Friendly Gluten Free Skies, Please
– Heather Collins, Udi’s Gluten Free Foods
Hi Udi’s Gluten Free Fans! As you may know from reading my other blog, “On the Road – a Gluten-Free Slice,” I travel across the country attending celiac/gluten-free food events spreading the Udi’s Gluten Free Foods love.
Like you, I must follow and eat a regimented gluten free diet or I will become ill.
Two weeks ago, I flew on three separate airlines (in one weekend) coast-to-coast and then back to Denver for various Udi’s events. Since I travel for work, I am usually okay when it comes to not being hungry mid-flight. But on one of these recent trips, I did not pack my usual Udi’s snack.
As you can probably relate, the airplane snack cart always poses a challenge because there is never anything to eat. I took note of each airline’s snack pack and they are all loaded with gluten-filled chips, crackers, breadsticks, cookies and dips and I just heard that the peanuts on another popular airplane are laden with flour. So when the snack cart made its appearance on this particular flight, my rumbling, hungry tummy was not in the mood to pass up the cart.
I finally gave in and handed the flight attendant my credit card and sucked up the $9.86 ‘snack pack’ charge. The passenger next to me heard my ingredient question and then actually asked if he could have the items I couldn’t eat. Shocked at first by his directness, I gave him the 3 packets of crackers, the breadsticks, the weird ‘natural flavorings’ cheese spread and hummus. All I had left was a $9.86 credit card slip for a 2-ounce packet of almonds and a breath mint. Fabulous.
Enough is enough, I thought. It’s time for ALL airlines to step up and offer those with celiac disease and gluten intolerances more gluten-free selections when it comes to an in-flight snack.
So, let’s band together my gluten-free friends and find a way to gain their attention! Maybe one day Udi’s will create a tasty gluten-free snack pack everyone can enjoy in the Be Udiful friendly skies. What would you put in your ideal snack pack or what Udi’s Gluten Free items do you travel with on trips?
Looking forward to hearing from you and vive le gluten free!
Until next time, see you on the road!