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Sara Siskind, founder of Hands on Healthy has thought up some great gluten free snacks, in honor of Celiac Awareness Day this Sunday, that are not only healthy for your body, but taste great too.
The key is to go gluten free the NATURAL way, by always reading labels and knowing what is in your food.Choose foods with as few additive ingredients as possible and stay clear of all the extra starches that can weigh you down.
See below for her favorite, naturally gluten free snacks that are easy to pack and are sure to be a hit!
1. Setton Farms Pistachio Chewy Bites are my favorite protein packed snacks that are also loaded with fiber and antioxidants with only 5 ingredients. Find them at your local market or buy from www.puritan.com.
2. Greek Yogurt which is higher in protein than regular yogurt. Sprinkle with flax seeds, blueberries or chopped nuts for an extra kick.
3. Roasted chickpeas are great on their own or even as a topping on salads or soups creating a little mini meal. Either make them at home or look for them in your market.
Fruits and Vegetables
1. Cucumber and Carrot sticks with Guacamole- love the individual packs by Wholly Guacamole.
2. Clementines are great to toss into your bag, plus loaded with Vitamin C.
3. Smoothies- make your own with milk, berries, spinach, banana and a tablespoon of nut butter or look for store bought with no added sugar.
Crunchy and Savory-Homemade
1. Non-GMO Popcorn made with coconut oil and sea salt .
2. Mary’s Gone Crackers come in many flavors and have no added starchy fillers and certainly fill the crunch criteria.
1. Dark chocolate covered fruit or nuts; check out Setton Farms Dark Chocolate Pistachios. They keep you full and hit the spot!
- A serving of dark chocolate pistachios 2-3 times a week can help lower your blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.
- Pistachios and cocoa are loaded with nutrients and rich in antioxidants, which can help prevent a variety of chronic diseases and slow the signs of aging.
- Dark chocolate can increase blood flow to the brain and heart, helping to improve cognitive function.
- You can obtain as much dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios as from a 1/2 cup cooked broccoli.
2. Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough- here’s my favorite easy no cook recipe:
- 2/3 cups raw cashews
- 1/3 cup gluten free oatmeal
- 2-3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup mini chocolate chip
Place nuts and oats into a blender until a powder like consistency forms. Transfer to a bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Mix well and form into small balls. Enjoy!
About Pistachio Chewy Bites
With two main ingredients, Pistachio Chewy Bites provide healthy snack lovers the amazing benefits of pistachios and cranberries in a delicious and nutritious bite-size bar. Pistachio Chewy Bites are heart-healthy, 100% all natural, gluten and dairy free, low in sodium, GMO free, vegan and a great on-the-go protein snack. They also have no cholesterol, zero trans-fat and are a good source of dietary fiber. These nutrient-rich snack bars provide a great balance of carbohydrates, protein and fat for sustainable energy. With 7 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and healthy fat, the individually wrapped bars are the perfect one stop shop. Available in major grocery store chains across the country such as: Shoprite, A&P, HEB, Safeway, Ingles, Price Chopper, Wegmans, Save Mart, or online at Amazon.com and Puritan.com.
Enjoy! Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, Sara Siskind is the founder of Hands On Healthy, cooking classes for adults, families and teens based in New York. Sara has dedicated her career to educating clients on how food and lifestyle choices affect health, and how to make the right choices to look and feel your best each day. Sara translates the complexity of integrated nutrition into usable tools with easy-to-cook recipes that appeal to the entire family. Sara counsels privately to offer highly customized health and nutrition plans for her clients. She also works with parents on shopping and cooking smarter to create healthier homes. In addition, she teaches beginner to gourmet cooking classes with her signature "toss it in" approach. In addition, Sara regularly works with corporations and non-profit organizations to lead workshops and lectures on healthy eating.>Website: www.sarasiskind.com