Did you know that the occurrence of food allergies, in children, increased by 50% between 197 and 2011! If your child has allergies, you know how frustrating it can be to find safe snacks that are easy and loved. Here are some ideas to get you started…
1.Fruits & Veggies
I know that does not sound like a very likable snack for children, but it can be if you make it fun. Intoxicated On Life shares this great idea to make fruit kabobs. Children love this and the stars are made from cheese adding a bit of protein to make this snack more filling.
Most children adore smoothies and it’s a great way to offer fruit in a “healthy milkshake” form. A cold, blended treat, what’s not to love!
Try this beautiful purple Berrylicious one from Intoxicated On Life. Bonus, it’s sugar-free too!
A great way to expand upon the fruits and veggies is with dip. Try out this recipe from Whole New Mom
Here is the recipe, but be sure to check out the full post here: Easy Fruit Dip Dessert Sauce
If you need some grab and go snacks to pack for your child’s lunch, Kind Bars are a popular option. Not all Kind bars are gluten-free, so be sure to visit the website or check the packaging. On the website, you can choose “Filter by Ingredients and Benefits” then select “Gluten Free.” The peanut butter and dark chocolate are a delicious option.
Or if you are the DIY type, here is the homemade version: The Nourishing Home
You can buy packaged gluten free crackers now, but why not make your own? Before you think it is far too complicated, you have to check out this 2-ingredient recipe by RaisingTheBarrs:
Super Easy Nut Crackers
This has become my favorite quick snack recipe. I have several dips that are quick & easy that I often pair these with, but they are also good alone. AND they are easy to modify. Doubling (or tripling) the recipe is no problem, and they lend themselves to add-in spices and herbs well, too.
1 cup nut meal (I’ve tried almonds & walnuts)
1 egg white
salt, pepper, garlic powder/granules, dried herbs (rosemary would be yummy), curry powder, etc.
Nuts are a snack packed with nutrients and a delightful crunch. As long as your child does not have nut allergies, you can find some wonderful recipes that will satisfy that sweet tooth, as well. Happy Healthnut has an Almond Joy Chocolate Bark that makes a great substitute for the candy bar. The recipe uses Enjoy Life chocolate chips which are gluten free!
Udi makes store bought Gluten Free Muffins, but you can also make your own ahead of time and even freeze them for later.
The Nourishing Home Cinnamon Streusel Muffins
This may not sound like a very healthy snack to give kids, but there are some wonderful recipes. Take these gluten free, low sugar ones from Super Healthy Kids. Only 4-ingredients and the added benefits of chia seeds!
Though corn is a grain, popcorn is a wonderful crunchy snack that is gluten free. You can make it more fun by creating popcorn balls. Gimme Some Oven has a naturally sweet version made with honey.
As long as you use oats not processed in a plant with gluten, granola is another option. Kids can eat it with almond milk for extra nutrition. You can add fruit or even make it into bars like with number 4.
Gluten-Free Goddess has a homemade recipe:
Get creative and let us know your favorite gluten free snack in the comments!