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Gluten Free Snacks To Go?

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Hey everyone,


Newbie here. I am having a hard time figuring out some gluten free foods to take with me when I know I am going to be gone all day. I am on the go a lot, and I need your help brainstorming some food ideas


that I can throw in my purse or backpack for those days where I will be gone for several hours. Obviously it can't be perishable. The only thing I have come up with is nuts, gluten free crackers, and potato


chips...but I would really like to think of some other options. I plan on buying a small backpack that I can take with me when hubs and I go out for the day, that way I am not tempted to try eating out ( I dont trust


eating at restraunts anymore)...Any ideas? I really need your help! Thanks in advance!


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All sorts of fruit is good, bananas were practically made for day trips. I like to take Stretch Island fruit leather, frozen grapes in the summer (in a pack that will keep them cold!), dried coconut, veggies like carrots or celery. The sorts of things I would snack on at home. If I'm going to be gone for an entire day I always plan on bringing a pack to keep some things cold and usually have a salad and some yogurt with me.


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You can have a small insulated cooler with an ice pack and pack almost anything. (This is what I do when my toddler and I are out for very long.) Things we bring include:


Hard boiled egg

Rice cakes w/ peanut butter (wrap in Saran Wrap)


Dried fruits

Fresh fruit

Muffins (make ahead in large batches and store for long periods in the freezer)


Cut veggies (especially carrots)



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If I'm uncertain I will find acceptable food, I try to bring a bag of gluten-free pretzels with me and maybe one of those non-perishable hummus squeeze things.  Or a Go Picnic, some mixed (gluten-free) nuts, and a banana.  Bananas can be very filling and hold you over until you can get to something.


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Items for when you don't have a refrigerator or microwave: Jif to Go peanut butter cups or chocolate-peanut butter cups with some Nut Thins or gluten-free pretzels or apple slices.  Smartfood and Pirate Booty are gluten-free.  Be careful of potato chips - I always feel glutened with Lays, probably cc from shared lines.  Lara bars or Nature Valley Protein Chewy Bars.  Always keep a couple of those in your purse.  Roll up some ham and cheese in a plastic bag - it will keep just fine for a few hours until lunch.  Make some Chex mix and take a bag of that.  Homemade trail mix of Chex, nuts, raisins, chocolate chips.   Single-serve hummus tubs with baby carrots or lentil chips.  There are premixed tuna salad cups (just discard the crackers) or just plain tuna in single-serve cups.


Stash a few plastic forks and spoons and napkins in your bag so you'll be ready for whatever you find.  Lately I have found more and more gluten-free food available in convenience stores - yogurt, cheese sticks, some brands of jerky or pepperoni, fruit, salads, hard-boiled eggs.


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