Traveling all day blows, let’s be honest. The only thing that is worse than spending hours in an airport then hours on a plane is hearing your stomach growl while you’re 30,000 feet above the ground.
I recently took a trip and thought to myself, “Just eat breakfast before you go and pack almonds for the plane; you’ll be fine!” Yeah…right. Basically, if you’re flying somewhere, you should probably pack at least two “meals” and maybe a few snacks, because if you’re like me, you’re going to want to eat as you sit in your chair, bored out of your mind.
The thing that gets tricky about packing food and preparing for your flight is the part where you actually have to prepare. Let’s think about this – you’re going on a trip, so that means you are thinking about the clothes you’re packing, the shoes that match your outfits, and making sure you remember your toothbrush and retainer (or am I the only 25-year-old who wears a retainer?). Worrying about packing food to last you through hours of travel is the last thing that you will probably do and the first thing that you’ll forget to grab on the way out the door.
That’s where United Airlines comes in. These folks know what’s up because they’re in the process of getting their gluten-free options together so we don’t have to gnaw our elbows off while everyone else eats smelly (and sometimes gross) airport food.
United Airlines Gluten Free Options
I received a nice little package showing me some of the options that gluten-free travelers have when they take United. The options I received included:
- Boulder Canyon Totally Natural Kettle Chips – obviously delicious, I love kettle chips!
- Heritage Roasted Red Pepper Bruschetta – nice taste with a little kick (I ate it with a slice of Udi’s!)
- Dairyfood USA Smoked Gouda Gourmet Cheese Cup – meh, I don’t really like cheese spreads, but I’m sure others love it
- Haribo Gold Bears – the smallest package of gummy bears ever, but tasty of course
- Two Degrees Fruit & Nut Bar – yet another bar that we can all fall in love with
The above products do not include all of the gluten-free options that are available on a United Airlines flight. For instance, I thought it was awkward that I got Bruschetta and cheese spread without anything to spread it on, but then I read through the breakdown of the “snackboxes” that United is promoting. It turns out they have gluten-free crackers as part of their snackboxes. Read the breakdown of the options below:
Tapas Snackbox’s Gluten-Free Snacks:
- Olympos Pitted Green Olives
- Heritage Roasted Pepper Bruschetta
- Wild Garden Traditional Hummus Dip
- Mediterranean Snacks Sea Salt Lentil Crackers
Classic Snackbox’s Gluten-Free Snacks:
- Dairyfood USA White Cheddar Gourmet Cheese Spread
- Boulder Canyon Totally Natural Kettle Chips
- Haribo Gold-Bears
- WOW Baking Company Chocolate Chip Cookie
Savory Snackbox Gluten-Free Snacks: this entire box is gluten free
- Hormel Genoa Salami
- Dairyfood USA Smoked Gouda Gourmet Cheese Cup
- POP! Lite Gourmet Popcorn – Sunflower Oil and Sea Salt
- Mediterranean Snacks Cracked Pepper Lentil Crackers
- King Leo Royal Mint – Citrus
A La Carte Option:
- Two Degrees Fruit & Nut Bars
While snacks are all good and fun, if you’re traveling all day, you may want more of a meal. Luckily, United has switched to gluten-free salad dressings on their premium-cabin flights departing from the U.S. to destinations throughout North and Central America. These same flights also have gluten-free soup available. How ‘bout that?
Gluten-Free Friendly Flights
While choosing flights when traveling, many people go strictly on price, but knowing that United will have your back when your stomach growls in the sky might make you think twice about your choice in airline.
I’m hoping that this move by United is part of a trend. I want to live in a world where I can purchase an overpriced gluten-free sandwich in the sky if I want to, gosh darnit! I’ve resorted to eating smashed fruit & nut bars from my purse far too many times. Let’s cross our fingers that the airlines begin making deals with our favorite gluten-free bread companies like Udi’s, Canyon Bakehouse, or Schar. Imagine this – eating a gluten-free turkey sandwich as you look out over the clouds on the way to your destination (hopefully one that is fun and relaxing)!
What do you think about United’s gluten-free options? Have you had a good experience eating gluten free on a flight? Let me know in the comments!