Not only does my family have to worry about eating healthily, but also about food allergies, particularly gluten.
We've been Paleo for months now and love it! But when we did the Paleo elimination challenge we realized that we were definitely had a big problem with gluten. Luckily, we have found that it's not too hard to avoid gluten... as long as I cook! I wanted to make sure that we didn't take steps backwards in our health by eating out on this vacation!
Unfortunately, there aren't many paleo or organic restaurants so I researched gluten free eating establishments on our route from FL to TN. I wanted to make sure that we had places all up and down the road so we always had a place to go! I think that knowing that you can find a place that avoids your allergen or accommodate your diet is so important!!
Here are some tips to making your vacation successful:
- Bring plenty of healthy snacks like fruit, nuts, organic beef jerky, paleo bars, kale chips, and lots of water.
- Call the hotel that you plan on staying in to make sure they have free breakfast options that your family can eat.
- Make a list of potential restaurants all over your route because you never know what's going to happen and when you'll need to stop.
- If you have an event at a restaurant, then call ahead to let them know you have an allergy or a food sensitivity. If they can't provide food for you, then they should allow you to bring food to the event.
- Bring a natural anti-inflammatory and/or anti-histamines to help reduce symptoms of an accidental exposures to your allergen or sensitivity.
Your Pie is a pizza place in Savannah that has gluten free options and uses only minimal, all natural ingredients. It was DELICIOUS!
We took our pizza and ate at Chippewa Square which is where Forrest Gump was filmed. We wanted to sit on the same bench that he sat on and say "Life is like a box of pizza, you kind of know what you're going to get". However, the bench now sits in some museum so we just sat on another bench and said it anyways. It still made us happy.
I've been to Savannah before and I LOVE it! It is definitely one of my most favorite places to visit and it could be the prettiest city in the South.
Trio, A Brick Oven Cafe -- They have a complete gluten free menu and we ate the Salmon Topical Salad, except we asked for chicken since they use farm raised salmon. OMG! One of the best salads ever. EVER. I mean it. EVER. And the waiter was so nice. It was pretty much ridiculous.
When they put the plate in front of me I pretty much dove in, forgetting to take a picture. The salad was HUGE and full of wonderful things like cranberries, oranges, pecans, blue cheese, tomatoes, and the dressing was a tangerine vinaigrette which was to die for! So good! I really want the recipe for that dressing. It was amazing.
The city itself had one of the most beautiful downtown areas. They had these strands of lights hung up in the trees, old time looking street lights, the sidewalks were paved instead of just laying concrete, the store fronts were adorable and there really were green plants everywhere. The downtown was only a few blocks long, but they had
This is a great city to visit, but be warned: the traffic is horrible. Just get in the city and walk everywhere you want to go. It's so much easier! Nashville was really interesting to me because it was such a mix of history, music and technology. There were modern skyscrapers around these beautiful old buildings and they even converted an old train station into a hotel (which looked awesome by the way).
To the right is a picture of the hotel, but you can't see the area where the trains used to pull up. They converted it to a covered walk way, but kept a lot of the old charm it used to have. It was so beautiful.
We went to Cantina Laredo-- Yes, that's mexican that's gluten free! I can't even begin to tell you how excited I was! And then this came out:
WHAT?! That's sort of healthy for me?! YES!! It was an avocado and artichoke enchilada with a tomatillo sauce AND it had a mango salsa for a side. Thank you. It was amazing. AMAZING!
My mom had a shrimp salad and she raved about how amazing it was as well. Overall, I would eat here every day. Seriously. Amazing. If you go to Nashville, go here. You won't be sorry.
Red Pony-- this is an upscale restaurant in Franklin which is a beautiful area of Nashville. It's southern food done right! I had the shrimp and grits which was pretty much like heaven in a bowl.
Amazing. It might have been 5,000 calories (I seriously don't know-- I'm guessing, but I'm probably close), but it was worth it. Here is a picture of the bride and her entourage after we ate!
Sunday was the day of sin because we ate wedding food: Potato salad, baked beans, pulled pork, cake, cup cakes, cheesecake, strawberries stuffed with cream, and all other delicious things. It was wonderful though! ::sigh::