16 Sep Choosing Gluten-Free Snacks for Kids
As another hectic school year kicks off, you may be reminded that snacking is an essential part of your daily routine. The snack choices available vary in nutritional value and taste, especially when it comes to gluten-free options. Luckily, with more food companies creating gluten-free products, delicious and nutritious gluten-free snacking is easier than you think.
Smart Shopping Tips
If your child has celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, keep these tips in mind when searching for kid-friendly healthy options.
- Include naturally gluten-free food as much as possible, such as fruits, vegetables, beans, meat, dairy and nuts or nut butters.
- Read the ingredient lists. Like any packaged product, gluten-free snacks can contain many fillers and preservatives. Choose minimally processed snacks that have recognizable ingredients. A good rule of thumb: if you can’t pronounce what’s in it, don’t buy it.
- Just because it’s labeled gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Many people who don’t need to avoid gluten are opting for GF products, but they can often contain more calories and fat than the gluten filled varieties. Be label savvy and review the nutrition facts and ingredient list thoroughly before adding it to your cart.
- Ideally, snacks should contain a source of healthy fat, carbohydrates and protein. To keep you satisfied between meals look for this winning combination. See below for some examples of balanced snack choices.
5 Satisfying Snack Ideas
While Graham crackers and goldfish may not be gluten-free, there are plenty of kid-approved snacks that are. Here are some of my top picks:
- Wholly Gucamole mini with Mary’s Gone crackers
- Chobani Champions with fresh fruit
- Sabra hummus cup with baby carrots and sliced bell peppers
- Organic Valley Stringles with Applegate Farms roasted turkey breast slices
- Horizon low-fat milk box with Lucy’s Snack ‘N Go chocolate chip cookies
I’D LOVE TO HEAR: What’s your favorite kid-friendly gluten-free snack?