Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Food
As fun as travel can be, it can also be stressful. There are too many reasons to list. You probably have your own list of travel stressors. For me, the list revolves a fair bit around food. For anyone else out there following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or AIP, you get it….
Believe it or not, while traveling, I want my kids and even myself to simply enjoy any treat that comes our way. I don’t want to have my “Nutrition Consultant” hat on. I want to be care free and frivolous. Unfortunately, due to food allergies that my children have and my need to avoid a flare of my Ulcerative Colitis, I tend to be a bit more uptight about travel snacks and meals than I’d like to be. But, really, who wants to get sick while traveling. So… it’s for the best.
The type of food that we pack up is somewhat dependent on if we are traveling by car or by plane. It also depends on what types of grocery stores will be available when we get where we are going as well as what kind of kitchen set up we will have.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to do your homework before traveling. Scope out grocery stores, ask for a mini fridge in your room, research restaurants that can be accommodating. Sometimes you have friends that can give you advice. Sometimes you may need to use an app like Find Me Gluten Free or Yelp. If you are in a hotel you can talk to the concierge and get advice from them. If you belong to any FB groups that are national/global you can ask for advice in there (especially diet/protocol or recovery based groups). The internet certainly makes things easier these days.
The one thing all the travel snacks and meals have in common is that they are safe for us to eat. My habit is to try to make them as nutrient dense as possible, but also allow for some fun (at least for the kids). Below you will find some examples of snacks we bring with us on the road.
Carrots & Celery or Bell Pepper with hummus, nut/sun butter, cashew cream (from the Cultured Kitchen) or guacamole
Banana with nut/sun butter
Mix of nuts and raisins/dried fruit (GORP w/out the M&M’s)
Crackers (we like Simple Mills) with deli meat and apple slices
Beef Jerky or Sticks (Like Chomps or New Primal)
Yogurt with Granola
Hard Boiled Eggs
Hot cereal in a thermos or cold and cut into squares
Breakfast burritos or Egg sandwiches
Roast Beef, Salami or Turkey Sandwiches
Stew or chili in a thermos
Tuna Boats (tuna salad in an avocado)
Salad with a protein source (chicken, steak, tuna, beans…)
(We love Thrive Market for great deals on many of these items)
One of the most important things to do in order to make any of these meals work is to invest in the Tupperware, tins, reusable bags, thermoses, etc. that will help make it all happen.
Some of our favorites are:
PackIt cooler bags (you can freeze them the night before and they will help food stay cold longer). These are especially helpful for plane rides when you do not want to have to carry an ice pack with you.
PlanetBox lunch tins: Yes, they are pricey, but they last forever and are dishwasher safe. They are not leak proof, though. Sales often happen just before school starts and round the holidays.
Stashers reusable, silicone bags
Cloth Dinner Napkins: A great way to wrap up a bundle of snacks in one package and have a napkin, too!
The only company above that I have any affiliation with is Thrive Market. An dI only receive a discount if you sign up for a membership using the code in the link above. The rest are all simply brands we have come to trust and enjoy.