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Yes, You Can Vacation Gluten Free!

Updated on July 7, 2012
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Gluten Free Vacation!

Don't let your gluten free diet stop you from going on your yearly vacation, it can be done! We just went away for a week at Wildwood Crest, NJ and I was able to stay gluten free and did not miss much.

We rented an apartment that had a full kitchen. I went grocery shopping at home before we left and made sure I had everything I wanted to eat with me. I brought a cooler for my frozen foods and put them in the freezer as soon as we arrived. I made a meal plan before I left, once I was there and on vacation I did not have to worry about it.

For breakfast foods, I brought a box of gluten free cereal (Erewhon Strawberry Crisp), eggs, and a package of frozen gluten free bagels (udi’s). For lunch I brought a frozen loaf of bread (udi’s white sandwich bread) and I went to a local supermarket at the shore and bought Boars Head lunchmeat for my lunch each day, and a box of Annie’s gluten free mac and cheese in case I wanted a change. For healthy snacks I went to the store at the shore and made sure we had salads and other fresh fruit and vegetables. I brought all my salad dressings from home.

For dinners we had a taco night, a wing night with gluten free barbeque sauce (Cains Naturally Delicious All Natural Honey Barbecue Sauce), and two pasta nights. I brought my gluten free pasta (Schar pasta), made meatballs using my gluten free bread for bread crumbs, spices, a regular red sauce, and a vodka sauce from home and a frozen loaf of my favorite gluten free italian bread (Against the Grain-Baguettes). We ordered pizza out one night and I made my pizza on my bagels with sauce I had brought and cheese from the local store. For goody snacks, I had chips, microwave popcorn-three flavors, ice cream, packaged chocolate chip mix (Gluten Free Pantry) that I used to make blondies with ice cream on them, and vanilla cookies. Next time I will bring waffles to make waffle ice cream sandwiches, I could not eat the ones on the boardwalk. I did find a vending machine in an old fashion arcade on the boardwalk that had a gluten free breakfast sandwich, I did not try it, but it was there! I was able to have ice cream, the filling of a canoli, and some chocolate candy on the boardwalk.

I planned to eat out one night on our vacation and I looked for a restaurant and checked out the menu before we left. We even used a restaurant.com certificate! I choose a Mediterranean restaurant in Cape May called Jo Jo Mediterranean Grill. Their menu had many gluten free choices for appetizers and entrees. It was fun trying many new foods, I was able to eat and leave the restaurant feeling good!

It was a great vacation and I did not feel hungry or deprived the whole week. With a little planning, you can have great gluten free vacation. Get packing and go enjoy your vacation time, gluten free. Mangia!



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