Traveling with food allergies can be challenging. And parents traveling with a child or children with severe food allergies should plan ahead to make sure they have healthy foods to feed the family while away from home.
Here’s a list of some of our favorite foods to eat while traveling on long road trips, as well as camping. We make some of the food ahead of time and freeze it to heat up on our 12v car stove on the road. Since we can’t risk eating out at restaurants, or expecting to find a health food store on back roads during our long road trips, this system has helped us get out of the house and miles on the road. . Other great food options are now available in cans and packages at local health food stores, which is very convenient. I make all of our bread from scratch, including waffles, donuts, crackers, scones, pie crusts, etc., but many of these items are available without dairy or preservatives at your local health food stores. These are some of our favorites:
Breakfast Breakfast that needs to be heated and vacuum sealed can be put in an aluminum skillet and heated on the stove from the lunch box. If your child can drink goat’s milk, use goat’s milk / cheese products; otherwise, skip.
- Eggs and toast served with fresh fruit, bacon, potatoes, and juice
- Breakfast bars (homemade of course)
- Pancakes and waffles with agava syrup or nectar served with fresh fruit, bacon, potatoes and juice
- French toast with syrup and powdered sugar, accompanied by scrambled eggs, bacon and juice
- Bagel (homemade) served with mayonnaise, nitrate-free ham, tomato wedge, and goat cheese
- granola in yogurt with fresh fruit slices
- gluten-free cereal with rice milk
- Country Skillet with Diced Potatoes, Bell Peppers, Onions, Tomatoes, Goat Cheese, Topped with Egg, Salt and Pepper
Snacks Healthy snacks can be served cold, with minimal effort including:
- Nitrate Free Buffalo Jerky, Homemade Popcorn, Chemical Free Chips, Pretzels, Homemade Crackers
- Fresh fruit, apple slices, bananas, oranges, strawberries, grapes, fresh vegetables, carrot sticks, celery sticks, etc.
- Dried fruits and nuts, dates, apricots, figs, plums, grapes, etc.
- Fruit preserves, baby oranges, fruit cocktail, applesauce, peaches, etc.
Lunch Each meal includes salad, fruits, vegetables, and a homemade muffin:
- Sandwiches, egg salad, tuna salad, BLT, turkey and avocado bacon, ham and goat cheese, etc.
- Pasta, Pasta Salad, Macaroni Salad, Rice Noodle Soup, Cup of Healthy Soup, Pasta with Sauce, Pasta with Meatballs, Pasta Casserole
- Chicken pie, meatloaf
- Fun Food, Nitrate Free Corn Dogs, Homemade Gluten Free Chicken Wings, Fish & Chips
- Dairy Free Preservative Free Homemade Bread Burger with Katsup, Mustard, Lettuce, Tomato, Goat Cheese and French Fries, Corn Chips or Fresh Fruit
- Fish and rice, salmon, tilapia, or other white fish
- Dairy Free Pizza – Can be made ahead of time and heated on a 12v kitchen stove on the go
Side dishes Included with each dish are any combination of the following side dishes below:
- Baked Beans – You can make them ahead of time or buy them in a can and heat them on the 12V stove
- Fresh vegetables: corn on the cob, broccoli, mashed potatoes, green beans, peas, etc.
- Bread: muffins, toast with honey or jam, bread sticks, homemade cookies, etc.
- Rice: white rice, brown rice, wild rice, Spanish rice, pilaf, couscous, etc.
- Pita chips, corn chips, potato chips, pretzels, or other preservative-free, dairy-free chips
Dinner Main courses are served with two side dishes, made in an advanced way, vacuum sealed and heated in boiling water or on a 12V car stove:
- Fish and rice: salmon, tilapia, trout, tuna, etc.
- Chicken and rice
- Steaks: ribeye, strips, sirloin, etc. Served with baked potato, beens, broccoli, and a muffin.
- Mexican food: enchilada, tacos, bean burritos, tortilla soup, green chili, Spanish rice, etc. Served with salad, black beans, refried beans, rice, French fries, and salsa.
- Chili with corn bread
- Chicken pie
- Stew, Pot Roast, Chili, Sloppy Joes, etc. Served with salad, vegetables and a bun.
Meals on the go These meals are pre-cooked, vacuum sealed, frozen and ready to heat on a 12V stove on the go. Cook time ranges from 30 minutes to 1 1/2 hours. Just heat it up on a 12V car stove, camp stove, or boil in hot water and eat with a side dish.
- Mexican food: burritos, enchiladas, tacos, beans and rice
- Italian food: pasta, pizza and soups.
- Irish food: stews, patties, mash
- Fish: shrimp, salmon, crab
- Beef: stews, steaks, chili peppers, hamburgers
- Chicken – rotisserie, fingers
- Sandwiches: tuna, egg, PB&J, ham, turkey, BLT’s
- Appetizers: chips, crackers, fruit, fresh vegetables, breakfast bars, granola, cookies.
- Desserts: empanadas, cobblers, apple sauce, fruit, cake