I’m a romance writer, but I’m also Gluten-Free. You wouldn’t think one has anything to do with the other, would you?
Except that this month, I’m doing Camp NaNo. Some of the LaLaLas (my critique/writing group) decided we’d do it together. We just didn’t realize that we couldn’t all fit in the same virtual cabin. So, we came up with our own chat room and we do our nightly sprints there.
It’s great. Our “campsite” is international and crosses several time zones. Because of the time issue, I’m usually kicking off the nightly sprints when I should be eating dinner.
Now, don’t frown at me. I make sure to feed my children before I start sprinting, it’s feeding myself that’s the issue. For the boys, I can toss in a couple of frozen dinners from Wally World and they’re happy. My dinner is a bit harder.
I seriously need to go to Wegman’s or Giant. In my small town, they’re the only two stores within 25 miles that carry a significant supply of TASTY (you know my rule) gluten-free products. But there are other ways to get around going to the better grocers.
1. Fresh fruit…Strawberries, blueberries and bananas are still cheap. Plus, you can make them into smoothies on a hot day!
2. Yogurt…my doctor said as a gluten-free girl, I should have my bifidus regularis everyday.
3. Gluten-free crackers…some are pretty yummy and an alternative to potato chips
4. Freeze-dried fruit…(not to be mistaken for dried, sugared fruit) offer healthy alternatives to junk food.
5. Herbal iced tea…strawberry lemonade/blueberry bliss from Teavana. Just sayin’.
6. Deli meats and cheeses…you can roll them up and eat plain or put them on gluten-free bread. Heck, you can even make them in the morning, so you can grab them out when you’re on a writing roll and can’t stop for more than a few minutes.
7. Chocolate…okay, technically not a healthy food. But some chocolate is gluten-free and let’s face it, when you hit your word or page goal, a little reward is a great thing.
8. Gluten-Free Mac & Cheese…this quick side dish is easy to prepare and filling.
9. Fruity Pebbles Treats… this was from one of my first posts but still a goodie worth having on hand.
10. Finally, leftovers are the best when doing writing sprints. Pop a plate of yesterday’s lasagna in the microwave and about a minute later, you have a hot, gluten-free meal worth salivating over!
Can you think of a GF item that’s easy to make and eat between writing sprints?
As always, happy eating!