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 dairy-free recipes for road trips and suitable snacks that you can find almost anywhere.
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Crackers and Chips
Regardless of where you are in the U.S. or Canada, there is a grocery store or gas station nearby that carries a brand of crackers or chips that are dairy-free. They're not always the healthiest snacks, but on the other hand, it's a road trip! Alternatively, you could always make your own.
Here are a few favorites:
- Kellogg's Keebler Toasted Harvest Wheat Crackers
- Nabisco Ritz Crackers (Original and Whole Wheat)
- Nabisco Saltines
- Nabisco Triscuits
- Nabisco Wheat Thins
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Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
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, or other favorites and bring along some toppings like peanut butter, dairy-free cream cheese, and hummus to dress them up.
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Granola Bars and Protein Bars
Before any road trip, make some homemade granola bars or energy bars to enjoy for the first few days of travels or pick up several store-bought dairy-free varieties that will last for the duration of the vacation.
For dairy-freers and vegans who'd rather pick up a bundle of bars at the market, here are some 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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It's 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:
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- Rold Gold Classic Style Pretzel Thins
- Rold Gold Sourdough Pretzels
- UTZ Pretzels, most varieties
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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. 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: