Finding gluten free snacks is just one part of learning to live a healthy, gluten free lifestyle. If you’ve recently made this dietary change, you’ll also need to think carefully about aspects such as your weekly shop, eating out and even learning to decipher food labels. Here is a quick guide to hassle free eating without gluten.
1. Know your gluten free snacks
It might seem like a daunting task, but in reality there are probably plenty of naturally gluten free snacks already sitting in your fridge or cupboards. Knowing the quick wins is key, so look out for these great unrefined foods the next time you’re peckish:
- Nuts and seeds
- Beans and corn
Make these into tasty snacks by adding honey to fruit, or cooking with oils; all these make any food taste good and best of all they are gluten free.
2. Look into packaged gluten free snacks
Packaged foods should be approached with caution; lots of processed foods contain hidden gluten-laden ingredients, which you should learn to spot from the outset. Soy sauce, herbal teas and even salad dressing can contain sources of gluten, so be sure you have familiarised yourself with the key culprits. Make a list of these and put it somewhere handy like your wallet. Once you’ve done this, it’s a good idea to separate these from the gluten free snacks in your cupboard, so you can avoid any mix ups.
Don’t forget that some packaged foods, like Nākd bars, are gluten free and deliciously good for you! Our range of bars and raisins contain all natural ingredients and make the perfect gluten free snack for when you’re on the ego. Check out our Nakd bars to see which flavours tickle your fancy.
3. Have a list of gluten free snacks for each meal type
Need a quick breakfast? The last thing you want is to be squinting at food labels first thing in the morning. Have a planned list of gluten free breakfast ideas, as well as lunches, dinners and foods to snack on between meals. Keep this on your fridge or even in your smartphone to make mealtimes much handier.
4. Make your shopping list
By now you should have a good idea of the gluten free snacks you’ll need on your regular shopping list. Think along the lines of tasty wholefoods and stir-fries; the world is your oyster as long as you’ve done your homework! A good tip is to bring your list of hidden gluten sources with you in case you’re tempted by something on the supermarket shelves and you need to check. Smartphones and gluten free apps are also great for checking things on the go.
5. Eating out?
Finally, don’t forget there will be times when you aren’t in a position to check labels and look up items. Eating out is a good example of this, and many people who can’t eat gluten miss out on restaurant outings for fear of not finding something suitable on the menu. This is a shame, as many eateries now have gluten free options these days. Don’t be embarrassed about checking with the waiting staff if you aren’t sure of anything, lots of people have special dietary requirements and they will be used to these questions. Look at our article, ‘gluten free snacks and meals: a guide to eating out' for more tips.