Sticking to a gluten-free diet can be difficult for adults, so naturally, the task is even more difficult when it comes to getting your kids to stick to the same diet.
Families have many reasons for cutting gluten out of their diet; in the case of a person living with Celiac disease, a diet free of gluten is essential to living a normal life.
Snacks are where the battle for your child’s approval can be won, and there are tons of gluten-free options out there that are kid-friendly.
Listed below are several examples of tasty, gluten-free options your kids are bound to love.
1) Sweet Potato Straws
Kids love that crunchy sound that comes from crackers and chips, and these sweet potato snacks deliver all the crunch with none of the gluten.
Cut 1 sweet potato julienne style and mix in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Place the fries on a baking sheet and bake them in the oven for 30 minutes at 375 degrees, rotating the fries after 15 minutes.
2) Gluten Free Chex Mix
Deciding to go gluten-free cuts out some of a kid’s favorite foods, the good news is Chex cereal is still on the table! The Celiac Disease Foundation has a great recipe for making a gluten-free Chex Mix that will win the approval of your kids and their friends.
3) Lettuce Rolls
There's a reason sandwiches are in so many kid’s lunch boxes, finger foods are fun to eat.
Lettuce rolls give you the flexibility to use whichever meats and cheeses your child will like, the easiest lettuce to use is iceberg.
Simply roll your choice of meats and cheeses in the lettuce and you’ve got yourself a tasty rolled snack.
4) Cookie Dough Bites
Who doesn’t have fond memories of eating cookie dough from a spoon?
These days we’re learning about some of the health implications of doing this, but luckily there are ways to get that same cookie dough fix that falls within a gluten-free, paleo, and vegan diets.
You can find the recipe for these bite-size treats here
5) Yogurt Fruit Pops
Greek Yogurt’s power extends beyond the breakfast table, it also makes for an awesome dessert, with a little alchemy of course.
These fruit pops can be made with a variety of fruits including raspberries, peaches, and blueberries.
Depending on the size of the popsicle mold you use, you’ll use about ½ a cup of fruit for each fruit pop.
Blend the fruit and mix in some honey, and then enough flavored Greek Yogurt to the fruit mixture to fill the mold.
Place the pops in the freezer and enjoy while frozen!
6) ips Perfect Snacks
Crunchy, salty snacks have won approval from children worldwide, each part of the world has its own take on these snacks.
Why not change up the potato chips in your child’s lunch by packing a bag of ips Perfect Chips. They’re gluten-free and are packed with protein essential to giving your child that mid-day energy boost.
Are your kid's popcorn fans? Try our ips Perfect Pop, they have half the fat of regular popcorn and come in a variety of flavors.
Snacks don’t have to be unhealthy, and healthy snacks don’t have to be boring. A little creativity and knowledge of gluten-free foods can help you feed your kids healthy snacks they’ll love.