When it comes to gluten free snacks, pickings can be slim. I have discovered this quickly since I learned that I am intolerant to wheat and yeast, and although the grocery store does offer some pretty tasty snacks, they can become boring fairly quickly because choice is so limited.
So, I began to brainstorm some gluten free snack ideas to present to you. By no means are these snacks intended only for individuals with a gluten intolerance, because all of them are delicious. They just make snack time a little easier for those of us who cannot simply grab any old granola bar and head out the door.
Here are some of my favorites:
- Apples/bananas with peanut butter
- Dried banana slices (look for brands that do not add sugar)
- Dried mango slices
- Green smoothies
- Udi’s gluten free muffins (chocolate is the best)
- Raw nuts (cashews and peanuts are my preference)
- Udi’s maple pecan chocolate chip cookies
- Way Better crackers (I love their black bean flavour as well as their rosemary and olive oil flavour)
- Carrots and hummus
As for gluten free ideas for meals, for example dinner, some of my favourite things to cook up for myself are baked potatoes with gluten free barbecue sauce, gluten free quinoa, basmati rice mixed with cilantro and green onion, and gluten free pasta. There really are a lot of options for individuals with various food intolerances available at most grocery stores. I was pleasantly surprised when I checked out the wellness sections at both Sobey’s and Metro, though the most impressive selection I have come across yet is at the Real Canadian Superstore. Their selection for gluten and dairy free products is tremendous, and I found some items there I have not seen elsewhere. Of course, items such as gluten free breads, muffins, wraps and buns are available for purchase at a majority of grocery stores, so there is always the option of whipping up a classic sandwich.
If you’re feeling brave, sample some gluten free foods, even if you are not intolerant to gluten. The taste may surprise you!