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May 31, 2020

Travel Gluten Free Podcast

Episode 89

Gluten Free Ready to Eat Camping Meals


Since many people have been camping for their COVID vacation, I wanted to share with you a great gluten-free and chemical-free skincare line with amazing products for you and your family when you're camping or having fun outdoors. Utah is known for its outdoor fun and adventure; however, when you're eating ready to eat meals and foods, you have to be an avid label reader to make sure you are choosing safe, gluten-free meals.


Today I'll be sharing with you great gluten-free pre-made camping food for you and your family when you're camping or having fun outdoors. Utah is known for its outdoor fun and adventure, and camping is one of the activities almost everyone participates in.


I love camping. I love the outdoors, sleeping outside, sleeping in my hammock, having a campfire every night, not caring about smelling like campfire smoke or makeup. The beautiful trails I hike and the out-of-the-way places I find when I'm taking that road trip to my next camping spot. There are so many things to love!


Ready To Eat Camping Meals Are Quick and Easy


If you love camping, but you don't want to spend the time prepping, making and cleaning up dinner, there's an easy alternative - get pre-made camping food. With ready to eat meals, you can create breakfast, lunch or dinner in a snap by just adding hot water to a resealable pouch and waiting for the food to cook for the specified time on the package. They are easy, lightweight, and take up minimal room for food. If you're a backcountry backpacker, ready to eat meals are an essential part of your daily macros. 


Although easy to prep, make, and clean-up the downside to ready to eat meals is that they are loaded with salt. If you're out in the summer sweating and don't have issues related to eating salts such as water retention or high blood pressure, then you are safe! If you do have medical problems associated with consuming high amounts of salt, I would suggest not using ready to eat meals with their high sodium content.


Watch Out for Gluten in Your Camping Food


Additionally, you have to be very careful to choose gluten-free meals. Never trust the label on the package - especially in the US. Andrea Tucker from Gluten Free News podcast has reported on foods whose label says gluten-free, but the ingredients contain gluten. 


Make sure the camping food you choose doesn't have MSG monosodium glutamate or modified food starch that isn't explicitly labeled corn or potato. These have gotten me in trouble on more than one occasion. Also, look out for the words "natural spices" as this ingredient may also translate into gluten. Besides, you want to look for labeling that reads "made in a factory that contains" if you are celiac or have a food allergy.


I like to go to my local camping and outdoor stores to see the packaging, read the ingredients, and purchase the camping food. Once I've found food I like, I then buy it online. I would definitely avoid buying these foods online from Amazon as they have issues with knock-offs, and that could completely ruin your vacation! When purchasing online, buy from a reputable outfitter such as REI, or the official company website of the meals you are buying. Making sure that your meals are safe is critical to your vacation experience!


Backpacker's Pantry


Backpacker's Pantry freeze-dried meals that are yummy and gluten-free. These lightweight, freeze-dried, gluten-free meal packs, are designed to be free of gluten. "From potato stew with beef to Santa Fe style rice and beans with chicken, there are plenty of delectable options for just about every type of appetite. You can even get gluten-free risotto with chicken, crafted to mimic the texture and flavor of the original Italian dish with a creamy blend of parmesan cheese, rice, broccoli, corn, onion, bell pepper, and tomato."


Their website makes it easy to find gluten-free choices for breakfast, gluten-free lunch, or gluten-free dinners. You can also sort food by new gluten-free food items. For breakfast, try their carrot-cake pancakes with pineapple, raisins, and coconut milk or their Summit Scramble complete with milk and peppers. These sound like a fantastic breakfast or dinner after a long hike! 


For dinner, try their Katmandu Curry, Pad Thai with Chicken, or Jamaican Style Rice Jerk with Beans. With over 60 different entrees to choose from, you are sure to find one that you can see yourself eating around a campfire!


Mountain House Adventure Meals


Certified gluten-free goodness leads the way with Mountain House Entrees. Chicken Teriyaki, Pad Thai with Chicken, and Yellow Curry Chicken and Rice, to name a few of the choices. I like that these are certified gluten-free as we know that these are safe for celiacs.


There are eight gluten-free breakfasts, including Scrambled Eggs with Bacon, Spicy Southwest Breakfast Hash, and Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Pepper


Good To Go Meals


They are great as they give you many more gluten-free and vegetarian options. Many camping pre-packaged foods are meat-based, however, if you're vegetarian and gluten-free, this may be the best brand to use!


The motto is to create the most delicious meals, using clean ingredients, to be enjoyed wherever your adventures take you. "Chef Jennifer's creations are thoughtfully crafted to provide a meal that not only tastes great but is truly good for you. Whether you've hiked all day for that summit view, rose with an alpine start to earn that backcountry turns, or are simply looking for an easy-to-make option at home, all you need is boiling water, and in minutes you'll have a delicious meal."


Gluten-free choices cooked up by Chef Jennifer are Herbed Mushroom Risotto, Kale and White Bean Stew, and Classic Marinara with Pasta.


Base Camp Food


Based in the UK, Base Camp Food has a selection of freeze-dried meals with lots of tasty gluten-free options. Expedition Foods Beef and Potato Hotpot, which is a delicious combination of minced beef, onion, carrot swede, lentils, and diced potato. "A team favorite is the LYO Expedition Traditional Polish Sauerkraut" 100% natural ingredients with no artificial preservatives and tastes excellent. Real Turmat Kebab Casserole will add some warmth to any camp! 

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