21 Gluten-Free Items to Always Have on Hand
Though purchasing and preparing gluten-free food can become second nature in time, it is still a great idea to always have plenty of quick snack and meal options at hand in case you get in a pinch. Here are 21 gluten-free items to always have on hand for easy gluten-free snacking and meal prep!
- Gluten-Free Granola Bars: Granola bars are food lifesavers; they can be used for an on-the-go breakfast, a quick afternoon pick-me-up, or a healthy dessert to feel good about (especially with chocolate chips!).
- Veggie Sticks
- Hummus: Slicing carrot and celery sticks ahead of time is a quick and easy way to get a crunchy snack without the guilt. Buy a certified gluten-free hummus or make your own with chickpeas, lemon juice, gluten-free tahini, garlic, salt, pepper, and a dash of paprika.
- Tamari: Wheat-less Tamari is the perfect alternative to the gluten-filled soy sauce. Having a bottle in the fridge makes it easy to throw together a quick stir-fry of your meat of choice (or not meat) and veggies in no time. Though the tastes are very similar, Tamari has a slightly richer flavor.
- Udi’s Gluten Free Dinner Rolls: When you’re in a rush, but still want dinner to feel like a long-prepared meal, having some frozen (and still delicious) gluten-free dinner rolls to place in the oven last minute is the perfect way to top off a family dinner.
- Honey: Having a few simple ingredients around can simplify creating your own gluten-free sauces and dressings, so you can be sure they are 100% gluten-free. Balsamic, apple cider, or champagne vinegars mixed with a great olive oil and a dash of honey can be a nice glaze over a roasting chicken or a quick salad dressing.
- Single Spices: Since many spice blends contain gluten, having the single spices around to make your own mixes can be helpful. To make your own seasoning blends, combine those individual spices in a small glass mason jar and keep them in your spice cabinet. (Here is a taco-seasoning recipe to get you started.)
- Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread
- Lunch Meat
- Dip: Sometimes all a gluten-freer wants is good ol’ fashioned sandwich and chips. It’s the meal of backyard BBQs and afternoon lunches – one that those who eat gluten-free can still partake in whenever they want. Udi’s Whole Grain Bread, White Sandwich Bread, and Millet-Chia Bread make the perfect classic sandwich. Then try these chips with salsa or a homemade sour cream dip.
- GF Quick Oats: Even though oats are technically gluten-free, they are most often contaminated with gluten. Having certified gluten-free oats around is nice for a bowl of oatmeal in the morning or a late night cooking baking session.
- Udi’s Gluten Free Tortillas
- Beans: Having the ingredients in your kitchen to make a quick gluten-free quesadilla is always a good idea. This can be an easy meal or snack for the kids (or, let’s be honest, for you too!). Throw in a handful of black beans for some extra protein, fiber, and flavor.
- Frozen Meals: When you’ve had a long day at work that leads straight to soccer practice and ballet lesson, you may not feel like making a full meal when you get home. Having gluten-free frozen meals (like this Broccoli and Kale Lasagna) available for everyone is not only a quick option for the tired parent, but also a healthy choice for everyone in the family.
- Udi’s Gluten Free Granola: Yogurt and granola makes a great breakfast, snack, or dessert and you can even take it on the go. As an alternative to the pre-packaged yogurt/granola cups that have gluten, you can make little bags of portioned granola to add to your yogurt.
- Gluten-Free Quick Dessert: You never know when the sweet tooth is going to hit, but when it does, we know you want to be prepared. Having a small gluten-free dessert, like Udi’s Cookies or Brownie Bites, waiting for you at the end of the day will probably feel like total bliss!
What gluten-free foods do you like to always have on hand? Let us know in the comments!