Gluten Free Goodies

Going gluten free can be one of the best things you do for your body. It can help you to lose weight and feel better and even help you to have more energy in your day to day life. But when you are beginning a gluten free diet, it can be tough to find enjoyable snacks and foods to satisfy your cravings.
Surprisingly, many of the snacks that you enjoyed before your gluten free diet will still be safe to eat. It is just important to do your research and always read labels before eating to make sure the foods are safe for your diet.
 

SWEET POTATO HEAVEN


 

Sweet potato fries are a great sweet and salty treat if you are looking for something gluten free to munch on. You can make them at home yourself by simply slicing a sweet potato and sprinkling with salt before baking in the oven. Fast food restaurants are now starting to pick up on the sweet potato fry craze, making it a good choice if you are out on the run.

Peanut butter and celery is a gluten free treat that is always a big hit with kids of all ages. You can even add a few raisins on the top and call it ants on a log to get your kids excited about eating it. If you are looking for something a little less sweet and a little more savory, you can replace the peanut butter with cream cheese.

Chocolate covered bananas are wonderful for a decadent snack that is safe and gluten free. By taking bittersweet chocolate and melting it in the microwave, you can dip fresh bananas and let them harden in the freezer for a few hours. This can be a great substitution if you are fond of popsicles or other decadent frozen treats.

If you’re looking for a snack that is a little more savory and a little less sweet, then look no further than roasted seeds. It is easy to toast your own pumpkin seeds at home and flavor them with the seasonings. This works just as well for sunflower seeds. You can also buy sunflower seeds over the counter at most grocery stores and gas stations.

Are you looking for a substitute for french fries that isn’t sweet potato based? You can try edamame. Baked in the oven and tossed in some sea salt, this give the same satisfying crunch as fries with none of the gluten or fat. Edamame can also be baked into recipes and replace green beans if you are looking for a more complex flavor.

Eating gluten free does not have to be painful. It only requires a little more thought when it comes to making your food choices. With some research and planning you can have healthy and enjoyable snacks at your disposal each and every day. Gluten free doesn’t mean that you have to give up the things that you love.  With a little creativity, you can find plenty of pleasing substitutions.

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