If you like to keep snacks at your desk, there are many gluten-free delights you can keep at the ready in your drawer. There are two categories of gluten-free snacks: those that can remain in your desk for several days if not weeks, and those you can stock fresh each day. Having a supply of quick-grab, mini-munchies such as gluten-free crackers, cookies, rice cakes, and chocolate will help quell mild snack cravings whenever they arise. However, for the five-alarm snack emergencies, it’s best to have fresh, generally refrigerated food at your disposal.
Some ideas to get you thinking outside the cookie jar include:
• Make a gluten-free pizza at home with a fresh hand-made crust and complete with your favorite toppings. After baking, cut it into small snack-size slices and place in baggies for easy transport to the office. Microwave or enjoy cold when the craving strikes.
• Bring containers of spreads like nut butter, jelly, and cream cheese to keep at work to slather on rice cakes, premade pancakes, or dried fruit like apricots and figs. Pancakes or waffles make a great substitute for sliced bread even when cool after being in the refrigerator!
• Create mini-meal snacks that contain a nice combination of carbohydrate and protein, such as cracker sandwiches made with cheese slices and a healthy gluten-free lunch meat or hummus.
• Bring a leftover meal you can spread throughout the day and just scoop out and microwave portions as you need them.
Tip: A protein-carbo combo may be more satisfying in between meals than a protein or carbohydrate will all by itself. Have fresh fruit slices and veggie sticks or freshly made gluten-free trail mix ready to grab out of a baggie.