It’s hard to believe, but we’re experiencing the beginning of January all over again. And as we get settled in for a new year, we’re trying as hard as we can to hold onto our resolutions. For some of us, that resolution is to transition to a gluten-free diet. Luckily, National Gluten-Free Day on January 13, makes it the perfect day to start practicing a healthier lifestyle.
For many people, cutting out gluten may seem daunting, especially when you aren’t exactly sure what gluten even is (pro-tip: gluten is a protein found in most cereal grains, especially wheat), but a gluten-free diet is easier — and tastier — than you think! In fact, 3.1 million Americans are already living a gluten-free lifestyle.
So what do you do when you get hungry and can’t just throw a bagel in the toaster? Well, here are five gluten-free snack ideas guaranteed to give you enough energy to get through your day:
Gluten-free banana bread
If you’re an avid baker of banana bread then you know the main ingredient keeping this delicious snack from being a gluten-free snack is all-purpose flour. Luckily, that means it’s the only ingredient you need to replace! Subbing out all-purpose flour for a wheat-free, gluten-free, 1 to 1 baking flour makes for a delicious banana bread that remains sweet, delicious, and melts in your mouth!
Rice cakes with peanut butter
Though most rice cakes are gluten-free, be sure to read the label carefully if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, as some brands may incorporate barley, Kamut, or other gluten-containing grains. If you’re in the all-clear, smear on some peanut butter and feel your tummy give you a loving hug from the inside.
Almond flour crackers
Almond flour is both wheat-free and gluten-free, making a salty almond cracker the perfect crispy cracker alternative. Pair it with your favorite cheese and some grapes for a tasty afternoon snack!
Oatmeal with walnuts, apple, and cinnamon
Most oats are naturally gluten-free but they may be contaminated with wheat and other grains during growing, harvest, transportation, and manufacturing. Therefore, make sure you’re buying certified gluten-free oats. Add a dash of cinnamon, crunchy walnuts, and juicy apples and you’re ready to start your day!
Three Bridges Egg Bites
Convenient, tasty, and healthy, Three Bridges Egg Bites are a reliable gluten-free snack packed full of protein, antibiotic-free meats — along with veggie options for non-meat eaters — and all-natural ingredients. They’re a great on-the-go filling gluten-free breakfast option low in sugar and carbs and ready to be enjoyed in just 90 seconds!