We have tried to limit the amount of processed foods our children eat for several years now. The hardest part has always been finding clean, healthy, whole food snacks for travel and on-the-go that won’t spoil in the heat and taste delicious. We’ve come up with some favorite on-the-go healthy snacks. And since we’re currently on the Autoimmune Protocol, I’ve included some of our favorite AIP snacks as well!
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(Freeze-) Dried Fruit
This is a huge favorite around here. We’ve actually found some nothing-added organic pears, apples and strawberries at Aldi for a great price that we’ve been loving. There are also lots of different fruits available to order: papaya, berries, mango, these snack-size bags look great and freeze-dried pears taste like cotton candy (seriously!!!) Not exactly dried fruit but we also take advantage of organic fruit and veggie pouches for the kids (and us in emergencies!). These are nice superfood options but we usually buy whatever is on sale at the supermarket (we are Meijer shoppers) or at Aldi when we make a trip there.
If you aren’t on the Autoimmune Protocol, nuts and seeds are suuuuper easy on-the-go snacks. You can buy to-go snack bags or buy in bulk and portion out yourself. In the winter, I’ve been known to leave a full-size bag of cashews or walnuts in the car as an emergency stash. Now that we’re on AIP, we’ve been snacking on these and I’ve heard these are good, which are actually tubers, not nuts, but still yummy. They’re slightly sweet, a little chewy with a bit of crunch. These are nut and seed bars that are delicious.
Healthy Chip Options
I love chips. I always say I got it from my daddy. He and I could sit down and eat an entire bag of chips in one sitting no problem (and I’m not talking about the healthy chip bags that are like 1/8th full… we’re talking an entire bag of Lays). I love salt. I haven’t actually eaten conventional potato chips for several years but I would occasionally buy one of the “healthier” brands. We switched to Jackson’s Honest because I was trying to cut out safflower and canola oils, then we started eating these because we were on an avocado oil kick, and then when we went on AIP we had to cut out potatoes. So if you aren’t on AIP, Jackson’s or Boulder make some great chip options.
If you are on AIP, we’ve been loving plaintain chips (these are strips, or these are the ones my local store carries and we get most often, I prefer the salted ones) and also Jackson’s sweet potato chips (even in travel size!). I also just found out Amazon’s brand Wickedly Prime has plantain chips. However, they list palm oil as an ingredient and don’t specify what type of palm oil so I would personally avoid them.
These are my ultimate favorite crackers. With some raw cheese, yum. I could eat the box in one day. We’ve also liked every cracker we’ve tried from this brand. I haven’t found AIP crackers yet but these are a couple recipes I’ve saved to try (veggie thins, saltines, herb garlic,
Now this is probably subject to personal preference but I can often itch my cracker scratch with seaweed snacks. Baby A likes them but the texture is still a bit hard for him. Husband won’t try them and V likes the idea of them but hasn’t been a fan. I’ve yet to meet one I don’t like (lol) though AIP restrictions limit it a little and I tend to stick with plain old sea salt. If you are AIP just watch which oil they use. I think this brand uses olive oil in all theirs but many other brands use sunflower or sesame.
I think this is a new paleo trend so you’ll probably start seeing more of them but pork rinds can be a yummy and nutritious snack. I haven’t personally tried them but we’ve liked everything from Epic we’ve tried so I would probably start there. (These ones look AIP friendly)
Granola Bites and Bars
These meat and veggie bars come highly highly recommended (and some flavors are AIP friendly) but I’ve been able to find them locally yet to give them a try. I think it’s an awesome way to incorporate some alternative protein sources and have a high-protein snack that isn’t full of powders.
“Power” balls are a great option for when you are busy. Recipes like this or this would be amazing (we’ve been loving them for AIP because they are so easy to adapt to fit dietary needs) or you could buy them here. Some yummy paleo pre-made granola is always nice for on-the-go as well.
If you aren’t AIP, these fat bombs are delicious (and only two ingredients!) and I loooove Justin’s different almond butter to-go flavors. (This one and this one are my absolute favorites. They’re seriously desserts in a pouch!) We are also pretty big Larabar fans and have been sad they’re out during our AIP elimination diet. This and their newest flavor are my favorites, V loves these and sometimes asks for this one. We also really like their fruit and veggie bars and their newer nut and seed bars (though sadly not AIP). These hazelnut, coffee and maca bars are one my occasional splurges (not AIP).
Husband’s #1 snack is jerky. He is also not picky which I love because I can just buy whatever is on sale and has a clean ingredient list. AIP is hard because most jerky has non-elimination diet friendly paprika, black pepper and other peppers. I’ve been liking Epic a lot lately because I love trying alternative protein sources like these and these and these. I haven’t personally tried this brand but I’ve heard nothing but good reviews and they have some interesting flavor combos (like date and rosemary, yum! but most of their flavors are not AIP friendly – for AIP try these). We’ve also tried and liked this brand (also not AIP friendly). We haven’t tried this coconut jerky yet but the ginger teriyaki flavor is AIP friendly! These are also full of awesome organ meats and great for AIP but are pretty pricey.
What are your favorite on-the-go healthy snacks? Chime in below or over on Facebook!