There are so many healthy grab-and-go snack options now that are satisfying and healthy. Here are the best gluten-free and dairy-free travel snacks.
In a perfect world, I’d be making my own food to take on my summer travels, but sometimes life just gets in the way of that kind of preparation. That’s when these packaged healthy snacks come in so handy! So, I’ve rounded up the best gluten-free and dairy-free snacks that are perfect for taking on a plane, car, train, or cruise ship.
This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own. Originally posted in 2017 and updated in July, 2019.
The Best Healthy Gluten-Free & Dairy-Free Travel Snacks
I’m going to blow your mind right off the bat with these cricket protein bars! They’re such a great source of protein, and the crickets are ground into a tasteless flour and blended into these amazing bars that are so delicious. These Exo PB&J bars are where it’s at, people. Forget about the cricket part and be amazed.
Note: the brand has new labels, the ones pictured are the old design.
If you have a sweet tooth like me, you’ll absolutely love this sprouted grain- and gluten-free granola from Lark Ellen Farm. It’s crunchy and absolute perfection. The company has a lot of different flavors, but the Cacao Cherry is my favorite.
Next up for a healthy, savory snack are these dill Flackers. They’re full of fiber from the flax seeds (get it, flax + crackers = flackers, so cute), so it’s a win-win for avoiding any of the dreaded travelers’ constipation. Just being real here! Plus, they taste really good.
Another great option are these plain organic cashews from NOW Foods. They taste so much better than the icky airplane nuts. They’re organic and salt-free, and are just so satisfying. The bag is re-sealable too, so perfect for travel.
I usually order a gluten-free meal for international flights, but you know how that goes. Sometimes the airline messes up the order and it’s usually not the most appetizing food.
So, especially on the airplane, I like to get my protein from this organic grass-fed beef jerky. It tastes good and does the trick. I keep a bag in my pantry at home as well as my travel bag.
I also love these travel packets of almond butters. I always stash a few in my bag because they work really well with an apple or banana. I like the maple flavor for extra sweetness. Note: I don’t believe you can put these in your carry-on luggage, but you can definitely check these or save them for road trips.
Since I do have a sweet tooth, I’ve been loving this unsulfured dried fruit I found at Trader Joe’s (you can buy them at Amazon too!). Both the bananas and mango versions are chewy and sweet without any added sugars.
Lastly, you know I can’t travel without chocolate! This brand I found online is really amazing, and it’s sweetened with coconut sugar so I really love that (I couldn’t find these bars on Amazon anymore, but here’s a link to the Rawmio chocolate bark).
The last item I’m stashing in my bag are these Vital Proteins collagen peptides single-serving sticks. I use at least one of these a day when I travel, either pouring the peptides on my breakfast porridge or into a hot beverage. Each stick has 9 grams of protein so these are a must-have IMHO for healthy travel. Plus, the collagen seems to help keep my hair, skin, and nails smooth and strong. Double-win.
That about covers it! I hope I’ve given you some pointers on which foods to bring on your next adventure.
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