When those long road trips are penciled in the calendar, ya gotta have ideas for healthy gluten free road trip snacks. Not just any snack list – these paleo, high-protein, low sugar, gluten free, and dairy free snack options are the best you can buy. From sweet to savory, this is the ultimate clean-eating guide for prepackaged snacks.
As a military family, we move…a lot. Hours and hours on the road and lots of cross-country moves means we definitely log a ridiculous amount of miles on our vehicles. That’s when road trip snacks come in (and pretty much save the day).
It’s easy to find bags and bags of preservative-packed, sugar-loaded, empty-nutritional-value snacks in every shelf of the grocery store. Not so easy to decipher (and access) the clean eating options from the junk.
Although we always try and pack a small cooler with healthy goodies like veggies, deli meat, fruit, and water, sometimes grabbing pre-packed options are just easier! Here are my favorite healthy gluten free road trip snacks for your next road trip.
Healthy Gluten Free Road Trip Snacks
I had no idea Target now carries roasted chickpeas in all sorts of flavors. I personally love plain ‘ol sea salt, but you can choose all kinds of flavors from sweet to spicy. Biena is another brand that makes delicious roasted chickpea snack packs!
Wild Willett Fruity Beef Jerky
When jerky tastes like candy it’s magic. If your kids don’t do jerky (sometimes I can’t blame ’em – jerky can be tough, peppery, and not exactly snack-like), they WILL do this jerky. That is, if you don’t eat it before they do…I’ve been guilty to hoard these all to myself. The sassy strawberry beef jerky from Wild Willett is my personal favorite.
Trader Joe’s Plantain Chips
If you know me, you know plantain chips are my weakness. I love these ones from Trader Joe’s because they are crunchy, slightly salty, and squeaky clean. Oh, and did I mention the bag is under $2.00? There’s about a gazillion other great snack-able items at Trader Joe’s so be sure to go there the day before your road trip to ensure you don’t miss your departure time…
Applegate Snack Packs
Remember Lunchables as a kid? It’s like the better-for-you version times a thousand. My kiddos love the pepperoni and cheddar snack pack from Applegate and I love the genoa charcuterie plate with almonds and dark chocolate. These are so clutch for busy families!
My newest obsession – I don’t know if I’ll ever not love these Rewind Bars. Just 160 calories each, and packed with nutrient-dense ingredients like pea protein, dates, cashew butter, organic coconut & cocoa, blueberries, strawberries, kale, spinach and a touch of stevia. I love ’em. End of story. Period.
Simple Mills Crackers
When you need a go-to cracker that doesn’t have a ton of weirdly pronounced ingredients and made with healthy, real food, look no other than Simple Mills Crackers. Farmhouse cheddar crackers, almond flour crackers, and sprouted seed crackers are perfectly crunchy and convenient for any road trip.
Paleo Valley Beef Sticks
Packed with protein (obviously) and so convenient on the go! I dig the summer sausage flavor while my husband is a big fan of the jalapeño. Just peel back, eat, and power through your day. These Paleo Valley Beef Sticks are great for stuffing in the side pocket of every purse I own 😉
KitchFix Grain Free Granola
Highly addicting and hard to pick a favorite! I love how crunchy KitchFix grain free granola is – not to mention to the perfect hint of sweetness. Every back is packed with nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut, etc etc etc! Click here to get yourself a few bags asap. You may get addicted, just sayin’….
Ok so this is a little bit of a cheat. I do toast my coconut chips before consumption, because it makes a world of difference. But you can buy coconut chips almost anywhere. And eat them plain or toasted. If you’re a fan of coconutty flavor, toasted coconut chips are where it’s at. Prefer your coconut chips already toasted and ready to go? Try a bag from Dang.
Nut Butter Packets
I mean, can you get any more convenient?! Plus who doesn’t love nut butter? Grab one a few nut butter packets (most grocers including Walmart and Target carry nut butter packets) and squeeze it all over your favorite fruit, crackers, or vegetables. Squeezing directly in your mouth is completely acceptable too.
