4 Favorites for Allergy-Friendly Travel Snacks
Spring break, summer vacation, holidays — there could be a lot of travel in your future. What if you need to pack allergy-friendly travel snacks? Planning out your kids’ snacks (or even just your own) can feel like trying to complete a Sudoku puzzle sometimes. You have to match up travel constraints with allergy constraints. For travel, there’s a need for less messy, longer-lasting, and filling snacks that don’t spoil. When it comes to allergies, many people need to avoid several triggers, including nuts, dairy, soy, and gluten. This definitely limits snack foods options, which are easy to get bored with after a while. It’s also just too easy to reach for that pre-packaged candy or junk food that meets your allergy requirements but not your nutritional requirements. Mixing all of that together for the ultimate travel snack is what we’re here to help with.
Needing both allergy-friendly and travel-friendly foods is a double-whammy for some families on the go, which is why we’ve curated our favorite allergy-friendly travel snacks to make things easier. Here are our favorites:
Craving something SALTY?
Popcorn: Not too messy? Check. Won’t really spoil? Check. Allergy friendly? Check. Popcorn is a simple snack that can meet all of our requirements. But we’re not here to tell you to just pop a bag in the microwave and call it a day. We can do that anyday, but on a travel day, we need something a little more interesting. Grab a tupperware container and some rubber cupcake shells to create a popcorn sampler with 2-4 of your favorite popcorn flavors. Just make sure the flavor you’re choosing matches your allergy needs (no butter for dairy-free folks). Luckily, popcorn comes in a wide array of flavors. Try kettle corn, salt and pepper, even dill pickle — whatever you like. You can even find one with sprinkles!
Want something DRINKABLE?
Apple Sauce: Fruit is usually a good allergy-free option. Most pre-made applesauces are free of dairy, gluten, nuts, and soy. Whether you buy it in slurpable packs or make your own, you can rest assured that this fruity option is less likely to spoil on trips. It can hold its own inside or outside of a cooler for several hours. Applesauce does lean toward the messy side, but that can usually be fixed with smart packaging. Don’t like apples? That’s an easy fix, too. Find another sauce-able fruit you love and blend it up. Pears, strawberries, bananas — making your own variety is super simple to do.
Have a hankering for both SWEET and SALTY?
Tailored Trail Mix: Make your own sweet-and-savory mix. Standard trail mix tends to be a no-go for allergy-affected individuals, but it’s possible to make a custom allergy-free mix that is also suited for travelling. Here’s an allergy-friendly mix we like: pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, dried cranberries, raisins, gluten-free cereal, dairy-free chocolate chips, and coconut flakes. What’s great about make-your-own mixes is how they’re also picky-eater approved: even the pickiest of picky eaters can pick out exactly what they want in the mix and share the rest.
Need an option that’s QUICK?
Health Warrior Pumpkin Seed Protein Bars: This bar was made for ingredient-conscious eaters. The ingredient list for each bar is purposefully short: it’s really just pumpkin seeds, quinoa, honey, and spices for various flavoring. That means they aren’t made with gluten, soy, or dairy — and many flavors of our Pumpkin Seed Bars do not contain nuts as an ingredient*. Compare them to other bars and you’ll see how they’re high in the right areas (like grams of protein) and low in others (like grams of sugar). When it comes to traveling, the best thing about them is how they won’t spoil, melt, or make a big mess in the car, plane, or train. No preparation means they’re ready when you are. And we hear that kids love them. Just unwrap and enjoy!
Try our allergy-friendly travel snacks or take our Pumpkin Seed Bar* on your next trip.
* Contains coconut. Produced on equipment that also processes tree nuts, sunflower seeds, peanuts, soy, and milk.