Gluten-Free eating is becoming more and more prevalent, or at least it seems like it is to me. My sister, my best friend and my co-worker’s kids are all eating gluten free. My sister just ventured off to college this fall and is trying to find things to eat in the university dining hall, NOT THAT EASY. I know what I used to eat my freshman year of college and I don’t think a single Gluten-Free item passed these little lips. Well, maybe ice cream. What also makes it harder is the fact that she can’t cook for herself. She has a microwave and that’s about the extent of it. You remember your freshman dorm room right? I know mine was about the size of a closet. Room for a bed, a desk and a dresser with room to walk straight up the middle. I don’t so much miss that.
I was talking to my co-worker about a week ago and she was telling me about how she is cooking for her kids these days. I honestly don’t know how she does it. Her kids are diabetic, gluten free and in high school. She ends up cooking two different meals most nights to try to keep the cost down a bit. But the reality of it is, gluten free is expensive and it can be really difficult to find something to eat.
SO! I decided to do a little research, rack my brains and come up with some options. Hopefully there is an idea or two that will work for the little kidlets, and for college dorm living.
|Can of V8 Splash||Orange Slices||Fresh Fruit|
|Baked Sweet Potato Chips||Cold Cereal||Apples and Peanut Butter|
|Jell-O||Chocolate Covered Fruit||Popcorn|
|Jell-O Pudding||Waffle Sticks with Peanut Butter||Pirate’s Booty|
|Applesauce||Soup||Fruit Roll Ups|
|Fruit Cups||Pepperoni||Chex Muddy Buddies|
|Lara Bars||Meat and Cheese Roll-Ups||Tuna Salad|
|Yogurt||Celery with Cream Cheese||Chicken Salad|
|Go-Gurt||Greek Yogurt and Berries||Nachos|
|String Cheese||Cheese, Apple and Grapes with Dip||Potato Salad|
|Ants on a Log||Peanut Butter and Honey Popcorn||Salad|
|Carrots with Dip||Egg Salad||Pasta Salad|
|Nuts, Sunflower Seeds||Quesadillas||Bean Salad|
|Pickles||Mini Pizza with GF English Muffin||Tacos|
|Cherry Tomatoes||Mac N Cheese, with Rice Pasta||Lettuce Wraps|
|Sliced Cucumber||Rice Pudding/ Tapioca Pudding||Kind Bars|
|Rice Cakes||Raisin Mini Boxes||Edamame|
|Rice Cakes with Peanut Butter||Roasted Broccoli||Cheesy Popcorn|
|Rice Krispie Treats||Rice Crackers||Kettle Popcorn|
|M&Ms||GF Betty Crocker Muffins||Cottage Cheese|
|Trail Mix||Quinoa Salads||Veggies and Hummus|
|Frozen Grapes||Quinoa Breakfast Blends||Rice Cakes with Apple Butter|
|Hard Boiled Eggs||Mini Craisin Packs||Dried Fruit|
|Deviled Eggs||Potato Chips||Can Do Kids Bars|
These are just some easy things that you can pick up or easily whip together. I tried to stay away from grain based foods that would require you to buy specifically gluten free products because they are usually a bit more expensive. So there are several other options that would open up if you have gluten free bread available.
To find some of the gluten free products a bit cheaper, there are online stores that offer discounts and a wider variety of gluten free foods. Strange, I know but you can order your food online! What if this is the future of food shopping?! Could you imagine logging onto a computer to order your food? Here are some of the online supermarkets that I found for Gluten Free Products:
Udi’s is a brand of gluten free foods and you can order it on their website. But don’t forget to look at their special offers page for some coupons! Nuts.com is a website that you can order gluten free foods in bulk and hopefully save a penny or two. It looks pretty fantastic to me! If anyone gives it a try, let me know what you think!
Each supermarket also has a nutrition page on their website listing out their gluten free foods, which should help out when you are trying to figure out what you can and can’t eat. For example, Publix is the big supermarket in Florida. Definitely use these to your advantage, especially in the deli section. Another great thing about Publix, is that you can actually speical order items that they don’t have on the shelves. So if you do want to give something a try, don’t be shy and ask someone to order it for you 🙂
I also found this website that you can actually find restaurants in your area that serve gluten free foods. This is fantastic. If you know of a restaurant in your area that isn’t on this site and serves gluten free foods add it up there! Eating Out Gluten Free!
Triumph Dining <— For some information on supermarket shopping gluten free, eating out and a whole bunch more, check out this site. It is really informational.
I know this is a whole bunch of notes just thrown together, but hopefully there is something here to point you in the right direction. If you don’t see what you want, just set yourself to google! It’s a wonderful thing 🙂 I try to note when I cook up a gluten free meal in the categories so be sure to check that out too!
Hope it was helpful!