Celiac disease is an unfortunate genetic illness whose only known treatment is a gluten free diet. Although these dietary concerns can place pressure on parents to find suitable foods for their children, there is a growing number of suitable gluten free snacks and the like that can improve a child’s quality of life and make food a little more interesting for them.
While Z.E.N, does not have celiac disease, I do feel that gluten may be to blame for some nasal and skin problems he has been facing. So because of these potential gluten allergy symptoms, we are looking to try and cut back on items containing gluten. I don’t think we’ll be able to cut it out completely since everyone in this household loves bread so much, but in my opinion, every little step helps. In this article, we will look at just a few popular examples of these gluten free foods.
Fruit and Vegetables
It is a common refrain that people these days do not eat enough fruit and vegetables, and when in search of a gluten free diet there is more incentive than ever to take up eating many of those natural foods you might otherwise have neglected. Fruit, especially, can be a great choice for gluten free snacks since an apple or an orange is light and easy to carry as well as being tasty and healthy. Natural fruit makes a good alternative to the common granola bars, which are unsuitable.
Meat, Fish and Eggs
While many recipes that use eggs also contain gluten, eggs by themselves are perfectly healthy and a great source of nourishment. Gluten free diets are often associated with vegetarianism, but there is no particular dietary reason to avoid meat and fish. It is important to understand that gluten could be introduced into any recipe, which is why it is important to start with pure, unprocessed products. Some fish, for example, is sold with a breaded coating, which is likely not compatible with a gluten free diet.
Cookies and Other Treats
You might be surprised at the diversity and originality of some recipes for gluten free snacks for kids. For instance, while shopping at my local B.J.s I came across Snikiddy Baked Fries which is a great gluten free alternative. Gluten free cookies are also becoming popular, and there are a great many different great-tasting recipes from which to choose. You might be surprised by the diverse array of gluten free snack ideas and desserts on offer. Whether you want to serve these as the finish of a large meal or just as a light snack during the day, they can offer a great resource for an interesting gluten free lifestyle.
These articles offer some more great gluten free snack list ideas:
What gluten free snacks ideas do you have? Do you have any gluten free snack recipes you can share?