Have you adopted the keto diet and now wonder how you will stay keto while traveling such as on a road trip? It takes some adjusting, but with a little planning, staying keto on a road trip is actually quite simple.
Life was so simple when every road trip just meant I loaded up on snacks from the nearest convenience store. The only consideration was making sure I had the proper sweet to salty ratio to go along with all the soda and red bulls I’d be chugging along the way.
When We Dumped the Junk
Then we got the bright idea to dump the junk. Removing processed foods from our diet was a great idea…until the next road trip!
Just kidding, it was still a great idea, but now I had to truly plan out road trip snacks…and of course, figuring out where to eat meals since we no longer went through the nearest fast food drive-through!
It’s been nearly a decade since we cleaned up our diet, and although it takes extra planning in every aspect of our eating life, it soon became second nature to us. We quickly learned with a little pre-planning, clean and whole food snacks were very easy to travel with.
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The biggest change we made to travel-eating was ensuring we planned extra time to stop and eat at a sit-down restaurant that provided plenty of healthy meal options. It was a bit of a pain at first, but we quickly adapted and realized along with healthier lunches and dinners, the stops also provided a much-needed break on a road trip.
Then Came Keto
Then we adopted a ketogenic lifestyle, and with it, a new set of culinary obstacles when traveling. But similar to when we removed processed foods from our diet, we simply needed to adapt to how we planned our travels.
We were already accustomed to making time to stop and sit down to eat our meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), but we needed to take one additional step. Review the menu at potential restaurant stops to ensure they have keto friendly options and easy food swaps (fresh veggies for potatoes and fries).
Thankfully, in today’s world, we have devices to tell us such things! Seriously, how did we ever survive before the days of smartphones? Using apps such as Yelp or Travel Advisor, we can quickly scope restaurants along our route, and can usually see the menus from the app. If not, a quick google search for the restaurant’s direct website will give us what we need.
But what about snacks?? Every good road trip needs some snacks for the car, right? I have compiled a list of 17 keto-approved road snacks that are easy to travel with! I’m not saying these are all the “healthiest” option, but hey, it’s a road trip, and ya gotta splurge some, right ?
17 Easy Keto Road Trip Snacks
Nuts (Pecans, Walnuts, Almond, Macadamia)
KetoLogic Keto Crisp
Beef Jerky (check ingredients)
Quest Bars (my road trip guilty pleasure!)
Veggie Sticks (celery, cucumbers, bell peppers)
Deli Meats (check ingredients)
Berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries)
Zevia for soda
Lily’s Chocolate for something sweet!
7 Ideas for Make Ahead Keto Road Trip Snacks
Of course, if you are feeling especially motivated or just looking to save a little money, you can make a few tasty snacks to take with you!
Keto Cheese Crackers
Fat Bombs (may need to be chilled)
Sandwiches made with Keto-friendly bread
Hard-Boiled Eggs (pre-peeled at home)
Keto Peanut Butter Crackers
Keto Gummy Bears (for when you need something sweet!)
Keto Crunchy Cheese Crackers (Keto Cheezit Copycat)
Do you have a favorite keto-friendly road trip snack you like to pack? If so, comment below and let me know!