Gluten-Free Road Trip Snacks
August is the last full month of summer, so it’s time to get your summer vacations in before the weather turns cooler. Of course, if you’re gluten-free, traveling can be a little more complicated due to wondering where you can eat safely during your trip. If you’re traveling by car, you have one big advantage: plenty of space to pack a large stash of gluten-free foods. While it’s always great to bring your favorite safe foods on your road trip, check out these awesome snack ideas that you may not have considered:
Annie Chun’s Seaweed Crisps. Never tried seaweed before? Don’t be intimidated! These savory snacks are insanely flavorful and perfect for when you’re having a craving for something that’s crunchy and a little bit salty. They’re crispy because they’re actually a seaweed and brown rice chip combination—the seaweed is layered on top of the chip, giving it that satisfying crunch. They come in three flavors: savory Original; sweetly spicy Cinnamon; and hot-but-not-too-hot Gochujang. And you can enjoy them guilt-free because they’re baked (not fried!), have 0 grams of trans fat per serving, and are gluten- and cholesterol-free.
Glutino animal crackers. I’ve been going wild for Glutino’s newest snack—animal crackers! They come in two varieties—Graham and Original—and both are really delicious. The Original ones are perfectly sweet, and the Graham ones have a scrumptious cinnamon flavor. Plus, they come in adorable shapes like elephants, hippos, lions, bears, and camels! Tip: Dipping the Graham-flavored animal crackers in peanut butter is not only really tasty, but also quite filling!
Boom Chicka Pop popcorn. I was drawn in by the fun colored bags and sassy name (Boom Chicka Pop just sounds like fun!), but the tasty popcorn made me a fan for life. There are eight flavors, and all of them are gluten-free. At my local BJs I picked up a box of single-serving packs of Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn and Sea Salt Popcorn, and they’re the perfect take-anywhere snack. Since each single-serve bag is under 100 calories…sometimes I indulge and have one bag of each flavor!
1-2-3 Gluten Free’s Gourmet Brownie Crisps. These are absolutely genius. Kudos to 1-2-3 Gluten Free for creating this brilliantly delicious treat! This snack combines the deliciousness of brownies with the convenience of not having to bake them yourself. Think about if you squooshed a brownie down into the pan so much that you made a bar out of it—that’s what these are. These brownie chips are crispy-crunchy and addictively fudgy, with an intense chocolate taste. There are three flavors available: Chocolate Chip (my very favorite!), Caramel, and Rainbow. If you need your gluten-free chocolate or brownie fix on the road, this is the perfect way to satisfy your craving. Plus, the package has a resealable top, so if you can manage to not eat all the brownie chips in one sitting (this is actually a really tough feat!), you can save the rest for another day. Tip: Try dipping a brownie chip in your morning coffee. Delish!
Gimbal’s Fine Candies jelly beans. Lots of driving to your destination can make you tired. Luckily, your vacation’s a great time for a little sugar high! Gimbal’s Fine Candies makes a wide variety of allergy-friendly candies (they’re free of gluten, dairy, egg, soy, peanuts, and tree nuts). Their Gourmet Jelly Beans include 41 fun flavors, including some of your classic favorites like Wild Cherry and Green Apple alongside unconventional ones like Tiramisu, Honey, and Superfruit Fusion. My personal favorites are Tutti Frutti, Perfectly Pear, Wow! Chocolate (it truly lives up to its name), and Root Beer. If you need your sugar rush to have a little tart kick to it, Gimbal’s Sour Gourmet Jelly Beans are a great choice. They have 12 flavors of sour beans, and they feature flavors you won’t easily find anywhere else, like Sour Mango, Sour Pomegranate, and Sour Grape.
KIND bars. A wonderfully portable snack, gluten-free bars can help you keep your energy up throughout the day. I’ve found a few newer KIND bars at Target that I absolutely love. One is Popped Salted Caramel, which is made from a bunch of healthy gluten-free grains like sorghum which are (like the name implies) actually popped! The grains are then baked with caramel chunks and sea salt. It tastes like a really indulgent snack, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that one bar is only 140 calories. I also love their Oats and Honey with Toasted Coconut healthy grains bar—it tastes so wholesome and makes a great snack or even an on-the-go breakfast.
What are your favorite gluten-free road trip snacks? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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