We are all busy, and having to eat gluten free already takes extra time that it did not take before you had to change your eating habits and diet. Examining menus and labels like you are Sherlock Holmes, comparing trying to find better prices, making more things on your own etc.
There are a few things that you can do to make your life a little easier and gain some time back.
Take advantage of websites that offer subscription services for food that you use often. It means less trips to a store, and the food automatically gets delivered to your house on a schedule you set. You usually get a price discount from the site for signing up for subscription delivery. I use this with my flour from Better Batter, I get a delivery every 3 months, and you can pause your delivery if you want. Amazon is also another site where I order gluten free foods subscription for regular delivery and better prices.
One of the things that I do that makes my life easier is making whole batches of foods and freezing them. For example- When I make pasta, I just make the whole box and then put individual servings in ziplock bags and freeze them. When you want pasta, you just heat up the frozen pasta with the sauce of your choice. This has made doing my son’s lunches easier, and has helped at nights when everything is running late and you want a quick dinner. I do this with waffles, crepes and muffins too.
I also make batches of rice in the crock-pot. You add your rice, double the water of the amount of rice, a pat of butter, a little salt and cook on high for about 2 hours, or low for about 4. While the rice is cooking I am doing other things…time saver 🙂 I usually make enough rice for each week and keep it in the fridge.
Plan a head you weeks meals–
To be frank I am not great at planning meals ahead of time. I do get inspired though from websites like This Week for Dinner (while not specifically gf, she has many great dinner recipes and plans that are already gf or can be converted easily). They help give you ideas when you feel like you eat the same thing all the time. I like the weekly plans from This Week for Dinner because they taste amazing, are fun and are realistic.
Raise your hand if you hate how long it takes for you to examine a restaurant menu to figure out what you can eat, and then figure out what you want?
To make it easier, look up the menu before you go and if you have questions just call the restaurant ahead of time. Don’t feel awkward about calling! I have actually had restaurants compliment and thank me for doing this, because it is easier for them to get you an accurate answer when it is not meal rush.
Take advantage of technology. There are apps out there that scan product labels and they tell you if you can eat that product or not. One app that is popular is-
Gluten Free Scanner
The Gluten Free Bartender is an app that helps you know what drinks and alcohol are safe for you when you have to be gluten free. So many drinks are a no no for gluten free people because of the flavorings or core ingredients, this app helps filter that for you