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The Top Ten On-The-Go Snacks for Every Diet

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When you're on-site, the last thing you want to worry about is your diet. With all the stuff you already have to haul around the event venue, you shouldn't have to add coolers and ice-packs to the pile to accommodate your diet. To alleviate the hassle of sticking to your diet on-site, we've compiled a list of expert recommended and readily available brands you can find online or at your local grocery stores. Forget meal prepping and refrigerators, here are the top 10 on-the-go snacks for just about every diet. 

1. Keto Diet
2. Vegan
3. Gluten-Free
4. Paleo Diet
5. Mediterranean Diet
6. Vegetarian

Keto Diet

We know how hectic things can get on-site - so hectic you might skip a meal or grab the nearest and quickest food item you can find which more than likely doesn't fall into your keto diet. Neither option is ideal. Instead, bring along some of these keto-friendly on-site "proof" snacks to keep you satisfied between meals. During your pre-event snack shopping, be sure to keep an eye out for hidden carbs or sugar by other names on the ingredient labels. 
  1. Meat Sticks, Jerky, Biltong, Dry Salami, or Pepperoni
    Recommended brands:
    - Meat Sticks: DNX Meat Sticks, Epic, and Paleovalley.
    - Jerky: Country Archer, Chomps, and People’s Choice Beef Jerky.
    - Biltong: Brooklyn Biltong and Ayoba-Yo Biltong.
    Dry Salami and Pepperoni: Fiorucci Panino, Hormel, Great Value, and Bridgford. 

  2. Pork Rinds
    Recommended brands: Epic, 4505 Meats, Pork King, and UTZ.

  3. High-Fat Nuts or Seeds
    - Low-carb nuts: Pili Nuts, Brazil Nuts, Macadamia Nuts, and Pecans. 
    - Seeds high in omega-3s: Chia Seeds and Flaxseeds.
    Recommended brands: Pili Hunters, Emerald, Planters, Daily Nuts, Blue Diamond, and Hilo Life. 

  4. Cheese Crisps
    Recommended brands: Moon Cheese, Whisps and Bunker Hill Cheese.

  5. Nut Butter
    Recommended brands: Perfect KETO, SuperFat, F-Bomb, Vor, FatSo, Performance Nut Butters and Legendary Foods.

  6. Olives or Pickles
    Pickles: Oh Snap!, Mt. Olive Dill Petites, Van Holten's, and Rick's Picks Snacking Pickles. 
    Olives: Pearls Olives to Go!, Oloves, and Veggicopia. 

  7. Sardines, Tuna, or Chicken Pouches
    Sardines: Matiz Sardines, King Oscar, Beach Cliff, and Season.

    Tuna: StarKist, Itsumo, and Bumble Bee.
    Chicken: StarKist, Bumble Bee, and Sweet Sue

  8. Protein/Keto bars
    Recommended brands: MCT Bars, Quest, Heka Good Foods, Keto Brick, and Keto Bars.

  9. Toasted Coconut Chips
    Recommended Brands: Dang, The Real Coconut, and Bare Snacks.

  10. Sweets 
    Low Carb Dark Chocolate: Lily's, Choc Zero, and Endangered Species.

    Keto Cookies: Bhu Foods, Nui Cookies, FatSnax, High Key and BisKeto.
    Sugar Free Jello: Snack Pack, Simply Delish, and Jell-O.  


In today's day and age, vegan snacks can be found just about anywhere. You don't need to make a special trip to a gourmet or all-natural market and spend a pretty penny to eat vegan. Finding vegan snacks at major grocery chains is actually easier than you might think. Of course, these larger chains have more aisles to sift through and can be overwhelming when compared to the Trader Joe's and Wholefoods but when you're in a hurry and there's not a natural store near by, the closest supermarket is an option (and you just might come across vegan snacks that surprise you!). 

  1. Fruit Bars or Fruit Leathers
    Recommended brands: Bear, Solely, and That’s It.

  2. Bean or Corn Tortilla Chips
    Recommended brands: Beanfields, Beanitos, and Cabo Chips.

  3. Fresh Fruits 
    Recommended travel fruit: apples, bananas, grapes, clementines, and blueberries. 

  4. Roasted Chickpeas
    Recommended brands: Saffron Road and Hippeas.

  5. Dried Fruit or Fruit Chips
    Recommended brands: Bare Snacks, Made in Nature, and Crispy Green. 

  6. Granola
    Recommended brands: Purely Elizabeth, St. Amour, and Kitchfix. 

  7. Nut Butters
    Recommended brands: Artisana, Justin’s, and 365 Everyday Value.

  8. Nuts and Seeds
    Brands that carry on-the-go nut packs: Planters, Emerald, Enjoy Life, and Blue Diamond.  

  9. Vegan Energy Bars
    Recommended brands: Organica and Spirulia Dream.

  10. Sweets
    - Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups or Chocolate Bars: Unreal, Justin's, Lindt, and Hu. 
    - Chocolate Chip Cookies: Maxine's Heavenly, Daniel's Vegan Cookies,

