Healthy Gluten Free Snacking

Healthy Snacking

If you’re like me, healthy, gluten free snacking can be a challenge, especially at first. And if you have little ones who are also gluten free, things just got even more complicated. So I thought a post of healthy, gluten free snacking ideas might help your family as well. It also gives me a handy list to refer to whenever I get stuck in a rut.

I have to admit that while I love veggies, they are not something I typically think about when snacking. So I’m trying to change that. Even if I have to dress the veggie up to make it seem more appealing. So here is a list of snacking ideas. Hope you enjoy them. What is your favorite snack?

1. Fresh Veggies.
I try to buy certain ones organic to keep the pesticides down. The worst offenders: tomatoes, spinach, celery, cucumber, peppers, potatoes, kale, & summer squash.

Special treat: Celery with almond butter and raisins. This tastes great, and even little kids tend to like them.

2. Yogurt in many forms.
We love yogurt for breakfast and it is so important to help with good gut flora when you are gluten free. Kencaid also loves frozen yogurt as a snack during the day.

3. Kefir
We mix kefir with our yogurt in the morning. You can also add it to milk, yogurt etc. for a quick smoothie. I find it a bit tart to drink alone, but a lot of people do just that. It is full of probiotics and will help with healing.

4. Nuts
Check the bags to make sure they say gluten free. A lot of nuts are processed in factories that process wheat. Nuts of any kind are a great treat and help to keep hunger at bay. My favorites are almonds and pistachios. Nuts have huge health benefits so make sure to include them in your diet.

5. Fresh Fruit
You can’t beat a sliced apple or a cup of fresh berries for a sweet snack that satisfies. I make sure that certain fruits are bought organic because they tend to be pesticide magnets. Worst offenders: apples, strawberries, grapes, nectarines, peaches.

Special Treat: Slice your fruit and serve with 1/2 cup of melted chocolate chips, to dip the fruit in. We use “Enjoy Life” gluten free chocolate chips. These will give you a rich dark chocolate treat.

6. Dried Fruit
I love using dried fruit. Both in recipes, and for a snack.
Check the bags to make sure they say gluten free. A lot of dried fruits are processed in factories that process wheat

7. Fermented Veggies or Fruit
If you haven’t tried fermented veggies or fermented fruit, you’re missing out on a great thing for your body and your taste buds. Packed with probiotics, they are extremely healthy. You can find them at your local health food store, but I like to make my own. You will soon see recipes for these and more on “A Dish N Thyme”.

8. Hummus
Oh how we love hummus! And even my 5 year old likes to dip stuff in hummus. Although he prefers meat and cheese to veggies for dipping. But little does he know, he is still eating a veggie. Mawahahahaha!

Special Treat: Try a tray filled with different veggies, sliced meat and cheese with hummus.

9. Muffins, Crackers and Chips
While these can be healthy, you need to choose wisely. Forgo the the over processed ones and make your own.
Zucchini, sweet potato and even kale chips. We will be sharing recipes for all of these soon.

10. Eggs and Cheese
A hard boiled egg makes a good snack. As do cheese sticks or cubed cheese.
With cheese & eggs I like to buy organic, so I know we are not adding anything we don’t want to our diet.

11. Organic popcorn.

Special Treat: I put 1/4 cup of popcorn in a paper bag and pop in the microwave for 2 minutes 15 seconds. For a little something extra, I ad a little organic melted butter with sea salt and just a bit of organic sugar sprinkled on top for our own kettle popcorn. This is only an occasional treat for a special movie night.

12. Sometimes you need a fast, convenient snack. My “go to” on these are usually Kind Bars. They’re full of good ingredients and everyone loves them. And with the nuts and fruit, it keeps us going till we can have a meal. I always keep a couple in my purse for just such emergencies. I can’t tell you how many times Kind Bars made it possible for us to make it home without having to resort to fast food.

I hope this helps with some ideas for healthy gluten free snacking. Watch for upcoming healthy recipes where we will explore more yummy options.