In previous road trips, we would use quick restaurant stops as a fun way to break up the monotony of driving mile after mile and hour after hour. However, stopping for a quick bite to eat is quite different when one can't consume a major ingredient found in many foods.
What we ended up doing is bringing along enough foods and snacks for two meals and then stopping and eating out for the 3rd meal of the day.
We brought the following foods
- homemade trail mix (with raisins, peanuts, cashews, and hard-shell chocolate candies (this was one of our treats).
- rice cakes with peanut butter
- EnviroKidz Organic Gorilla Munch Cereal (yes, this isn't very frugal, we almost NEVER eat cereals due to cost...but again road trips are a splurge and an exception for us)
- apple, carrots and bananas
- water bottles.
The key for us was planning. Having an idea of which restaurants had gluten-free menu items (in our budget) and then combining that knowledge with Next Exit to find those restaurants or stores was so, so helpful.
Of course, once you reach your destination, the difficulties don't stop there..but at least things are a bit easier. And, unfortunately, we have had a few mistakes, a few slip-ups that left us feeling the effects a few days later (but on the same token, it was only another confirmation that we needed a gluten-free diet for health reasons).
So, if you are embarking this summer on a long road trip have safe and happy travels and hopefully this post will make it just a bit easier to be gluten-free while on your trip!