Are you getting ready to hit the road or the air for your annual Thanksgiving travel? I don’t know about you, but thinking about it makes me tired…and wired at the same time, between the traffic and the crowds and the luggage and the kids. It’s pretty much a given that chaos will be a constant companion during holiday travels. But that’s ok, as long as we prepare in advance. And if you or your family have dietary restrictions, preparing in advance is a MUST.
Below are some gluten-free and dairy-free snacks that are handy for travel, and that taste pretty good too. What are your favorite travel snacks?
Rosemary Citrus Turkey Jerky – this one is great for us sophisticated adults as well as the kids. And it’s perfect if you are trying to hold yourself over and stave off the hunger on a long journey – it’s all natural and has a ton of protein without the carbs or fat.
Onion Garlic Flax Crackers – Don’t let the raw organic labeling on this super healthy snack fool you. They’re tasty, like really tasty. And if happen to encounter a salsa or dip on your travels that you love, these are the perfect dipping companion 🙂
Roasted cashews – Call me crazy, but cashews are the one nut that have a bit of a creamy flavor, no? In any case, I keep a little baggie of roasted salted cashews in my car at all times. Loaded with healthy fats and protein (and flavor), these nuts will hold you over!
Knowing Foods Organic Energy Squares – these are sweet little squares, but not too sweet. Their foundation is coconut which is full of healthy fats that turns into energy for your journey! Plus they’re a great bit size for kids and not making a mess. We actually interviewed the founders – you can read more about their name and brand here.
Barnana – these simple sweet snacks are bite-sized banana snacks, with some delicious coatings like dark chocolate, peanut butter, coffee, and coconut if you want some extra special flavors! These come in small grab & go pouches as well as larger bags that could be shared…if you’re feeling generous. Did you know that bananas are high in potassium, which help lower blood pressure and help you sleep?
Kutoa Peanut Butter & Jelly Bars – we had to include a bar on the list – they’re just too convenient for a snack or a breakfast, and kids love the PB&J flavor. This bar isn’t like your average bar – it’s high in protein and fiber and it comes with a mission: for every bar you buy, Kutoa feeds a hungry child.
Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Granola – I don’t know about you, but I always travel with a portable breakfast. It’s just easier and safer since typical breakfast items contain gluten and I can never tell if there’s dairy in the oatmeal or eggs. Plus this granola is a bit clumpy in the bag so easy to grab in the car or plane as a snack.
Almond Blueberry Lemon Frontier Bites – these are just too easy to grab and stick in a purse, lunchbox or bag. They come in long thin strips but inside they’re split into bite-sized squares. The combination of almonds, sweet blueberries and tart lemon creates a well-balanced crunch that is downright delicious.