Following a keto diet, and feeling uninspired when it comes to packing lunches and snacks for a day on the go? Get some ideas from this master list of keto snacks I use for our family day trips!
Bringing your own snacks and lunches for family day trips, instead of eating out, can be a huge money saver. But what if you’re on a special diet, like so many of us are?
My family has been grain-free for quite a while, but the keto lifestyle is a little new to us. So a couple of times now when I’ve been stocking up on snacks and ingredients for travel treats, I’ve found myself standing in the grocery store drawing a blank.
I decided to sit down and write myself a master list of keto-friendly snacks that work well for family day trips. Now I won’t find myself feeling stumped for what to pack again. And with all the wonderful foods on here, I can mix things up and avoid feeding us the same thing every time we go on a family outing. Definitely a plus for all of us!
Everything on this list is either sturdy enough to just get tossed in a basket of travel treats, or requires nothing more than a cooler to make it through the day in edible condition. (For example, you won’t find coconut-oil fat bombs on here that need to be kept good and cold.)
I’ve also avoided foods that do travel well, but are likely to be especially messy or smelly with small kids. (Think: tins of sardines. If my family ate these on the road, we’d spend the rest of the day smelling of eau de fishy-fishy.)
When I’m gearing up for a family day away from home, I always find it super helpful to pack all of our food and drinks the night before. It helps take the stress out of getting on the road quickly in the morning. Dry and room-temperature foods get packed in a basket or small tub. Refrigerated foods get packed into a soft-sided cooler and set back into the fridge to grab right before we leave the next morning.
This list is broken down into three categories, according to where I source our snacks. Things like produce and string cheese, I pick up at our local grocery store on a day leading up to our trip. Shelf-stable items and things that tend to be more expensive, I try to source in bulk (Amazon, Thrive, or Costco are great places to look for items on that part of the list.)
And tasty homemade treats I usually make the day before. I’ve included some amazing keto-friendly recipes from some of my favorite healthy food bloggers that work well for eating on the go!
Here’s my current “master list” of family-friendly Keto snacks for eating on the go. I hope it helps simplify the food-planning part of your family adventures as much as it has for me!
From the grocery store
- baby carrots
- celery sticks
- cheese sticks or string cheese
- individual yogurt containers
- fresh berries
- cherry tomatoes
- hard boiled eggs
- sliced pepperoni
- green beans
- little cucumbers
- sliced bell peppers
- broccoli florets
- fresh coconut, opened and chopped into pieces
Buy in bulk
- seaweed crisps
- pastured pork rinds
- Quest bars
- Bulletproof bars
- Raw nuts
- Dark chocolate
- cocoa nibs
Keto Hummus (put in a travel tub for snacking with fresh green beans!)
This is a working master list, that I refer to frequently as I plan meals and snacks for our family outings. (And you know us – we’re always up to something!) As I come up with more ideas, and discover new favorite travel-friendly keto recipes, I’ll keep adding them to the list. So feel free to keep checking back!
How about you? What are your favorite go-to keto snacks, for days that you’re on the run? I’d love to hear!
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