This summer when you’re busy playing and you’re on-the-go a great deal, be sure to carry along some healthful gluten free snacks that won’t compromise your celiac or no-gluten lifestyle. You know the saying, “You are what you eat!” Consuming snacks that keep your gut well, the bad fats at bay, incorporate good fiber, and let your wellness shine through to give your skin that “healthy” look, is not difficult … if you choose wisely.
Here are some suggestions for healthful gluten-free snacks that are easy to take-along wherever you go and whatever you’re doing for fun. Whether you’re playing pool-side, hiking, at soccer or baseball games, picnics or barbecues … you’ll find options here for tasty, and safe, treats! All the while keeping you feeling healthy to stay looking good.
Homemade trail mix is very easy to prepare, doesn’t spoil easily, stores well, and travels without much fuss. Here’s a quick recipe: In a large resealable baggie, combine nuts, dried cherries, blueberries, and raisins (or fruits of your choice), chocolate chips (if you won’t be out in the sun and heat too long), and sunflower or pumpkin seeds. You have fast, medium, and slow burning foods to provide a balanced blood sugar level, resulting in sustained energy without a crash.
For pre-made trail mixes, try: Enjoy Life Not Nuts Seed and Fruit Mix or one of their “Crunch” Granola mixes.
Homemade energy bars are very easy to make and can so easily be adapted to use the ingredients in your home that fit your taste buds. Here’s my recipe for Chewy Fruit and Nut Trail Mix Bars. These are easy to make ahead. Just cut into individual portions, wrap bars, and store in freezer for your next quick grab-n-go snack. They stay fresh for up to a week even without freezing or chilling in the fridge, if you can keep them around that long.
Niblets of Fruit and Veggies
This is so simple, it’s ridiculous … just slice up some veggies and fruit and store in a resealable container in the fridge. Great to grab in a hurry and pair with peanut butter or Justin’s Nut Butter for a snack that will fill you up the right way. Great for letting kids be independent about grabbing their snacks while still making good choices.
Hummus and Crackers or Veggies
Hummus Recipes are so easy even the kids can prepare them (not ones to young to use appliances however). Hummus can be made ahead and kept in the fridge for a few days. Keep gluten free crackers, or some of those already cut up veggies, on hand for a fast lunch or a great pick-me up mid-day snack. Be sure to keep this in a resealable container in the cooler when traveling to picnics, soccer games, and pool parties.
Meat and Cheese Roll-ups
These are easy and offer a high protein, low-carb snack choice. Layer a slice of cheese atop a slice of meat, then roll up into a log. Make many roll-ups, then store in fridge in an air-tight container. Three prepared deli meats that contain no gluten are Boar’s Head, Applegate Farms, and Columbus. Many of these are also casein (dairy) free.
So serve up some quick and easy, healthy and delicious, gluten free snacks … and look your best wherever you go!
Safe food is a journey … Thrive!