Gluten-free travel can be hard. Even for the well-planned.
I’m a planner. And being a Celiac means it’s even that much more important to plan whenever and wherever I’m traveling.
Usually weeks, sometimes even months in advance I’ll pull up Find Me Gluten Free or do a little bit of research elsewhere to figure out where it is I’m going to eat in a particular city.
Once I have that down, I’ll focus on what I’m going to bring with me…what I’m actually going to pack in my suitcase and carry-on to hold me over during travel.
I follow a mostly paleo diet, so all of my favorites fall under that category, while also being gluten-free. Make sure you’re prepared for your next trip with these Celiac-approved, gluten-free favorites.
This is an easy one and requires little to no preparation. Usually I’ll pack something like a ripe banana, an apple, or even those little baby mandarin oranges. If I have the time, I’ll stop and pick up some up some organic strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries.
Wild Zora Fruit & Veggie Bars
Wild Zora is one of my favorite brands, especially for travel snacks, with a bunch of different flavors like Apple Pork, BBQ Beef, Mediterranean Lamb, Chili Beef, Parmesan Beef, Taco Pork, and Curry Turkey. They are paleo and gluten-free and are made with free-range, naturally-raised meats and organic vegetables.
The Mediterranean Lamb and Apple Pork are both Paleo AIP as well.
Go Raw Chips, Cookie Crisps & Bars
If I’m going to snack, I usually like to make sure it’s something that is somewhat healthy, convenient, has quality ingredients (organic, non-gmo preferred), and is made in away that maximizes nutrient availability.
That’s one of the reasons I like Go Raw’s line of products (besides the fact that they are all gluten-free). Here’s a quote from the company.
“Go Raw products are made using only a few simple, organic plant-based ingredients and are minimally processed to deliver the nutrients, protein, and energy you need to fuel your day.”
The base of all of their products is sprouted seeds. Seeds, when sprouted, are usually better tolerated by most than nuts. Sprouting reduces the phytic acid content (ant-nutrient) to make minerals more available for absorption.
Cookie Crisps. I personally like the chocolate (choco crunch) and ginger snap. They also come in a lemon pie flavor.
Organic Sprouted Bar. Yes, these are smaller but are a great quick snack. Put 3 or 4 in your pocket or purse before you head out for the day and you’ll be good. They come out to about $1 a bar. Flavors include Apricot Flaxseed, Raisin Sunflower , Banana Flaxseed, Pumpkin Seed, and Spirulina Sesame.
Now, you may have just vomited in your mouth a bit…But if you didn’t, you and me are on the same page.
One of the reasons I love sardines is that they are loaded with bio-available calcium, anti-inflammatory omega 3’s, 18g protein per can, and a whole host of other nutrients that are good for you. Just make sure you buy the kind with skin-on and bones in. The bones are tiny and edible.
My favorite brand is Wild Planet. You can get them lightly smoked in olive oil, with lemon, marinara sauce, or plain. All good options and all gluten-free.
Make sure you pack a tiny plastic travel fork or spoon also to eat these. Sardines are not a finger food.
Another pro tip, don’t open these on the plane. They smell like the ocean.
Alter Eco Dark Chocolate
I’m a fan of rich, dark chocolate (85% or higher) without a lot of sugar. And when I’m in the mood, Alter Eco is my go to brand. Rich, creamy, melts on your tongue with a touch of bitter. Absolutely divine in my opinion. You can find it in most grocery stores or Whole Foods for anywhere from $2.50 to $4 a bar.
I also like Alter Eco because they are Certified GF, Organic, and make sure the farmers they work with are treated fairly.
Go Raw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds
This is another Go Raw product I love. Quick and easy to throw in a travel bag, pumpkin seeds are a great snack that will hold you over in between meals. They’re loaded with protein, fiber, and a whole host of great nutrients including magnesium, potassium, and zinc.
If I’ll be out doing a lot of walking or hiking on one of my trips, usually I’ll pack a few Larabars. These are gluten-free, non-gmo, made with simple ingredients, and super easy to just toss in a bag or pocket and go.
They are a little high in sugar (“natural” sugar but still sugar), so these aren’t an every day staple for me.
Collagen Protein Travel Packs
Collagen protein is something I’ve used for a long time and love to bring with me when I travel. If you’re not familiar with collagen, it’s the protein our body uses to ensure we have healthy skin, hair, tendons, cartilage, bones, and joints.
It comes in a fine powder. One travel pack has about 10g of protein and is an easy addition to water, fruit juice, or other beverage. I usually add mine to a morning protein shake.
If you have 10 minutes, a stove, and some ice, you can easily make hard-boiled eggs before a trip. At least for the first day I’m traveling, I’ll make about 3 or 4 of them and store them in my carry on.
Again, though, not something you want to be eating on the plane unless you want the “who did that?!” glare.
Easy veggies to pack and take with you for travel are raw carrot sticks, sliced cucumber, celery, and radishes. All great choices. All easy to to toss in a container, throw in your carry on, and munch away.
What are your favorite GF Travel Snacks? Any others you would add to the list? Let me know in the comments below!
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