Thursday, April 5, 2012

Gluten-Free Homemade Snacks

The Climate Crusader shares her gluten-free snacking tips in her inaugural post.

A little over six months ago my husband and I went gluten-free. He did it because he's always struggled with digestive issues, and giving up wheat, barley and spelt helped. At first I did it in solidarity with him, but I continued when I discovered that I feel much better when I don't eat gluten.

One of the first dilemmas that I encountered as a newly gluten-free person was snacking. Sometimes you want to plan an elaborate meal with freshly-picked local organic greens, and sometimes you just want something quick to see you through the mid-afternoon hangries. When I changed my eating habits, it was suddenly that much harder to grab something quick. Luckily, though, after half a year without wheat I've come up with a number of easy, healthy, homemade snack options. The best part is that these are yummy for everyone, no matter what you eat.

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Climate Crusader's Gluten-Free Snacks
  • Granola -Homemade granola is actually quite easy to make, and it packs a lot of punch. Use gluten-free rolled oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, and then eat it by the handful or sprinkled on yogurt for a quick pick-me-up.
  • Rice cakes and peanut butter - I think that rice cakes get a bad rap. I actually really enjoy them ... once they're slathered with fat. I like mine with butter and peanut butter. Quick, easy, gluten-free, and surprisingly tasty.
  • Hummus - Homemade hummus is gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan. Plus, it's delicious and versatile. I eat mine with tortilla chips or rice crackers, or use it as a dip with fresh, raw veggies.
  • Chocolate coconut snack balls - I based my snack ball recipe on Power Bites, which I got from Micaela Preston's book Practically Green. Once again they're gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, and totally yummy. My kids can't get enough of these.
  • Fruit and veggies - Sometimes it's best to just go back to basics. We could all use more fruit and vegetables in our diet. They're good for us, they're packed full of vitamins, and they're delicious. They're also some of the easiest foods to source locally. I freeze organic local blueberries in the summer and snack on them all year round - so good!

Are you - or is someone in your family - gluten-free? What are your favourite wheat-free homemade snacks? I'd love to hear your tips!

2 comments:

Julianna B said...

Simply perfect! Yammy!

Betsy (Eco-Novice) said...

Awesome, esp. those little balls. Hummus with whole wheat pita chips (not gluten-free of course) is a staple at our home as well. I'm going to share this post with my gluten-free sister.

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