Hippeas Puffed Chickpeas
Love crunch? These protein Hippea Chickpea Puffs are fun and totally reminiscent of something you ate as a kid that I’m sure was pretty much packed with artificial ingredients and colors. But these aren’t! Plus anything ‘puffed’ is just plain awesome.
Seven Sundays Grain Free Muesli
May as well just open the back and pour right into your mouth. This coconut-based paleo cereal from Seven Sundays is made with toasted coconut, almonds, pecans, super seeds, strawberries, cherries, bananas, dates, and vanilla. It sounds delicious and IS delicious.
You can’t get better than a bar made with all-natural ingredients, no added sugar, and gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free. I love Larabars when I need a sweet fix on the go. My favorite flavor is coconut cream, but there are SO many varieties it will be hard to pick just one!
I find ’em at Trader Joe’s and more recently found a squeaky clean brand at my local Walmart. Olive packets are great when you want a savory, salty, and deliciously satisfying snack
Popcorn fans listen up – SkinnyPop or Boom Chicka Pop individual packs or large bags are fantastic for road trip snacking. My advice? Go simple with sea salt or original to avoid extra sugar (found in varieties like kettle corn).
A great option for kids, or adults who need a little sweet fix too! Look for pouches with no-sugar added.
Hummus is now more convenient than ever – check your local grocer for individual hummus packs. They’re great used as a dip for easy veggies like baby carrots, celery, or sliced bell peppers.
Kale chips, seaweed snacks (like these from SeaSnax), beet chips, or the roasted okra or roasted broccoli from Trader Joe’s are all great road trip snacking options too!
Those are just a few of my favorites healthy gluten free road trip snacks! For a few homemade eats to bring with you, try making these 3-Ingredient Strawberry Pistachio Energy Balls, Deli Meat Roll Ups, Almond Cocoa Mocha Energy Balls, Paleo Protein Brownies, and 4-Ingredient Coconut Pistachio Clusters.
What are your go-to, non-refrigerated snacks?
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Anytime I leave the house I gotta be prepared with snacks (or full on meals)! The life of a food allergy queen 😉
Oh girl! Although I’m not the allergy queen, I am the queen of hunger so I always have snacks on hand too!!
Great roundup of snacks for a trip! Buying a house can be hectic, but try to enjoy the fun in it! 🙂
Thanks Cara! Yes so hectic but SO exciting. I cannot wait to move in and decorate!!
Liz @ I heart vegetables says
We are on the SAME PAGE today, girl! That’s too funny! And I’ve got Justin’s in my round up as well 😉 (although I went with the peanut butter cups, haha) Love these ideas! Larabars are definitely one of my favorite bars to pack because I don’t have to worry about chocolate melting in most of them!
Seriously SO funny. I loved some of your ideas – a few I hadn’t heard of! Oh girl, melted chocolate is never fun and such a waste of deliciousness! 😉
I haven’t seen that mix, but it looks delicious! Larabars are the best!
THE BEST. I must try their mint chocolate one asap!
I LOVE coconut flakes! And I just tried plantain chips this week and they’re definitely interesting!
Not a fan Sarah? It may be an acquired taste 😉
Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet says
Awesome list! I love all of these, but have not tried plantain chips from trader joe’s…I need those in my life!
Oh you MUST MUST! My mom doesn’t have a TJ’s near her, but I got her hooked so whenever I go home I buy like 10 bags so she has a stash!
rachel @ athletic avocado says
these are all pretty much my favorite snacks of all-time haha! Love those plantain chips and justin’s AB of course 🙂
Right?! You seriously can’t go wrong with any of them!
Heather @ Polyglot Jot says
Yum i love these ideas! I love Larabars! My favorite is peanut butter chocolate chip!
