Travelling and need some real food, grain free snacks to take on the road or through the airport? Try these!
It’s the time of year where a lot of people are travelling. We love travelling, but always find it hard to eat real food along the way unless we are prepared with a plan. Recently a friend of mine mentioned that she will be flying on Christmas day and will have to eat Christmas dinner in an airplane with her kids. She was looking for some real food, grain-free ideas that she could pack along that can pass through security and won’t have a strong smell when consumed on the airplane (I’m looking at you hard boiled eggs). So here is a list of 15 real food, grain free snacks that are portable. Merry Christmas my friends!
15 Real Food, Grain Free Snacks
- Guacamole and chips – We love the Wholly Guacamole cups that Costco sells, they are the perfect size and no questionable ingredients. For chips, you can do plantain chips, or veggie chips, or these potato chips fried in avocado oil.
- Larabars/Kind bars – Larabars are one of my favorite snacks for traveling. I usually splurge for any of the flavors that have chocolate. They are nut-based and sweetened with dates. If you are bursting with energy and have lots of spare time on your hands, then you can always make your own using this recipe. But seriously, if that’s you, then come clean my house and I will buy you a bushel of larabars! 😉 Kind bars are another kind of grain-free goody that are easy to take on-the-go.
- Homemade peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on grain-free bread. Since it may be hard to keep meat/cheese sandwiches food-safe, a pb&j could be the perfect solution. Especially when made on this grain-free bread recipe that is high in protein and durable (ie. won’t crumble apart into a million pieces).
- Nick’s Sticks (grass-fed beef sticks) – These are not super budget-friendly, but for a Christmas meal on an airplane, why not?! They are made from 100% grass-fed beef and seasoned with Real Salt. I do recommend ordering from Nick’s Sticks themselves and not through Amazon. (They also sell jerky!)
- Grain-free Granola – Make your own grain-free granola to snack on, or bring along an empty thermos and if you are not dairy-free, purchase a box of milk after you pass through security to enjoy as cereal.
- Caveman Cookies – Not exactly a meal, but with only a little bit of honey as the sweetener, these are a satisfying, filling snack!
- Nuts – Nuts are an easy snack to take on the go and can be very filling. Pair with some cheese cubes if you are not dairy-free.
- Fruit Gummies – Traveling with kids? These are a sure-fire hit and pack a powerful nutritional punch if made with grass-fed gelatin. I like this recipe from Mommypotamus, but there are a ton of different recipes out there.
- Dried Fruit and Crackers – There’s just something about salty and sweet. I love to offer dried fruit like raisins with some crackers like these Almond Flour Crackers. The crackers are expensive though, so you could always try making your own.
- Banana Bread – Bake it up, slice it up, and enjoy it while you travel. Yummy! Here’s a great recipe. (But really, any of Kelly’s recipes at The Nourishing Home are winners.)
- Sliced fruit/veggies and peanut butter – These peanut butter pouches aren’t perfect (they have dried cane syrup in them), but they would be very convenient to dip sliced fruit or veggies in. You may also be able to put some peanut butter in small tupperware, just remember it has to be less than 3 oz to get through airport security.
- Hummus & Naan- Hummus is a great choice for a healthy, real-food snack – just watch those vegetable oils, try and find one made with olive oil or make your own. Pair with Paleo Naan or veggies.
- If you are really looking for something less “snacky” and more “mealy”, try making these grain free pockets. Stuff them with whatever sounds good to you! There is cheese in the crust, so I’m not sure what that could be substituted for if you are dairy free.
- Muffins – There are a ton of excellent, grain-free muffin recipes on Pinterest. Muffins are easy to take on the go and, depending on the ingredients, can easily qualify for a meal.
- Salad in a jar – If you are a salad person, throw a salad together in a mason jar for a healthy meal. Just don’t forget to pack a fork! This blog post explains the best way to pack a salad in a jar to preserve the ingredients.