Although it’s getting easier for vegans and vegetarians to find food while traveling, with the creation of apps like Happy Cow and a greater availability of vegan options in airport restaurants, if you’re like me you might still find yourself a little anxious about getting stranded and hangry.
My anxiety about food scarcity really paid off on a recent trip to Cuba in which I would have been out of luck quite a few times had I not brought a stash of snacks along in my backpack. Since then I’ve been very careful to never hit the road, or the trail, without some non-perishable highly portable vegan options. Here are my top ten picks!
These might be my most favorite snack of all time. Our Daily Eats is an incredibly cool family run-business from Albany, NY. With a short ingredient list of just almonds, maple syrup, cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne, and sea salt, these are not overly sweet or spicy. If spice is not you thing, however, they also have a variety of other awesome flavors and also sell granola, peanuts, cashews, and pepitas. You can order them here!
This isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned this bar, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. They taste very much like the classic American chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookie, but with a surprise splash of espresso! With 370 calories and a bevy of good-for-you ingredients, carrying around a couple of these bars will get you through just about any situation!
This is one of my husband’s favorites and although we personally don’t give a fig about these being gluten free or not, it’s nice that there are yummy options for those who can’t partake in glutinous foods. If you haven’t had these yet, they are basically Fig Newtons for the grown up palate. The same company also makes vegan double chocolate brownies, if that’s more your speed. Fig Bars are available in domestic 1st class flights on American Airlines now, so if you should find yourself in 1st, you should definitely snag one of these!
Any dried mangoes will do, I just happen to have a TJ’s near me and loooove these particular mangoes as the one and only ingredient is mango! Not only do these keep incredibly well, they are also lightweight and will take up very little room in your pack.
I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for quinoa and am likely to purchase just about anything made from it. While these are straight up delicious, the really nifty thing about them is that they are very…sturdy? Well, that’s not the right word, and I’m sure that doesn’t sound enticing, but what I mean is: they aren’t so delicate that they will crush down into a big bag of quinoa powder, no mater how rough your expedition is! That means you can open the bag, push out the excess air and reseal it with the zip-top and save valuable space in your bag without worrying about crumble. They also make quinoa puffs (and I’m dying to try the sweet chili flavor), but I can’t comment on whether those will be as, uh, sturdy as the clusters are.
If you used to be a beef jerky kinda guy or gal, I am here to tell you that your vegan prayers have been answered; Primal Strips Meatless Vegan Jerky is LEGIIIIIIT! It smells like jerky, tastes like jerky and even has the honest to god texture of jerky! The first time I had this I had to double check the label because I couldn’t believe it was soy and not meat! For the moment I can only speak for the Texas BBQ flavor, but I’m sure the other flavors are probably equally awesome.
Sacha inchi seeds are gaining popularity in the US and, with their awesome flavor and health benefits, it’s easy to see why. When I first tasted these seeds I was immediately struck by the familiar but unique flavor; it’s like a peanut and a soy nut had a baby! Loaded with omega 3’s and protein, these are by far one of the healthiest snack options. Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s both stock these, but you can also order them from Nuts.com if your town is devoid of both TS’s and WF!
A lot companies sell products similar to these, and you can even find big clear plastic sleeves of these for ridiculously cheap if you’re lucky enough to have an Indian grocer near you. You can even make your own with this oil-free recipe from Simple Vegan Blog! Full disclosure, I love these but can’t eat them at the moment as I’m in the midst of some serious dental work and they are very hard. So if you have trouble with hard food, steer clear of these! There good, but they’re not potentially break a tooth even though you knew better good.
I swear this whole post is not a thinly veiled Trader Joe’s advertisement, there just happens to be one right by my house so I end up grabbing travel snacks there more often than anywhere else! I’m actually a chip junky, chips of any kind. I like plantain chips in particular when traveling because they are thick and substantial enough to not get crushed in your bag like potato chips would. Plantains also make you feel like you’re actually getting full (whereas I can house a whole family size bag of potato chips, I don’t believe I’ve ever eaten a whole little bag of plantains). They’re also incredibly cheap! These ones from TJ’s will set you back a whopping $1.69.
Pretzels with Dip
Nut butter giant Justin’s sells snack packs with pretzels and your choice of almond or chocolate hazelnut butter ($2.29 for a 1.3 oz. pack), which is great, but let’s be honest…you could put your own packs together and get a much greater quantity for a whole lot cheaper. At my local Wegman’s, you can get a massive 27 oz. bag of pretzels for just $.70 more than the tiny Justin’s snack pack, and then, if you super duper love Justin’s that much, you can buy a 10 pack of squeeze packs and build your own to-go packs for about $.60! You can also switch it up with some shelf stable hummus, or any other dip that doesn’t require refrigeration!
What’s your favorite travel ready food? Share your ideas in the comments!