       and Alternative Baking Company 
    - Gummy Candy: Smart Sweets, 365 Everyday Value, Swedish Fish, and Sour Patch Kids. 


We have come very far in the world of gluten-free snacks. Many well-known snack brands carry gluten-free versions of just about every popular snack like pretzels, crackers, cookies, chips, and more! Many of these snacks taste even better when paired with nut butters, there are so many to choose from and you can dip just about anything in 'em! There’s almond butter, cashew butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, peanut butter, walnut butter - shall we go on? When it comes to gluten free snacking, there’s no need to go out of your way to find these snacks at an organic store, check your local grocery store for the brands mentioned below and even more brands you may not expect. Just be sure to carefully read the labels. You can even download free smartphone apps that allow you to scan barcodes on grocery store products and receive instant clarification on whether the items are gluten-free or not. Some of these gluten free apps include: Gluten Free Scanner, Sift, and Eat! Gluten Free. 
  1. Fresh Fruit
    Recommended fruit for traveling: Apples, bananas, grapes, clementines, and pears.

  2. Dried Fruit or Fruit Chips
    Recommended brands: Patience Fruit & Co, Bare Snacks, and Matt’s Munchies.

  3. Nuts
    Brands that carry easy on-the-go nut packs: Sunshine Nut Company, Blue Diamond,
    and Lark Ellen Farm.

  4. Nut Butters 
    Recommended brands: Purely Elizabeth, NutZo, Artisana, and Justin's.

  5. Popcorn 
    Recommended brands: Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop, Skinny Pop, and Cape Cod Seaside Pop.

  6. Chickpeas
    Recommended brands: Saffron Road and Hippeas.

  7. Protein Bar
    Recommended brands: Macrobars, Ancient Grain Bar, Spirulia Dream, Raw Rev Glo, Exo,
    Raw Crunch, Organic Food Bar, Rise, Go Raw.

  8. Gluten-Free Granola 
    Recommended brands: Purely Elizabeth, KIND, Viki’s Granola, and Nuthouse Granola.

  9. Pretzels, Crackers, or Cheese Puffs 
    Recommended brands: Snyder’s of Hanover, Annie’s Homegrown, Kettle Brand, and Pirate's Booty. 

  10. Sweets
    - Cookies: Tate's Bake Shop, Goodie Girl, Enjoy Life, and Pepperidge Farm
    - Chocolate Bars: Hershey's, Nestlé, and Mars.
    - Hard or Gummy Candy: Wrigley, Wonka, and Tootsie Roll Industries. 
    - Caramel or Cinnamon Rice Cakes: Lundberg Family Farms, Happy Baby, and Quaker.

Paleo Diet

These ten snack ideas are just a few suggestions, there are many more ways to snack on-the-go while sticking to Paleo. You can get creative with your on-the-go snacking and combine different Paleo-friendly foods as the Paleolithic cavemen once did. As you're discovering new ways to snack the Paleo way, remember to watch out for non-Paleo ingredients like sugars, corn syrup, soy, wheat, and other processed elements that could be lurking on nutrition labels. 

  1. Nuts
    Recommended nuts: Almonds, Cashews, Pine Nuts, Walnuts, and Macadamia Nuts.
    Recommended brands: NuttZo, Planters, Emerald, and Blue Diamond On The Go.

  2. Fresh or Dried Fruit
    Recommended dried fruit brands: Made in Nature, Matt’s Munchies, Wild Zora Air-Dried Fruit Mix, and Bare Snacks.

  3. Pickles or Olives
    Pickles: Oh Snap!, Mt. Olive Dill Petites, Van Holten's, and Rick's Picks Snacking Pickles. 
    Olives: Pearls Olives to Go!, Oloves, and Veggicopia. 

