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If you’re gluten-free, it’s imperative that you carry snacks with you wherever you go for several reasons.
For starters, you cannot depend on a vending machine, restaurant or conference planner to feed you something safe (or healthy). It’s very hard to find something quick and easy that is gluten-free and healthy when you’re on the go and need something now at the moment hunger strikes. Always have gluten-free snacks with you to avoid becoming hangry (hungry + angry).
When traveling, the last thing you want to worry about is trying to find something to eat when you’re feeling desperate, in a hurry, or anxious about your flight. If you carry a stash of foods with you, you’ll never go hungry.
Also, when you carry your own snacks, you’ll always have food with you that you actually look forward to eating. You might look forward to eating beef jerky or some olive snacks that you know will hold you over until your next meal. Bring things you cannot wait to eat. (Just remind yourself not to eat them too soon – they’re there for you in a pinch!)
What I Look For In Gluten-Free Snacks
I’ve been gluten-free for a long time (more than five years!) and I’ve always carried food with me. I guess you could call me an expert of sorts when it comes to sharing gluten-free snack ideas.
When I compiled this list of gluten-free snack ideas, however, I wanted to ensure the snacks met the following important criteria.
Here are the attributes I look for when choosing my gluten-free snacks:
Nutritionally Advantageous: I look for gluten-free snacks that offer some sort of nutritional advantage. For example, something high in protein or packed with nuts, seeds or superfoods.
Clean, Quality Ingredients: I look for gluten-free snacks that offer quality, clean ingredient lists. I don’t want to eat something that has a million ingredients in it or ingredients I don’t recognize or trust. There’s no sense in filling my body with chemicals and preservatives if I don’t have to.
Low in Added Sugar: I also look for gluten-free snacks that are low in sugar. If I need a sugar pick-me-up, I will grab an apple, which offers the sweetness I’m craving along with a variety of nutrients, fiber and more.
Quick & Easy: I wanted to include gluten-free snack ideas that you could simply pull from your pantry and stick in your purse or pocket with little-to-no fuss or preparation. I didn’t want to share things that required cooking, assembly or anything like that because it would deter you from carrying these snacks with you.
Gluten-Free Clues: Most of these products are certified gluten-free. There are a couple on this list that are not certified gluten-free but contain no ingredients that appear to have gluten in them. You must read labels and judge for yourself if you deem these gluten-free snack ideas safe for your diet. Remember, ingredients and labels change all the time, so check and re-check.
Not a Bar: Bars are not something many people look forward to eating. They don’t feel like real food to me and they usually include a laundry list of ingredients I don’t recognize or added sugar to mask the nasty taste. This list of gluten-free snack ideas does NOT include one bar on it. You’ll only find nutritious, satisfying and tasty snack ideas here.
Top Gluten-Free Snack Ideas:
So without further ado, I’m going to share with you my top gluten-free snack ideas that are perfect for on-the-go snacking.