24 Gluten-Free Snacks That Are So Yummy, Your Fam Will Forget About Gluten Entirely

by Zlata Faerman
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Gluten-free snacks are eseential for any family with members who are gluten sensitive, gluten intolerant, or simply enjoy healthy eating, in general. After all, kids love to munch as long as you’ll let them. And if you don’t, cue the whining. My kid can ask me 1,253 times in a span of 40 seconds for a snack. (I know right? Pretty impressive!) I’m big on feeding my son as healthily as I possibly can, which was easy to do when he was younger. But nowadays with him going to school and summer camp, I’m at the mercy of the facilities and my son literally has to take whatever they dish out.

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At home, though, I pride myself on our pantry and the bevy of options we have, most of which are all pretty healthy. While my family doesn’t fall under any official guidelines that dictate we have to eat gluten-free, I try to not have any gluten or wheat products in our house. So while my son technically can eat gluten products, I like to explore snack options that are sans.

What does gluten-free mean on a food label?

For many families, gluten intolerances are a bigger factor in their everyday lives — much more than just sensitivities. In complete intolerances, bodies cannot handle breaking down the gluten enzyme found in wheat, rye, and barley, causing a lot of digestion issues. While there are many foods that are inherently gluten-free, cross-contamination can occur, which subsequently can affect someone’s reaction. For instance, Kate Scarlata, MPH, RDN, LDN says, “Although oats do not contain gluten on their own, they often get cross-contaminated with gluten in the growing fields or during food manufacturing. For those following a strict gluten-free diet, always inquire with the manufacturer about the source of their oats, even if the product is labeled gluten-free.”

What are the best gluten-free snacks for the family?

I’ve rounded up a list of other snacks that I’d totally keep in my pantry for my kiddo and any play dates he has over. Some are healthier than others, but all are great options for anyone sticking to a gluten-free diet.

Best Gluten-Free Snacks For The Family


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