5 Healthy Gluten Free Snacks
Have you noticed how popular gluten free has become in the past year? Every news broadcast, food-based website, and health-oriented magazine is talking about it and providing advice for those interested. Whether you have to eat gluten free out of necessity or are looking to make healthy changes to your diet, it is important to understand that not all gluten free foods are healthy.
You can find gluten free doughnuts, cookies, and cakes that still have sugars and fats. As with any diet, these foods can still be enjoyed, as long as you enjoy them in moderation. (I am fond of our new dark chocolate brownie bites, which are great as a special treat!)
Lately, I have been seeking healthy snack options to keep my weight and nutrition in balance. Below are five delicious, gluten free foods that are perfect for munching on between meals.
- Carrot Oat Protein Balls
I made these bite sized snacks this past weekend to bring with me to work or as an on-the-go breakfast for my commute. Carrots are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate, and potassium.1Our Au Naturel granola and the almond flour used in this recipe provide protein to help you stay full. Each ball has 109 calories.Ingredients:
- 1 cup of Udi’s Gluten Free Au Naturel granola
- 2 cups of almond meal
- 3 teaspoons of baking powder
- 4 tablespoons of coconut oil, melted
- 1 cup of carrots cooked
- ¼ cup sliced almonds, crushed
- Grind the granola in a food processor to create an oat flour
- Mix the ground granola with the 2 cups of almond meal in a large bowl
- Add the baking powder and melted coconut oil and stir until well combined
- Add the cooked carrots to your food processor and blend until puréed
- Add the carrot purée to the oat/almond meal mixture and stir well
- Roll the dough into balls and then roll in the crushed almonds to coat
- Place balls on a non-stick baking sheet and cook in the over for 25 minutes at 350 degrees
- Remove balls from the oven and let sit for 10-15 minutes and then place in the refrigerator to harden
Yield: 24-28 balls
2. Jalapeños with Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
These spicy snacks are the adult version of “ants on a log.” I eat mine without raisins, but if you need to cut the heat add your favorite dried fruit on top. To make, simply cut jalapeños in half, remove the seeds, and fill with your favorite nut butter. Jalapeños are a good source of antioxidants, vitamins C and E, and contain a substance called capsaicin, which may help boost your metabolism.2 One word of caution: wear gloves or wash your hands immediately after removing the jalapeño seeds to ensure you don’t touch your face and burn your eyes!
3. Plain Greek Yogurt With Cranberry Granola
Greek yogurt, which has a tangy flavor and a thick consistency, has double the amount of protein and half the amount of sugar as regular plain yogurt with the same calorie count.3 Add 1/8 cup of our Gluten Free Cranberry Granola for some crunch and sweetness for only 60 additional calories.
4. Fruit and Cheese Kabobs
This snack is a fun idea for both kids and adults! Simply grab skewers (or gluten free pretzel sticks) and add your favorite fruits and cheeses. My favorite combination includes red grapes and Gouda cheese.
5. Toast with Avocado
This snack is quick and easy to make, plus it provides your body with heart-healthy unsaturated fats. Avocados are also a great source of fiber, potassium, and vitamins C, K, folate, and B6.4 Grab one piece of your favorite Udi’s Gluten Free bread (I would highly recommend our new Millet-Chia Bread), toast it to your liking, and place a half avocado on top. Top with pepper or your favorite gluten free seasoning.
Have other healthy, gluten free snack ideas to share? Comment below!