Forget those “Back to School” ads you’re already seeing on TV. This is the height of summertime fun- family vacation, summer camp (including celiac and gluten free camps!), playing outside, swimming, travel.
Recently at the Celiac Disease Foundation Expo in Pasadena, CA, we had a lively discussion with a small group of celiac and gluten free friends who surrounded our table, hearing we were proposing a GF dessert option to a large airline catering company serving international customers. “That would be so great!” “It’s almost impossible to eat while flying when you are gluten free!” “I would fly far more often if it were easier to eat while traveling that way.”
If you think about it, no matter where you’re going anymore, to fly there sucks up a day, right? Well, what about when you’re driving the kids to summer camp, or heading out on a big family road trip to celebrate summer vacation? While we at Gem City Fine Foods are already thinking about how we can support our gluten free and celiac customers when school starts again, we hope you are at worst worrying about how you’ll eat on the road, or at best, have figured it out already.
If you are in the first category, then here are some ideas, below. And if you are in the second, please share with us your own successes, in response to this post, or on Facebook, to help others navigate their diagnoses. But most of all, enjoy the rest of your summer! (And be sure to check out our Expos and Events page while traveling, to see if there is an event you can pop into for samples, coupons and goodies.)
– A couple good print resources are the August issue of Gluten-Free Living magazine (“Your Summer Survival Guide”) and the July-August issue of Simply Gluten Free Magazine (“The International Issue”). You’ll find tips for healthy traveling, sending the kids off to camp and day activities, and more in these publications.
– Speaking of summer camp, did you know there are camps for kids who are celiac and gluten free? There are camps around the country: east coast, west coast and in between that may have openings still. Check out the Celiac Disease Foundation, Beyond Celiac, or the Gluten Intolerance Group sites for more information. If you strike out this year, now you are ready to look early next year.
– When playing outside, remember to drink plenty of water, which is gluten free- hooray! And make sure you have healthy gluten free snacks on hand that will refuel you regularly. Some possibilities are nuts, fruits and raw veggies cut up, home-popped popcorn, and yogurt or cheese (“real” vs. processed cheese is safe. Check the label on American or other processed cheeses.) While gluten free foods continue to get a bad rap for the stigma attached to the limited and often yucky tasting options of old, the possibilities are improving. Look for certified gluten free pretzels, crackers or cookies.
And we would be remiss to forget to say if you want a cool sweet treat in the heat of the summertime, look for Gem City Fine Foods certified gluten free cheesecakes, Vegan Chocolate and Carrot Cakes, and signature Flourless Chocolate Torte at your local store, or online at Amazon. Don’t forget to download and print or scan our Summer Coupon, now available on our Specials page, for savings.