The road trips are very exciting issue, especially if you have a good company and playlist. But you can face with some troubles too, and one of them – is to keep healthy feeding when you stop somewhere to eat something. But don’t let the circumstances break your special diet, you just need to plan some points in advance. Take a glance to these advices, maybe it would be useful at your next adventure journey. Bon voyage!
If You Go by Car
All travelers know this paradox stuff: if you finish your lunch and go back to car you would see your favorite restaurant after few kilometers for sure. Yes, it’s a pity but if you keep appointed diet maybe it wouldn’t be so disappointing issue because you have to find special food.
So just spend some time before trip for planning your stops with nowadays helpers. There is a good choice of mobile applications about same aim. For example, Find Me Gluten Free or iCanEat. The second one also allows marking your allergen notifications and sorting out whole restaurant and cafes according your preferences. Find Me Gluten Free would show all gluten-free restaurants in a 20-mile around due to your geographic location.
Kim Koeller, who is CEO of GlutenFreePassport.Com (website that informs about gluten-free and allergy-free establishments) and its president, usually spends a lot of time for plan her meal stops during the trip. Due to work she has to overcome thousands miles a year and her know-how about this topic is preparing pack of safe snack.
Koeller notices that even if you are sure you find gluten-free items in restaurant menus on the road it’s better to be ready for any case. Moreover if your fellow travelers prefer other place you could join them now.
Another important moment is about food-prep process, the restaurant franchises keep same standards over the chain as a rule. So it’s safe to eat at gluten-free franchise because staff knows what to do there. If you visit other places with gluten-free items in menu it’s better to ask about preparation policy. For example, if the cookers change gloves before start cooking gluten-free dish.
If You Go by Plane
Don’t miss the chance to use this special option of choosing meal while you book tickets. Also you must confirm your choice in 24 hours before flight usually but anyway it’s a not a guarantee that you would get right food on the board. The lunch box, which the passenger receives at the flight, must have GFML mark sticker but check it before eating though. Sometimes something forbidden can be present. So the best choice here it’s to prepare something at home as backup variant then you’ll be 100% sure in your snack. Koeller as experienced traveler says that it’s possible to ask for ice if your meal needs to be chilled in long journey.
Few Choices of Cluten-Free Snacks for Trip
The great variant is fruit. Sometime you even don’t need to pack it. Also it’s good to make a mix of dried fruit and nuts with gluten-free oats. Our expert Koeller tells she prefers always to take something containing protein, something sweet and carbohydrates for sure. It can be protein powder, instant soup or oatmeal then you have just to add some water and your meal will be ready! Only it’s worthy to check out labels about hidden gluten components.
Also the diet keeper has to be ready for detours, transport delays and other unexpected occasions so you safety snack from home has to be next to you. If such situation longs too much time try to look for naturally gluten-free meal. Nuts are good option only if it’s not a dry-roasted issue because they can contain dangerous components for us. The gluten-free yogurts and cheese, whole fruits could help you to feel comfortable while you reach your destination point.