Right before Thanksgiving, I began eating gluten-free. You might remember that I stopped consuming dairy in the spring (with a few lapses here and there) and had a really hard time adjusting. I thought limiting another food group would really complicate my life. It’s interesting though because by removing cheese, the shift towards less gluten had already started.
Preparing gluten-free meals at home wasn’t my main concern. I was a bit baffled on what I would eat at work or as a quick on-the-go snack. I can’t rely on buying a breakfast sandwich if I forget my lunch, but I also don’t want to eat leftover chicken and potatoes at 10 in the morning.
Over the last few months I’ve honed in on the best quick and easy gluten-free snacks/meals. When I am in a hurry and don’t have time to prepare a full mea, I reach for one of these!
Gluten-free waffles / / Seriously guys, these are a life-saver. I either purchase the Trader Joe’s brand or Van’s, which I find at Kroger. They are low in sugar and only 100 calories a waffle. They are my toast substitute, so I might layer them with peanut butter or make an egg breakfast sandwich. These are the only gluten-free “bread” swap I keep on hand.
Kind, Luna, or Lara Bars / / I always keep a stash in my bag/car as a backup incase we are out and about and I can’t find any alternative. When I open at work, I always start my day with a bar. It’s quick and simple, which is exactly what I need at 4 am. The Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Lara Bar is my current favorite.
Hummus / / When I have access to a fridge, I bring hummus with me. It’s delicious and filling! Hummus is also the perfect appetizer to bring to a party. It’s allergy friendly and pairs perfectly with vegetables and chips.
Quick Cooking Oats / / I eat oatmeal almost every work day. Quick cooking outs are rolled oats that have been chopped into smaller pieces so they cook in about five minutes. McCann’s is my favorite brand, but I’ve found similar options at Trader Joe’s or even Aldi’s. McCann’s doesn’t claim to be gluten-free (oats are technically GF, but it’s whether or not the plant prepares other foods), so if you have a severe allergy you might need to look into their manufacture plant specifics. I mix my oats with fruit (dried or fresh) and a bit of honey.
Rice Cakes / / Banana, honey, and peanut butter sandwiches are one of my favorite combinations. Surprisingly, rice cakes work great as an alternative to bread for this sweet, salty, and crunchy snack.
Granola / / When I make a batch of granola, I bring it to work with me and eat it like trail mix. Sometimes I’ll add almond milk, but that isn’t necessary.
Do you have any GF snacks to add? Please share, I’d love to hear!
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