Grab & Go Food Ideas for Travel & Busy Times

Paleo/Primal/Gluten-Free Grab & Go Food

Holiday time often means travel time. This can be a frustrating time when you can’t or don’t want to eat any ole’ thing that’s edible. Just because something is edible doesn’t mean that it is life-giving. We should not have to resort life-sucking, nutrient-lacking food just to fill our bellies, nor do we want to feel deprived. Our best option is nutrient-rich food that will energize, nourish, and satisfy.

It is easy to get upset, feeling like there is nothing to eat sometimes. Therefore, in this post I am going to take the brainwork out of it for you by creating this nifty list of ideas that you can print and tape in your cupboard.

All of the below are Paleo/Primal compliant and those with asterisks are autoimmune protocol (AIP) compliant. Most of the ideas are gluten-free/dairy-free, but make sure you check out the individual brands if I did not specify a brand. And of course, bring water.



Grab & Go Food Ideas

Celery *, Carrot sticks*, Jicama*, Radishes*, Cucumbers*

Red/orange/yellow pepper strips

Jerky (most commercial brands are not AIP), check for gluten-free brands

Avocado cut in half, bring spoon and salt*

Black or green olives*

Apple, whole or cut*, Grapes*, Blueberries*, Mandarins/Cuties*

Jilz Crackers, pairs well with deli meat; so do Simple Mills crackers

Deli meat, bring the whole package or rolled up*, AIP okay depending on the brand

Kite Hill Cream Cheese Alternative (vegan) or Cream Cheese

Paleo Beef Sticks

Epic Bison Bars*

Hard-boiled eggs, salt

Canned oysters, sardines, or tuna*, flip tops

Nut butters (Tiger Nut Butter *)

Nuts: Macadamia, walnuts, cashews, pistachio, almonds, pili (these are awesome!)

Sunflower seeds, pumpkins seeds

Bulletproof Collagen Protein Bars (I love these!)

Toasted Coconut Flakes, unsweetened*


Siete Grain Free Tortilla Chips

Coconut Flour Chips*

Crickets* (I am totally not kidding. They are delicious.)


Dark chocolate bar, 70% cacao or higher

Other Grab & Go ideas, but that need to be prepared ahead of time:

Homemade frozen food in individual containers may be an option too at times if you have access to a microwave. Soups, stews, casseroles, etc.

Freeze-dried food, put it into small mason jars; just need to add hot water for a quick meal. I have a friend who does this and also freeze-dries Pete’s Paleo meals.

Salads-in-a-Jar: Stuff a bunch of salad stuff into a mason jar with a little side jar of dressing (a baby food jar is great for this). When you are ready to eat it, pour in dressing and of course salt, shake, and either eat it from the jar or pour out onto a plate.

Fat Bombs*: I am currently working on a recipe (can be made AIP).


Other things you might want to include:

Insulated bag with ice pack
Fork, spoon, knife
Small paper plates


So you see, there is no reason why traveling, being on-the-go with holiday fanfare, or just running the extra errands during the holiday season needs to derail your food plan and get you off track.  It just takes a little planning. You will thank yourself!

You might also want to check out in these other articles I wrote about food:

Dealing with Breakfast Boredom
Paleo/Primal Dinner Ideas
Quick Meal #1 – Super Entree Salad

Edited: 6/15/19


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