you have Celiac disease, as I do, or are gluten-intolerant,
you probably already know how difficult it is to travel and
eat at the same time. Im not talking about traveling
and periodically stopping at restaurants and hoping to not
be poisoned, Im talking about trying to come up with
food that you can take with you and eat on the go.
I travel quite a bit and have encountered
this difficulty more times than I care to count. Unfortunately,
it doesnt ever get much easier, but there are some things
you learn along the way. The first is that you will eventually
get over any addiction you may have to fast food. In the beginning,
this might seem like the cruelest of punishments, but you
will find that it is actually a blessing in disguise. You
dont have to rely on will power or the latest fad diet
for inspiration to avoid greasy fast food, you must avoid
it or you will become ill or worse. So, without the option
of fast food, what is there?
If you travel by air, your eating options
are even more bleak. I am convinced that restaurants in airports
are part of a conspiracy to starve the gluten-intolerant.
And recently, airlines themselves have joined this conspiracy.
They now offer a choice between a gluten snack or a gluten
meal for an additional fee. They do however, still offer free
gluten mini snacks with your beverage.
My response to this conspiracy is to bring
my own food. I have a big mouth thermos that keeps food cold
or hot and when I know I will be traveling, I make an extra
portion of dinner the night before. In the morning, I heat
my dinner in the microwave and transfer it into my thermos.
After many hours of travel, this little thermos is a very
welcome friend. I purchase an apple and a drink and am good
There are very few packaged gluten-free
foods (that are good) that will suffice for an adequate meal,
but there are a few. Wed like to share a few ideas that
might help you when traveling.
||These are very good
and come in individual servings
||There are many gf
corn and rice chips and snacks on the market. Some of
our favorites are Mini Rice Cakes and Roberts snack food;
corn and vegetable puffs
|Enviro Kids Cereal
||Three different flavors,
||You can make your
own version of a Lunchable without the crackers
with Canadian Bacon and slices of cheese.
||Made from rice noodles
and available in several flavors. Add water and steep
for 3 minutes.
For those with more time, there are many
things you can make ahead to take with you on a trip like
Fried Chicken or Roast Garlic Chicken, beef jerky from our
archived online cooking class Homemade
Gluten-free Jerky; or Glutenfreedas