On the Road with Special Diets ~ and Focaccia Flax Bread (gluten-free with vegan option)
Traveling with special diets is a challenge.
Truth is, I’ve never been a good traveler. Basically, packing and deciding what to take with me has always
driven me crazy been difficult, but since my whole family has gone on special diets, it’s become a pretty daunting task.
I’m assuming that I am not the only one on a special diet who finds it hard or near impossible to travel?
- My oldest has five life-threatening food allergies, and we are all eating low-to-no-sugar, and are trying to limit our grains to some extent.
- And we’re trying to eat only whole foods.
- Yes – it’s crazy and that’s why we really don’t travel that much.
- We do, however, travel several times a year as the kids and I go in tow with hubby to a work commitment, and we are thinking about another trip later this summer.I’m realizing that even though the preparation is really hard on me, the memory-making is important.
What foods do you take with you when you travel?
One of my favorite things to pack is some sort of homemade bread product that can either be eaten alone or with nut or seed butter spread on it.
On our last trip to Chicago, I baked up a huge batch of my Quick Drop Biscuits, spread them with Homemade Almond and Pumpkin Seed Butter, and a little bit of a healthy sweetener on the ones for the kiddos (hubby doesn’t like sweeteners).
Then we supplemented with carrot sticks and bottled water and some Homemade Popcorn.
It was plenty. Not extravagant, but it was inexpensive and we didn’t go hungry.
One of my recipes has been getting a lot of use these days as we’ve moved a bit in the grain free direction.
It’s Focaccia Flax Bread.
It’s great plain, topped with nut or seed butter, or with a dip and it keeps well.
Gluten Free Focaccia Flax Bread
2 cups flax seed meal (ground flax seeds)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-2 tablespoons healthy sweetener (optional; Sucanat or coconut sugar are good options)
5 beaten eggs (or equivalent alternative like Ener-G Egg Replacer)* See my post on Homemade Powdered Egg Replacer!)
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (other healthy fats may be substituted)
1. Grease pans (see below note for pan selection tips). Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Combine dry ingredients and mix well.
3. Combine wet ingredients in a different bowl. Add to dry ingredients and mix well.
4. Let batter sit for 2-3 minutes. Don’t let set much longer, or it will be difficult to spread.
5. Spoon batter into pans and spread.
6. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until the bread springs back when touched lightly.
7. Cool and cut into desired shape.
PAN SIZE INFO:
- One recipe fits in a pan about 10×15.
- 1.5 recipes fits in 2 9×13 pans.
- 3 recipes covers 2 large baking stones
- I bake in bulk. I make 4.5 batches and cover 2 9x13s and 2 large baking stones. Like I said, we LOVE this bread. If you use the stones, no greasing is necessary!
FLAX SEED HEALTH: There’s a lot of information out there about benefits of flax seeds, but there are also concerns. I think that this article by George Mateljian is quite comprehensive and helpful.
- Raw Vegetables (carrots, organic celery, etc.)
- Carob Nuts and Seeds or Seasoned Nuts and Seeds
- Super Savory Hummus (great for dipping veggies in or spreading on the Focaccia Flax Bread)
- Fast and Yummy Bean Dip (one of our favorites)
- Fruit (fresh or dried)
- Hard Boiled Eggs (don’t forget to take along a small container of salt!)
- Whole Grain Cookies (like Soft Pumpkin Cookies or Grain Free Chocolate Chunk Macadamia)
- Organic Corn Chips
- Organic Popcorn (This truly addictive Surprise Popcorn Seasoning is a must try!)
How about you? What do you like to pack when you travel?
Adrienne Urban of Whole New Mom is a wife and a homeschooling mother of two boys, one of whom has Asperger’s and life-threatening food allergies. In her past life she worked in the financial services industry and also taught in Japan. She has a passion to help others navigate the sea of information on the road to healthier lives while trusting God for the results of their efforts. Because she loves to (and can’t afford not to ), she specializes in frugal living and simplifying special diets (allergen-, gluten- and sugar-free). You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.