Ooooo I must try that one – it sounds decadent!
Denay DeGuzman says
I love this post! My husband and I have been getting pretty bored with our usual go-to road-trip snacks of almonds and oat-and-honey granola bars. When I’m packing and getting things ready for travel I usually don’t have time to start investigating new snacks. So I really appreciate your having done this for me and all of your readers. Right off the bat I know I’m going to love the coconut chips, the plantain chips, and the Sahale Berry Macaroon Almond Mix . And I’m ready to try the Larabars you have pictured. Woo-hoo to discovering new favorites! Thank you sooo much. 🙂 PS: I’m pinning this to Pinterest!
Oh I’m so glad this post is helpful for you Denay! I hear ya about the same ‘ol same ‘ol snacks. I love finding new ones to try and mix it up a bit. You will love ALL of these! Thanks friend!
This is such a great list! I am always so much happier with road trips when I remember to pack healthy snacks like the ones in your list… it helps you start off your trip feeling better than when you buy gas station or drive through food on your drive!
Thanks Emily! I agree. Gas station food is always such a bust. BLEH!
Amanda | Maple Alps says
Thank you for this! We are going to be going on a roadtrip very soon, so this is definitely helpful! I can’t wait!
This is awesome!! We are huge road trippers and like to eat while we go instead of stopping at restaurants. Thanks for the ideas!
Stopping takes so much time out of the trip! Especially if your toddler is soundly sleeping in the back, there’s no WAY I will stop! HA!
Great set! Such love both adults and children 🙂
Starr @ Starrhealthyself says
All of these look really good, but the coconut chips are my favorite! Thank you for so many ideas!
You’re so welcome Starr. Coconut chips are da bomb!
Ruthie Ridley says
I really needed this! Chips are my go-to travel snack – I need to pick some healthier alternatives!
I need that crunch in my life so chips are where it’s at for me too Ruthie. Thanks!
Patricia @ Grab a Plate says
First, congrats on the house! Second, I’m soooooo glad I’m not the only one who eats those baby food snacks! Healthy stuff that’s perfect for a road trip 😉
Also, those Sahale snacks look great — i need to find some!
Thanks Patricia! And virtual fist pump for baby food snacking! 😉 Yes RUN and get the Sahale snacks. You won’t be disappointed!
jill conyers says
I see some of my favorites on your list Chrissa. Buying a new house runs the gamut of emotions. It’s fun and scary! Good luck with your offer.
So much yum! I love all of these ideas…Larabars are so good!
Heather Davis says
Great list! I love Larabars!
How can you not?! Thanks Heather!
Great ideas! I love apple chips and plain air-popped popcorn – but Lara Bars are winners too!
ME TOO! I make my own apple chips since getting my food dehydrator and it’s a serious addiction! Thanks Cassandra!
The Southern Thing says
I just started eating coconut chips and I’m addicted! I’ll have to try some of the others you suggested too!
Aren’t they soooo good?! I love finding good deals on them and toasting them at home. Because the pre-made ones are so expensive and you barely get any!
We always have an assortment of snacks on our road trips otherwise we end up with fast food.
Such a good strategy. Fast food = BLEH. I mean, sometimes it’s necessary but I feel like such poo after I eat it!
Rebecca West says
I think I’ll feel less guilty about my snacking if I try a few of these, especially the chips! I’m a carb snacker. 😉 Thanks for linking up at #welcomehomewednesdays can’t wait to see what you have for us this week!
I am totally a carb snacker too! So the chips definitely hit the spot! Thanks Rebecca.
Kezia Nielsen says
Great ideas here. Those applesauce pouch things are sooo handy for in the car. And I think I’ll check out the almond butter packets- I always need ideas for good protein for the kiddos!
We’re heading out on a roadtrip this weekend and we’ll be writing about it on our blog http://www.drivingonsunday.com
I’m so so so glad this is helpful for you Kezia! Have a safe trip!