Health Column: Tips for eating gluten free on the go |

Health Column: Tips for eating gluten free on the go

Angela Wetzel
Free Press Health Columnist

I love being outside, and living on the Western Slope of Colorado makes it so easy to do. I never need to travel far to find a trail to run or hike.

But after finishing a race or trek, a snack it always appreciated to refuel. It used to be easy before maintaining a gluten-free diet — bagels and protein bars were quick and accessible. Since changing my diet, however, I’ve found a few simple tricks that are pretty healthy and gluten free.

1. Almonds

Not only is it easy to throw almonds into a sandwich bag and go, they are very healthy. Protein and fats make these snacks a hidden gem.

2. Nut bars or protein bars

My favorites are the KIND brand of bars, which come in several flavors (some even have fruit). There are also some not so healthy chocolate-covered options, but beware of melting! The majority of the KIND bars are gluten free, which makes them safe and easy for me to grab.

3. Fruit leather

Whether it’s homemade or store bought, these are great items to have on hand. Store-bought fruit leather can be high in sugar however.

4. Vegetables

It’s easy to cut celery and carrots for a snack before or during a hike or a run.

5. GoPicnic snack boxes

If you are going on a more extensive hike, let’s say to Hanging Lake, and you’re planning a picnic, GoPicnic snack boxes are the easiest thing to throw in a backpack. It has several gluten-free kits that offer items like turkey sticks, hummus, crackers, trail mix and so much more.

These are just a few of my tricks to stay safe and energized while recreating. I like to keep it simple while keeping myself safe.

What about you? Feel free to email me with your tips at

GJ Free Press health columnist Angela Wetzel has celiac disease and is president of Gluten Free Grand Valley, a support group for those with celiac disease and wheat allergies. Contact her at or visit Gluten Free Grand Valley on Facebook.

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