Wondering how you’re going to continue with GAPS on summer vacation? I have a few suggestions. First, go somewhere warm. Preferably an oceanside town. Then as you unpack your suitcase gently hum to yourself the little ditty that goes:
One, two, three four
Tell the people what she wore
It was an itsy-bitsy, teeny-weeny
Yellow polka dot bikini
That she wore for the first time today
Think of it as a mantra of sorts as you pull out the peanut butter jars, bags of beef jerky and crispy nut crackers that are snugly tucked where your clothes were supposed to go. If you can’t make it to the beach try to come up with another song and maybe wear a raincoat over your swimsuit.
I’m kidding. About the raincoat of course. The swimsuit thing is totally serious.
Now, if you’re wondering what foods to bring along with you in lieu of non-essentials like, ahem, pants, I have some ideas for you below. Healthy meats will be hardest to come by, so they take top priority in my suitcase. Next on the list for me are crackers because they add weight to meals and go great with my #3 priority, nut butters! Fresh produce is pretty easy to find anywhere so I left it off the list, but if you’re traveling by car throw some in!
Beef Jerky – This recipe from GNOWFLINS is fabulous and very inexpensive to make. We’ve been taking it on road trips for years!
Canned Salmon – I love Vital Choice because the salmon is wild and sustainably caught AND it comes in BPA-free packaging
Canned Tuna, preferably from Vital Choice – Sorry to be such a name dropper, but I really like this company! “Because predatory fish such as tuna accumulate mercury over time [Vital Choice only buys] smaller Albacore tuna (14 lbs. or less) for optimal purity.” Cooked only once to preserve abundant omega-3’s, Vital Choice is also rich in Vitamin D and sustainably caught.
Sesame & Sunflower Seed Crackers – My favorite grain-free cracker recipe so far.
Matzoh Crackers – Haven’t tried this recipe yet, but I think it would go fabulous with some honey and fruit flavored yogurt cheese. Or if you’re traveling, maybe some salmon and dill.
Basic Cracker or Pizza Crust – Oh my! I thought our pizza days were over but then I found a GAPS friendly cracker/crispy crust recipe!
Crispy Nut Crackers -Which also make great croutons, I hear
Red Crackers - “These crackers taste similar to cheese crackers, although they don’t have any cheese in them. They are delicious by themselves, topped with cheese, or even as a base for a sandwich with meat, cheese, and mayo. Probably my favorite way to eat them is with a smear of strained yogurt cheese and a couple slices of cucumber on top.” Yes, please!
Nut Butters – Peanut, almond, cashew, etc.
Larabars - Homemade or storebought
Crispy Nuts – Instructions here
Dried Fruits and Fruit Leathers – Dried kiwis taste like Sour Patch Kids and I LOVE them! You can also try banana, mango, apple, pear, and pineapple
Coconut Milk – To add to smoothies (see below). Native Forest is BPA-free
If You’re Fanatical Like Me, You Could Also . . .
- Freeze some broth in a sealed thermos and pack in your luggage for a short flight
- Do the same with frozen butter, ghee or coconut oil
But In a Pinch, Look For. . .
A Jamba Juice. They have a few all-fruit smoothies that are okay.
A Whole Foods, Traders Joes or Farmer’s Market
Oh, And Make Sure to Bring Along Your Probiotics!
What did I miss? Please share your fave GAPS friendly travel foods below! Photo Credit: The Telegraph