10 Guiltless Gluten-Free Snacks
Greek Yogurt Parfait
Skip the drive thru and make your own gluten-free yogurt parfait at home! Start with a 6-ounce container of Greek yogurt (We love Chobani black cherry for this healthy snack) and top it with 1/2 cup Gluten-Free Cinnamon Chex cereal and four raw almonds. The result is a creamy, fruity, and crunchy concoction with just 208 calories, 3 grams of fat (mostly healthy fat from the almonds), and 15 grams of protein—it's a perfectly satisfying gluten-free breakfast or dessert!
GoGo SqueeZ Applesauce Pouches
Yes, these squeezable applesauce pouches are designed for kids, but they make a great natural fruit snack on the go. Throw one of five flavors—apple, apple strawberry, apple banana, apple cinnamon, or apple peach—in your gym bag for a quick and easy snack before or after your workout. Each gluten-free pouch contains 100 percent fruit and has just 60 calories. If you're looking for something a little more hearty, pair one pouch with a handful of walnuts.
Curried Butternut Squash Soup
It can be tough to find a soup that doesn't have the "g" word in it. So instead of scouring the store shelves, make your own gluten-free soup at home! This curried butternut squash soup recipe takes 35 minutes to make and is full of veggies. A filling 1.5-cup serving has 195 calories and 3 grams of fat, along with 6 grams of protein, 12 grams of fiber, and 171 milligrams of calcium. It's a gluten-free power snack that you can whip up over the weekend, store in containers, and enjoy all week!
Grown-Up Ants on a Log
Give this classic after-school snack a grown-up, gluten-free makeover by topping celery sticks with all-natural almond butter and chopped dried plums. Dried plums tend to have less sugar and more belly-filling fiber than other dried fruits, so this makes a great afternoon snack to keep you satisfied until dinner.
How to make it: Fill the crevice of one large celery stalk with one tablespoon of almond butter and sprinkle with 1/8 cup of small, chopped dried plums like Sunsweet's Plum Amazins. The whole snack is about 160 calories and is filled with healthy fats, fiber, and vitamins.
Gluten-Free Nutrition Bars
There's no shortage of protein and nutrition bars for the gluten-free crowd. Whether you're looking for something that's all-natural, high in protein, vegan—almost anything—there's likely a gluten-free bar to meet your needs. Just be sure it says "gluten-free" clearly on the label (different flavors of the same brand vary) and that it has fewer than 250 calories. Ideally, your healthy snacks should have about 150-200 calories each.
Simply 7 Hummus Chips with Salsa
Made from chickpea flour and with a slight hummus taste to them, Simply 7 Hummus Chips in Sea Salt are a great gluten-free snack on the go. There are only 130 calories in a 30-chip serving, along with 5 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein. If you like your chips with a little dip (who doesn't?), try two tablespoons of Tostitos all-natural pineapple and peach salsa, which adds just 20 calories per serving.
Edamame is a great, high-protein, gluten-free snack. One 1/2-cup serving of these young soybeans has about 100 calories, along with 8 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber. Add a flavor boost to plain edamame by tossing it in a mix of chili powder, salt, and red pepper flakes. Research shows that eating spicy foods can help boost your metabolism.
Wholly Guacamole 100 Cal Snack Pack with Jicama
Wholly Guacamole offers the perfect solution for those who use the healthy fats in avocado to justify a guacamole binge (We've all been there.). These fabulous pre-portioned packets deliver 2 ounces of guac, made with avocados, jalapeños, onion, salt, and garlic, for just 100 calories.
To save even more calories, ditch your chips and try cutting up peeled jicama into matchsticks. One cup of jicama slices has just 46 calories, 6 grams of fiber, and 40 percent of your daily vitamin C needs.
Air-Popped Popcorn Trail Mix
One of the biggest bummers of going gluten-free is that many snack foods, like trail mix with pretzels, are off limits. But nature created one of the best gluten-free snacks of all: popcorn! Make your own trail mix by shaking together five walnuts with 2 cups of all-natural, air-popped popcorn that's been salted (best if you pop it yourself) and 1/8 cup of dried all-natural cherries. The final product is a salty, savory, and sweet snack with about 200 calories.
Baked Sweet Potato with Butter and Honey
If you're craving something sweet, why not try a baked sweet potato? Fantastically filling, healthy, and indulgent-tasting, this gluten-free snack just requires a little time in the microwave, a teaspoon of butter, and a small drizzle of honey. With about 150 calories, 4 grams of fiber, and 2 grams of protein, it's a sweet treat that will keep you feeling satisfied for hours!