If you thought gluten-free meal planning can be challenging at times, finding good gluten-free snacks can be even more so. Snacks are often essential treats in getting through to the next meal period particularly when the cravings strike. Of course, it’s easy to suggest healthy snacks such as apple slices or carrots and celery sticks. But let’s face reality. Boring!
You might seek solace in eating gluten-free cookies straight from the box, and while they are super for the transition time in adjusting to a life without wheat, over time, you’ll be looking for something else more nutritious and substantial. To make great gluten-free snacks, you need a little creativity and forethought. Consider some of the following suggestions that can be made ahead and conveniently packaged in baggies for easy transport. While there are hundreds of other ideas, these may stir your creative juices in the right direction.
• Cracker Sandwiches: Take two gluten-free crackers and create your own fillings. Choose from a variety of ingredients such as gluten-free cream cheese and turkey bacon, almond or peanut butter with preserves, hummus and sliced cucumbers, or egg or crab (not imitation) salad. They are a nice combination of carbohydrate and protein.
• Pancake or Waffle Sandwiches: Make a batch of pancakes or waffles from your favorite gluten-free pancake mix (there are several varieties in the market). Take one or two pancakes or waffles and use them like you would slices of bread combined with your favorite fillings.
• Fruit Muffins: Find a versatile gluten-free baking mix that can make pancakes, muffins, and cookies. Use the muffin recipe and adjust to add chocolate chips or fruit such as pineapple tidbits, cranberries, or diced peaches.