It is Day 4 of my 7-Day Food Countdown, and I’m going to keep this one short and sweet. Being on a gluten-free (GF) diet wasn’t as difficult for me as I though it would be — hello quinoa (keen-wahh)! Or as my dad calls it, “keen-ohh”. But don’t let me convince you that being GF was a walk in the park either, there were some definite tricks along the way that made my life a ton easier! So here is a sample, or morsel if you will, of 4 GF tips for college survival.
1. Find a convenient gluten-free pasta
College schedules are crazy (if non-existent), and you never know when you will be strapped for time. Having a quick meal on hand, like some GF quinoa pasta, is a huge life-saver!
2. Invest in tortilla chips and potato vodka (your social life may depend on it)
Being a social participant was probably one of the more present difficulties of being GF. But if you have chips, salsa and potato vodka, no one will be the wiser and you can still have a great night out with your (21 and over) friends.
3. Buy popcorn kernels and oatmeal in bulk (the bulkier the better)
Options for a GF breakfast and snack always seem sparse, especially ones that are budget-friendly. However, I never got sick of my GF oats and air-popped popcorn perfection. Buying in bulk just makes this lifestyle a little less expensive. Plus, there are these… Flourless Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction. Who ever said GF is all health-food and no fun?
4. Always be prepared with a GF snack
This goes back to the ‘being social’ issue… It’s always hard to refuse a well-intended offer of sustenance. but it makes things a little better when at least you have something of your own to munch on.
*Bonus tip: It’s okay to take advantage of packaged, ready-to-go meals.
Life happens, and it’s okay if you’re not able to make a decadent home-made display with every meal. Don’t be too hard on yourself, and you’ll be alright kid.