Gluten Free in the Workplace

With the amazing (and recent) advancements in the food industry, eating gluten-free is becoming more and more manageable for the everyday working woman.  That’s not to say it’s without challenges, particularly in the workplace, where a full kitchen is not always accessible or sanitary for those with celiac or severe gluten-intolerance.

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Photo from Cooking Classy – Does that fruit salad look delish or what?

Gluten-Free, Office-Friendly Morning Snacks

Fresh Fruit Bowl

The night before work, cut and wash your favorite fruits.  In the morning, toss them in some Tupperware and store them in a freezer-safe lunchbox.  It’s a perfect morning snack that is healthy, yummy, and most importantly, gluten-free!  If you don’t have time to cut and wash, try leaving some fruits (that do not require refrigeration) in a bowl at work, pre-washed, for you to reach for any time.  My favorites are apples, bananas, pears, peaches, plums, oranges, and nectarines.

KIND Bars

KIND bars are a delicious treat for anyone who is gluten-free.  They come in many different flavors and are an easy, on-the-go option for the busy working woman!

Perfect Bars

One of my new favorite gluten-free breakfast options is Perfect Bar.  Non-GMO, organic, gluten-free, and delicious, Perfect Bars are the newest, yummiest food trends for those on the go.  Try the peanut butter flavor – it almost tastes like dessert!   Note: These bars DO need to be refrigerated (to protect the all-natural ingredients), so be sure to keep them in a chilled lunch box or have a refrigerator available to you at the office!

Snacks for the Office

Corn Chips

One of my go-to snacks at the office is all-natural corn chips.  It’s a great snack when you are craving salt and need something yummy and crunchy to munch on.

Pre-Packaged Apple Sauce Cups

When you are craving something sweet, this is a great, easy snack choice that doesn’t require refrigeration.

Popcorn

If you have a microwave available to you, fresh-popped popcorn is one of the best work day snacks I can think of!  Healthy (within reason), delicious, and easy to make, popcorn is one of my go-to’s.  If you don’t have a microwave handy, there are some great pre-popped options such as Boom Chicka Pop that will do the trick.

Lunch

Grilled Chicken and Vegetables

Grilled chicken and veggies are a great make-ahead, healthy lunch option that only requires a quick re-heat in the microwave!  It’s a balanced meal, and the protein will give you the energy you need to power through the rest of the work day after lunch.  No mid-afternoon snacks here!

Tuna Salad

Of course, tuna salad needs to be refrigerated once made – but canned tuna can be a great option for the workplace to get some protein with little advance work.  Add it to some leafy greens and you’ve got yourself a very balanced meal and yummy treat!

Berry Salad

My favorite salad consists of spinach, walnuts, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and light vinaigrette.  To avoid sogginess, keep all parts separate until you are ready to eat.

If you do have to eat out for lunch (with a client or a colleague at work), try to pick the restaurant in advance.  Come up with a list of restaurants nearby your office that has gluten-free options, and make sure to keep to that list when you eat out!

Enjoy!


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