22 Healthy Snacks to Pack When You're Traveling

Homemade Granola Bars
The Minimalist Baker

When you travel, there are so many times when you're going to get hungry. If you're not prepared with healthy snacks, it's all too easy to give in to the temptation of grabbing a chocolate bar or another sugary or fatty snack at a rest stop. When kids start clamoring for food, it's especially hard to remember your resolutions to eat healthy as a family, if there aren't healthy options close at hand. That's why we've put together this list of our favorite healthy travel snack recipes that you can make at home, and bring along on road trips, for airplane travel, or just when you're jetting between activities in your busy life. Keep your commitment to live a healthier lifestyle - and keep your waistline trim - with these easy, yummy recipes for healthy snacks on the go.

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    Vegan California-style Hummus Avocado Wrap

    Vegan hummus wrap
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    Looking for a healthy, filling snack for your next road trip, a bring-along snack or small meal for airplane travel? This healthy vegan California-style avocado hummus wrap sandwich recipe with hummus, avocado, and sprouts is super-easy to make and practically without the mess. Lovers of trendy avocado toast will love this simple way to enjoy the taste of avocado when you're on the move.

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    Spiced Peanuts

    Candied peanuts

    The Spruce

    Protein-rich peanuts are tossed with spices and then roasted, in this uber-simple and healthy spiced peanuts recipe that makes a great travel snack you can take with you anywhere. Make them in about 30 minutes and pack them in resealable, air-tight containers for a long-lasting, portable snack or treat. Spiced peanuts also make a great holiday (or anytime) food gift, packed in mason jars and decorated with ribbon or a homemade label. (As with anything nut-related, be sure to ask about allergies before gifting).

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    Raw Food Trail Mix With Superfoods

    Trail mix

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    Trail mix is a time-honored travel snack that's a favorite of campers and canoe trippers, all the way up to executives flying first class. That's because it's super nutritious, while also being super delicious. Here's a mega-healthy homemade raw food trail mix with superfoods recipe that includes some cutting-edge raw superfoods, such as hemp seeds, goji berries, and mulberries, to really give you a healthy boost of energy, which always comes in handy no matter how you travel. Toss in a few chocolate chips if you're feeling decadent, for a totally addictive, healthy treat that's easy to pack, carry and snack on.

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    Gluten-Free Almond Flour Pretzels

    Keto Pretzels

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    Chewy pretzels are perfect for eating on-the-go—and they're savory and filling enough to tide you over until you can eat a real meal. This pretzel recipe features almond flour, cream cheese, mozzarella, and eggs for the perfect bread-like, decadent bite. It also happens to be gluten-free and keto-friendly, but trust us, this is one snack that will have everyone cheering.

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    Low-Fat Banana Muffins

    Low Fat Banana Muffins

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    Portable, low-fat banana muffins are a favorite treat and smell so good when they're baking. They're also high in stress-reducing potassium, a bonus when you're traveling. Make a batch for the family's next road trip, or for a great after-school snack when you're running between school and extra-curricular activities. You can also add raisins to the recipe, for extra potassium and fiber.

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    Oven-Baked Kale Chips

    Baked kale chips

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    Savory, crunchy oven-baked kale chips are a trendy, nutritional snack that makes a delicious alternative to potato chips. They are so tasty, your family is sure to gobble them right up, even those kids and adults who don't think they like kale. This is also a fun recipe to make with kids. Pack some for your next family vacation (see the recipe for tips on how to keep them fresh), or stash some in the glove compartment of your car, for a nutritious on-the-road snack.

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    Tortilla Roll-Ups

    Tortilla roll-ups

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    These yummy little tortilla roll-ups make a great travel treat that delivers Tex-Mex taco flavors in a bite-sized snack. Filled with an easy mixture of cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, canned green chiles, and chopped vegetables, we dare you to eat just one. If you love spice, go ahead and toss in some minced jalapeño peppers, or a dash of Tabasco before rolling up your wraps.

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    Angry Edamame

    The Spruce

    Spicy foods can boost your metabolism, so why not add a spicy kick to the typical steamed edamame snack? We love edamame beans as travel bites, and this angry edamame recipe turns up the heat, much like store-bought wasabi peas. A quick and easy portable snack that takes only minutes to make, and fits easily into a resealable plastic pouch or small container.

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    Roasted Chickpeas With Parmesan Cheese

    Roasted chickpeas
    Bush's Beans

    Oven-roasted chickpeas with Parmesan cheese are high-protein munchies that are perfect for vegetarian kids, as well as adults who want a nutritious, gluten-free snack option when they travel. This recipe for homemade roasted chickpea nuts is simple and fast, making this take-along treat perfect for car travel, airplane trips, or just after-school grub for kids before they rush off to their activities.

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    Lemon Basil Hummus

    Lemon basil hummus
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    If there were an award given for Best Gluten-Free Snack, we'd nominate this guilt-free, homemade lemon basil hummus recipe. Packed with protein and flavor, this scrumptious hummus recipe is perfect on its own or scooped up with sliced fresh veggies or gluten-free crackers. Pack it in containers for the kids on your next car trip and enjoy the silence, while they enjoy this yummy travel treat.

