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:
Fresh Fruit & Veggies
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
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:
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:
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:
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:
Other Snack Ideas
Here are just a few more yummy ideas for dairy-free snacking on road trips: