Healthy Gluten Free Snack Ideas
If you or your kids are anything like me, then snacks are a very important part of your day. Personally, I actually prefer to eat multiple small meals and snacks throughout the day vs. eating three large meals. Your doctor will tell you that is a healthier method as well.
As I’m sure many of you have experienced, eating a gluten free diet, especially when choosing snacks, can sometimes be difficult for adults, but explaining to your 10-year-old daughter why she can’t have the same cookies and milk that her brother is having for an after school snack can be really rough! In this post, I will share some of my favorite gluten free snack ideas that are both tasty and healthy and the best part is the whole family can enjoy them together!
During the day, I may have any given variety of the following GF snacks: GF pretzels (the best GF pretzels I have come across are made by Glutino – I actually prefer them to non-gluten free ones) dipped in peanut-butter; ants on a log (celery pieces with peanut-butter spread in the crease and raisins on the top); GF granola; Chex Mix (yes, Chex rice and corn cereals are gluten free); nuts; fruits/veggies; or meat, cheese, and pickle roll-ups (I use ham, cream cheese, and mini whole sweet pickles – you just spread the cheese on the meat, insert the pickle and roll them up). These favorites of mine are quick and easy to prepare and can be enjoyed at work or school.
When I get home from a long, hard day at work, I am usually ready to eat dinner, but I often have to wait on my husband to get home from working out at the gym before I am able to do so; therefore, I usually need one more snack before the day is over. If your family is one that eats dinner together as well, your kids will most likely need an after school snack too considering both parents probably don’t get home from work until about 6:00 pm and don’t have dinner ready until at least 6:30 pm. Waiting from 12:00 pm until 6:30 pm to eat is a long time for a child.
Some good after work/school snacks that will tide you over until dinner are a half of a peanut-butter and honey sandwich (Udi’s makes the BEST gluten free bread); gluten free crackers (I, personally, think Glutino makes the best GF crackers) and cheese slices; fruit; or a no-bake chewy granola bar (made with GF granola).
And there you have it – some of my favorite GF snack ideas! Feel free to share any of your favorite GF snack ideas on here as well!