Are you trying to eat gluten free but feel overwhelmed? Check out my list of 50 gluten free whole food snack ideas to help you get along!
For health reasons, I have been eating mostly gluten free for the last 5 years or so. Since I’ve had my second daughter who has had severe eczema issues, I’ve had to take eating gluten free much more seriously.
If you are looking into healing your gut, easing stomach issues, nailing down what is triggering eczema issues or really just wanting to try something a little different…give eating gluten free a try!
Eating gluten free can seem overwhelming and just plain confusing at times. But that is where my list of 50 gluten free snacks comes in handy!
My list of 50 gluten free snack ideas is mostly whole foods based, and there is a reason for that! I think foods are best eaten in their whole form. Almost any amount of processing done to packaged foods these days takes away from that foods unique nutrient profile. So, eating foods in their whole form is the best way to get the most out of them.
Another great reason to eat foods in their whole forms is because its just plain easier! As a busy mom, Im not very interested in doing a ton of cooking in between main meals. I love being able to quickly put something down on a plate for my kids without the added dishes and cook time.
See what we eat in a day here:
I love having the majority of these snacks on hand and just mixing them up in whatever way suits me at the time. And they are also so east to throw in the lunch bag for trips!
Of course I’ve included a few fermented foods as snacks here too! Not only are fermented foods yummy, but they also help support gut health, which we could all use a little more of.
So, if you’re looking for some gluten free snack ideas for school lunches or just ideas for things to eat at home in between meals, please look over my list and add some of these simple gluten free whole foods to your arsenal!
What to look for in ingredients when avoiding gluten
If you’re looking at pre packaged foods while eating gluten free, reading the ingredients is a MUST! Here are some ingredients to look out for that have gluten in them. Keep in mind, not everyone will react to these the same way. Some of these ingredients contain gluten in very minuscule amounts while others have more.
I for one can eat small amounts of spelt bread and be okay but my body can not handle very much wheat bread or semolina pasta before revolting. Some people who are only a little gluten sensitive can handle einkorn as well, unfortunately I am one of the unlucky few who can not.
So, as always, talk with your health care practitioner before cutting anything out of your diet or adding anything in that you are unsure of.
Ingredients that contain gluten:
- einkorn wheat
- brewers yeast
- wheat starch
Other ingredients that may contain gluten:
- Vegetable protein/hydrolyzed vegetable protein
- modified food starches
- natural flavoring
- artificial flavoring
- hydrolyzed plant protein
- dextrin and maltodextrin
If this list of ingredients that contain gluten seems a little scary to you, try scaling back on the prepackaged foods that you’re bringing into your home. You won’t be spending too much time reading ingredients if you are skipping over those foods while shopping.
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50 gluten free whole food snacks list
The following list of 50 gluten free whole food snack ideas may seem very simple…and it is! I tend to lean on the side of eating whole foods in their natural form, so you won’t really see many gluten free pre packaged foods on this list. On a special occasion or camping trip we might stop at a store to pick those kinds of things up but at home, we stick to the whole foods types of snacks on this list.
Corn chips ( we love these ones) and salsa
Chips with guacamole
Corn chips with refried beans as a dip
Almond flour crackers with cheese
Almond flour crackers with hummus– fav hummus recipe here
Carrots with hummus
Bell peppers with hummus
Celery with nut butter
Banana slices with nut butter
Apples with nut butter and cinnamon
Mini chocolate chips (we like this brand)
Homemade trail mix– recipe coming soon!
Baked apple chips
Pickled carrots– great recipe here
Seasonal homemade fruit cups
Fermented Cauliflower– fav recipe here
Sauerkraut with some cheese slices or crackers– Pioneer Woman sauerkraut recipe here
Lunch meat roll ups w cheese
Salami meat with cheese
Cherry tomatoes with cheese wedges
Seasonal fruit with cheese slices
Carrot sticks with yogurt ranch dip– Dip recipe here, I’ve made with regular yogurt too.
Yogurt with gluten free granola– most grocery stores carry gluten free granola
Yogurt with fruit and coconut flakes
Cucumbers with everything but the bagel seasoning
Cucumbers with tomatoes and a pinch of salt
Dried seaweed crisps– I find great snack packs of these at Costco!
Steamed veggies with butter and salt
Corn or almond flour quesadillas – These are my favorite grain free tortillas ever, find them on amazon or Costco at times, even Walmart!
Hard boiled eggs
Scrambled eggs with ketchup or salsa
Gluten free veggie straws
Gluten free pretzels
Well, there you have it friends- my list of 50 gluten free whole food snacks right there for the taking!
Yes, these things are simple and straight forward. Thats what makes them such good options for someone who is overwhelmed about where to start with eating gluten free. Keep your foods in their whole forms and it’ll make things that much easier for you.
Happy eating 🙂