My Top Six Expo Food Choices

WRITTEN by CHRIS & ANNE ENSOLL

From time to time we re-post old favourites just in case you didn’t see them first time round. This post was first published on 4th August 2016 as My Top 5 Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Expo Foods.

Being gluten- and lactose-intolerant means that I can’t eat anything containing wheat, oats, barley, rye, and milk or mild products. Lots of the usual expo food items are out for me – pasta, butties, cheese, chocolate, most breakfast cereals including porridge, and many of the standard dried expo meals. Over the years I have tried different combinations of energy-dense food that is compact, lightweight and low on packaging, and now I have my go-to favourites that I take on every expo. 

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1. Look What We Found ready meals

These have transformed my expo dinners. Before we found them, Anne would make a pot of bolognaise sauce, and we would double-bag it in zip-loc bags. It made a nice tasty meal, but it was heavy and there was always a possibility of leakages. Not all the meals in the LWWF range are GF and DF, so worth reading the labels if there are things you can’t eat.

 2. Rice noodles

Another great find. They weigh almost nothing, take 4 minutes to cook, and go perfectly with the LWWF meals

3. Hummus

A very quick and tasty way to consume lots of calories

4. Nuts/raisins/dried fruit mix

Great for munching on during the day

5. Mrs Crimble’s jam coconut macaroons

These are perfect expo food – they don’t crumble, and they are just as good when squashed.

6. Dried sausage

Really good for snacking on, very tasty and loads of calories. I chop it up and bag it.

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Here’s a quick summary of everything that I take:

BREAKFAST

  • Cornflakes: Whole Earth cornflakes don’t contain barley malt, so they are gluten-free. I add hot water to make cornflake porridge

  • Corn thin sandwiches with jam & peanut butter - I make these up before I go, knowing that they will be soggy when I eat them

LUNCH/SNACKS THROUGH THE DAY

  • Corn thin sandwiches with jam & peanut butter

  • Nuts/raisins/dried fruit mix

  • Hummus and carrot sticks

  • Crisps (first day only) - Seabrooks Crinkle Cut Sea Salt

  • Dried sausage

  • Fruit – apple, banana (first day only)

  • Whole dried bananas when we can get them

  • Home-made banana and cinnamon muffins or carrot cake

  • Jam coconut macaroons

DINNER

  • Look What We Found meal

  • Rice noodles

  • Muffins, cake or jam coconut rings

Tea bags - fruit or Rooibos Vanilla

What about you? What are your favourite expo food items and why? 

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