Last weekend we had a big all day event to attend and I needed to bring food with me. My daughter has been a Pop Warner cheerleader for several years and in October we participate in the Mid-Florida Cheer Competition at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee. I was able to have a good experience since I brought my own food and the girls did too.... all 4 teams placed first and will go on to Regionals in November.
I initially had a problem... I remembered from last years event that Silver Spurs Arena does not allow anyone to bring any food or drinks into the arena. They have many concession stands.... i.e. burgers, fries, tacos etc. and most items being gluten filled. I looked up Silver Spurs on the Internet and emailed the Events Coordinator and explained my issue. I was pleased when she emailed me back and said that I could bring in my own food. She asked me to print out my letter and show it to the entrance workers. This was my first time having to ask for special privileges and I was glad that I did not encounter any opposition.
Now I just had to decide what I was going to bring and in what. We have tons of coolers, but I decided to find one that was a little more stylish to bring with me to the Arena as well as around town when needed. I have been having some cross contamination issues recently and am more often than not bringing my lunch and snacks with me while on the go. I purchased a Thirty One Picnic Thermal Tote. A friend of mine sells them and she was able to help me decide on the right size. The Picnic Thermal is large enough to hold a few meals and drinks, or a meal, several snacks and drinks. If you are interested and don't know anyone who sells Thirty One, the link above goes directly to her Thirty One page.
This is what I packed for the day: 3 hard boiled eggs, two gluten free sandwiches, 2 bananas, a quart bag of grapes, a sandwich container of celery sticks and almond butter, a sandwich bag of carrots with a small ranch dip container, several gluten free bars, half a bag of Snikiddy's (see below) and a few ice packs. It has an outside pocket to put a small amount of bars, napkins, utensils if needed or a magazine or two. The bag comes in several patterns (below is Black Parisian Pop) and there is also a larger Market Thermal Tote available as well as a lunch box.
|Thirty One's Picnic Thermal Tote|
in Black Parisian Pop
I was in the mood for some new on the go gluten free items to take with us so went to our local Chamberlain's and found two items below that I love.
Snikiddy All Natural and Gluten Free Baked Fries
These are made from natural ingredients, baked not fried and have 50% less fat than regular chips. My gluten loving kids approve as well. I bought the Cheddar Cheese variety, but they also come in Southwest Cheddar, Sea Salt, Original, Classic Ketchup, Barbeque, and Bold Buffalo. They also have cheese puffs in Mac n' Cheese and Grilled Cheese flavors.
The other new item that I found is made by NuGo Nutrition and is the NuGo FREE - delicious Dark Chocolate Trail Mix bar. It is softer than a lot of my other gluten free bars. It has a rice crisp within the chocolate, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds almonds and walnuts. The cranberries are sweet, but not too sweet. I have recently bought the other two bars the Carrot and the Dark Chocolate Crunch, but have not opened them up yet!
We were at the Silver Spurs Arena from 7:30 am until 5 and my cooler had contained enough food for the entire day and then some. It made for a less stressful, gluten free/healthy eating day.