8 Gluten and Dairy-Free Travel Snacks

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Are you getting ready to hit the road or the air for your annual Thanksgiving travel? I don’t know about you, but thinking about it makes me tired…and wired at the same time, between the traffic and the crowds and the luggage and the kids. It’s pretty much a given that chaos will be a constant companion during holiday travels. But that’s ok, as long as we prepare in advance. And if you or your family have dietary restrictions, preparing in advance is a MUST.

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Nut-Free Snacks for Back to School

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Did you know that 1 in every 13 children has food allergies? That’s roughly two per classroom in the US. These include severe allergies to nuts, which can result in anaphylaxis and death if not treated. That’s why when one child has a severe nut allergy, their families aren’t the only ones affected. Their communities and their schools are also affected due to the risk of cross-contamination.  As a result, many schools are now nut-free – that means no more PB&J sandwiches, trail mix or honey-roasted peanuts in lunch boxes. But fear not, we’re here to help!

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Keeping Gluten-Free Kids Happy

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Guest post by April Peveteaux, author of The Gluten-Free Cheat Sheet: Go G-Free in 30 Days or Less

My life turned upside down when I received my celiac disease diagnosis four years ago. I’d never even heard of gluten or gluten-free food (although it was soon to be everywhere). Changing the way I had been eating for 30+ years was not really part of my life plan, but suddenly I had no choice. Or rather, no choice if I didn’t want to continue on a downward slide that was painful and potentially life threatening. Even though I was gung-ho about taking my new gluten-free diet seriously, my inner child was the first to react to this new diet. I know this because the first thing I thought of when my doctor told me what gluten was, was the fact that I would no longer be able to eat cakes, cupcakes, donuts or anything good. Anything!

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How to Sneak Veggies into Kids’ Favorite Foods!

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We all know how picky children can be when it comes to food. They don’t like to try anything new, and they stick to what they know… and sometimes that means strictly chicken fingers and french fries. However, we know how important it is that they eat fruits and veggies on a daily basis. And sometimes we have to get creative when it comes to getting them to eat healthier foods (even if it means we have to sneak them in!) Below are some of our favorite tips to incorporate vegetables into your kids’ favorite meals:

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The Best Snacks for a Summer Road Trip

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With summer in full swing, many of us are planning our summer vacations or post-graduation last hurrahs with family and friends. When your stomach starts rumbling or when the kids start complaining, don’t get caught on the road with nothing to eat, or worse yet, don’t confine yourself to the semi-edible offerings of the closest gas station or rest stop! At the Tasteful Pantry, we’ve got a number of snacks that are healthy, easily portable and shareable, tasty, and won’t leave you hungry 5 minutes later. Plan ahead and order your snacks from our shop, or let us do the work for you and order a hand-picked Treat Box. You could even re-use the box after you finish the snacks for handy things like wrappers, napkins or keys!

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