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5 Healthier On the Go Snacks – Gluten and Dairy Free

In general, when we are at home we try to eat a mostly plant based diet full of vegetables, some fruit and whole grains.

I don’t keep much packaged food in the house so that I’m not tempted by it.  But hey, I’m still human and definitely have my vices.  That being said, when I need an easy and convenient snack, either because I’m feeling peckish at home, or more often because we are traveling and I don’t have easy access to a kitchen, I try to choose the lesser of evils.

Now I know people are going to say “pack veggies and raw nuts to take with you”.  And that is great advice, and I do that, but let’s be real, sometimes I forget, and sometimes they just don’t cut it.

So here are some of my favorite on-the-go/packaged foods that are about as good as you can get when being bad.

Even though I do not strictly eat gluten or dairy free, all of these are Vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, relatively low carb and low sugar.

Eating Evolved – I love these coco cups.  I have tried all the flavors and to me, other than the mint, they all pretty much taste the same.  So I like to just buy the Mint Cream and the Classic.

David is not a fan.  I think if you’re expecting a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup dupe, then you will be disappointed.

But peanut butter cups tend to be too sweet for me, and I like dark chocolate and coconut oil, so at 6 net carbs per cup, these are a win.

Love the simple ingredients: Organic Coconut, Organic Cacao, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Cacao Butter, and Himilayan Sea Salt.

Smart Sweets – I am not a huge candy person, but every once in a while I crave gummies (especially when we go to the movies).

I would also never make gummy bears at home, so having a go-to healthier store bought version is awesome.

These gummies only have 3 grams of sugar per bag and seriously taste delicious.  I like both the fruity and the sour, but lean towards the sour.  I promise you won’t notice a difference between these and alternative versions full of crap.  They are that good.

Cilantro Bitchn’ Sauce with Rosemary and Sea Salt Simple Mills Crackers – One of my girlfriends introduced me to this combo and I’m obsessed.

My favorite flavor of the Bitchn’ sauce is Cilantro Chili.  It also comes in Original (which I like) Chipotle (which I don’t love) and Pesto, Bombay, and Heat (which I haven’t tried).

The sauce’s ingredients are really decent (as long as you don’t have a nut allergy): Water, Almonds, Expeller-Pressed Grapeseed Oil, Lemon Juice, Cilantro, Nutritional Yeast, Bragg Liquid Aminos, Garlic, Spices, Sea Salt.

The worst ingredient is obviously the grapeseed oil.

It only has .5g of net carbs and no sugar.

When I’m being good I like to pair it with carrots and celery.  I always have a bunch cut and washed in the fridge for easy access.

When I’m being bad I LOVE this dip with the Simple Mills Rosemary and Sea Salt crackers.  My biggest complaint about these crackers is that they are expensive and also a bit too salty.  The first time I bought them they were on sale for $3.00.  I tried them, got addicted, and returned to the store to find their regular price is $4.99 <insert eye roll>.  My advice is to stock up when they are on sale.

David and I first tried and fell in love with this combo when I packed it for our road trip to Gateway Canyon.

Tosi Superbites – I discovered these at my favorite coffee shop in Palm Springs, Koffi.  If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend their iced coffee.

We always tend to have long days out when we are in Palm Springs and I usually need a pick-me-up between lunch and dinner.

These Tosi Superbites were the perfect thing to carry in my purse! I’m generally not a fan of any kind of protein or granola bar.  But these had simple ingredients and again, were low on the carbs and sugar.

They come in Almond and Cashew and Almond Blueberry. I like them all.

The ingredients are: Organic Almonds/Cashews, Golden Flaxseeds, White Sesame Seeds, Organic Chia Seeds, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice, Sea Salt.

Obviously the Cane Juice isn’t ideal, but it is the second to last ingredient and I still think as a whole these are a lot better than some of the other junk I could (and have) resorted to eating.

Have you tried any of these snacks before?  Do you have any favorite healthier and easy grab-and-go snacks?  I’m always looking for suggestions!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Petrina TorgersonMay 19, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Did you know the Smart Sweets founder goes to/went to UBC?!

    • Reply AnnaMay 20, 2018 at 9:30 am

      I did know! They have offices on Burrard, been planning on stocking up when we get in town.

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