School is in session!

6 Sep

Hello, everyone!

School is in session. Why does that matter, since I graduated this past May with my degree? Well, I am currently in an M.F.T. (Marriage and Family Therapy) program, and it is keeping me QUITE busy. As much as I’d like to complain about being so busy, I could no be more grateful to have a job and be in a grad program. I don’t forget to count my blessings, thank you.

That being said, I have little time to focus on food nowadays, and hope to get back in the swing of my test kitchen days soon enough. I haven’t completely put food on the back burner, though (pun intended). I am finding that I have no real break to eat during the day and am in need of a constant flow of snacks, making food at the forefront of my thought processes most of the time (as if it weren’t already). Adequate snackage is surprisingly difficult to pull together for those of us on the go – gluten intolerant, or not.

What have I discovered this past week? It doesn’t have to be as difficult as I’d like to make it! There are not only a plethora of naturally gluten free snacks out there (fruit, anyone?), but there is a surprising amount of new gluten free products out there specifically for snackers like me. Who knew?

This week I found some apple slices with caramel sauce that claim to be (and look to be) gluten free.

I also stocked up on grapes, Glutino pretzels, peanut and almond butter, corn thins, dried cranberries, and almonds.

Other things I try to stay stocked up on: mandarin orange cups, portable fruit like bananas or apples, nuts of all kinds, homemade cookies, and string cheese when I think of it.

I also try to stay stocked up on peanut butter. I don’t think I was ever really a fan of it, but I find myself craving it. I keep a jar of it in my pantry at all times, and (when I remember) I keep a small container of it in my bag to dip my apple or pretzels in. Or, if I’m starving and hitting low blood sugar meltdown I will slam a spoonful of the peanutty stuff (for everyone’s sake). It is filling, tasty, and very easy to prep.

Another great item for on the go is instant rice cups that you can pop in the microwave. I like Minute Ready to Serve Whole Grain Brown Rice, and love that it is so portable and convenient.

I have found a few different portable – or individual – packs of gluten free soy sauce, but always find myself wishing I could reseal them. Well, my soy sauce dreams have come true when I came across Little Soya gluten free soy sauce.

The best part about these packets? They are resealable! And they’re pretty dang cute, too. They’re shaped like little fish, hold quite a bit, and can be tossed into a purse or backpack for your eating enjoyment.

Aside from the snacks mentioned above, I also like to keep a few boxes of Schar gluten free pasta in my pantry. Although I can’t microwave it in a minute, or cook a box at work, the pasta holds up extremely well (and doesn’t fall apart like most gluten free pasta I’ve found) overnight. It even stands up to reheating, and is always delicious. I boil a handful of it the night before a long day, top with with butter and parmesan cheese, and keep it safe in some well-sealed tupperware in the fridge. When I’m ready to enjoy it, I microwave it for about a minute and it is good to go.

I also try to enjoy some juice, veggies (carrots are always good), and plenty of water throughout the day. My days start at 6:30 am and end around 10 pm lately with no more than a handful of breaks that often last no longer than ten minutes or so, so I’m sure I’ll be discovering all kinds of new snacks and treats. When I do find something awesome, I’ll be sure to share it!

Do you have any ideas or suggestions? Let me know, as I’m sure we could all use the info!

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