Check out the best low-carb and keto road trip snacks, including store-bought and homemade snacks, to keep you going while on the road.
Road trips are so much better when you've packed the right stuff, especially snacks for the long car ride. And if you follow a low-carb or keto diet, it's important to pack snacks that not only pack well, but help keep you satisfied until your next meal, whether it be a restaurant or an easy fast food option.
On our road trips we prefer to pack snacks that don't melt, are easy to eat with your hands, and aren't too messy. While we don't always bring a cooler, you can expand your snack options if you do.
Here are some of the best low-carb and keto snacks to have while on the road. These snacks include store-bought options, cooler snacks, and simple homemade snacks. There are a range of options, too: some sweet, some savory, some healthy and some not so healthy. We'd love to hear about your favorites!
Here's to fun future road trips!
Jerky or meat sticks
Jerky is a great high protein snack that's easy to pack. We prefer zero-sugar jerky, but you can consider other options as long as you check the nutrition for ingredients and carbs. Our favorite beef jerky is Tillamook Zero-Sugar Beef Jerky, and our kids favorite jerky sticks are by Vermont Smoke and Cure (which we love too).
Protein bars can satisfy you for several hours between meals. On road trips, we typically avoid bars that have an outer layer of chocolate or another temperature-sensitive mixture that can melt. Therefore, bars with a uniform mixture a that can handle warmer temperatures are ideal. Our favorite bars include:
- Atlas Protein Bars: Atlas bars are a new favorite protein bar around here. They may not be as high in protein as Quest, but they're pretty darn tasty. Plus, they have quality ingredients and won't melt on you. Favorites include peanut butter chocolate chip, almond chocolate chip and chocolate cacao.
- Quest: Quest bars are one of highest in protein and include quality ingredients. Plus, you can find them at most stores. Some flavors are tastier than others and our favorite uniform bars for trips include double chocolate chunk and chocolate chip cookie dough.
Nuts are another good snack if you're looking for something salty and crunchy. Some considerations include almonds, macadamia nuts and sunflower seeds. We recommend getting individual snack packs, so you're aware of a serving size while you're snacking away. Just be cautious when selecting seasoned nuts as some may contain sugar or other ingredients that aren't keto friendly.
We love these crunchy, low-carb edamame snacks since they're healthy, high in fiber, low in carbs and high in protein. Our favorite flavor is wasabi since it has a nice kick, but you can also get the sea salt flavor. Plus, ingredients are simply soybeans, sea salt, wasabi powder.
The two most popular keto chips are Hilo Life Tortilla Style Chips (Nacho Cheese) and Quest Tortilla Protein Chips (Nacho Cheese). Both are tasty and sold at most grocers. Per serving, Hilo Life's nacho chips are 3 grams of carbs and 9 grams of protein. Quest nacho protein chips are 4 grams of net carbs and 18 grams of protein. See our chip review for a full ranking of keto chips.
There are a number of keto cookies out there (see our cookie review here). But, one of our favorite cookies are these Oreo-style cookies by Rip Van Leos. HighKey also makes tasty, crunchy cookies, which come in a variety of flavors. If your like soft-baked cookies, then we recommend Fat Snax Soft Baked Keto Cookies.
Cheese crisps are simply made with baked cheese, and sometimes, a few seasonings. They're another crunchy keto snack option that has zero carbs. Plus, they're typically high in protein. Whisps and Parm Crisps are the two most popular brands. Both are tasty and come in different flavors.
We love keto granola as a sweet, crunchy snack. Plus, it's high in protein and low in carbs. We recommend staying away from flavors that include chocolate or other ingredients that could melt in the car. See our review for the best store-bought granolas.
Quest cheese crackers
Our new favorite low-carb crackers are these cheese crackers by Quest. They're crunchy, full of tasty cheese flavor, and high in protein. They come in individual, serving-size bags, which have 5 grams of net carbs. See our low-carb cracker review for more options.
Seaweed snacks are great for mindless snacking in the car since they're tasty, salty, and low in calories and carbs. Each serving is only 1 gram of net carbs and just 25 calories. Our favorite flavor is wasabi, but sea salt is tasty as well.
You can now buy olives in take-and-go snack packs. And if you're looking for something that's salty and low in carbs and calories, olives are a tasty option. OLOVES sells a variety of flavors on Amazon.
Pickles are now sold in snack packs and can be a good keto snack if you're craving something salty and crunchy. SuckerPunch and Oh Snap are two popular snacking brands. Just be sure to check the nutritional information as not all flavors are low in carbs.
While we don't recommend too many drinks on the road (think more pit stops!), you do need to hydrate or may need a caffeine boost. We take bubbly water and caffeinated, sugar-free drinks. We haven't tried any keto-friendly energy drinks, but they're out there!
Most cheeses are keto friendly and you can now buy as take-and-go snacks. Tillamook cheddar cheese snacks are tasty and have less than 1 gram of net carbs per snack pack. If you're looking for a cheese lower in saturated fat, then consider mozzarella cheese.
Sugar-free chocolate treats
Sometimes you just need chocolate, especially when the cravings hit! And it's best to store chocolate in a cooler since it melts easily in the car. Our favorite low-carb and keto chocolate snacks include Quest High Protein, Keto Peanut Butter Cups and ChocZero Keto Dark Chocolate Bark with Almonds.
Pre-packaged protein packs
There are a number of refrigerated protein packs you can buy at the store. For example, many grocers sell P3 Portable Protein Packs by Oscar Mayor. Not all are keto friendly, so it's best to stick with packs that include lunch meat, cheese, nuts or hard-boiled eggs. Be sure to always check the nutritional information.
Yogurt may not be the best road trip snack since you need a spoon, but if you make a pit stop it can be a good option since it helps keep you satisfied. The two best keto yogurts are Two Good and Ratio keto yogurt. Many stores sell individual packs for take-and-go convenience.
While store-bought treats are convenient, homemade snacks can be a real treat and are a tasty way to change things up while on the road. Here are some of our favorites.
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