Eating Healthy & Gluten Free at Work
As a working woman (and 7 months pregnant may I add!!), I must also take into account healthy, on-the-go, convenient options, that I can heat up in the break room, pull straight out of the refrigerator, or simply keep under my desk until snack or lunch time.
If you’re new to this whole gluten free food thing, I can assure you, it’s not as bad as you may think. Sure, you are giving up a variety of foods, but think, you are gaining a whole new variety of foods that you may not have tried before! I, personally, have always loved trying new foods! Granted, some you wish you never had to try, while others hit the spot just right. Also, you might be surprised, many things I ate before are "naturally" Gluten Free.
Below are just a few GF food items that I alternate between on any given day:
Breakfast: Yogurt (basically any uncomplicated kind is safe) and Gluten Free granola; fruit (all varieties!); Udi’s Gluten Free Bagel with Peanut Butter (I like Peter Pan) and bananas; boiled eggs; Gluten Free muffins
Lunch: Peanut butter (protein!!) sandwich made with Udi’s Gluten Free Bread – Udi’s, HANDS DOWN, makes the best Gluten Free sandwich bread on the shelves; Gluten Free pasta (corn or rice) – add your favorite meats and sauces; salad with fruit, veggies and meat (Kraft makes a great variety of dressings that are naturally Gluten Free); rice cakes with home made chicken salad and cheese
Out to Lunch: The following chain restaurants offer a wonderful Gluten Free menu with specialized Gluten Free foods: Maggiano’s Little Italy (Gluten Free pastas); PF Chang’s (Gluten Free Chinese); Uno’s Chicago Pizza (Gluten Free pizza); Puccini’s (Gluten Free pasta and pizza). The biggest tip here is don’t be afraid to ask – most nicer restaurants will accommodate you. Also, it helps if you request a Gluten Free menu when you sit down. Sometimes it takes the waiter a few minutes to bring it back and I always hate holding up the rest of the party.
Snacks: Any veggie with or without Kraft Ranch dressing (naturally Gluten Free); Glutino Gluten Free Pretzels (my husband is not gluten intolerant and prefers these over regular pretzels) dipped in dark chocolate (antioxidants), yogurt, low-fat cream cheese, peanut butter, or plain; rice cakes with or without fruit as a topper; yogurt; cottage cheese; sliced cheese and Gluten Free crackers – Glutino makes a great GF vegetable cracker
For after work…
Dinner: Gluten Free pasta with or without meat and sauce (I like Ragu Garden Vegetable – naturally Gluten Free); a pork roast made in the crock pot with carrots, potatoes, and onions (no need for broth); salmon, rice and veggies (lemon juice and garlic butter are great additions to this meal); grilled cheese sandwich made with Udi’s Gluten Free sandwich bread
If you’re interested in tips on how to prepare, keep, or eat any of the items I mentioned or have any questions at all, please leave a comment and ask! I’d be happy to share any Gluten Free recipes I have come across or created myself during my allergen free journey!