing chips, look for the ones with the fewest ingredients and not a lot of fat.

5. Protein or Granola bars

I almost always have a bar on me at all times as a just in case option.  Again, you have to be careful of what kind you choose.  There are so many protein bars and a lot of them are unfortunately filled with crap.  I look for ones that are actually high in protein.  My personal favorite is the brand Nugo because they are gluten and dairy free and taste great. Other recommendations would be Kind, Clif, Luna, or Fit Crunch.

6. Popcorn

Popcorn is another great high-fiber option. I recommend popping your own, so that you can control the ingredients (I just use plain kernels and coconut oil!) Otherwise, look for a small ingredient list.

7. Eggs

Some of you might be thinking, “Yuck!” but hard-boiled eggs are an egg-cellent option for travel (see what I did there?).  I suggest peeling them ahead of time and bringing some salt.

8. Protein

Kind of explanatory–it’s high in protein so you can satisfy any hunger pangs.  I just mix mine with water–you can do milk, but it’s kind of iffy when traveling.  Make sure you have your shaker–I like this one because you can store your protein powder in the bottom, super easy!

9. String Cheese

Ahh, one of my favorite snacks before living the dairy-free life.  There’s just something about cheese that is so satisfying when you are hungry. You can bring any cheese, but I always found that the string cheese was the easiest, because it’s already ready to go anywhere with you!

10. Sandwich

Snacks are great, but sometimes you need something that feels like an actual meal.  This is where the sandwich comes in.  For me, if I have the time, I will make a gluten free bread.  Otherwise, I just bring lunch meat roll-ups.  I always recommend Applegate lunch meats as they’re not filled with a bunch of additives.

If you’re not a fan of lunch meats, you can bring an almond butter (or peanut) and jelly, egg salad, or chicken salad sandwich.

I know I mentioned macros in a previous post, however when traveling for a short amount of time, I don’t worry about it too much, I just enjoy the moment.

Now you might be thinking, “How do you bring all this stuff?!”

Well, I have this baby. And honestly, it’s been one of my best investments in the lunch box category thus far.  It fits SO. MUCH. STUFF. But, of course, you can use any type of lunch box or cooler you have on hand. Make sure you pack ice packs to keep your things cold!

As for the dry goods, I like to just pack them in either little baggies or containers. *Tip: make sure you either pack enough for the drive there and back or restock up on snacks for your return. And bring a lot of water!

Even though this time I mentioned travel by driving, this is the same exact thing I do when I’m flying, except I buy a huge water bottle at the gate before take-off.

What are some of your favorite snacks to have when traveling?


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