Summer is nearly here! Are you getting as excited as we are? Road trips, camping, hanging out at the pool … summer weather is the ultimate recipe for fun. If you have kids in tow, you also know that it can be tricky keeping them satiated during all their playful activities. Today we have put together a summer-inspired guide to help you when choosing gluten-free snacks for kids. Read on to see these ideas we’ve put together for you.
Gluten-Free Snacks for Kids
We’ve shared some really fun snack ideas for kids with celiac, including Turkey Pizzadilla, Trifle, homemade fruit roll-ups and so much more!
1. Gluten-Free Snackers
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our very own gluten-free snacks for kids, Snackers. Available in four delicious flavors, they will satisfy even the pickiest of eater! Our award-winning Honey Graham flavor has just a slight hint of sweetness (tip: you can also use these as a base for your favorite pie!). Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Chocolate Chip are like cookies but much healthier with only 90 calories, 5 grams of fat and 4 grams of sugar per 1 ounce serving.
If you’re seeking a savory treat, you’ll absolutely love the flavor of our Real Cheddar Snackers. Think Goldfish or Cheezits but gluten-free. Best of all, our Snackers are available for purchase right here on our website :)
Find tons of recipes using Snackers, here.
2. Homemade Trail Mix
This is a great idea, and so quick and easy to make at home. Choose a selection of healthy, gluten-free ingredients, such as nuts, dried fruit, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and shredded coconut. Mix them together and store in an airtight container in the fridge. To make it extra special, you can even add gluten-free chocolate chips! NOTE: this is clearly not suitable for anyone with a nut intolerance.
3. Sweet Potato Crunchies
All kids love chips, right? But many mainstream products are unsuitable for a gluten-free diet. Sweet Potato Crunchies are a great idea, and all the family will love them. Simply peel a sweet potato and cut into julienne strips. Drizzle with olive oil or unrefined coconut oil, mix well and spread over a large cookie sheet. Bake for about 30 minutes in a medium oven until crisp, and allow to cool.
4. Turkey Pizzadilla
What is a pizzadilla? The idea came from what we all know is as a quesadilla ( kāsəˈdēyə ). The word quesadilla derives from the words queso (cheese) and tortilla. A flour tortilla can be filled with any type of cheese, meat and/or veggies. It is then heated in a pan and then folded.
Our version of the pizzadilla includes cutting one of our gluten-free cheese pizzas in half, adding meat and veggies then placing the second half on top. Now, press away like a panini! The texture and taste are amazing and there are endless possibilities. You can fill these frozen pizzas with just about any ingredients you want. And, the kids will love having this is an afternoon snack.
5. Hummus & Veggies
Sliced up carrots, sweet peppers, cucumber paired with creamy hummus is a tasty snack.
6. Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups
Did you know that most commercial fruit roll-ups are full of high fructose corn syrup, artificial dyes, and unnatural flavorings? The good news is that making your own is easy! Just place 4 cups of strawberries (or other fruit) in a food processor with 4 tablespoons of your preferred sweetener (optional). Blend until smooth and add half a cup of water.
Put the mixture in a saucepan and simmer for 10-15 minutes. Lightly spray a large cookie sheet with coconut oil, and spread with your fruit mixture. Dehydrate for 8 hours in the oven at 140 degrees.
And, of course, if time is of essence fresh fruit wins every single time.
7. No-Bake Gluten-Free Granola Bars
Ok, let’s just stop for a moment there and re-read that. No Bake. Gluten Free. Granola Bars. Genius! Huge thanks to Emmy Kim for this idea. Get the recipe (and you really want to get this recipe) here.
8. High-Protein Gluten-Free Snacks
Studies have shown that high-protein food and snacks help build muscle and keeps you fuller longer. That feeling fuller longer concept is key when you’re out and about on a long summer day’s activity!
Some high-protein gluten-free snacks for kids include:
- Hаrd Boiled Egg
- Greek Yogurt
- Tunа / Salmon
- Trail Mix
- Lоw Cal Cheese
- Egg Salad оr Tunа Salad made with Greek Yogurt
- Antipasto Skewers
- Lettuce Roll-Ups: Lunch Meat + Cheese, rolled in bibb lettuce
9. Classic PBJ
You really can’t go wrong with a classic PBJ, it’s got all the elements of success – whole grains from the bread, protein-rich nut butter and a hint of sweetness with tasty jelly. You don’t even have to worry about your bread falling apart when you choose this popular gluten-free white bread.
10. Go Sweet with a Trifle
What is a Trifle, you say? A Trifle is a dessert with layers of cream and fruit with a sponge cake or some other form of cake or cookie, such as a ladyfinger. This version of a trifle replaces the cake with gluten-free bread, uses oats and almonds for a nutty texture, and offers a nice sweetness with the use of honey. It makes a yummy, and not to mention fun!, afternoon treat for kids.
If you have kids with celiac disease, keeping your kids full and happy this summer won’t be hard with this list of gluten-free snacks for kids!