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Eating Away From Home

As you all know, eating gluten-free while traveling can pose certain challenges.  In these days, it is not hard to find something to eat that is gluten-free, but it is hard to find the things you want to eat that are gluten-free.  Any convenient store has Fritos (only has corn, oil and salt) or Snicker’s bars, also gluten-free, but we all know that while those may be good occasional treats, they aren’t meals. 

If you have a lot of space when you travel – such as taking your own car with plenty of room – packing gluten-free necessities isn’t a big deal.  However, if you are flying or are limited on space, bringing a lot of your gluten-free “staples” may not be possible.  Thankfully most mainstream grocery stores have some sort of gluten-free pasta, cereal, bread, etc – they just may not be the brands you prefer. 

We recently ran across this in North Carolina while vacationing.  Other than Ener-G bread, we weren’t able to locate any bread.  No Udi’s, no Kinnikinnick, nothing.  I was fortunate enough to get my hands on some Van’s Gluten-Free Blueberry Waffles at the second grocery store that I hit, so we used those for sandwiches in addition to Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas.  I thought that we would be able to find Gluten-Free Bisquick, but struck out there as well. 

Obviously we had access to plenty of produce, rice, protein, dairy & such – it was just the extras and specialty items that we were missing.  It really goes to show you how spoiled we are here in Columbus, Ohio with the selections of gluten-free food we have. 


We ate most of our meals at the beach house, so dining out wasn’t a big issue.   We did visit Margaritaville and got ice cream out from a couple of different places.  Margaritaville does have a nice gluten-free menu, including buns for their burgers.  However, after the introduction of Udi’s, Rudi’s and Canyon Bakehouse gluten-free buns, these were horrible.  I hate to say that, but they had no flavor, bad texture & crumbled easily.  I ended up taking the bun off of my sandwich and focusing on the amazing french fries and stealing bites of Jon’s gluten-free brownie sundae. 

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A lot of the little shops in North Carolina carry Blue Bell ice cream.  I was concerned that I hadn’t contacted them previously, but was able to find this list on Gluten-Free Appetite:

Blue Bell Products Suitable for Those Avoiding Gluten

Standard Ice Cream Flavors:

  • Banana Split
  • Buttered Pecan
  • Butter Crunch
  • Candy Jar
  • Caramel Turtle Fudge
  • Century Sundae
  • Cherry Vanilla
  • Chocolate Chip
  • French Vanilla
  • Homemade Vanilla
  • Mint Chocolate Chip
  • Mocha Almond Fudge
  • Mocha Madness
  • Moo-llennium Crunch
  • Natural Vanilla Bean
  • Peaches & Homemade Vanilla
  • Pecan Pralines ‘n Cream
  • Peppermint
  • Snickerdoodle
  • Southern Hospitality
  • Strawberry
  • Strawberries & Homemade Vanilla
  • Tin Roof
  • White Chocolate Almond
  • Standard Ice Cream Flavors
  • Banana Split Buttered Pecan
  • Butter Crunch Candy Jar
  • Caramel Turtle Fudge Century Sundae
  • Cherry Vanilla Chocolate Chip
  • French Vanilla Homemade Vanilla
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Mocha Almond Fudge
  • Mocha Madness Moo-llennium Crunch
  • Natural Vanilla Bean Peaches & Homemade Vanilla
  • Pecan Pralines ‘n Cream Peppermint
  • Snickerdoodle Southern Hospitality
  • Strawberry Strawberries & Homemade Vanilla
  • Strawberry Cheesecake Tin Roof
  • White Chocolate Almond

Regional Ice Cream Flavors and No Sugar Added:

  • Banana Nut
  • Banana Split (No Sugar Added*)
  • Black Walnut
  • Buttered Pecan (No Sugar Added*)
  • Coffee
  • Country Vanilla (No Sugar Added*)
  • Lemon
  • Dutch Chocolate (No Sugar Added*)
  • Pineapples & Homemade Vanilla
  • The Great Divide (No Sugar Added*)
  • Pistachio Almond
  • Banana Nut Banana Split
  • Black Walnut Buttered Pecan
  • Coffee Country Vanilla
  • Lemon Dutch Chocolate
  • Pineapples & Homemade Vanilla The Great Divide
  • Pistachio Almond

Light Ice Cream Flavors and Market Specific Ice Cream Flavors:

  • Homemade Vanilla
  • Café con Leche
  • Southern Hospitality
  • Mango
  • The Great Divide
  • Mardi Gras
  • Tropical Paradise
  • Yogurt Flavors
  • Banana Split Nonfat
  • Sherbet Quarts
  • Country Vanilla Low Fat
  • Lime
  • Strawberry Nonfat
  • Orange
  • The Great Divide Low Fat
  • Pineapple
  • Rainbow
  • Homemade Vanilla Café con Leche
  • Southern Hospitality Mango
  • The Great Divide Mardi Gras
  • Tropical Paradise
  • Yogurt Flavors
  • Banana Split Nonfat Sherbet Quarts
  • Country Vanilla Low Fat Lime
  • Strawberry Nonfat Orange
  • The Great Divide Low Fat Pineapple
  • Rainbow

   *The No Sugar Added uses Aspartame.

I had the Peaches with Homemade Vanilla and fell in love.  The peaches were nice, big chunks and the vanilla was one of the best I have ever tasted.  Perfect end to a long day on the beach!

4 comments to Eating Away From Home

  • Martha

    You mentioned eating Van's Blueberry Waffles while on vacation. I ate them every day for breakfast after I was diagnosed with Celiac and loved them. Unfortunately my problems with Celiac didn't go away. My doctor suggested that I check everything that I was eating and eliminate soy since it seems to be a common problem with Celiacs. The first thing I checked was the Blueberry Waffle package and sure enough, soy is an ingredient. My health improved as soon as I eliminated all soy. I do miss those good Blueberry Waffles though.

  • Melissa

    Where in NC were you – OuterBanks? I live in NC and don't have any problem finding GF products at our grocery stores and WM. I'm new to all of this – this week actually! – and have spent a lot of time this week going to all the stores, creating a comparison price journal. I'm headed to the beach soon and need to be sure I have GF foods…

    • gfreeislife

      Melissa….

      We were in Sunset Beach, NC. Maybe I just don't know where to shop? I am spoiled with the wide range of products at multiple stores here. Where are you in NC?

      Kim

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