Hi and welcome back.
I hope you enjoyed last Sunday blog about my new favourite gluten free treats on the move; the Fodilicious Cocoa Crunch Cookie Buttons. If you missed my blog post where I shared 5 things you need to know, you can check it out here. This week, I thought it was time to share another in my What I Eat in a Day: mini series. This time, I am sharing what gluten free food I eat when I am out and about and some top tips I follow when I know I am going to be out all day. I sometimes find it difficult to find gluten free food when I am in a rush, so I hope this blog post helps you. If you have any suggestions or tips, please let me know in the comments below. C. -x-
Breakfast has been termed the “most important meal of the day” and yet most days, I find myself unable to eat much in the mornings. It is a rare occasion for me to sit down and enjoy a hearty breakfast during the week; I rarely make time for food in the mornings and I don’t feel hungry. However if I know I am going to be out of the house for the day, I will often be up early getting things ready. As a result, I will try and eat something before I go (that and trying to find a quick gluten free breakfast on the go which isn’t fruit or too expensive can be a challenge). I try and mix up my breakfast ideas but lately I have been loving the Genius gluten free Cinnamon and Raisin bagels with a cup of tea. I find it is the perfect amount of food which settles my stomach and keeps me full until midday where I will have a snack.
When I am out and about, I will often try to bring lunch with me. On those days where I am out for longer than expected or didn’t bring food, I will often stop by Marks and Spencer. They have a great range of gluten free lunch options that taste good and don’t break the bank. It can be difficult to find gluten free and vegetarian options so on this day I opted for the Piri Piri Chicken wrap and drink. The wraps are perfect and able to hold the array of fillings without falling apart. Obviously, I can’t not mention the best part of the meal; the gluten free Salted Caramel Hazelnut Millionaire. I absolutely love this bar but only buy it as a special treat or when I need a pick me up. I find it is the perfect balance of sweet and indulging without feeling too sick at the end of it.
After a full day of travelling or being out of the house all day, when I get home the only thing I want is homemade comfort food. I used to always end up ordering food after a long day out but it can be costly and I often felt sluggish and bloated afterwards. Although I am exhausted when I get home, I find the task of cooking dinner to be relaxing and just the task I need to unwind. We have enjoyed many of the recipes already up on the blog such as Pasta Carbonara, Chilli or Creamy Chilli Chicken which all take less than 40minutes to cook. For this What I Eat in a Day, I enjoyed a home-made freezer meal of my Broccoli and Cheddar Pasta Bake. I find this recipe to include all my favourite comfort foods (cheese, pasta) but broken up with the broccoli so I don’t fall into a food coma after eating it. If you are looking for a quick meal after travelling, I would highly recommend cooking food in bulk and freezing leftovers.
My favourite gluten free snacks lately have to be the Fodilicious Cookie Buttons or the EatReal veggie straws. I always try to carry fruit and snacks with me too so I am not tempted to buy yet another box of chocolate cakes or brownies – not good for the waistline but so addictive! I also try to travel with a reusable thermos flask to try and reduce my single use plastic consumption. If you are interested in reducing your waste consumption as a coeliac you can check out my blog post on How I am Trying to Use Less Waste.
There you go, another in my mini-series What I Eat In a Day but this time focused more on when I am travelling or out for the day. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. if you have any suggestions for gluten free snacks or tips you follow when you are traveling, please let me know in the comments below. If you re-create any recipe, please let me know by tagging me on Instagram using #livingcoeliac or by sharing photos directly to my Facebook page. Newsletter is now live. Don’t forget to subscribe so you don’t miss out on any future blog post.