7 Gluten-Free Snack Ideas
Gluten is the term for proteins found in barley, rye, and wheat. Some people have a hard time breaking down gluten, and may suffer various levels of stomach discomfort when they eat gluten-heavy foods. Whether you suffer from Celiac disease or just have mild sensitivities, the rise in awareness of gluten intolerance means it’s never been easier to find well-labeled gluten-free snacks at your local grocery store. If you need some new ideas for healthy gluten-free snacks, check out our list below:
Popcorn is naturally gluten-free, and a great source of fiber, iron, and protein. Need ideas on how to mix up this excellent snack? Check out our list of healthy popcorn toppings!
- Apples & Peanut Butter
Guess what? There’s no gluten in fruit! Sliced apples with peanut or almond butter is one of our all-time favorite snacks. The apple gives you fiber and vitamin C, and the nut butter provides protein – plus, they just taste great together!
- Hummus & Vegetables
Hummus is made from protein-rich chickpeas and tahini, plus various spices and flavors. Cut up vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and celery to dip into this gluten-free snack. The fiber from the beans and vegetables will keep you filled and fueled for hours!
- Cheese & Meat Roll-up
While some people suffering from Celiac disease are also often lactose-intolerant, dairy and meat are both gluten-free. Slice some cheddar and roll it up in a slice of turkey or ham for a quick and easy snack.
- Tortilla Chips, Guacamole and Salsa
Tortilla chips are corn, not wheat, so are usually safe for gluten sensitivities. Smash up an avocado and add a squeeze of lime and chili powder to make a bowl of simple, fresh guacamole, grab your favorite salsa, and enjoy this tasty gluten-free combo.
- Mixed Nuts & Dried Fruit
Most trail mix is gluten-free, although you’ll want to read the package on anything store-bought to be sure. Make your own by combining oats with a variety of nuts and toasting in the oven until warm. Experiment with flavors by trying additions like maple syrup, coconut sugar, cinnamon, or cayenne pepper. Toss in your favorite dried fruit, and you’ll have a satisfying gluten-free trail mix ready for snacking!
- Explore the Gluten-Free Section of Your Local Grocery Store
Many grocery stores have created special sections or whole aisles for gluten-free snacks, where you’ll find everything from pretzels to crackers to cookies and more. Try something new, and maybe you’ll discover your favorite new treat!
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