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Go gluten-free before you fly

Published
9.6.2016 at 06:00
Keeping a special diet while traveling can be challenging. Fortunately, Helsinki Airport has delicious options for passengers intolerant to a certain type of protein.

For an increasing number of individuals, going on a gluten-free diet has proven to be beneficial. For people dealing with Celiac Disease, allergies and autoimmune disorders, ditching gluten – a special type of protein found in foods such as cereals, certain grains, and wheat – is life sustaining.

While traveling gluten-free can be a bit of a trial, fortunately there are delicious options available for passengers at Helsinki Airport.

Nordic Kitchen (Gates 34-36), for example, has dishes to satisfy those with certain dietary restrictions. The Grilled Salmon with Whitefish Roe served with Fennel and Apple Salad is packed with flavor and will keep you full without the extra calories. The tart Granny Smith apples balance the savory fish roe, resulting in layers of flavors and textures.

The Grilled Corn-Fed Chicken with Nordic Vegetables and Tarragon Butter Sauce is full of lean protein, which is beneficial when you’re trying to shed pounds or trying to maintain your weight. Topped with parsnip purée, the chicken is charred perfectly, reminding one of the glories of summer.

Nordic Kitchen’s Finnish Forest Mushroom Risotto will make an Italian nonna proud. It’s rich and luxurious – thanks to ladlefuls of stock made from ceps or porcini – with just a touch of toothsomeness. A lemony twang keeps the dish from getting cloying.

The Salmon and Potato Salad at Tapio Café (Gates 24-26) is a light yet filling gluten-free lunch or light supper. Their Gluten-free Roll with Ham and Cheese is a nice snack, perfect with coffee as you wait for your boarding announcement.

If you’re craving something sweet and cold, the Finnish Artisanal Ice Cream at Fly Inn Deli (Terminal 2, Gate 27) should hit the spot. Whether Blueberry and Cardamom, Vanilla or Strawberry Sorbet, each scoop is suitable for those avoiding gluten. As with any food allergy, it’s best to inform your server of any dietary restrictions before ordering.

Read a useful list of options for special diets at Helsinki Airport.

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