Living a gluten free lifestyle can be difficult. There are many dietary restrictions that apply, because most processed foods contain some form of gluten. Not to mention all the hidden glutens people can run into.
The good news is that there are plenty of gluten free foods you can eat for a quick snack break. The key is simply to be prepared, because you won’t be able to count on having something available – a reality many learn the hard way.
With this plight in mind, we’ve come up with a list of naturally gluten free foods you can have for snacks. These are portable and can be carried around in small baggies or reusable containers. Some of them, however, will need refrigeration if not eaten for more than an hour after being made.
1: Apple Slices with Peanut Butter
To make this treat, core an apple and then cut in half. Cut each half in quarters or eighths, depending on how thin you enjoy your slices. Top these with a thin layer of all-natural, organic peanut butter. Want to make even less of a mess? Place the peanut butter between two thin apple slices, sandwich style.
2: Homemade Trail Mix
While commercial trail mixes often contain gluten, it is easy to make your own at home. Start with a base, such as cheerios (which are gluten free), gluten free pretzels, or you can skip the base and simply add extra nuts and seeds. All nuts and seeds are good choices, but many prefer sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, peanuts, and walnuts. You can choose to add dried fruit, chocolate chips, coconut, gluten-free granola, etc.
3: Ants on A Log
This childhood favorite is gluten-free, and healthy too. Celery has almost no calories, and peanut butter is packed full of protein. Simple cut celery into small sections. Add peanut butter to the hollow inside, and then top with raisins.
4: Berry Medley & Yogurt
This is a perfect summertime snack. Choose a plain yogurt without added flavors. Plain Greek yogurt is preferred. If you prefer a sweeter yogurt, add a drizzle of organic local honey. For the topping, mix a cup of your favorite berries together with a teaspoon of sugar or your favorite alternative. Allow them to sit in the fridge overnight, and then add a tablespoon atop your morning yogurt. Popular berries to use include strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries.