Favorite gluten free snacks?
The best part about having to eat an unconventional diet is that you're forced to think outside the box, and much of that outside with be a healthier realm.
When my daughter was much younger and she'd ask me for a snack, and I'd say, "eat a fruit".
And she'd say to me, "fruits aren't snacks". That's kind of sad.
In my opinion snacks are foods you eat in between your main meals. So why can't that be fresh fruits and vegetables?
Anyway, she finally got on my healthy snacking bandwagon, but not without some resistance.
Now I stock up on whatever fruits are in season.
Apples are a favorite - they aren't as high in sugar as some other fruits. Plus they aren't messy and are quite filling.
I tend to have a soft spot for tropical fruits - I did grow up in the tropics :) So mangoes, papaya, guava, passion fruit, and oranges just to name a few.
Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries are all great snacks to have around the house.
Beware however that fruits and berries, although they are healthy gluten free snacks, are also simple carbohydrates, therefore very high in sugar. Sure it's natural sugar, and great for immediate energy, it's still simple sugar.
What this means is that they will contribute to rapid rise in blood sugar followed by a crash. As well, exess sugar is processed into fats in the body. So don't over-do fruits.
Nuts and seeds provide a loadful of micronutrients, but in addition they provide the healthy fats and proteins for your vegetarian diet.
You will have such a wide range of healthy nuts and seeds to choose from that you are simply limited by your tastes and preferences.
Almonds seem to be many peoples' favorite nut. However, I know lots of gluten free folks who also are intolerant to almond.
Not saying there's a correlation there, but for sure if you've been religious about your gluten free diet but still have symptoms, eliminate almonds and see what happens.
Almonds give me the exact same digestive symptoms as when I'm glutened. I also avoid almond milk and most other obvious products.
My favorite nuts and for daily snacking are cashews, peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, macadamia nuts to name a few.
Eat your nuts and seeds raw to ensure you are taking advantage of the nutrients which can be destroyed or reduced by roasting or cooking.