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For some people, eating a gluten-free diet is necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. However, it can present some problems when you are traveling or dining out.

If you are restricted to a special diet, such as a gluten-free diet, it is important you plan ahead and are armed with the knowledge you need to make smart eating decisions.

One the best ways to prepare for a trip or meal away from home is to pack lots of gluten-free snacks. That way you’ll never be left without something healthy to eat if no gluten-free options are available to you. Some good gluten-free snack options include:

  • Hard-boiled eggs
  • Pre-cut veggies
  • Fruit
  • Gluten-free protein bars, such as Lara Bars or ThinkThin bars

Another great gluten-free on-the-go option is a smoothie made with whey protein powder. Whey protein is a naturally gluten-free source of protein, making it a healthy addition to a gluten-free diet.

Simply mix up some fruit and/or veggies in your blender with some yogurt, juice or milk and add a scoop of whey protein powder for a snack or meal that will keep you full and energized. Try these recipes for a Strawberry-Kiwi Smoothie and a Boosted Yogurt Smoothie from Living Gluten-Free. Both are made with whey protein.

You can also check out resources such as Gluten Free Registry and Find Me Gluten-Free to help you find gluten-free dining options across the country.