I diagnosed myself for gluten intolerance after a lifetime of bizarre, seemingly unrelated afflictions. If my doctors had their way, I would have already undergone neck surgery, still be on 3 different inhalers for asthma, be vomiting daily and having chronic panic attacks. However, since eliminating gluten from my diet in May 2009, I no longer suffer from any of those things. Even with the proof in the pudding (or gluten) my doctors now want me to ingest gluten to test for celiac-no can do.View all articles by Destiny Stone
gluten-free camping (photo courtesy of stevecadman)
Camping trips usually consist of the same easy to prepare foods. Chili, pasta, canned soups, hot chocolate, sandwiches, hot cereal, trail mix and s'mores are the high-lights of most camping meals. All of those things can easily be prepared gluten-free. In fact, many gluten-free already prepared foods can be used for camping trips. Anything canned or boxed that you normally enjoy at home, can typically be converted to camping food.
It is important to eat the perishable foods first. A camping trip lasting for more than one night can render perishable foods inedible. That's why it's important to eat refrigerated food on the first day or two, and save the shelf-stable food for the remainder of the trip. Store perishables in a cooler with plenty of ice and/or cold packs. To grill gluten-free food, avoid gluten contamination by using a grill from home. Using the grill provided at the camping site is possible, but using aluminum foil or a pan as a buffer will keep food away from gluten contamination. There are even special racks with ridges that can be placed on the the grill and will keep food from touching the grill.
Two Day Sample Meal Plan (everything should be gluten-free):Day 1-
- Breakfast- Pancakes with fresh berries and real maple syrup
- Snack- Energy Bars
- Lunch- Sandwiches with gluten-free bread
- Snack- Carrots & celery sticks
- Dinner- Instant mashed potatoes, instant gravy, grilled meat and/or veggies.
- Dessert- S'mores (see recipe below)
- Breakfast- Hot cereal with fresh berries or raisins
- Snack- Trail mix
- Lunch- Sandwiches
- Snack- Jerky
- Dinner- Chili, hot dogs, buns, canned vegetables
- Dessert- hot chocolate
Gluten-Free S'mores RecipeIngredients
1. Put your marshmallow on a fire safe skewer. Heat the marshmallow over an open flame until it begins to brown and melt.
2. Break the graham cracker in half. Sandwich the chocolate between the cracker and the hot marshmallow. Allow the chocolate to melt and the marshmallow to cool a moment before eating.
3. Add strawberries or other gluten-free favorites.
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