The GAPS diet is not a “convenience food” diet. In fact, part of the diet to get away from processed, pre-packaged foods for the sake of better health. The foods on GAPS are whole foods that you make at home so you can control the ingredients and the process by which they are made. That way there is little worry that some manufacturer stuck MSG or gluten or something like that in there.
There are ways to make GAPS more convenient like bulk cooking and keeping things in the freezer, and having leftovers. I’m not really great at making things ahead, though. Most of the things I eat are made fresh, unless I have some leftovers. I do have a few things that I have bought while doing the GAPS diet that I find useful or convenient.
Canned salmon: I haven’t eaten any of this in a long time, but earlier on GAPS I relied on canned salmon quite a bit. Make sure whatever you get doesn’t have any weird ingredients.
Coconut milk/cream: Some people make their own coconut milk from coconut flakes, but I just buy them. I used to buy the milk but now I prefer the cream.
Crackers: I haven’t bought these a lot, since they are so expensive, but the ingredients in these Livin' Spoonful crackers (at right) are GAPS-legal and they have been a treat for me before. I haven't examined the ingredients of their other varieties. Of course, you can make similar crackers for yourself.
Frozen broccoli and peas: These both makes things so easy. I love having bags of frozen broccoli and peas in the freezer. I use Stahlbush Island Farms brand. I like Stahbush because not only does their broccoli taste great, but their bags are biodegradable.
Goat Kefir: This is actually a “cheat” since I doubt it’s been cultured 24 hours as GAPS kefir and yogurt is supposed to be. I also don’t tolerate it in that it causes immediate phlegm production when I drink it. If you’re not on GAPS or you’re farther along on the diet and you tolerate dairy, it’s a nice probiotic drink/snack with a mild flavor (Redwood Hill Farm is the brand). Of course it’s much less expensive to have your own kefir grains, and I had some that I used to make coconut kefir with, but I had some issues with them and tossed them.
Nut butters (almond, cashew, and peanut—which is really a legume): I try to limit myself on these though I love nutbutters. Of course they are not made from soaked nuts (nuts contained phytates that inhibit nutrient absorption and soaking reduces those phytates) and some people grind nuts into nut butter, but I just buy mine.
Sauerkraut, kimchi, and pickles: I buy Bubbie’s sauerkraut and pickles and sometimes a locally-made kimchi. It’s much cheaper to make these yourself and I started out making my own pickles and tried to make my own kimchi. The kimchi didn’t make me feel good and the pickles only turned out well if I left them out for 2 or 3 days, not longer. I needed to find a better way of keeping everything submerged in the salt water. I have since learned that a particular brand of jar called a Fido can make the process easier. But I don’t make my own ferments. I just buy them. And that works for me.
So those are some convenience foods. And of course, fresh fruit is a great convenience food as well.