Easy Food For Traveling

by Jennifer Boudreau on August 12, 2013

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We just returned from a quick trip to Holiday World. Fortunately, Holidays World is AMAZING when it comes to preparing food for those with allergies or sensitivities. Our daughter actually ate gluten free french fries while there, which she hasn’t eaten since we had to remove gluten from her diet a year and a half ago. She was so excited!

I had done my research prior to leaving and knew the park was gluten-free friendly, but I still wanted to be prepared with foods for her to have for breakfast and dinner, both of which were not eaten at the park. The last thing we wanted is for her to have a gluten-related flare-up while traveling. The last time she ate half a gluten contaminated sandwich, she was flared up for a month. So, we are always prepared with foods that are safe for her to eat.

Whether you have someone with food allergies or sensitivities, want to travel with a few healthier snacks or simply want to save a few bucks by packing your own food, here are a some ideas. All are gluten and dairy free.

Popcorn

Popcorn. Boomchickapop is our favorite popcorn for the kids (and ourselves). The ingredient list is short and I can pronounce all of them: popcorn, sunflower oil and sea salt. Corn is one of the most highly genetically modified crops, but this popcorn is non-GMO and has a measly 140 calories per 4 cups, making it a great snack for a calorie conscience mom or dad too. Let’s face it, when you’re riding in a car and bored, you may find yourself grazing on a snack.

Trailmix

Trailmix: We make our own with raw unsalted almonds, roasted unsalted cashews and organic raisins. It’s a perfect mix of protein and sweetness without the high amount of sodium that comes with store bought trailmix.

Eve's Muffins

Eve’s Happy Belly Banana Muffins: These are our daughter’s favorite muffins. She loves them for breakfast or a snack. For lunch we’ll cut them in half and make a peanut butter sandwich out of them. We almost always have these on hand whether we’re at home or traveling!

Almond milk

Almond Milk: When you have a kiddo that can’t drink cow’s milk, it’s best to bring your own. She is a great water drinker, but she drinks an IsaLean shake everyday made with almond milk, and I like it for my coffee. The only downside is that I can’t find unsweetened travel sized almond milk, but it’s vacation…so who cares!

Kettle Chips

Kettle Chips: Junk food is junk food, but if you’re gonna eat potato chips this is a great option. They’re non-GMO, no preservatives, no MSG and made from all natural, real food ingredients. Plus, it’s gluten free.

Fruit Packs

Fruit Packs: Yes, these are classified as baby food, but they’re portable, healthy and the kids love them.

 

Sweet Leaf

SweetLeaf (Stevia): This is for me! Stevia is a sugar substitute and comes from the stevia plant and is far more natural than aspartame or sucralose (commonly known as Splenda). SweetLeaf is my favorite brand of stevia because it has no chemicals and no calories. Other brands sneak in sugar or chemicals. I like to sweeten my coffee, so I carry SweetLeaf packets in my purse because I have yet to find them on the road or at any coffee shops.

These are just a few of the foods we traveled with. We also packed organic gala apples, natural peanut butter and a few other items. Packing these foods allowed us to significantly cut back on the amount of eating out we had to do. Don’t get me wrong, we love to go out to eat and we do some while traveling, but it can get expensive and in our daughter’s case…risky.

Please find me on Facebook and tell me, what are your favorite foods to travel with? I want to hear from you!

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