I really enjoy a great road trip. This means an extended weekend or a planned multi-day trip which involves stopping and eating at places I've never heard of. That can be as easy as brushing a furry knot out of my long-haired cat when I'm not sure what's available in the next town, especially when I'm in the middle of nowhere. I've found a few ways to lessen the hardship of gluten-free on the road.
#1 Carry food with you at all times. Yes, and bring a superhero along with you as well (is Captain America available?). This can be easy if you find out what you like and keep it on hand. My suggestion: gluten-free protein bars and cookies. I really like protein drinks (single-serve powder is most accessible, although it can be costly). I take the protein from my bulk container and double bag the protein. This keeps costs down but gives me a few meals to hold me over until I find a safe restaurant to eat at.
Always bring yummy snack foods with you for the ride. Gas Stations do not have many gluten-free offerings, except for Oregon and California. These are the only two states which I have found more than 2 or 3 safe snacks to eat.
My favorite gluten-free snacks are KaPop Snacks, Deliciousness Foods, and Jai Mix. I've interviewed each of these owners on my podcast, and I would feel safe eating these snacks, even on vacation! They are reliable and do not use any gluten in their products or their process.
Remember to not carry chocolate with you on your road trip, chocolate melts, and makes a mess. Be cautious of coconut oil, as this will quickly melt in your car!
Check back for your next gluten-free on the road trip next blog!
How to Avoid Gluten when you are eating while traveling
If you’ve had celiac disease for a while, you already know how to avoid gluten. Accidentally ingesting gluten could be a sign, however, that you’re not being as careful as you should be.
So, what should you do to avoid another accidental ingestion in the future? Here are some simple steps to start implementing now, if you haven’t already:
All Food is NOT Created the Same. Your favorite pre-packaged snack in the United States or Canada may not have the same ingredients in Germany or Mexico. When traveling internationally, NEVER assume the ingredients are the same in different countries, unless the packaged item you are eating is from a company which creates EXCLUSIVELY gluten-free foods.
Always check food labels. First look for the label “certified gluten free”. Products with the certified gluten-free label are safe to eat for celiacs. FDA only allows packaged foods with less than 20 parts per million of gluten to be labeled as certified gluten-free. Here is a reference for helping you understand what to look for on a label. Some sneaky gluten ingredients are: MSG (monosodium glutamate, modified food starch (unless it says corn or potato, assume its gluten) and maltodextrin (a modified food starch)
Keep a gluten free kitchen. You may need to keep separate utensils and cookware to avoid cross-contamination at home. You could also ask your travel companions to eat gluten-free the entire week so as to avoid cross-contamination if you are using a shared kitchen when you are on vacation.
Label food packages. If some of your family members don’t follow a gluten free diet, make sure everything is labeled so they know what they can and cannot touch. Items such as toasters, cutting boards, pots/pans, and other kitchen utensils need to be kept separate at all times. An easy way to do this is to
Have you ever trekked across country in your car? I mean REALLY driven across country, living in your car for several days, taking breaks and staying at hotels and an occasional Air B’n’B ? Now, try a multi-day road trip with four cats, three children, two snakes and a bearded dragon! Yes, that is an experience of a lifetime - and I know because I created THIS experience when I moved from Florida to Utah, and it was the most memorable road trip experience. And right about now you are probably saying to yourself, “this woman is crazy”, you’re right (and my family would agree with you); but the point is, there are many experiences to have while on a road trip, which you wouldn’t get via another transportation.
The road trip you are most likely thinking about are the leisurely vacation types, without the carload of animals and add a SO or a good friend or your family. Driving leisurely down scenic byways
Looking for new gluten-free foods that are tasty and delicious? Not sure where to find new foods that are safe?
Look no further than the Nourished Festival! Here, you will find rows and rows of vendors and dozens of samples of gluten-free foods all in one place!
Desserts? Yes, you will find desserts. Savory dishes? Yup! Many of the vendor booths are staffed with the owners of the product. You can ask them questions about manufacturing, ingredients, cross-contamination and other questions or concerns you may have about their product.
However, you'll know if you like their food as you will get to taste test SO MANY different brands! Click here for a list of vendors.
Some of my favorites I'm going to visit are: Grandpa's Kitchen, Enjoy Life and Gem City Fine Foods (have you checked out their newest addition, gluten-free and VEGAN cupcakes?) If not, you will be able to sample them at this expo!
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Look for me in my Travel Gluten Free T-shirt, come over, say Hi and let's get a selfie together!
I talk to so many people who were born and raised in Utah and have NEVER BEEN to our unique National Parks! How mind blowing is that? We have the most visited National Parks in the entire nation that haven't been visited by locals!
When thinking about your next vacation, consider traveling down these local avenues and return home with a heavier bank account! On your next vacation, consider going local as going local for your vacation has many benefits.
Your destination may be closer than you think...
Yes, that exotic 3 week vacation to hit all the sites in Europe sounds fantastic, but have you considered looking in your own backyard? I live in Utah, and many of the locals who have lived here all their life haven't even seen the seven gorgeous National Parks which people travel to from all over the world (I've heard multiple languages spoken on one trail hike!).
Look in your own backyard, see what you can do inside your own state. Check
What comes to your mind when you think of gluten-free? Maybe you think of eating tasteless bread or not eating bread at all! Your mind may flurry on all of your favorite desserts that which contain piles of gluten and can never be eaten again! You may feel that if you have to lead a life of being gluten-free that your life would be over for good.
You'll be happy to know that’s not the case! You can lead a gluten-free lifestyle and still eat your favorite desserts with some of these tips and tricks to make your new experience a good one.
When you first embark on your new gluten-free life, you may feel a little let down because many items contain gluten. Now, it will be necessary to do a little searching around in order to find foods which are gluten free. Here are some easy food choices to start with on your gluten-free journey
Gluten-free breads are easy to find and are plentiful even in regular supermarkets. Some brands which I have a fondness for are Canyon Bakehouse, B Free, Udi's and Franz. Look around the bakery of your local market - you may even find some local gluten-free breads on your supermarket's shelves. There are also many different flavors of gluten-free bread including white bread, multigrain, and Hawaiian bread. You are sure to find a flavor in the varieties of gluten-free bread to choose from.
There are literally dozens and dozens of gluten-free pasta brands on the shelves today! Such a variety to choose from, and
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