By contributing writer Janelle
Spring is here, and summer feels like it’s just around the corner! With the change in seasons comes ample opportunity to pack up your gluten-free kids for some outdoor fun! Whether it’s the pool, hiking, hanging out at the park, or play dates, most likely you’re going to need some gluten-free snacks.
When you’re on a restricted diet, packing snacks can feel like a bit of a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be! There are lots of creative ideas without much expense!
I have one of those adorable insulated bags, which makes things very handy, and it looks pretty as well. If you don’t have one, you may want to consider the small up-front investment.
Gluten-Free Snack Ideas
This is an absolute staple for my kiddos. They love raisins, craisins, dried apples, and lots more! You can buy them already dried from Amazon or your grocery store, or even dry them yourself with a dehydrator!
Hard Boiled Eggs
I add a little salt and pepper and put these in a small leftover container. Eggs give a nice protein punch and some substance. Of course, they can also be messy, so make sure to pack some napkins!
Cut Veggies and Dip
Cut up cucumbers, carrots, peppers, etc., and take along your kiddos’ favorite dip/dressing in a small container.
My kids especially love apples, peeled and sliced. If you’re worried about your apples turning brown, don’t be! Just mix a cup of water with 1-2 teaspoons of lemon juice and “wash” your apples with it. It should keep them from browning.
My kids especially love Larabars and EnviroKidz crispy bars. These are nice because they are filling without having to mess with a sandwich.
We love Glutino or Snyder’s.
Yes I know, not terribly healthy but so nice to have around! Sweet potato chips are also wonderful, lower carb, and filling!
Muffins are substantial enough to replace a sandwich and so easy to stick in a little baggie or container to transport. Try out some of Linda’s muffin recipes.
These are just a few of our usual accompaniments on a day out with the kiddos. Feel free to add a comment with some of your favorite ideas as well!
Janelle is wife to her hubby, who is celiac, and mom to 2 sweet girls, one of whom is celiac, and the other showing signs of gluten intolerance.