The Top 5 Tasty Gluten-Free Snacks for Kids

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You sit down after a long day, then you hear a child whining, “I’m hungry for a snack!” Don’t let your kids reach for the junk food at snacktime. Give them something better!

One thing to look at is the gluten content of your snacks. Gluten makes many people sick! Recent surveys show that 18 million Americans have gluten sensitivity and another 3 million have full-blown celiac disease.

But what is a gluten-free snack and how do you get your kids to eat them?

Don’t worry, we gathered a list of our top 5 gluten-free snacks for kids to help you get started. Keep reading to see which stellar snacks you and your family should try today!

What Is Gluten?

We hear the word “gluten” thrown around a lot these days. But, what is gluten? Is it as bad for you as they say in the media?

Gluten is a combination of various proteins found in cereal grains and bread. It is the gluten that makes bread doughs stretchy and chewy.

For those with gluten sensitivities or intolerances, consuming gluten causes an immune response that affects the lining of the small intestine. Not only does this disrupt the absorption of nutrients from food, but it also causes other problems like osteoporosis, nerve damage, and seizures!

Suffice to say that people who don’t handle gluten well need to steer clear of it at all costs!

Why Should You Get Rid of the Gluten?

Most people with celiac disease don’t even realize they have it. All they know is that they feel like roadkill all the time!

Once someone does get diagnosed with celiac disease, the only way to treat it is a change of diet. There’s no magic pill to make this disease go away. Not only is a gluten-free diet the only known treatment for celiac disease, but it helps with a host of other symptoms for non-celiac people. 

Some of the symptoms improved by a gluten-free diet include:

  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Gastrointestinal distress, such as diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating and abdominal pain
  • Iron deficiency anemia
  • Mood disorders, including depression, anxiety and “brain fog”
  • Osteoporosis

It’s amazing how much better many people feel after changing to a gluten-free diet. Check out this article for more of the benefits of eating gluten-free snacks for people with and without celiac disease.

5 Delicious Gluten-Free Snacks for Kids (Even the Picky Ones)

A quick tip: presentation makes a difference to kids. If the snack looks yucky, the flavor won’t matter because the kids won’t eat them. Make the snacks look fun and the kids will show more interest in trying it.

  1. Banging Strawberry Banana Breakfast Bars

A great gluten-free breakfast for a family on the move is a breakfast bar. They are quick to grab and head out the door in the morning and taste like a strawberry banana smoothie in a bar form.

Look for a paleo recipe to make sure all the awesome nutrients get from the foods to your family!

  1. Roasted Chickpeas

If your kids love pretzels and chips, this is the gluten-free snack for you! Experiment with different spices and seasonings to customize your chickpeas and keep them interesting.

  1. Fruit Leather- Mango Honey

This homemade and healthy version of a fruit roll-up is an instant hit with kids! They can help cut up the fruit leather into fun shapes for snack time.

All you need is mangos, honey, and lemon juice! Puree the ingredients into a smoothie consistency and let it dehydrate in your oven or a food dehydrator overnight. In the morning, the liquid will have dried into a leather texture that is easy to cut with a knife, scissors, or cookie cutters.

  1. Baked Cinnamon Apple Crisps

These thin sliced crispy delights please your sweet tooth and give you a satisfying crunch. The best part is how easy these are to make!

Remove the core and cut your apple of choice as thin as you can using a sharpened knife or a mandolin. Toss the apple slices with about a tablespoon of cinnamon (add other spices if you wish) and lay them flat on a parchment-lined cookie sheet.

Then let those babies cook at 200° F for an hour, then flip them. Let the apples cook on the other side for a couple of hours, or until the color changes to a light brown. And voila, delicious cinnamon apple crisps!

  1. Chocolate Chip Granola Bars with Quinoa

The granola bars you buy at the store come packed with chemicals, preservatives, and sugar. They are nowhere near as healthy as we would like.

Instead of resorting to a granola candy bar, make your own at home! Our favorite recipe uses steel-cut oats, chocolate chips, a small amount of brown rice syrup, and quinoa.

Sometimes, All You Need Is a Little Optimism

Not every snack is a hit, so don’t get discouraged if a few recipes flop. There are tons of options for gluten-free snacks for kids published on the internet for you to try. Or, if you feel adventurous, experiment and create something new!

Sometimes, your family will resist going gluten-free. If they see you jumping into the gluten-free pool with both feet, they are more likely to give it an honest try also. Remember, a little optimism goes a long way!

We hope you loved reading this article and that you learned a few things about making gluten-free snack options for your family. If you need more tips and information about family, food, crafts, travel and more, check out the rest of our blogs today!

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