When it comes to road travel, staying gluten-free doesn’t have to be difficult—all it takes is a little foresight. By simply planning ahead, you will easily stock your truck with all the essentials you need. Still not convinced? Take a look at this list of six simple, nutritious, gluten-free snacks that are easy to pack and eat on the road:
- Fresh Fruit: Packed with vitamins, fresh fruit is hard to beat, whether or not you’ve gone gluten-free. When packing fruit for the road, look for options that travel well: Washed apples, a bunch of bananas, a bag of clementine oranges, or stone fruits like peaches, plums, nectarines, and pluots. All of these fruits are ready to grab and eat, increasing convenience by cutting out prep time.
- Dried Fruit and Nuts: Raisins, roasted almonds, dried mangos, figs, etc., all make wonderful road snacks. While these foods are naturally gluten-free, always be sure to check the ingredients lists on the bags to be safe—some companies may add wheat byproducts.
- Gluten-Free Bread and Toppings: A loaf of your favorite gluten-free bread, along with some gluten-free jelly, peanut butter, deli meat, or sliced tomatoes and cheese provides an easy, on-the-go way to make a filling snack any time of day.
- Homemade Wraps: Before you leave on a trip, make a variety of wraps with rice or corn tortillas (be sure to verify the ones you are using are gluten-free!). For filling ideas, check out these 10 ideas from Tessa Domestic Diva! Simply assemble and package the wraps, then store them in a cooler or insulated bag while you travel.
- Various Salads: Another road snack that requires a little prep time for a big payoff is the salad. Beyond traditional leafy salads, consider chickpea salads, quinoa salads, or carrot salads.
- Cookies and Crackers: Pick up a box of your favorite gluten-free nibbles, whether they are cookies, crackers, or something else. Or if you’re feeling ambitious, make your own! Here’s a recipe for sesame crackers from Elana’s Pantry and cheese crackers from King Arthur Flour. Likewise, try Alton Brown’s chewy gluten-free cookie recipe or these paleo raspberry brownie cookies.
Packing gluten-free road snacks for your travels is as easy as thinking ahead. With a little planning, you’ll be all set for healthy, delicious snacks throughout your journey.
Are you a gluten-free trucker? If so, do the snacks in this post sound familiar to you? What snacks do you usually bring on your trips? Do you pack everything ahead of time or stop at grocery stores and other shops on the road? Share your favorite gluten-free travel tips here!
About the author:
Chris Bekermeier is Vice President, Sales & Marketing of PacMoore in Hammond, IN. PacMoore is a contract manufacturer focused on processing dry ingredients for the food & pharmaceutical industries. Capabilities include blending, spray drying, re-packaging, sifting, & consumer packaging.