Best Keto Gas Station Snacks
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We’ve rounded up our favorite go-to keto gas station snacks along with some general tips & tricks.
Don’t let your busy life get in the way of keto!
Refuel on the go! Life doesn’t stop for dietary preference, so we’ve rounded up our favorite go-to keto gas station snacks along with some general tips and tricks. Now you can browse the snack aisles at gas stations to fill up your stomach while you’re filling up your tank!
Please note that some items on our list may be considered dirty keto due to the ingredients. Be sure and check the nutrition info to decide if they are products that would work for your keto lifestyle.
Here are our favorite keto gas station snacks…
Cheese / Cheese Sticks
If there’s a small refrigerated section, you can find singles of mozzarella string cheese or other cheese stick varieties, Babybel, Laughing Cow wedges, or even cheese slices.
At some gas stations, peeled hardboiled eggs can be found in refrigerated sections, where they also have options for quick grab-and-go lunches.
Hot Dogs / Sausages
If you stumble upon a location with hot foods, a bunless hot dog or sausage makes for a quick refuel of protein. However, some of the brands used may have hidden carbs, so ask to see the packaging for nutritional info when in doubt.
Many gas stations in my area have started carrying fresh fruit cups. While most have higher-carb fruits like pineapple or cantaloupe, you can often find packs of strawberries or raspberries which are perfect for keto snackin’ on the road!
Meat Sticks, Beef Jerky, Sausage, & Pepperoni
We’re talking straight protein here, people! Cured meats are typically easy to find and will give you all the energy you need. Just watch for sweetened flavors like brown sugar or maple (which will add unwanted carbs). I love the Duke’s or Cattleman’s Cut Smoked Sausages, and my go-to for beef jerky is Tillamook Zero Sugar!
While many protein bars are filled with sugar, grab a Quest protein bar to keep it keto while on the go. Even smaller gas stations in my area have these for a quick and easy snack!
Crispy, crunchy, salty, and everything you need for a quick savory snack. Though we must warn you that pork rind residue may end up on your steering wheel. #worthit
Chomp down into a whole dill pickle that’s conveniently packed up in a tear-open bag — look for these in the chilled foods area. Some gas stations even carry the bags of Oh Snap! Dilly Bites Pickles which are so easy to snack on as they are in bite-sized pieces.
You’ll usually find a selection of nuts near all the chips and carb-filled snacks. Look for raw or roasted almonds (avoid flavors like honey or brown sugar), which are nutritious and pack a punch of energy.
It’s often hard to walk by all of those delicious carb-filled cookies and candy at the gas station. I was excited to see that many of them now carry Quest Cookies and sometimes the Lenny & Larry Keto Cookies. This is a great way to feed your sweet tooth without all the added sugar and carbs. I love that there are so many keto gas station snacks to choose from these days!
Another staple of gas station snacks is sunflower seeds. But be careful — these should only be enjoyed in moderation if you’re counting total carbs and not subtracting fiber for net carbs.
Mozzarella & Prosciutto/Pepperoni Roll-Ups
Mozzarella sticks wrapped in savory prosciutto (we love the ones by the Volpi brand) are a delicious (and filling!) treat that is oh so keto-friendly.
Salami or Pepperoni Cheesewhich
Two slices of cheese with a piece of uncured meat (salami or pepperoni) in the middle is the perfect “sandwich” for a keto eater on the go! No bread needed here. 🙌
Coffee w/ Heavy Cream
Need some extra oomph to get you through the rest of your day? Get caffeinated! Ask if heavy cream is available for a splash of added fat to help keep you in ketosis. Stay away from artificial creamers which tend to contain soy and/or added sugars.
If your diet allows, grab a sugar-free beverage or a zero sugar/diet soda for a kick of caffeine.
Other helpful tips for eating keto at gas stations:
1. When in doubt, avoid all drinks but water.
It takes a little bit of thought ahead of time, but keeping a stash of lemon juice, True Lemon packets, or Stur flavor drops will pep up the flavor of your bottled water if water alone isn’t doing it for you.
2. Pack snacks.
Keto gas station snacks can get pretty limited in smaller stores. Bringing your own along saves you time, money, and ensures you get to chomp on your favorites to get you through the day!
3. Check out larger Highway Travel Centers instead.
When possible, skip the little gas stations and stop at the huge ones like Love’s that are marked as “travel centers”. They often have better, and sometimes local snacks — we’ve found some of our favorite keto snacks at these locations!
4. If you end up at a fast-food restaurant, check out our keto dining guides:
- Wendy’s keto dining guide
- Burger King keto dining guide
- Jimmy John’s keto dining guide
- Chipotle keto dining guide
- Chick-fil-A keto dining guide
- McDonald’s keto dining guide
- Carl’s Jr. / Hardee’s keto dining guide
- Subway keto dining guide
- Starbucks keto dining guide
- Taco Bell keto dining guide
- Arby’s keto dining guide
Treat yourself to a Keto Krate snack box and bring these sample snacks on the road!