G-Free Travel Snacks

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G-Free Travel Snacks

Gluten Free friends, as you know traveling is a challenge when it comes to simply feeding yourself. I have sat on airplanes and in airports so hungry due to little or no options of g-free choices.  It seems almost impossible at the airport restaurants to avoid cross contamination, and all of the pre-made salads don’t give enough details of contents and preparation, and forget sandwiches- we’ve learned to move on from that option as soon as we said as we said goodbye to gluten. And I can’t even count how many times I have been on a flight when the only snack options were cookies, crackers, or pretzel mixes. The flights over three hours are the worst. So now, I just pack my own snacks, better safe then sorry. This also leaves me with easy go to options when I get to my destination (beats racking up the mini-bar bill). So no more hunger, just pack yourself a gluten free snack bag!

P.S. Do you all spot Kiptyn? Heehee!

Here are some of my favorites to pack with me:

Protein Pancakes: for recipe click HERE. I always make a big batch and put them in a plastic bag. They’re easy to carry, perfect to snack on, tasty, healthy, and you’re not missing out on anything! Obviously, if you only have a kitchen at your disposal going one direction that’s the direction I have my protein pancakes on. Once you start eating your protein pancakes on the plane, people will start talking to you because they want in on your homemade travel snack. 😉

Dried Fruit and Nuts

Protein Bars: Your favorite gluten free bar

Packets of Almond Butter or Peanut Butter: use this on g-free crackers, bananas, apples, celery, etc. You can usually find these packets at a health food store and sometimes at your regular grocery store in the health food, gluten free, or peanut butter aisles.

Gluten Free Crackers

Cheese: string cheese, mini BabyBel’s, etc. Cheese that holds well while not being refrigerated for a while.

Fruit/veggie: I always have an apple or two with me, but if I ever forget to bring a piece of fruit I try to find a Starbucks and they usually have some bananas. Bringing a few celery or carrot sticks are also great to have with you. Fruit and/or veggies are nice to pair with your almond butter or cheese.

Dark Chocolate: I like to have some dark chocolate handy for cravings, It beats caving into a candy bar full of the “bad stuff” that will make me feel crummy during my travels.

Peanut Butter Bites: These are a favorite treat of mine. Recipe HERE.

Protein Powder Packets: My trainers just developed an amazing certified gluten free and vegan protein powder. Check it out HERE!

Obviously, there are plenty of things you could pack with you in your g-free snack bag. Just be creative. I try to pack a few things with protein, healthy fats, and natural sugars (like fruit).
If you’re not gluten free you have plenty options to choose from on the plane and through the airport, but packing yourself a few fun and healthy travel snacks could make you feel so much better while you’re traveling!

I hope this list gives you a little more freedom while you travel!

I would love to hear what some of your favorite travel snacks are, please comment!

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  • Amanda Merrell-Goncalves

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    super great ideas, if i was gluten free I would be eating on a plane or a trip too! I do have protein pancakes when i am not prego as to keep the pounds off! Thanks for the great ideas!

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    • Tenley Molzahn

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      Amanda, these ideas are great for anyone, gluten free or not. Pregnant or not pregnant! :) Us g-free peeps are definitely more in need of these fun options. I’m sure your girls would love some of these. :) Thanks for reading!

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  • Natalie Dent

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    My favorite G-Free protein bars are KIND. They have tons of different flavors and most are also dairy free. My other favorite travel snack is hummus (they have individual on-the-go pouches) and the sweet potato cracker/chips from Food Should Taste Good.

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    • Tenley Molzahn

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      Natalie, I love all of those too! Good call on the to go hummus! Adding that to my snack bag! Thanks!!

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  • Natasha Gokul

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    Hi Tenley

    I just wanted to thank you so much for always leaving these lovely tips for us. It inspires us to live a healthy lifestyle and also shows that being healthy doesn’t take a lot of work :) its easy and fun to do.

    I have always had a weight issue and I want to start following you with your eating habits. What exercise do u supplement this lifestyle with? (Well besides dancing of course ;))

    Once again thank you!! Have a lovely day 😀

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    • Tenley Molzahn

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      Natasha, I’m so glad you like the tips and can use them! It is sooo true, being “healthy” can seem so intimidating, but really it’s so much easier than we think and can be tons of fun and tasty too! There is so much to come fitness and food wise on my new blog, I think you’ll love it all! My main lifesaver has been living a healthy lifestyle and following the nutrition and fitness plan I swear by, here it is: http://bit.ly/n87XWF Check it out if you haven’t. Stay tuned for all the fun things to come! xo!

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  • Kimberly Laiso

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    These are great ideas – so healthy too! I am going on a flight to the Dominican Republic next week and will definitely be trying your protein pancakes on for size! Another good snack is almonds – I always have a tub of them at work with me to snack on :)

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    • Tenley Molzahn

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      Kimberly, Yes, almonds are great. I take them with some dried fruit. :) Have a fun trip to the Dominican Republic, I hope you love the protein pancakes! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Christy Crosby

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    what is the brand of the dark chocolate berries you mentioned and do you have any favorite Gfree protein bars?

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    • Tenley Molzahn

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      Christy, They were the dark chocolate powerberries from Trader Joe’s! I plan on doing a favorite Gfree protein bar post soon, stay tuned! :)

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  • Nikki

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    Tenley, would u share where you purchases your beautiful beige skirt you are wearing in your gf travel video? Pls pls pretty please? :)

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    • Tenley Molzahn

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      Nikki, That skirt was a Nordstrom find quite a while ago. Maybe look online! The brand was Lily White. :)

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  • Angie

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    Being gluten free and having a husband who’s family is on the other side of the country from us means we have to fly a lot and pack our own food. Depending on when our flight is and our mood, I will pack a myriad of things. I generally try to have at least one heartier meal item so that it feels like I’m eating a healthy meal instead of just snacking on little things, which just makes me feel more hungry in the end. I also try to have at least enough for one more meal when we get to our destination so that we don’t have to run out to find food right away. We’ll do gf sandwiches, cold veggie and grain salads, fresh homemade spring rolls (an easier way to eat a salad than dealing with dressings and forks), or sushi. You can find gf tamari travel packets as well that can get through security, so we take those as backup and if we’re stuck in an airport overnight (as has been known to happen), we can use those on basic steamed rice from an asian food vendor. Not the most nutritious, but it fills you up in a pinch. I generally also pack some cheese sticks, salami, raw veggies, and always have a homemade sweet treat as well. Packing homemade granola in a plastic container can work for breakfast in a pinch if you get a carton of milk or yogurt at the airport. Hard boiled eggs are also great, although I try to eat them while waiting for the plane instead of on it so the smell doesn’t bug people. I hate it when people eat smelly food in an enclosed space, so I try to pack all things that won’t bug anyone.

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    • Tenley Molzahn

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      Angie, this was so fun to see all that you put together to travel with. You get creative, I love that! I like the spring rolls idea too!Thank you so much for sharing, I’m definitely going to adopt some of your gluten free travel foods/snacks!

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  • Natasha Gokul

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    Hi Tenley

    Thanks so much again for all the kind words and inspiration. You truly are an angel for wanting to help everyone out there to become fit and healthy :)

    You have a heart of gold and Kiptyn is really such a lucky man 😉

    Hope you have a great day.

    Lots of love and well wishes from a rainy and cold South Africa

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  • Kate

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    Hi Tenley,

    This may be a dumb question but does security ever say anything about your snacks?

    Kate

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    • Tenley Molzahn

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      Hey Kate! Never! Just have to be careful with fruit/veggies when flying internationally. :)

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