My favourite “healthier” gluten-free snacks of the moment

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I am always trying to eat healthier and spend less money on food. These two goals often conflict and I vary in my level of success on both fronts. You could say I have really good and really bad weeks. I try to always keep my desk and mini fridge at work stocked with snacks that are on the healthier side. Bottom-line is that stocking up on healthier gluten-free snacks helps keep you from eating unhealthy alternatives (chips and chocolate for me) and from being tempted by potentially unsafe meal options that could contain gluten. There are not many 100% safe gluten-free options near my work and the safe ones are on the more expense side. Packing a lunch and having healthy snacks on hand make gluten-free life so much easier.

Snacks to stack up on:

  • Nuts such as almonds, cashews and pecans(always make sure they are gluten-free and stay away from seasonings if they don’t specify they are gluten-free)
  • Yogurt (I prefer plain greek yogurt and I add things like granola, honey, peanut butter, maple syrup and fruit)
  • Gluten-free crackers
  • Nut butters
  • Gluten-free granola
  • Gluten-free energy bars (perfect for a pre-workout snack)
  • Fruits (my favourite to keep at work are green apples)
  • Veggies and hummus
  • Cheese
  • Lots of tea

A few of my current go-to’s (I took the pics in my office):

Rise Kombucha

I love Rise Kombucha, particularly the green one, which is mint and chlorophyl. It is refreshing but definitely does not fit in the budget category at all at around $4 a bottle and $9 for a larger bottle. I love the taste, it’s refreshing and I find it is good for calming an upset stomach after a getting gluten poisoned.

http://www.risekombucha.com/en/faq/

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Luna Bars

Luna bars are now gluten-free and are a great snack to keep in your purse/bag or desk for when you are starving. Half a bar is great for a pre-workout snack. I love the Nutz Over Chocolate flavour.

http://www.lunabar.com/

Bakery on Main Granola

I like to buy this granola when it’s on sale and keep it in my desk. My favourite is the Nutty Cranberry Maple. It goes great with yogurt and is also good on its own.

http://bakeryonmain.com/

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What are some of your favourite gluten-free snacks?

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Too Easy Candied Maple Pecans (Gluten-Free & Vegan)

Easy Candied Pecan (Gluten-Free)

Never buy candied pecans, they are too easy to make! I am scared to share this recipe because now all my friends will really know just how easy they really are. I bring these pecans to get-togethers and no matter how much I make they usually disappear before everyone gets to try them. I love to snack on them but if I can manage to save some they are perfect on salads or desserts. I love easy “recipes” like this. More like little tricks to make delicious add-ons that happen to be gluten-free!

Maple Pecans

  • 4 TBSPs Pure Maple Syrup (only the real stuff will do)
  • 3 cups Pecans

Preheat the oven the 300 F. Combine maple syrup and pecans in a bowl to coat (the measurements do not need to be exact). Spread the pecans out on a baking sheet lined with parchment. The cooking time really depends on the oven. I usually put them in for about 15-20 minutes. You want to make sure they caramelize but don’t burn, so check them often. Let them cool and store in an airtight container. These pecans are perfect as a snack and are also great added to: salads with beets and goat cheese, yogurt, ice cream…


Candied Maple Pecans (Gluten-Free)

Gluten-Free Product Review: Doritos Bold BBQ & Skittles

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Sometimes us celiacs want to eat garbage too and there is something comforting about finding out your childhood favorites are safe to eat once again. While I admit these foods are terrible for you I do like knowing they’re gluten-free!

Our recent Game of Thrones viewing party required junk food and I was amazed to see that Bold BBQ Doritos are now labeled gluten-free. My favorite candy, Skittles, have been labeled gluten-free for a few years now. While the two don’t really go together, their gluten-free existence make me happy. Enjoy your gluten-free junk (in moderation ;))!

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Nachos- The Perfect Gluten-Free Snackfood

Easy Gluten-Free Nachos

Sometimes we need to be reminded of the basics, at least I do. This isn’t really a recipe, more of a reminder of how good nachos can be. This winter has been pretty brutal and sometimes you need a little comfort food. Nachos are the perfect comfort food in my books. They are delicious, filling, crowd pleasing and super easy to prepare.

So get out your favorite corn chips, cheese and veggies and make the best nachos ever. Sometimes snack food for dinner is just what you need! And it’s kinda healthy, look there’s vegetables! We didn’t this time but you can add beans, chicken or beef for more protein!

Ingredients:

  • Corn chips (most are gluten-free, but always check!)
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Veggies: chopped red peppers, jalapenos, red onion, green onion and avocado (add the avo only after baking)

After baking in a 450 F oven  for 5-10 minutes (or as much time  it took to brown the cheese a little, you can also broil) we added chopped avocado and served with salsa and lime on the side.

Tip: tinfoil is the lazy nacho makers BFF! Minimal clean-up.

There are no rules! Try a bunch of different combos!

Some more ideas:

  • blue corn chips or flavored chips
  • beans (black beans or refried beans)
  • more protein options: chicken or tofu
  • different cheeses (you can used Daiya for vegan nachos)
  • more veggie options: tomatoes, corn, sprouts..
  • olives or pickled jalapenos
  • fresh herbs (coriander or chives work well)
  • serve with : sour cream, guacamole…

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Tamari Almonds- Almost too easy to make (Gluten-Free)

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Tamari almonds are one of my favourite snacks and luckily they are ridiculously easy to make. Tamari almonds found in stores are usually not gluten-free friendly so your best bet is to make a big batch at home. All you need are raw almonds and some gluten-free tamari. Thats’ it! I like to buy my almonds in bulk and store them in the fridge for baking and snacking, nuts are much more affordable this way.

These make a great snack and are perfect to put out before dinner during the holidays or anytime really. My friends love them and are always impressed that I make my own (little do they know that this is the one of easiest things I make).

Ingredients

  • 3 cups raw almonds
  • scant 1/4 cup gluten-free tamari (any kind will work, I always use San J)

Heat oven to 300F.

Spread the almonds out in a single layer on a baking sheet (parchment optional) and bake for about 8-10 minutes, until they give off a nutty smell but aren’t yet toasted.

Place the almonds in a bowl and mix with the tamari. Let this sit for 10 minutes mixing every so often.

Return almonds to the pan with a slotted spoon and bake for an additional 10-20 minutes. The timing really depends on your oven. The almonds should be dry and nicely browned, but not burnt. Keep a close watch the first time you make this recipe. That’s it!

Store them in a airtight container.

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