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Now that summer is here, we are all ready to hit the road. Whether it is to the beach, to the mountains, or to Grandma’s house, getting there is so much better when you know you are going to have some gluten free snacks on hand for when the hunger pangs start.
It doesn’t matter if you are a toddler, a teen, a Mom on the go, or a Fabgrandma like me, if you get hungry you want something to eat RIGHT NOW. In the beginning, when I first started eating a gluten free diet, it was hard to walk into a convenience store looking for a snack or into a restaurant looking for a meal. Well, it still is, but now I have some ammunition in my arsenal to help fight back hunger, gluten freely.
There are more and more restaurants that offer a modified gluten free menu. While the choices are not that great, they are still options. Two of my all time favorite restaurants offer almost everything on the menu in a gluten free version. Those are Pizazzo’s Italian Kitchen in several cities in Arizona (OH! How I wish they would come to Atlanta!) and Mellow Mushroom, with several locations around Atlanta.
And if you go into a restaurant and there is no gluten free menu, there are still some choices in most places. For instance, if there is nothing else on the menu, I can get a Chef Salad, hold the croutons and cheese. Boiled eggs and grits makes a filling meal until you can get where you’re going. I have also been known to order “a la carte” tomato slices, bacon, and a fruit cup. Sometimes getting creative with what is already on the menu is your weapon against hunger. I often order a hamburger with no bun, or a hamburger steak with a side of sliced tomatoes or vegetable of the day. Use your creativity and think outside the menu. I have found that most places will cook something I request, even if it is not specifically on the menu, but from looking at the menu I can see that all the parts are there.
Finally, while traveling, stock your car with lots of snacks that are totally gluten free. Apples, bananas, and grapes are good choices. So are any of the products from Glutino. Muffins made from the Gluten Free Muffin Mix travel well, and are so easy to make. Put together some peanut butter and banana sandwiches on Glutino Gluten Free Cinnamon Raison Bread or egg salad sandwiches on Glutino Gluten Free White Bread before you leave home. There are also Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks, Double Chocolate Chip Cookies, Animal Graham Crackers, Vanilla Creme Cookies, and more! Take a look at all the Glutino Gluten Free goodness at their website!
What is your “go to” gluten free snack for taking on the road?