Headed out on a trip? If you're following a whole food plant-based lifestyle, you may be wondering just what the heck vegan to go snacks even look like. Well, good news! You can satisfy your wanderlust AND enjoy delicious whole food plant based snacks at the same time...and you probably already know and love many of these plant based snack ideas!
We're coming at ya with our 10 favorite whole food plant-based travel snacks from standard nuts and fruit to grab-and-go oatmeal muffins and healthy vegan cookies!
Before We Begin: Get Healthy Vegan Snacks On the Go from MamaSezz
Whether you're taking a vegan road trip or simply headed out for a busy day, don't forget to pack plenty of healthy vegan snacks to go! MamaSezz Gram's Granola is the perfect plant based snack to fuel any adventure.
Eating healthy while traveling is possible!
Eating healthy can be tough when you’re traveling. Add a whole food plant-based diet to the mix and it can seem impossible; every roadside diner and airport restaurant seems to offer everything but the healthy meals you eat at home.
Luckily, you don’t have to abandon your whole food plant-based lifestyle when you’re on the go. If you take just a bit of time to plan out your whole food vegan snacks, you’ll be ready to hit the road (or take to the skies), healthy habits in tact with these ideas for easy vegan snacks on the go. Not to mention, packing your own vegan to go snacks is a surefire way to stay within your travel budget so hurray for another win!
10 Whole Food Plant-Based Travel Snacks
1. Raw nuts
Nuts and traveling vegans go hand in hand. They're idea as vegan road trip snacks because they're protein-packed and help tide off hunger between meals (and when you have long stretches of driving to get done). Plus they travel great and take up very little room in your pack.
Bonus: raw nuts, especially almonds, are carried at plenty of rest stops and airports newsstands so if you forgot to pack vegan whole food snacks you’re covered! Pack your bag with:
- Raw Almonds
- Raw Cashews
- Raw Walnuts
2. Trail Mix
An essential whole food plant-based travel snack, trail mix hits all the sweet, salty, and savory notes all at once. And thanks to oil-free and refined sugar-free vegan chocolate chips, this plant based snack is a touch more kid-friendly than raw nuts on their own. Here’s a quick four-ingredient trail mix recipe for your next trip.
We have a saying at MamaSezz:
“If you think you’re hungry and an apple doesn’t sound good, you’re probably not hungry.”
It’s true! Having an apple in your bag is an excellent (and nutritious) way to stave off hunger on the go – making it an awesome choice for vegan snacks on the go. And when it comes to fruit, you can pack more than just apples! Choose options that won’t squished and require minimal prep so you can truly grab and go (after washing at home, of course). These fruits are some of our favorite vegan road trip snacks:
- Clementines (easier to peel than oranges!)
- Bananas (though pack on top so they don’t get bruised!)
- Dates + other dried fruits
4. Lara Bars
Most store-bought protein and snack bars have an ingredient list a mile long, with refined sugars topping the list. Lara Bars are a welcome exception to the rule! All of their bars have 9 ingredients or less and most are refined sugar-free, sweetened naturally with dates and other fruits instead. Plus they’ve got a huge variety of flavors, from Apple Pie and Blueberry Muffin to Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip and Snickerdoodle. These are found in regular and natural grocery stores. Stock up!
5. Raw Veggies + Hummus
Hummus goes great with nearly all raw veggies and they’re packed with enough plant-based protein to keep you satiated while you’re out exploring. Making your own hummus? Here's a quick and easy oil-free hummus recipe. Pro tip: Put a few tablespoons of hummus at the bottom of a mason jar then place washed and chopped veggies on top for an on-the-go veggie dip situation.
Our favorite veggies to pair with hummus as a vegan road trip snack:
- Celery sticks
- Sugar snap peas
- Baby carrots or carrot sticks
- Broccoli florets
- Raw cauliflower florets
- Sliced peppers
6. Celery and Peanut Butter
There may not be a better snack combination known to humankind than celery and peanut butter. This plant based snack is refreshing, salty, crunchy, smooth, and a little sweet — all at the same time! Choose natural no-salt added peanut butter and add a sprinkling of raisins to transform your WFPB snacks into childhood favorite, “Ants on a Log.” This is another great snack for your mason jars: peanut butter — and raisins if you’re adding them — on the bottom then celery sticks on top.
Are you even a vegan traveler if you don’t have a bag of granola on hand? But if you don’t have time to make your own you may not be thrilled about the refined sugars and oils that come with most store-bought brands? Enter MamaSezz Granola. With no gluten, no refined sugars, no oil, and no preservatives, it’s the ultimate addition to your vegan road trip snacks rotation.
8. Vegan Oatmeal Muffins
Breakfast can be one of the tougher meals to find when you’re plant-based on the road. These vegan oatmeal muffins are the remedy to your on-the-go WFPB snacks woes. Make a batch of these ahead of your trip and then pack several in Tupperware and voilà: a healthy breakfast, no matter where you are!
9. MamaSezz Not-A-Cookie
Sweet tooth at odds with your whole food plant-based diet? We hear you and we were you...which is why we're pleased as punch we can offer a healthy plant based snack for your sweet tooth, that just happens to be good for you. Say hello the plant-based dessert and on the go vegan snack you can indulge in with zero guilt: the MamaSezz Not-a-Cookie.
10. Veggie Wraps
Here’s another suggestion that’s technically a meal, but we're filing it under vegan to go snacks anyhow because you can't pin us down!
One of the best plant-based travel lunches or WFPB snacks you can pack is a hearty veggie wrap. Wraps are less messy than the traditional sandwich, and they travel really well. We like to store our wraps in Tupperware and/or parchment paper. One of our favorite wraps for your next car or plane trip? These salad wraps with beans and greens!
Planning a vegan road trip?
Once you're done packing all your vegan whole food snacks, check out our top 9 whole food plant-based travel tips.
Key Takeaways for Vegan Snacks to Go
When it comes to whole food vegan snacks, don't leave home without:
- Raw nuts
- Trail mix
- Lara Bars
- Raw Veggies and Hummus
- Celery and Peanut Butter
- MamaSezz Granola
- Vegan Oatmeal Muffins
- MamaSezz Not-a-Cookie
- Veggie Wraps
By Ali Brown
Ali is a mom wife, and nutrition and lifestyle writer and editor, with a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from the T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies.