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Dairy-Free Foods and Snacks for On the Road

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After you've been dairy-free for a while, it's easy to find snacks and simple meals to rely on; you know what your local grocers carry and what recipes your family likes. But what about when you're on the road? Here are some of my favorite dairy-free recipes for road trips and dairy-free road snacks that you can find almost anywhere.

Crackers & Chips

Regardless of where I am in the U.S. or Canada, I know that there is a grocery or gas station close that will carry a brand of crackers or chips that's dairy-free. They're not always the healthiest snacks, but c'mon, it's a road trip!

Here are a few favorites:

Crackers:

  • Kellogg's Keebler Toasteds Wheat Crackers
  • Nabisco Ritz Crackers (Original and Whole Wheat)
  • Nabisco Saltines
  • Nabisco Triscuits
  • Nabisco Wheat Thins
  • Old London Melba Toast
  • Wasa Whole Wheat Crispbread

  • Potato Chips:

  • Lays Potato Chips in Plain and Natural Country Barbecue
  • Kettle Potato Chips in Jalepeno, Sea Salt, Sea Salt and Black Pepper, Sea Salt and Vinegar, and most Baked varieties
  • Ruffles Potato Chips in Baked! Original, Original, and Light Original Varieties
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    Fresh Fruit & Veggies

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    It might sound like a no-brainer, but fruits and veggies make great healthy snacks for the road. Before heading off on your adventure, pack a cooler full of apples, carrots, celery, nectarines, grapes, pears, and other favorites and bring along some toppings like peanut butter, dairy-free cream cheese, and hummus to dress them up.

    Granola Bars & Protein Bars

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    Before any road trip, I like to make some homemade granola bars or energy bars to enjoy for at least the first few days of my travels, but I also pick up several store-bought dairy-free varieties that will last for the duration of the vacation.

    Here are a few favorite dairy-free energy bar recipes:

  • Chewy Granola Bars
  • Dairy-Free Protein Bars
  • Homemade Cereal Bars
  • Muesli Bars
  • Oat & Raisin Squares
  • Vegan Chocolate Energy Bars
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    And for you dairy-freers and vegans who'd rather pick up a bundle of bars at the market, here are some of my favorite dairy-free granola bars and protein bars:

  • Clif Bars, most varieties
  • Luna Bars, most varieties
  • Nature Valley Granola Bars in Apple Crisp, Maple Brown Sugar, Oats 'N Dark Chocolate, and Peanut Butter
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    Pretzels

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    It's actually more unusual to find a brand of pretzels that contains dairy than a dairy-free variety, so pretzels are often a safe-bet while on the road. Make sure to check ingredient labels for dairy-derived ingredients such as butter, buttermilk, casein, milk solids, and whey, and keep your eyes peeled for some of these tasty dairy-free favorites:

  • Rold Gold Classic Style Pretzel Thins
  • Rold Gold Sourdough Pretzels
  • Snyder's Mini Pretzels
  • Snyder's Olde Tyme Pretzels
  • Snyder's Pretzel Sticks
  • Snyder's Rods
  • Snyder's Snaps
  • UTZ Pretzels, most varieties
  • And if you're feeling ambitious, you could also make a batch of these Soft Pretzels or Soft Pretzel Bites to take along for shorter trips.

    Organic Snacks

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    For the health conscious, road trips might seem like nutritional abominations, but they don't have to! It's just a matter of planning ahead. Before you set off, be sure to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies as well as some of these healthier snacks from your local natural foods store:

  • Annie's Homegrown Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks
  • Annie's Homegrown Chocolate Chip Bunny Grahams
  • Back to Nature Honey Graham Sticks
  • Back to Nature Organic Saltines
  • Dried fruit, either store-bought or homemade
  • Fig Newmans in Wheat-Free/Dairy-Free variety
  • Newman O's in Dairy-Free variety
  • Newman's Own Organics Pretzels, most varieties
  • Panda Cherry Licorice
  • Panda Raspberry Licorice
  • Panda Soft Licorice
  • Pure Organics Bars
  • Trail mix, either store-bought or homemade
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    Other Snack Ideas

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    Here are just a few more yummy ideas for dairy-free snacking on road trips:

  • Bagel Chips, either a dairy-free store-bought variety or homemade
  • Dairy-Free Caramel Popcorn
  • Dairy-Free Cheesy Popcorn
  • Eggless Egg Salad
  • Falafel
  • Fruit leather
  • Pasta Salad with Light Lemon-Parsley Vinaigrette or Summer Pasta Salad (must be stored in a cooler
  • Peanut butter on pretty much anything (veggies, fruits, bread, crackers, pretzels)
  • Pigs in a Blanket
  • Pita with chutney, either store-bought or homemade
  • Pita with hummus, either store-bought or homemade
  • Summer Corn Salad (store in cooler)
  • Vegetarian Baked Beans (great for camping!)
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