I had forgotten that I promised some suggestions for allergy-friendly traveling foods a couple of weeks ago when I discussed Tips for Eating while Traveling. As I said in that post, eating while traveling is not as easy as pulling up to the drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant. You must plan ahead and pack your own foods. You may have some flexibility to eat them in the car or pull off at a rest stop or park for a nice lunch break.
The way I see it, traveling food needs can be broken down into a few categories: quick day trip, short travel time trip (up to 6 or 8 hours), and those all-day-long drawn-out “are we there yet” trips. But because there is some overlap, I’ll just do a single list of allergy-friendly car food suggestions instead of breaking them down into these categories. Some items may require a cooler.
- popcorn: Pop up a large pot (or hot air popper) of kernel popcorn, salt lightly and pour into a large brown paper bag or individual paper bags (I like to put the paper bag in a plastic grocery bag to make sure the grease doesn’t seep through on anything.)
- beef jerky: Buy a healthy brand or make your own.
- trail mix: Throw everything into individual bags and fill with each person’s favorite mix-ins (ex: cereal, granola, coconut, dried fruit, nuts, goldfish crackers, oyster crackers, nuts, etc.).
- cookies: Make up a double batch of your favorite allergy-friendly cookies (perhaps stay clear of meltable chocolate in a hot car). I have a 9×13 rubbermaid container with a lid that I love for toting cookies.
- relish “tray”: Pack washed and cut vegetables (cucumbers, carrots, celery, grape tomatoes, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.); fruit (grapes, blueberries, apple slices, orange slices, etc.); cheese slices or chunks (if allowed).
- dried fruit
- nuts (if allowed)
- fruit & nut bites
- homemade granola bars
- Frozen “P”B & J Sandwiches: Make up nut butter & jelly (or honey) sandwiches on wheat or gluten-free bread, place in sandwich bag, & freeze. Pack up the sandwiches and in a few hours, they will be thawed enough to eat.
- Lunch meat slices or chunks
- mini muffins: Bake up a couple batches of your favorite allergy-friendly mini muffin recipes.
- rice cakes: I sometimes make a sandwich with rice cakes using hummus, cheese, and cucumbers. Nut butter & banana slices are good too.
- pretzels, crackers, chips, pork rinds
- homemade fruit leather (try this recipe)
- hummus: Spoon hummus into individual bowls and serve with chips, crackers, or vegetables.
- tortilla roll-ups: My kids love these! Using a flour, corn, or gluten-free tortilla (store-bought or homemade), roll- up nut butter & jelly/honey, lunch meat, or hummus with shredded carrots and cucumber.
- whole pickles
- pancakes or waffles: Sans the syrup, of course. We love leftover pancakes right out of the refrigerator.
- Don’t forget the drinks…preferably bottled water!
Mmm…I think we’re ready to get on the road! Obviously this list is not exhaustive.
What allergy-friendly food suggestions do you have for traveling?
I hope to do a special post next week for all those traveling over the July 4th holiday and beyond. That is, how to plan ahead for eating while on vacation because restaurants are not always an option.
Sunday: Hamburgers, Fruit, Chips & Salsa
Monday: Italian Chicken Bruschetta Pasta (I may try a new gluten-free bread recipe.)
Tuesday: Burritos with Mexican Rice
Wednesday: BBQ Ribs, Carrot Fries, Apple Sauce
Thursday: Baked Potato Bar, Fruit
Friday: ??? Not sure yet. We’ll see how the week plays out.
Saturday: Date Night…Yay!
What’s on your meal plan this week?
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