Last week I received an e-mail from a Real Food, Allergy Free reader asking for traveling help. She is planning to take a road trip at the end of the month. Her son has severe food allergies, so stopping at restaurants is not an option. You can read her e-mail and part one of the series here.
Here are some of my ideas to take with you or pick up on the way. If you don’t want to make all of your snacks, you can find some great deals on allergy-friendly snack food here. Please share your favorite allergy-friendly travel foods in the comment section.
Plain or to dip:
- Fruit: grapes, apples, bananas, pears, oranges, applesauce, etc.
- Veggies: carrots, celery, peppers, etc.
- Rice cakes
- Tortilla or Potato Chips
- Coconut Milk Yogurt
- Fruit leather
- Chocolate Craisin Granola Bars
- Apple chips or other dried fruit
- Crispy Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas
- Sweet Potato Biscuits
- No-Bake Oatmeal Chia Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls
- Fruit and sunbutter
- Granola or Allergy Friendly Cereal
- GF Oatmeal (Can be made just about everywhere in styrofoam coffee cups with hot water from coffee pot)
- Precooked Sausage Links (warmed up in microwave)
- Gluten-Free Pumpkin Bread
- Seed-Sational Paleo Breakfast Bars
- Mexican Chicken Dip (1-2 cans drained chicken, 1 can drained black beans, 1 can drained corn, 1 can rotel or similar tomatoes mixed together. Heat in microwave or serve room temperature with tortilla chips.)
- Quinoa Salad – There are a ton of these floating around at Allergy Free Wednesdays and my Pinterest board but here are some that stand out to me:
- Homemade Falafel + Tahini Dressing
- Chicken Salad with Roasted Bell Peppers (Replace almonds with sunflower seeds)
Hot Meals (use microwave, crockpot, electric skillet):
- GF Chicken Nuggets
- Italian roast beef (2-3 pound roast beef, 2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning in crockpot)
- Easy Pulled Barbecue Chicken in the CrockPot
- Frito Pie (cooked chili or taco seasoned ground beef and optional cheese dumped into a snack size bag of Fritos. Eat right out of the bag!)
- Chicken Tacos (chicken, salsa, taco seasoning cooked all day on low. Serve in taco shells or with tortilla chips)
Other things you’ll need:
- Antihistimine, epi-pen and any other medications you may need!
- Menu Plan, Recipes, Grocery List
- Paper plates/bowls
- Plastic utensils
- Napkins/Paper Towels
- Can opener
- Bowls to mix and heat in the microwave
- Crock Pot, Electric Skillet or George Forman Grill
- The Liberated Kitchen has more ideas here
Now it’s your turn, what do you pack/plan for road trips?