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A GAPS Legal Road Trip

This last weekend was Farm Princess’ 4th Birthday, and we went on a little road trip to celebrate her. Since we can’t count on dining out to be totally safe (and it’s expensive for a big family), I packed a cooler full of food. This is what I packed:


Pepperoni sticks from New Seasons. 2 lbs = 2 lunches worth for us, if we serve them with fruits & veggies. We wrap them up in havarti, and again, 2 lbs = 2 meals. Getting havarti sliced from the deli is cheaper per pound than getting it pre-packaged, so I always get it this way (it’s also fresher tasting & softer! Yum!!).

Grapes & snap peas, washed and ready to go.

Plums & strawberries. Just make sure these don’t go at the bottom of the cooler. πŸ™‚

Celery, carrots (peeled & sliced) and grape tomatoes.

Organic applesauce with a box of spoons. A nut & cranberry bar for my husband (no refined sugars, only honey. Not ideal because the nuts are not soaked, but ok in a pinch). Strawberry fruit leather for everyone (also not ideal because they are not organic and ton of pesticides are used on conventional strawberries).

Sliced turkey breast (clean, from Applegate Farms) and colby jack cheese sticks. The cheese sticks are not ideal–raw cheese is best. These are better than mozzarella cheese sticks though, because mozzarella is not aged & has more lactose (and is not GAPS legal).

Cheese! Our family loves cheese! I found a cheese at Trader Joes that had rosemary all over the edges. YUM. It was sooo good! This was not quiet enough cheese for us. Next time I will pack more!

Chicken! I sprinkle homemade seasoning salt over it & top with 1/4 cup of butter and bake at 350 for about an hour. I cooked 46 chicken legs. I’m not crazy about cooking only chicken legs, or thighs, or whatever–I think our country has gotten out of the habit of eating whole chickens and we demand what we want, when we want it. We are chicken farmers, and I see tremendous value in cooking an entire bird…But alas, a whole, baked bird does not travel well in a cooler. The Farmer bought free range chicken legs from New Seasons, and I prepared this very inexpensive meal (it was less than $30 for 46 chicken legs). These actually lasted us through THREE MEALS.

If I would have had time, I would have baked these. I simply slice up cheddar cheese & bake it (on parchment paper) at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes, or until nice and crispy. I cool it on paper towels & then bring it along in a glass container with a lid. These are yummy!!

Salad dressing. Extra virgin olive oil, clean balsamic vinegar (the expensive kind–no caramel coloring, etc.–the good stuff), salt and pepper. You never know when you’ll need this. Salad dressings are one of the worst foods, I have found, at most restaurants. If they don’t make their own (or sometimes, even if they do), the base is soy oil, there is added sugar, tons of man-made corn based ingredients, etc. Yuck! Make your own! πŸ™‚

These boxes are handy!! I purchased them from Cash & Carry (a restaurant supply store).

Lots of water!! We love our glass water bottles, but we’re not crazy about our kids’ Sigg bottles. Sorry Sigg–we didn’t like being lied to about the BPA liners for a whole year. πŸ™

These are our cheats. We let our kids, every once in a while, have 100% juice (which is from concentrates…and probably contains Citric Acid (corn), etc.). Not ideal. It’s once in a while. And once in a while, The Farmer and I will drink an Izze or a Spritzer . Both are made purely from fruit juice and sparkling water or carbonated water. Ideally, we would only be drinking juices that cleanse (like carrot juice, cabbage juice, etc.) or juices with pulp (to slow the blood sugar response). Like I said, these are our cheats. No added sugar. 

And of course, I made chocolate cupcakes for the Birthday!



Day 1

Breakfast: Zucchini Egg Bake, Banana

Snack: Cheese slices, a coffee for The Farmer (black, no sweetener)

Lunch: Chicken, snap peas, grapes

Snack: Cupcakes and fresh, unpasteurized local apple cider with family

Dinner: Farm Princess & I went out with “the girls.” I had salmon over spinach. I let Farm Princess order a gluten free pizza, which was too big for her and her brothers finished it off for breakfast at the hotel room.

The guys had a piece of chicken & a banana, and rushed off to a movie.

Dessert: Farm Princess had fruit kebabs that came with a bowl of strawberry yogurt. She looked at the yogurt and said “that got sugar in it” and pushed it aside. She is smart! The Farmer and I each ate a cupcake before bed. πŸ™‚ Farm Princess saw the wrapper the next morning and said “HEY! You ate my muppins!” (muffins) 

Day 2

Breakfast: The hotel had a continental breakfast with sausage patties, fake looking eggs, fruit, and a ton of bread products. The Farmer and the kids wanted to try the sausage & eggs. I had a stick of pepperoni & a slice of havarti. There were enough chocolate cupcakes left for our family to each eat one for breakfast. πŸ™‚ I figured, back in the day, we’d eat Costco chocolate or poppy seed muffins for breakfast, so why not? These are WAY healthier! We also ate strawberries & drank fresh apple cider.

