Kids absolutely love to munch on different treats, and eating healthy snacks throughout the day can boost their energy and nutritional intake. Keeping your kids gluten-free, though, can be challenging, especially when it comes to snacks. By the time you finally find the right afternoon fix, your kid is likely already in the middle of a meltdown. Here are some ideas that will help you.
Why gluten free?
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. If your child has celiac disease or a gluten intolerance, you already know that they should avoid all products made with grains that have gluten. For them, eating gluten could result in serious side effects such as:
- rash or eczema
- joint pain
- nervous system issues
Sweet potato crisps
Simply fry up some thinly sliced sweet potatoes and add salt and pepper to taste if you want. That’s it!!! Full of energy and also yummy.
Gluten free granola
Use honey, gluten-free oats, unsweetened coconut chips, and coconut oil. Mix them up and let them set before cutting into bars. Make a batch on the weekend, and package them up for a weekday grab-and-go breakfast.
Gluten free cucumber sandwiches
Healthy cucumber rounds take the place of bread in these bite-sized sandwiches that are just as fun to make as they are to eat. Add in for avocado, tomato, turkey, and cheese, but feel free to substitute with your child’s favorite lean meats, veggies, or hummus.
Cinnamon apple chips
Apples are full of vitamins, fiber, antioxidants, and minerals. Baking thin slices of apple with cinnamon results in a naturally sweet, crunchy, and a snack your kids will keep asking for.