Camping, tubing, and gluten-free eating on the road

Celiac Disease, Health May 22, 2012

On Saturday afternoon, we picked Jeff up at the baseball field and headed north to Lake Pleasant.  Some friends were camping with their boat, so we tagged along.  It was our first time camping as a family, and the first time we had a chance to use our new tent.  We had a blast on the water!  Both kids went tubing, we all went swimming in the cold refreshing lake, and then we slept under the stars.

I knew I would have to do some planning when it came to what I would eat on our short trip.  Our friends had a trailer and had planned meals for everyone, so Jeff and the kids were good to go.  I wasn’t going to risk cross-contamination, and I knew it would be easier for everyone, including me, if I packed my own meals.

Here’s what I packed for me (I didn’t eat all of this, but I like to have lots of options to choose from):
-Snacks: Gluten Free Bars, Mrs. Mays Trio bars, Bhuja snack mix, Mary’s Gone Crackers, Glutino pretzels
-Spicy Lentil Hummus and veggies (carrots, cucumber, grape tomatoes)
-Barbecued chicken and living lettuce for lettuce wraps (yum and so easy to make ahead of time)
-Apples and individual peanut butter packs
-Strawberries, blackberries, and peaches
Enjoy Life snickerdoodle cookies (for dessert)

With minimal prep work the day before we left, I had a cooler stocked with delicious gluten-free food options for the weekend.

How do you plan ahead for gluten-free travel?

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  • Janetha May 22, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Ah! So much fun! Will you adopt me?

    • Heather May 22, 2012 at 5:45 pm

      We are heading out of town for our long weekend away and here is what I have planned for M’s gluten, dairy, soy and egg-free meals:
      -steak, hamburgers, hotdogs on the grill
      -potatoes (sweet and regular)
      -gluten-free brkfst bars
      -so delicious coconut milk and yogurt
      -Sunshine brand gluten free graham crackers, Jiff chocolate peanut butter cups (found these at Target!), and stackable marshmallows
      -hummus and carrots, little bell peppers and persian cucumbers for dipping
      -Sea-salt pop-chips
      -fresh fruit
      -Enjoy life cookies and sunbutter bars

  • Lesley Peterson May 22, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Those pics are just too cute!! But yes, the gluten free thing, when travelling I take along alternative carbs in the form of dried fruit, it’s cheaper than specialty dietary items and much easier to find and replenish. Those lettuce wraps sound amazing! Must try.

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