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    Frozen Grapes

    frozen grapes
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    On hot road trips, or whenever you want a refreshing, cold snack when you travel, try this fun recipe. Frozen grapes are cooling, nutritious bites that have a sorbet-like flavor you will find absolutely surprising and delightful. Pack them in a cooler bag for car trips, so you can enjoy nibbling on this sweet frozen treat.

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    Low-Calorie Homemade Granola Bars

    Homemade Granola Bars
    The Minimalist Baker

    Homemade granola bars are surprisingly easy to make and can be much healthier than the store-bought kind, which is often loaded with sugar and oils. These yummy low-calorie homemade granola bars can be made in your own kitchen with delicious, all-natural ingredients, including whole oats, dried fruit, pure maple syrup, and sliced almonds. Make a batch and store in an airtight container for travel or on-the-go treat that will keep for up to a week.

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    Cheese Popcorn

    5-Minute Cheddar Cheese Popcorn

    The Spruce 

    Sure, you could buy pre-packaged cheese popcorn at the store, but that's full of ingredients you can't pronounce. Why not make your own cheese popcorn with real Cheddar instead, for a great alternative that (bonus) packs even more flavor? This cheese popcorn recipe uses real cheese for a savory, satisfying popcorn recipe the whole family will love. The best part is, it only takes a few minutes to make!

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    Honey Roasted Pecans

    Honey Roasted Pecans

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    Honey roasted pecans are made with just a few simple ingredients, making them a quick and healthy option when you're in need of a snack. Sweet and salty and high in protein, they also pack up effortlessly.

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    Oven-Dried Apple Chips

    Dried apple chips
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    Oven-dried apple chips are tasty, portable travel grub that is perfect for kids and adults alike. Start out with your favorite apples and follow the easy instructions for making this delicious dehydrated fruit treat.

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    Cucumber and Mint Tea Sandwiches

    Cucumber tea sandwiches

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    Cucumber and mint tea sandwiches are not just for enjoying at afternoon tea. This easy, scrumptious finger sandwich recipe made with juicy cucumber and fresh mint leaves has a cooling effect that makes it absolutely ideal for summer road trips and picnics.

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    Raspberry Fruit Snacks

    Raspberry fruit snacks

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    If your kids love store-bought fruit and vegetable squeeze pouches, they'll definitely enjoy these delicious, ingenious raspberry fruit snacks. You'll love that this homemade snack recipe is full of fruit, lemon juice, a little maple syrup and (surprise) carrots! The carrot flavor adds a nice complement to the raspberry, and your kids will never know if you don't tell them. You can change up the fruit by using strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, or even pineapple, depending on your family's favorite tastes. They make great grab-and-go grub, and only you need to know how healthy they are.

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    Hard Boiled Eggs

    Hard boiled egg

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    They may not be glamorous, but with one hard boiled egg packing 25% of an adult's daily protein needs, plus calcium and iron, we humbly suggest that this might be the perfect, healthy travel snack. They even come in their own containers! Follow this recipe to learn how to make the perfect hard boiled eggs that are easy to peel. Pop them into a thermal lunch tote to keep them cool, and enjoy whenever you need a filling boost of energy in your travels.

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    Vegan Honey Almond Biscotti

    Almond biscotti

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    Biscotti is a dry, crispy Italian cookie that is a favorite treat for enjoying with coffee. These homemade vegan honey almond biscotti treats are healthier than most other kinds, without sacrificing any of the taste, thanks to the use of agave nectar in this recipe, which replaces the usual refined sugar. Bake up a batch of these biscotti and pack them in your carry-on to enjoy with coffee on your morning commute, or for longer trips away from home.

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    Vegetable and Cheese Quesadillas

    Cheese and bell pepper quesadilla

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    Mexican quesadillas are so easy to whip together and kids absolutely love them. This makes these morsels a great back-seat snack for family car trips. This vegetarian recipe for vegetable and cheese quesadillas will be a hit with the kids, as well as the adults. Pop them in a thermal lunch tote to keep them warm, and enjoy snacking on them anytime. You might enjoy packing a few small containers of sour cream, homemade guacamole, or salsa on the side to dip your veggie quesadillas in, too.

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    Low-Fat Breakfast Cookies

    Low fat breakfast cookies

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    Kids love cookies, and these wholesome, low-fat breakfast cookies flavored with banana and oats make a fabulous on-the-go breakfast or snack while traveling. Pack two of these with a piece of fruit and a container of low-fat yogurt for a satisfying morning meal that should keep tummies happy until lunchtime. 

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    Chex-style Party Mix

    Chex mix
    Acme Food Arts

    Make this Chex-style party mix in your slow cooker, then pack it in airtight containers for a healthy snack to enjoy when traveling. The crockpot method gives this crunchy snack mix a satisfying, toasty flavor and makes the preparation super simple.