Headed out on a trip? If you're following a whole food plant-based lifestyle, you may be wondering just what the heck you're going to snack on. Well, good news! You can satisfy your wanderlust AND enjoy delicious whole food plant-based snacks at the same time! You just gotta know what to pack. MamaSezz to the rescue! 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 ready-made soups.
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. With a little snack prepping, you’ll be ready to hit the road (or take to the skies), healthy habits in tact. Not to mention, packing your own snacks is a surefire way to stay within your travel budget so hurray for another win!
Nuts and traveling vegans go hand in hand. They’re protein-packed and help tide off hunger between meals. 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 snacks you’re covered! Pack your bag with:
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, it’s 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. 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). We’re talking about:
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!
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:
There may not be a better snack combination known to humankind than celery and peanut butter. It’s 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 healthy snack 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 power snack for the plant-based eater on the go.
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 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!
Sometimes you need more than a snack, especially when you’ve got a busy travel schedule. Enter ready-made soup! Pack a thermos filled with MamaSezz soups! Hearty and delicious, all our whole food plant-based soups are delivered fresh and already cooked. You just heat and eat at home before you hit the road then pour in your thermos to keep it nice and warm for hours until hunger strikes Enjoy with your favorite reusable travel bowl and utensils. (Note: this suggestion is for road tripping, not plane rides.)
Here’s another suggestion that’s technically a meal, not a snack. One of the best plant-based travel lunches 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!
Now you know how to pack for snacks! Don't leave home without:
And check out our top 9 whole food plant-based travel tips here.
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