Did you know that snacking throughout the day is a healthy way to curb cravings, keep your moods balanced, and keep your energy levels high throughout the day?
If you’re like me, snacking has become a staple of my gluten-free dairy-free diet. Whether I’m on-the-go with my son during the day, in the car getting to and from activities, traveling with my family, hiking, or enjoying some at-home time – having gluten-free dairy-free snacks on-hand is one of the number one things I recommend to anyone taking on or maintaining this diet.
One place I’ve found that snacking has had to come into center stage in my life is when I know I’ll be out of the house or around friends who don’t eat in the same way that I do. I can’t tell you how many times having a snack in my car, in my purse, or stashed in my pocket has helped me out of a pinch. Particularly when finding myself at events with limited or no options for my gluten-free dairy-free diet.
Yeah, a blueberry muffin Larabar isn’t the same as a blueberry muffin from a coffee shop – but it sure beats feeling sick for 3 days after you make that choice, because you have no other options.
So what are some good snack ideas?
In this post, I want to share 101 (!!!) gluten-free dairy-free snack ideas to help inspire you to stick with this diet and lifestyle even when it seems impossible. This snack list is categorized into flavors and textures since many of us tend to decide what were in the mood for based on what sensory experience wed like to have.
- apples with your favorite nut butter (almond, peanut, cashew, etc.)
- whole fruit smoothie
- plain yogurt mixed with fresh fruit and drizzled with honey
- whole grain (or gluten-free) toast with fruit preserves
- dried fruit
- healthy chocolate “shake” – in a blender, combine 2 cups ice with 1 cup almond milk (or other milk), a splash of vanilla, one tablespoon of raw cacao powder or cocoa powder, and a squeeze of honey
- banana ice cream: blend frozen bananas with a squeeze of honey in a food processor until silky smooth
- freshly squeezed fruit juices: make your own and try different combos
- roasted sweet potato chunks: cut sweet potatoes into chunks, drizzle with cinnamon and a bit of melted coconut oil and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes (this is great when made in a batch and leftovers can be grab-and-go from the fridge)
- dates stuffed with almond butter or other nut butter
- organic dark chocolate or carob chips (one of my favorites!
- chia pudding – mix 3 tablespoons chia seeds with 1 cup almond milk (or other liquid, add honey, vanilla, fresh berries, cocoa powder, etc. to your liking
- dark chocolate dipped strawberries (or other fruit)
- frozen banana slices dipped in chocolate
- grapefruit drizzled with coconut sugar
- frozen yogurt dipped fruit – dip your favorite fruit in vanilla yogurt and freeze
- cup of coffee with almond milk and a drizzle of maple syrup
- banana chips – dehydrate banana slices in the oven
- homemade gelatin with low-sugar fruit juice
- homemade popsicles
- chocolate popcorn – mix homemade popcorn with melted coconut oil, a few spoonfuls of coconut sugar and some cocoa powder. Cover and shake to coat the popcorn
- fresh fruit slices dipped in vanilla yogurt
- cocoa coconut melts – mix melted dark chocolate with melted coconut oil and add natural sweetener of choice. Fill small candy molds and freeze.
- fruit leather
- homemade whole grain muffins
- pomegranate seeds
- roasted pumpkin seeds
- pickles or pickled vegetables (like carrots, daikon, beets, etc.)
- small amount of your favorite organic cheese
- cottage cheese
- hard-boiled eggs
- mixed nuts
- whole grain crackers with olive tapenade
- tomato and basil salad with balsamic vinaigrette
- string cheese
- organic turkey jerky
- tuna on whole grain (or gluten-free) crackers
- Sahale nut mix
- miso soup
- rice crackers
- handful of baked pita chips
- whole grain pretzels
- pesto stuffed mushrooms
- dried nori
- kale chips seasoned with onion powder and salt – tastes like sour cream & onion chips!
- pickles rolled up with organic turkey breast and cut into slices
- homemade tomato juice made by pulsing fresh tomatoes in a blender
- stuff fresh figs with feta cheese and drizzle with honey
- frozen grapes
- carrots & hummus
- popcorn (plain or with seasonings added)
- celery sticks and nut butter (almond, peanut, cashew, etc.)
- kale chips
- corn tortilla chips & salsa or guacamole
- spiced nuts
- fruit & nut trail mix (homemade or store-bought)
- roasted chickpeas (try this recipe)
- hummus on whole-grain (or gluten-free) toast
- baked apple chips
- granola (plain or as granola bars)
- sugar snap peas
- rice cakes with hummus and cucumber slices
- fruit & nut bar
- toasted walnuts
- red pepper strips with bean dip
- apple slices with cashew butter and hemp seeds
- frozen edamame
- broccoli cuts with plain yogurt
- tamari seasoned rice cakes
- fake-out fruit crisp – mash berries and sprinkle with granola
- roasted almonds with chili powder
- goji berries and slivered almonds
- avocados stuffed with salsa
- green smoothies with fresh fruit, almond milk (or other milk), handful of greens, and sweetener
- hummus and whole grain (or gluten-free) crackers
- pureed soups
- mashed sweet potatoes or other squash
- coconut milk steamer – mix 1 cup coconut milk with 1/4 tsp cinnamon, dash vanilla, and a squeeze of honey and heat until warmed through
- veggie sticks and bean dip
- peanut butter and whole fruit jam sandwich
- “banana cream pie” in a bowl – mix vanilla yogurt with slices of banana and top with chopped walnuts
- homemade hot cocoa (this is a great healthy & easy recipe)
- frozen yogurt: freeze yogurt and make your own!
- spoonful of peanut butter with a handful of chocolate chips
- “cheesy” queso dip – blend soaked cashews with salt, nutritional yeast, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder. serve with corn tortilla chips
- mango sorbet – blend frozen mangos in a food processor until smooth
- pumpkin pie yogurt – mix pumpkin puree with vanilla yogurt and cinnamon
- mix peanut butter and greek yogurt for a fruit dip
- homemade fudgesicles
- avocado mashed with lime juice and salt and spread on whole grain (or gluten-free) crackers
- avocado pudding – blend one avocado with honey or maple syrup and a splash of almond milk – you can also add cocoa powder for a chocolate version!
- roasted veggie hummus and veggie sticks – puree your favorite hummus with roasted beets, red peppers or garlic for a healthy boost
- homemade healthy deviled eggs – substitute avocado for mayonnaise in your favorite recipe
- creamy smoothies – add nut butter to any of your favorite smoothies for a luxurious texture
- oatmeal with fresh fruit (non-instant is best)
- berry sorbet – blend frozen berries with a bit of honey in a food processor until smooth
I hope this list has been valuable for you to find ideas for different snacks to make at home and take with you on-the-go. If you loved this post, I’d love for you to share it with friends or save it for later on Pinterest.
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