Whether you have recently discovered you’re gluten intolerant or you’ve been aware of it for a while it can always be challenging adapting to your new diet. A frequent question that our expert YorkTest Nutritional Therapists get asked is, “what foods can I grab from the supermarket when I’m hungry?” and “what can I make as a quick snack/lunch?”
We asked our Nutritional Therapy Manager Sarah Hughes to scan the supermarkets for her best grab and go options for the perfect gluten free lunch:
Amy’s Organic Soups
There are 9 hearty soups to choose from that are all gluten free as well as suitable for vegans, low fat, no cholesterol, low in salt, dairy free, lactose free, soy free and tree nut free. They contain no additives or preservatives and have only natural ingredients. Amy’s soups are perfect for a quick, filling lunchtime meal – Souper!
Orgran Buckwheat Pancake Mix
Orgran Buckwheat Pancake Mix is a wholesome lunchtime alternative containing buckwheat as the main ingredient. Buckwheat is part of the rhubarb family and considered to be a great source of high biological protein in the plant kingdom making this a filling and nutritious snack or lunch. The pancake mix, which is also dairy free, can easily be pre-cooked and used either cold or warmed with a filling such as smoked salmon as a wrap.
Jamie Oliver Ready to Eat Pouches
These ready to eat pouches will transform even the most ordinary of meals into something exciting and full of flavour. The pouches include a tasty blend of herbs and spices which are flavour bombs for meat and fish or can be eaten simply on their own. Both the ‘Incredible Curried Chickpeas’ or ‘Lovely Lentils’ packs are gluten free. Enjoy either hot or cold for a quick, healthy, flavour-packed lunch.
The 9 bar is a healthy on the go snack to give a guilt free nutritional boost. There are a mix of 5 bars to choose from of which all have a distinctive flavour and great texture. Low in sugar and high in protein the 9 bar provides sustained satisfaction with a blend of seeds and nuts which is yummy.
Rice Cakes and Oatcakes
Eating sensibly and in line with a food intolerance doesn’t have to mean saying no to the things that you love, it just means having to adapt. Rice cakes and oat cakes can be used in a multitude of combinations to spice up your new food intolerance diet, such as;
Houmous and Rocket
Avocado and Tomato
Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese
Smoked Mackerel Pate and Chives
Roasted Red Peppers and Grilled Goats Cheese
Coronation Chicken and Rocket
Kallo have 20 variations of gluten free rice cakes with a mix of savory and sweet. The sweet variety can be topped with many options, such as, fruit and yogurt for a healthy gluten free sweet treat.
Nairns offer 12 gluten free products, 3 of which are oatcakes. Available in a variety of flavours including original, cheese, herb and seeded oatcakes. Nairns guarantee there is no gluten contamination during production.
When you next find yourself in the supermarket looking for FreeFrom snackspiration consider our 5 Gluten Free Grab and Go essentials. Your new gluten free diet should never be boring or flavour free.