If you are gluten free, either as a personal choice or for health reasons, you may think that it will be difficult to keep up with the diet while on vacation. However, if you do some planning ahead, you can spend more time enjoying your trip and less time worrying about your next meal. Here are some tips you can follow.
Finding gluten free food at the airport can be a bit of a challenge. Many times, airports are filled with fast food stations and other unhealthy eateries. However, if you look hard enough, you will be able to find some gluten free dishes, such as salads, wraps, and veggie trays.
You also have the option of filling up before you head to the airport. Eat a hearty meal at home with foods that you know are safe for you. This will prevent you from needing to eat while you are there. You could also pack some snacks for before you get on the plane. Not only will you be assured that they are gluten free, you will also save some money.
When you are staying in the hotel, you don't want to be reaching for the mini bar they have in the room. Not only will it be filled with foods that you should not eat, it also has the highest mark ups of any food you will find. Instead, plan ahead. When you check into your hotel room, make a trip to the grocery store and fill your mini fridge with foods that you would normally eat at home. Stock up on what you won't feel guilty about snacking on.
If you are going to eat the food the hotel offers, ask if they can make special accommodations when making your reservation. Sometimes they will not put the gluten free options on the menu but can make a meal gluten free if you ask. Often times it can be difficult to determine this information, which is why I have turned to consumer reviews. I recently took a trip to Sin City and with some research found some gluten free restaurants. Tools like these can make eating right easy regardless of your destination.
Thankfully, many restaurants are catching on that there is a large population of people who are gluten free. These days, most restaurants you walk into will have gluten free options on their menu. The only question is how much of a variety they will offer to their gluten free customers. Again, avoid fast food locations. Find restaurants that are more on the healthy side with salad bars, grilled chicken, and the option to swap out unhealthy sides for veggies. If you are concerned you won't be able to find anything on the menu, feel free to call ahead and ask what they offer for their customers who are gluten free. Generally speaking, the wider variety the menu is, the more likely you are to find something that you can eat, especially without sacrificing flavor. Be sure to keep an eye out for menus that meet your needs.
On the Road
It can be hard to find gluten free food while you are on the road. This is when most people run through a fast food joint to grab a quick burger. Instead, pack plenty of snacks and visit the local grocery store where the ShopWell app will help you make more informed decisions. And if you have to, understand that there are gluten free options at the usual roadside fast food restaurants. Many sub and sandwich shops will have salads that are safe for you to eat or lettuce wraps that nix the bread.
Cole Millen, is an avid traveler and foodie who never forgets that life's best memories are made through real life apprehension of legitimate "experiences." Follow his blog at Cole’s Mill.