18 million Americans suffer from gluten sensitivity while 3 million suffer from celiac disease. Unfortunately, this figure is likely redundant, as an estimated 97% of celiac sufferers are undiagnosed and unaware of their condition.
Despite this, gluten-free diets remain to be popular choices for individuals even without gluten sensitivities or allergies. 63% of Americans believe that a gluten-free diet would benefit their mental or physical health, which is perhaps why gluten-free snacks and food items have become commonplace.
In this article we’re going to share 10 healthy gluten-free snack ideas that you can make, try, or buy. Let’s get started.
That’s right, every movie lover's favorite snack is entirely gluten-free! Hurray! Plus, popcorn is an ideal snack for people looking to lose weight due to its low caloric density. One large bowl of popcorn (around five cups) only contains 120 to 150 calories!
The best part about fruit is that not only is it gluten-free, you have an extensive variety to choose from. Fruit is nature’s candy - packed with nutrients and a deliciously sweet flavor to satisfy any sweet tooth.
3. P-nuff Crunch
If you’re not one for cooking, you can also buy gluten-free snacks. P-nuff Crunch are puffs made from navy beans, rice, and roasted peanuts. No corn, gluten or added artificial ingredients are used at all! Click here to shop.
4. Turkey and cheese roll-ups
If you’re looking for a high protein gluten-free snack, this one's for you. Made without the tortilla, you simply wrap a slice of turkey around a stick of cheese and enjoy.
5. Beef jerky
This is another great option for store-bought gluten-free snacks. Beef jerky is packed with protein and can easily be bought from any grocery store or gas station. It also doesn't need to be refrigerated so it’s perfect for road trips or when you’re on-and-go.
6. Greek yogurt
Greek yogurt is one of the best snacks period! It’s naturally gluten-free, low in fat and sugar, and keeps you fuller for longer despite being low in calories. Per serving you can enjoy 15 grams of protein for just 80 calories.
7. Rice crackers and hummus
You may assume that all crackers contain gluten, but in reality there are many healthy gluten-free crackers available to buy in stores. They are often made with rice instead! Grab a serving of these crackers and a few tablespoons of hummus for a satiating savory snack.
8. Veggie tray
If you’re adopting a gluten-free diet as a way to lose weight, making a veggie tray is easy and effective. Simply cut up a few of your favorite vegetables, choose your favorite gluten-free dip - we recommend tzatziki - and enjoy!
9. Celery and apple sticks with peanut butter
One serving of peanut butter, celery, and one apple provides approximately 300 calories, 8 grams of protein, 16 grams of fat, and 10 grams of fiber. You’ll be consuming a third of your daily recommended fiber intake to ensure healthy digestion. Win!
10. Strawberries and Nutella
Now for an option for those with a real sweet tooth craving you can’t shake! Nutella is calorie and sugar dense, but it is still gluten-free. One tablespoon of Nutella contains 100 calories, so stretching this out with a pack of strawberries can satisfy your sweet craving without going overboard. If you want to cut out some of the sugar and calories, you could also go with Nuts 'N More's Cocoa Hazelnut Spread, which essentially tastes just like Nutella, but with more health-conscious macros.