What do you take to eat that’s gluten-free & dairy-free when you are traveling by air across the country? This sounds like the beginning of a bad joke. It’s summer, and we are off on our annual trip to visit family. Thankfully, both sets of grandparents have joined our household and given up gluten and dairy. This makes for a safe kitchen when we arrive.
The alarm went off at 4:30am. Our 12-hour travel menu started with bacon, egg, and bagel breakfast sandwiches that we ate on our way to the airport. I planned ahead and cooked the bacon the day before. My daughter said the breakfast sandwiches were better than Burger King....yes!
Before we left the house, I popped some gluten free buns in the toaster oven topped with bit of pizza sauce and pepperoni. These were wrapped up and tucked in a lunch bag cooler http://www.packit.com/buy/coolers/personal/. I also stashed in simple “bunny food” as our family likes to call it: vegetable sticks and olives. Lunch packed...check!
Now, snacks are a big deal in our household. This is a life-long tradition. I remember as a child setting off for an adventurous trip, usually a long car ride, and my brother would haul out his snack bag before we left the driveway. After all, snacks were the best part. My daughter has taken on her uncle’s tradition of a large snack bag. Hers was filled with kettle popcorn, dried fruit bar, fresh apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon (this keeps them from turning brown and adds a twist of flavor), cashews, and absolutely delicious gluten-free & dairy-free Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups http://justins.com/item/dark-chocolate-peanut-butter-cup-single/. She topped off her bag with a purchase of gluten-free gummy candies from the airport news.
We are feeling confident in our food planning for the day and looking forward to the satisfying choices tucked away in our carry-on bags. A little planning makes for a better day. Here’s hoping the flight is on time!
What are your favorite gluten and dairy free food choices for travel?