The hardest part about staying fueled is often not having a gluten free snack idea when I’m on the go between meals. In the grocery store, I often find myself in what I call the “bar” section – the area often in the breakfast isle where boxes of Lara Bars, Cliff Bars, and more live. I do love Lara Bars, but I’m not a huge fan of paying $1 or more per bar and I like having a variety of gluten free snack options in my diet that are fresh. I’m creating this list as a go-to idea list for when my tired brain is trying to figure out what it’s hungry for. Go in armed when your kids are asking questions and demanding attention!
Gluten Free Snack Ideas
- LiveGFree Multiseed Snack Crackers (available at Aldi or you can order them on Amazon) – These crackers make a great gluten free snack by themselves or with cheese, hummus, guacamole and meat sticks. Also, a great option for your kid’s lunch, especially when you forget to pack said lunch.
- Peanut Butter, Chopped Apples, Cinnamon and Nutmeg – Looking for a yummy gluten free snack that tastes like fall? This quick and easy snack also disappears quickly and is a great option for an on-the-go snack between school and practice for you or your kids.
- Trail Mix Packs with Dried Cherries, Dried Strawberries, Dried Mixed Berries, Mixed Nuts, Sunflower Seeds, Gluten Free Cereal, and Gluten Free Oats – The basics include dried fruit and nuts – add anything you want! Shh! Don’t tell anyone that I actually just combined all the leftover snacks I found in my purse.
- Silk Yogurt and a Homemade Trail Mix Pack – Add nuts, dried fruit, even mini chocolate chips for a gluten free snack with a sweet side. Heck, add a handful of chocolate chips.
- Hummus with Celery and Carrots – Pack in extra protein as you pack in extra errands and all the to-do’s on your list. Then, feel good about the bowl of ice cream you eat later after you survive homework and bedtime.
- Salsa and Tortilla Chips – A gluten free snack can still taste delicious!
- Hummus with Snyder’s of Hanover Gluten Free Pretzels – See #5.
- Canned Peaches – This gluten free snack may not be extra exciting, but it’s a quick and easy snack that you will have plenty to share with your kids and their friends when they suddenly drop by. And you will feel like the healthy mom on the block because you skipped the daily snack of Pop Tarts for your kids.
- Apple Sauce – This is tasty regardless of your age – how often have you swiped your kid’s leftover apple sauce pouches? Here’s a recipe for homemade apple sauce as you wonder what to do with all your free time – because that totally exists. Or, take advantage of your eight-year-old’s love for cooking while you kick back and make sure nothing is too burned.
- Lundberg Gluten Free Rice Cakes and Peanut Butter – Again, looking for an easy gluten free snack while you race around doing all the amazing things, like feeding your baby the crackers you are about to buy while they drop them on the ground? Yeah, me too. Save yourself time and keep a jar of peanut butter in the car – it NEVER freezes.
- Hummus with Veggie Chips or Veggie Straws – Your kids love em, which means you never run out of Veggie Chips or Veggie Straws, and they are gluten free. What’s better is that you don’t have to get up – for the millionth time – to go wash your hands from the not-so-gluten-free snack your kids are munching when they suddenly decide your’s looks better. Save yourself the crazy and go get Veggie Chips.
- Smoothie with Silk Yogurt, Almond Milk, Strawberries, Mango, and Peaches – What’s the easiest way to get a boost of nutrition on the go? Make a smoothie. Make two smoothies. Make a whole blender full of smoothies and save them in jars in the fridge so you have one as you run out the door to drop your cranky kids off at school. Stir in a scoop of your favorite protein powder – yeah, I’m not always a fan, but I do love Amazing Grass Superfood Immunity Tangerine flavor.
- Yogurt with Gluten Free Cereal – Yogurt tastes great with almost every cereal, but I love a crunchy puff cereal. Buy one with chocolate and peanut butter and it will seem like dessert – almost. Okay, not really, but you can pretend and rest assured knowing that the teaspoonfuls your baby demanded don’t really have all the sugar as a brownie.
- Chickpeas Roasted with Olive Oil and Paprika – Make a giant batch of these pronto because your and your kids will make them disappear quicker than they can throw their socks on the floor.
- Hard Boiled Eggs – I eat eggs every day and the best part of hard boiled eggs is that you can make a few days worth at a time. In case you were wondering, eggs are gluten free (someone was going to ask!).
- Ian’s Gluten Free Croutons – This gluten free snack tastes great and your teething baby will appreciate them when your “just had to run to the store for a quick item” trip turns into seeing the entire town and all the elderly people want to say hi to your adorable kids. Take my advice: IT IS NEVER A QUICK TRIP!
I will continue updating this as I discover more go-to snacks. What is your favorite gluten free snack that is quick and easy?