Living a gluten free lifestyle doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy delicious foods.
It simply means you need to create new habits and approaches to eating.
Take snacks, for example. Many people turn to starchy carbohydrates for snacks.
We’re talking about crackers, cookies, chips and baked goods. Most of those types of snacks are packed with gluten.
The good news is that there are hundreds of other easy and gluten free snack ideas.
Let’s take a look at just a few of them.
#1 Nuts and Seeds
Almonds, cashews, and pistachios are all high in fiber. They also have protein. This means they fill you up and help curb your hunger until mealtime.
They’re the perfect snack. A handful of nuts and seeds make a perfect gluten free snack.
Popcorn is 100% gluten free. And you can get creative with your toppings. Many people enjoy melted butter and a bit of salt.
You can also try things like chili powder, garlic, onion powder and even cinnamon.
You can spritz the popcorn with a bit of olive oil, truffle oil or even melted butter.
It’s tasty, satisfying and you can eat a few cups of popcorn without consuming too many calories.
It’s a fulfilling and gluten free snack.
Yogurt has healthy probiotics that regulate your digestion and help things stay on track. However, many yogurts also contain a high amount of sugar.
Try plain Greek yogurt topped with your favorite fruit. Add berries, apples and cinnamon, or tropical fruits like bananas and papaya.
#4 Dark Chocolate Covered Fruit
A little dark chocolate is good for you, right? Why not add a bit of fruit to a chocolate addiction and create a gluten free snack.
Try chocolate covered bananas, strawberries, and cherries. Prepare the fruit, dip it into melted dark chocolate and refrigerate or freeze. It’s a snack that you can make ahead and enjoy for days.
#5 Chips and Salsa
It’s said there are two kinds of snacking people, those who head for the pretzels and those who head for the chips and salsa. If you’re a chips and salsa person then you’re set.
Plain tortilla chips are usually gluten free, but read the label to make sure. And you can make your own salsa or look for salsa that is gluten free. Again, most are, but read the label to make sure.
What if you’re a pretzel snacker? There are a few brands of gluten free pretzels that are quite delicious.
#6 Fruit and Veggies
Edamame– You can buy frozen edamame at Whole Foods. When you get hungry, thaw a portion in hot water and squeeze lemon juice and sea salt over the top.
Orange Slices- I used to love when someone would peel an orange for a snack at work. Citrus is such an energizing fragrance!
Natural Peanut Butter on Celery- you can also try a cream cheese version for calcium (Tofutti Cream Cheese for casein-free).
Marinated Carrots– Buy sliced carrot coins and marinate them overnight with your favorite low-sugar vinaigrette.
Tomatoes with Salt– When summer hits, there is nothing more yummy!
Chickpeas/Garbanzo Beans– Chickpeas are packed with protein and they have a high fiber content, which prevents blood sugar levels from rising too rapidly after consuming this yummy snack
#7 Chocolate Covered Dried Apricots/Bananas
Microwave 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate in 30 sec. intervals stirring until melted (or use double boiler). When it is thoroughly melted, dip the apricots (halfway) or bananas (I do the whole slice). Place the fruit on a cookie sheet covered in wax paper; sprinkle with crushed nuts. Put the cookie sheet in the refrigerator until the chocolate is set.
Finally, if you enjoy baking you can make gluten-free cookies, muffins, breads, and crackers on the weekend. There are many gluten free brownie and cookie recipes online.
Many of them use almond flour instead of wheat based flour. They’re amazing and can help you navigate a gluten free lifestyle with ease.
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