You’ve been up since 3a.m. to catch your 5a.m. flight. You have just landed at an unnamed airport starving but you only have a 45-minute layover. The moment you step into the airport you can smell all of the delicious food: pretzels, cinnamon rolls, chocolate, hamburgers, and more. However, you must rush by all the delicious foods calling your name to reach your next gate to make your flight.
The grab and go spots that would be easy for you to grab something to eat on the flight only have sandwiches and wraps only and you’re gluten-free. Here is my list of TSA-approved gluten-free snacks for when you are flying.
While I would love to bring a Thanksgiving dinner with me while traveling I am pretty sure TSA would stop me at the gravy. So save yourself the time, energy, and money by bringing these snacks with you.
Quest® Gluten-free Protein Bar
Quest® Gluten-free Protein Bar – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough sits at around 200 calories depending on the flavor you choose, the 21 grams of protein with only one sugar makes this a good meal replacement when you cannot find something at the airport or don’t have time. They taste amazing the cookie dough one is literally like eating cookie dough to me and I love how easy they are to bring with me.
Honey Nut Cheerios
Back when they first announced that Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal were now gluten-free, I had not been diagnosed yet. Now that I have, this is one of my favorite snacks since it is easy to take with you. With Honey Nut Cheerios I do like to put them in snack bags so I don’t eat the whole quart sized bag by accident—I know I am not the only one who falls victim to this.
Boxes of raisins
Now I know raisins are not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you happen to like them this is great. They are small and compacted, perfect for travel. Nuff said there.
This may seem like an odd idea but since you cannot take yogurt through security; you can bring the granola and then buy yogurt at the airport but have the topping gluten-free. My favorite is Udi’s Gluten Free Granola, Original and it tastes just like regular granola, plus it comes in other flavors.
I am a lover of applesauce, would eat it every day if I could, but applesauce is actually considered a liquid to TSA. I have met a few people who have gotten through with it, but they tended to have kids and TSA is a bit nicer about baby food and sippy cups. To be honest it just depends on the airport, but with my bad luck I’ve been stopped so dried fruit for me.
Dark Chocolate Thin Bark Coconut and Almonds
I have found barkTHINS Snacking Chocolate, Dark Chocolate Toasted Coconut with Almonds at the airport before, but you pay an arm and a leg for it. I like this treat because I can’t have most sweet items at airports. Everything semi healthy (non candy bars) often have pretzels or a wheat form in them. Dark Chocolate is healthier than milk chocolate and I just think for a little treat when you need a pick-me up from traveling all day this is perfect.
Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bites – Chocolate
When I travel I always want carbs to snack on— aka my cheerios— but Manitoba Harvest Hemp Heart Bites are a healthy alternative to carbs. With hemp seeds, organic sweeteners, and a bit of sea salt it contains 10 grams of protein, 10 grams of omega-3, omega-6 per 45-gram serving. The packaging does not say gluten-free but after looking at all the ingredients none contained gluten and I did not get sick eating this.
While these are only a few suggestions I have learned that bringing snacks means I don’t starve at the airport. It can get tempting to just eat gluten because you are so hungry, but then you’ll pay the price later. Make a healthier choice by bringing your own snacks. Save your money to buy water and other liquids once you are through security.
What snacks do you like to take with you traveling?
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