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I am a super sensitive who reacts to almost everything processed. With that said, I am looking for a box of cereal that may be safe. I am going on a week long trip and need something safe to munch on for breakfast or to take with me in a baggie. Any ideas? I am allergic to corn and nuts.

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Homemade dried fruit; cheese if you can do dairy.

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Can you make a granola mix for yourself?

Do you tolerate ANY thing from a package, like certified oats, quinoa,dried fruits, pumpkin seeds?

If I know what you can do, maybe I can help more.

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I can't really have anything from a package. I was thinking hardboiled eggs would be something easy to make and take in a cooler. I want some kind of trail mix or snack mix. I love kale chips but I don't think they save..same thing for homemade potato chips. I never thought of homemade dried fruit, that may be an option.

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Popped amaranth? I had some awesome chocolate-popped amaranth bars in Spain.
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It's going to be tough if you cannot eat ANYTHING from a package.

I was going to suggest make your own granola or trail mixes, like I do, but you're saying "nothing from a package".

Amaranth, grains, seeds, dried fruits, etc. have to come wrapped in something.

Is that going to be okay?

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Amaranth sounds good! I bet I could have that. Any idea where to buy it? I live in a one horse town..maybe Amazon?

Seeds are ok if they are raw. I've never actually eaten dried fruits besides raisins and I can't have grapes or raisins. I've seen banana chips and dried apricots and that kind of thing. I've been too scared to try b/c I am worried about cc. Any certain brands? I have to order things from Amazon if that helps.

Thanks!

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I am sensitive to trace gluten and do not use anything from facilities with "shared lines" or "also produced in a facility with" wheat.

Many people do fine with these, but I do not. Just me.

That said, I do some use Certified G F products and and I have no problems at all.

I order dried fruits, nuts, seeds, flours, quinoa, etc. from nuts.com

I would give you my recipe for granola, but I am not sure you can have the ingredients, since you are reluctant to use these things from packages.

And I understand. :)

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Thanks for your help though!!!!! :)

I am allergic to nuts so I don't that that will work for me but I am sure I will figure something out. Us celiacs always do!!

:)

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You can buy a cheap dehydrator and make your own dried fruits easily. That helps with fear of cc.

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Can you have legumes?

Roasted chickpeas from scratch were great for us - They are crunchy when done right, can be flavored with lots of different flavors, and last for around 5-7 days. I've eaten them past 7 days, but they tasted stale at that point.

I also make homemade falafel from chickpeas, which was kind of bready-ish and filling, and lasts at least a day or so outside the fridge, in my experience, although I usually keep it in the fridge after I make it. :-)

For the amaranth, if you make popped amaranth, you might want to look up a dessert called Alegria. It's a mexian bar/candy that's made with honey, popped amaranth, and a teensy bit of lemon juice. Honey work for you at all? If it didn't, you might be able to mix something else sticky with it, or even just mix popped amaranth with some dried stevia leaves. Or maybe chopped dried fruit, whatever you can have that sticks, if you have that in your diet currently.

The texture for popped amaranth is interesting - it's very light and fluffy, almost like you're biting into something airy. Uh...I want to say like tiny pieces of styrofoam, but that makes it sound bad and it's not a bad texture, just...curious.

If you can get it (maybe at Twin Valley Mills, ordering online?), I'd recommend popped sorghum over popped amaranth, though. It's a bigger grain, so I liked the texture better - like baby popcorn, my kids say. We used to add a teeny bit of olive oil and salt over ours, or just some salt if we had no safe oil. My kids loved the sorghum. It tasted a bit like popcorn, and could be popped in a microwave just like popcorn, but for slightly less time.

You can look up how to make traditional pemmican too. That stuff stores forever, I hear. Lots of protein and fat to get you through, and some people add berries to it as well. I have yet to try it, but it's on my list of things to check out. :-)

shaunamom

EDIT: For bean suppliers, I don't believe the company Rancho Gordo sells nuts, although it sells corn. I don't know how that might affect your allergies and cc concerns with those two.

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I get my cereal in my area from what is called a Natural Market...it is only rice. It looks similar to rice krispies but pretty tasteless. It comes in a see though bag. Sorry none here at the time and I don't remember the company and name of it. (I can't have corn either).

At the ShopRite grocery store here I get small packages of what is called Crunch Dried Fruit. The company is Sensible Foods. There are a few different varities...the one I have here is called Cherry Berry. Ingredients say Apples, Cherries, Blueberries, Strawberries...And Nothing Else. It also says ALL NATURAL, only 84 calories, no added sugar and Gluten Free on the package. Sometimes I add it into the cereal above but it makes a good carry around snack also.

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I have a dehydrator and it is priceless for making snacks - meat, fruit, even veggies to make home-made instant soups. I also dry cooked beans and chickpea to make uncontaminated flour. The only draw-back is that I get fat from eating too much dried meat. :P You can dry all that in the oven too, but that gets quite expensive.

You can pop rice too. Try google it up - there should be some good recipe somewhere. I grew up on it (this one: http://www.kavoviny.cz/Hlavni-sortiment/Arizonky-70g.aspx), but never made it myself.

If you can do dairy, apples with high-fat cheese are very filling snack too.

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