Eating gluten-free in the great outdoors can be one of the most challenging aspects of the lifestyle, if not more challenging than traveling abroad. This will pose some unique challenges to the camping and biking enthusiasts among you. Unfortunately, outdoor recreation stores do not carry a wide variety of foods designed specifically for a gluten-free diet. Nor are there an abundance of companies that supply those nifty vacuum sealed packet meals where you just add water and stir in gluten-free varieties. Until that day comes, and it could be a long wait, you must rely on your creativity and a trip to the grocery store to make your own portable goods.
The list below provides ideas for gluten-free snacks and meals that you can carry in your backpack.
• Nuts such as almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, and peanuts
• Dried fruits, such as apricots, cranberries, raisins, figs, pineapple rings, apple rings, dates, and mangos
• Gluten-free potato chips, corn chips, crackers, granola, pretzels, cereal, and rice cakes
• Make your own trail mix using your favorite nuts, dried fruits, and gluten-free chocolate chips.
• Small cans (pop tops preferable) of gluten-free meats such a chicken, salmon, and tuna
• Nutrition bars, you can’t bring too many of these!
• Fruit in baby cans or plastic containers such as peaches, pineapple, applesauce, or fruit medleys
• Sandwiches using premade gluten-free pancakes, waffles (won’t crumble!), or other ingenious, unconventional gluten-free bread slices
• Fruit Leather and gluten-free chocolate bars
• Gluten-free beef or bison jerky
• Prebaked yams or potatoes (if you don’t mind eating them cold)
• Consider making your own gluten-free entrees at home, then freeze them in plastic containers, they should be thawed just in time for lunch.
• Make a gluten-free pizza, freeze, and bring the slices.
• Get gluten-free soup mixes in a packet, and use hot water from a thermos to “cook” them.
• My Own Meals, Inc. offers five gluten-free military-style MREs in their special diets category (www.myownmeals.com).