My favorite has been mentioned ... lettuce wraps which can be varied with the various "stuffings."
Sushi is another option (disclaimer, I do not eat raw sushis - only cooked or purely vegetarian!). I make these a lot at home and they can be convenient to sliced into bite size slices or keep it wrapped whole in some plastic wrap.
If you eat meat, then making your own chicken nuggets from a cut up breast and dredged in rice crispie crumbs (or corn flake crumbs) can make a handy little finger food. Or even baked tofu or baked, sliced or chunked, veggies.
I'd also like to suggest getting a bento box or a laptop lunch box ... I just find them convenient for traveling. I can set it in my consol and reach to grab a small finger food (chunks of fruits or veggies, or my wraps) and I know that I can eat it all and still be within my calories since it's planned out!
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I'm glad to find this thread, as I have been curious about finding lunch options to eat on the run as well. I like the idea of lettuce wraps. I have found it handy to make a baggie of snack tomatoes (cherry tomatoes) and sugar snap peas. Those are great to munch on while you are in the car. I have also enjoyed teh celerey and peanut butter with dried cranberries as an option.
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I am an itinerant speech therapist. Luckily the places I travel to all have a microwave. I always eat at one of the schools and avoid eating in the car. I make vegan chilis/soups in big batches and freeze them. Then I just grab one in the morning and put it in my car. By the time it is lunch time, it is almost thawed and I warm it up in the microwave. Of course in the winter I spend more time getting it warm than I do in the Fall and Spring, but I also enjoy it more then...
I use to be a traveling teacher working with babies in the home so I understand about eating while traveling.
I would try the idea of making wraps with lettuce leaves. Also agree to wrap it well with plastic wrap so you can eat it with one hand.
I would saute veggies with chicken and herbs then wrap in the lettuce. My favorites are chicken & zucchini with red bell peppers and tomato; chicken & red bell peppers with tomato, cilantro and fresh jalepeno.
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How about hard cooked eggs? I do lots of cottage cheese and fruit. As for granola, I love the Nature's Path GF ones, and the Udi's is good, but I won't buy it, as I can make it cheaper. Can you eat Greek yogurt? Many who have problems with dairy can eat that, as it is cultured. I also do lots of quinoa, with whatever I have tossed in. I agree that you need to schedule at least a bit of time, or you will be more tempted to cheat. Not good! There are some quite good protein bars. Check a health food store, or even some grocery stores. I can't eat lots of seeds or any peanut butter, but if you can, several are GF Also, there are soy milk shakes, which you could keep in a cooler bag. Sorry; I do rely a fair amount on dairy, and my fave Nature's Path Mesa Sunrise cereal, but I work from home. I spend far too much time at the computer, sometimes getting tons done, and other times not. :) Good luck, and keep persevering. Kathy
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Salads w/roasted chicken, wraps made with lettuce leaves instead of tortillas just make sure that you wrap them in plastic wrap well. Quinoa salad w/veggies is a good cold salad. It can be put in a cooler until lunch. You can throw cooked salmon in the quinoa as well. I don't know what I did with that recipe but boy was it good!
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How about tacos that is made with brown rice and it does not have wheat in it. You can find it at the health food stores but if you find a recipe it may be cheaper to make them yourself.
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Jenn - I used to be a visiting therapist so I know exactly what you go through trying to eat lunch while driving. Not only do you have to have something gluten free, but you have to have something you can eat with one hand. Sandwiches were my only option and the only way to vary them was by using different ingredients or using different gluten free breads.
I no longer travel but am still getting bored with my lunches which are either sandwiches, salads or leftovers. Luckily there is a pizza place not far from where I work that has gluten free personal pizzas but I can't afford (calorie wise or money wise) to eat them every day and even that would get boring. Anyone have any other suggestions?
p.s. Nancy - What kind of gluten free granola do you use?
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I am getting SO bored with what I eat everyday. Gluten free bread is ok but super small for the amount of calories that it holds. I am a visiting nurse, so I eat while I drive. I love salads but many days I am too busy to stop and pee much less stop and enjoy me lunch, My usual day includes the following:
12 Baby Carrots, Almonds or Cashews, 1-2 pices of fruit, granola bar
Today: Muenster Cheese (I have a hard time with Dairy), Glutino crackers, 12 baby carrots, clementine, banana and raw almonds.
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