1) The staples of fruits and veggies. Do not get me started on how important eating fruits and vegetables are, they have so many health benefits (recent studies show green peppers may reduce your chances of getting Parkinson’s Disease) literally from eye health, to skin health, to preventing diseases and cancers. Not only that but they are good raw, steamed, or cooked, you really cannot mess up a good veggie. And as for fruits, hello antioxidants! Did you know that eating blueberries can decrease your chances of getting Alzheimer’s Disease? There are so many benefits to eating fruits and vegetables, there is such a wide variety, and they taste great and make great snacks! Here are some of my fav fruits and veggie snacks!
- apples and peanut butter
- celery and peanut butter
- (I obviously love peanut butter)
- blueberries and soy yogurt
- natural applesauce
This picture was from the luna bar site, and it is so true and describes my love of peanut butter perfectly!
2) Rice Cakes, oh my goodness gracious, I could live on rice cakes. They are gluten free, light and crispy, and come in a variety of flavors. Plus, Quaker makes rice snacks (smaller version of rice cakes), as well as the regular sized rice cakes. My favorite kinds are the chocolate crunch cakes, and the kettle corn snacks–literally could eat these suckers all day.
3) Luna Bars. Luna bars kind of have taken over my life. I have been eating one a day since 2009 and basically they changed my life. A bit dramatic, maybe? But so true. They are gluten free, have calcium, iron, folic acid, and vitamin D (we stop producing Vitamin D from October to March so hurry go buy Luna Bars!), and they contain 12 grams of protein. These bars keep you full, and are so good. Literally they taste like a candy bar. I prefer the protein ones, which contain the nutritional info I just listed. However, they have super good regular Luna Bars that are just as healthy, and contain the core 4! Also, Luna has fiber bars as well!
Favorite Luna bars:
1) Chocolate Peanut Butter (Protein)
2) Chocolate Peppermint Stick
3) Coconut Chocolate Drizzle
4) Carrot Cake
5) Mint Chocolate (Protein)
6) Lemon Zest
4) Another protein packed, and healthy gluten free snack option are nuts. Almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts. Any of these supply you with good fats, and are tasty! If you want a real treat…eat chocolate covered or coco roasted almonds, they will blow your mind.
5) The last gluten free snack I always find myself eating is good ole toast. All you need some good gluten free bread (I use Rudi’s) and some fruity jam spread and you have such a great snack that for some reasons literally cheers you up. I cannot explain it…but mastering the perfect piece of toast just can make your day.
Even if you are not on a gluten free diet, you should be aware of what you are consuming and putting into your body everyday. If given the option always choose multigrain over white bread, and start researching to find out what really is in all the products you so readily consume. Healthy food in, healthy and happy attitude out!