The Farmer had “foggy brain” after breakfast and didn’t feel normal for 2 days after that. The kids had digestive issues. Sunday we had far more mood issues with Farm Boy 3 than we had any of the other days that week & he ended up vomiting. Some people argue, “well, that’s just because you’re not used to that food.” Alright, I guess you could say that–and people who are new to binge drinking will puke and feel terrible–but once they numb their body to it, they can become a “functioning alcoholic,” but it’s still destroying their system.

Lunch: Chicken @ a picnic, tomatoes, snap peas, applesauce

Dinner: Pepperoni & cheese, leftover veggies and strawberries

Snack: Plums


Leftovers after the trip: 2 chicken legs, lunch meat, some cheese sticks, pepperoni, havarti.


We ate well!!


This post was shared at Fight Back Friday and Pennywise Platter Thursday.


  • Tarena

    Well done Brenda!
    I’m totally impressed! Traveling is SO hard with kids, but you planned and it worked out really well!
    Happy Birthday to the little princess!

  • sarah in the woods

    Looks like great travel food. My family went on a two week trip last month. We spent several nights camping, a few nights in hotels, and a few nights at a Christian family camp. I ate a whole lot of sardines and yogurt and fruit. I had salads from McD,s a couple times with no dressing. ( I learned my lesson with the dressing the hard way!) Thankfully, at the family camp, we had a stove, so that made things a lot easier. Plus I’m the only one that is strictly on GAPS. All in all, it went better than I expected, and I didn’t get sick or anything. I am glad to be home with more solid and definitely safe food, though.

  • Leigh Ann

    Thanks for sharing! One thing I get hung up on a lot is figuring out which meat is o.k. I just don’t buy any sandwich meat right now because I feel like I’m never sure about the ingredients. What are the main things to look out for? I feel like there are so many ingredients to know about/understand. It’s so confusing sometimes. Is there anywhere else you know of that has pepperoni sticks that are o.k? Thanks in advance!

    • brenda

      Hi Leigh Ann, Good question! I watch out for sodium nitrate, sugar, corn syrup, dextrose, xanthan gum, guar gum, corn starch, or anything else that sounds chemical-y. πŸ˜‰ I don’t know of other places. Are there any organic / real food grocery stores in your area? You could probably ask them. Also, we had our own pigs butchered & we called around to find a butcher shop that would salt-cure the hams and bacon instead of using sugar. (They said the only FDA approved method of curing ham and bacon for sale is with sugar. That is CRAZY!!! For personal use they were willing to do it though). It might be worth seeing if you can buy a half a pig or cow from someone & have the meat processed the way you want. Good luck! πŸ™‚

  • Jamie Peterson

    You went to American Girl Bistro in Seattle? We are planning a trip soon! I took Kaylee to Mall of American in MN for her 9th Bday (pre- Celiac diagnosis) and it was such a fun trip! So glad Seattle is open now… so Kenzie (turned 9 this year, it’s a 9 thing!) gets to go with Dad and Mom by herself, then in a couple months we will take all the kids. I love the drumsticks… just the other day I was thinking how much I missed cold friend chicken for picnics! Our issue is my budget for a full day of food & household items is $30 for our family of 8… and I feel like $1200/mo is still a lot of $$ to spend on food!

    Speaking of foggy brain/feeling icky… Kaylee and I had our big weekend out to do Passport to Purity this past weekend… so we ate out a lot. We did pretty well, but I’ve had a migraine since Sunday… I’m guessing it was our first meal out as the rest were dedicated GF and the only grains I had was a bit of brown rice. Ugh!

    Looks like you girls had a great time… happy birthday to the princess!

  • Kristina

    This looks like what I would love to take along for a road trip! My family would probably partly disagree πŸ™‚ For my visiting relatives I made choc. chip muffins with spelt flour, hoping I could get away with eating some too b/c of spelt and not wheat, but I ended up with brain fog and a migraine πŸ™ Not to mention I “indulged” on some restaurant food as well. I know better! I’m learning to love cheese and meat and eggs and not miss that other stuff.

  • Tawnya

    Thanks so much for taking the time to post! I am travelling by plane for a few days and have no idea of what to eat or where to begin. This helps a lot :).

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