Saturday, May 3, 2014

My Top 10 Gluten Free and Dairy Free Snack Ideas

Ok, so who doesn't love to enjoy snacks throughout the day?  
I love to choose healthy, yet satisfying snacks for myself and my family.

 When first going gluten free, it's so hard to know what is safe to eat.  Here's a list of some of my favorite snacks that are gluten free and dairy free.  I try to choose snacks that will give me a nice boost of energy rather than weigh me down.   High in protein, low in fat and packed full of flavor, my snacks ideas are sure to keep you going all day!  Some of my choices you can easily just throw in your bag on your way out the door, so there is no excuse not to eat healthy when I'm on the go.  I love them for traveling and carry them with me all the time, just in case I can't find a convenient place to eat.  Most of them can be found in regular grocery stores or online at Amazon.  If you order several items at once, many times they are eligible for free shipping.  I can also easily prepare my snacks ahead of time, throw them in a glass container and carry them in my purse.  It really is easy to navigate your way gluten free and dairy free if you are prepared.  
Here's the top 10 on my list. 
 I would love to hear what's on your list.

Super easy to make and taste delicious.  
My favorite brands to buy are Brad's Kale Chips and Ed's Of Main Kale Chips.
Click link above to see my favorite recipe.

Veggies and Hummus

Simply pick your favorite vegetables and hummus.  It's that simple!  There are mini hummus snack packs in the supermarket that you can buy.  Keep cut veggies in baggies in your fridge and that way you can grab a bag and a tub of hummus on your way out the door. 

Ok, so I do not have a favorite on this one - I love them all!  These are a raw food snack company and their products are just delicious. I have only seen them in Whole Foods and Health Food stores but you can also purchase them online at Amazon.  

Perfect Gluten-Free Portion Control 12-Pack (Includes Shipping)

I believe the chocolate flavors have dairy, so I stay away from those.  My favorite Larabar flavor is peanut butter cookie.  These are sold in Target, Supermarkets and online at Amazon.

Peanut Butter Cookie

I love these almond butter packets.  They are the perfect on the go snack.  I took them on a trip to Disney World and take them just about every where I go.  They are sold in most supermarkets now, Target and online at Amazon. You can even buy the cut apple packs in your supermarket and grab that and your almond butter and you have the perfect on the go snack!   His Honey Peanut Butter also tastes amazing and his Dark Peanut Butter Cups are also gluten and dairy free.


Apple Nachos

Slice apples thin using a mandolin 
Arrange on a plate
Drizzle almond butter, coconut butter, cinnamon and melted dairy free dark chocolate 
Enjoy ...

Endangered Species Mini Dark Chocolate Bites

Each bite is under 50 calories, gluten free and vegan.  It's the perfect snack to grab on the go and nice to have as a dessert when you go to a restaurant.  Unfortunately, they will not be selling them in their online store anymore, so you will have to find them in a store or on Amazon.  I have seen them in Shoprite, Whole Foods and my local health food store, so be on the lookout for them.  They taste amazing!    

Click link above for the recipe.  I would eat 1 to 2 small muffins as a snack.

Almond Peanut Butter Coffee Frappacino

** You will need to pour some almond milk in an ice tray and freeze first **

1/2 cup Cold Brew Coffee
1/2 cup almond milk
fill your cup with almond milk ice cubes
1 teaspoon of raw peanut butter. 
 Add stevia, cinnamon and vanilla bean powder to taste 

Chocolate Vanilla Trail mix

Mix approx 10-15 Almonds, small handful of Pumpkin Seeds and Sunflower Seeds in a bowl
Sprinkle cinnamon and vanilla bean powder over the nut mixture and drizzle about a teaspoon 
of melted dairy free dark chocolate. (My favorite is Endangered Species)
Place in the refrigerator for 10 minutes and enjoy! 

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