How do you feed yourself, when you travel, if your diet demands Gluten-Free Foods?
Traveling with a gluten intolerance is not easy. Most people, when on the road, rely on restaurants, gas stations & hotel menus to keep them happy & well-fed. On a gluten free diet, this wonâ€™t work. Unless youâ€™re visiting a city, like Raleigh, with a number of gluten free restaurants, youâ€™ll be desperately short on options.
According to â€œGluten-Free Cooking“,Â â€œGluten-free living is challenging & gluten-free travel is challenge squared!Â The cardinal rule for safe & healthy gluten-free travel is to plan ahead.Â Whether by foot, bike, car, boat, train or plane stay nourished all day long with healthy gluten-free foods & resources.â€
What are some options, to make life easier, when on the road?
1. Always Keep Travel Foods on Hand
Keep a stash of foods on hand that you can down in a pinch. If youâ€™re out sightseeing & cannot find a place to eat but your family canâ€™t wait any longer, these foods, which you can stock up on at Harmony Farms, will hold you over until you find a gluten free alternative.
- Trail Mix
- Candy Bars (yup, most of them are gluten free – but check the packaging!)
- Chips or Crackers
- Single Serving Hummus
- Vegetables & Fruit
Itâ€™s not a meal but if you have a good stash on hand you will never go hungry. Itâ€™s not as exciting as eating in new restaurants, but itâ€™s better than going hungry.
2. Stay in a Cooking Friendly Hotel
The Extended Stay America hotel chainÂ offers a full kitchen with every hotel room, a huge plus for someone with a gluten intolerance who cannot eat out very often. When booking hotels, look for ones with at least a kitchenette – a single burner at the very minimum to make meals on. If you are staying for more than 2 weeks, consider renting a house or apartment to ensure you have full access to a kitchen.
3. Download the Gluten Free Registry App for Your PhoneÂ
The Gluten Free RegistryÂ is a website devoted to compiling a list of gluten free friendly bakeries, restaurants, grocers & caterers around the United States. They currently have more than 25,000 listings in their database & it is being updated constantly by users. The iPhone & Android apps are an absolute must while traveling. They will show all gluten-free locations near you on a map or in list format, including both grocery stores with gluten free options & restaurants. Recently, they added an â€œI want pizza!â€ button too, a nice touch.
Gluten free traveling is not ideal. You canâ€™t eat your way through a new city like you would before you were diagnosed, but you can pursue a semblance of normalcy by doing your research in advance & preparing for your trip.
Harmony Farms endeavors to bring you the very best Wheat & Gluten-Free Products made.Â At Harmony Farms, we create an environment friendly to all Celiac Disease Experiences & will help in any way that we can.Â Celiac Disease Foundation & Support GroupsÂ are critical in maintaining a solid network for successful Gluten-Free living.Â Print your own, free Harmony Farms Gluten-Free List to keep abreast of the Gluten-Free Products that we offer.Â Contact us at Harmony-Farms.net; 919-782-0064 or firstname.lastname@example.org for questions, consultations or food products!