  4. Grain-Free Granola
    Recommended brands: Paleonola, Wildway, and Lark Ellen Farm.

  5. Seaweed Snacks
    Recommended brands: Seansnax, Annie Chun's, and Gimme.

  6. Vegetable Chips
    Recommended brands: Terra Chips, Barnana, and Siete Family Foods.

  7. Nut Butters
    Recommended brands: Justin’s, RX Bar, Georgia Grinders and Artisana.

  8. Meat Jerky or Bars
    Recommended brands: Epic, Wrawp, and Wild Joy Goods.

  9. Protein Bar
    Recommended brands: Rx bars and Larabars.

  10. Sweets- Fruit Snacks or Gummies: Smart Sweets and Matt's Munchies.
    - Dairy Free Chocolate: Hu Kitchen and Loving Earth. 
    - Cookies or Brownies: Base Culture Almond Butter Brownie, Simple Mills Soft Baked,
      WB Kitchen, and Ona Chocolate Chip Cookies.


With all the snacks and brands mentioned below, there are still plenty more Mediterranean friendly snacks that you can find at your local supermarket. Just remember to keep in mind portion sizes and carefully read labels to ensure you're snacking the Mediterranean way.   
  1. Lentil Chips
    Recommended brands: Enjoy Life, Saffron Road, The Daily Crave, and Simply 7.

  2. Olives
    Recommended brands: Pearls Olives to Go!, Oloves, Mario, and GAEA.

  3. Dried Fruit
    Recommended brands: Bare Snacks, Matt’s Munchies, and Fruit & Co.

  4. Fruit Slices with Nut Butter
    Travel fruits: apples, apricots, cherries, clementines, pears, and grapes.
    Recommended brands: Prince & Spring, RX Nut Butter, Justin’s, and Artisana.

  5. Whole-grain Crackers
    Recommended brands: Mary’s Gone Crackers, Van’s, and Back to Nature.

  6. Cherry or Grape Tomatoes

  7. Crunchy Chickpeas
    Recommended brands: Saffron Road and Biena Foods

  8. Nutrition Bars
    Recommended brands: Mediterra and Nature’s Bakery. 

  9. Tree Nuts 
    Recommended nuts: almonds, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, and pistachios.
    Recommended assorted nut packs: Thrive Market, 365 Everyday Value, and Emerald.

  10. Sweets
    - Dark Chocolate: Chocolove, Endangered Species, Divine, and Pure7.
    - Fig Bars: Nature's Bakery and Maditerra.
    - Dark Chocolate Covered Nuts: Tom & Luke


Contrary to what many people think, a vegetarian diet is so much more than just munching on vegetables. Not only are non-veggie vegetarian snacks largely accessible, they're also quite delicious and full of nutrients. Another common misconception is that healthy vegetarian snacks have to be expensive but this isn't the case - you can find plenty of healthy, tasty, and protein filled vegetarian friendly snacks just about anywhere. Just be sure you're incorporating enough plant-based proteins and keeping an eye on carbs. Here are just a few meatless grab-and-go snacks you'll want to bring with you to your next event. 

  1. Trail Mix
    Recommended brands: KIND, 365 Everyday Value, and High Valley Orchard.

  2. Dried Fruit
    Recommended brands: Bare Snacks, Made in Nature, and Patience Fruit & Co.

  3. Protein Bars
    Recommended brands: NuGo, Larabar, RX Bar, and KIND.

  4. Fruit Slices with Nut Butter
    Recommended nut butter brands: RX Nut Butter, Justin’s, Artisana, and 365 Everyday Value.

  5. Popcorn
    Recommended brands: Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop, Skinny Pop, and Cape Cod Seaside Pop.

  6. Dry Roasted Peas or Edamame 
    Recommended brands: Enlightened Bada Bean Bada Boom, Seapoint Farms, Gourmet Nut,

    and Bhuja. 

  7. Toaster Pastries
    Recommended brands: Annie's Homegrown and Nature's Path Organic

  8. Vegan Jerky
    Recommended brands: Louisville and Wild Joy Goods,

  9. Cheese Crisps
    Recommended brands: Parmcrisps, Skinny Crisps, Moon Cheese and The Good Crisp Company.

  10. Sweets
    - Fiber Brownies: Fiber One, Great Value, and Nature's Bakery. 
    - Fruit Snacks or Gummies: Annie's Homegrown, Welch's, and Mott's. 
    - Graham Crackers or Honey Grahams: Back to Nature, Annie's Homegrown,

      and Nabisco Honey Maid.

No matter what your specific dietary needs are, with these top ten on-the-go snacks, you can stick to your diet hassle-free while traveling or on-site. Happy snacking!


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Courtney Zgraggen
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