Finding quick and easy food on the go can be a real hassle when you have Celiac Disease. Fast food is generally a no-no, the fries are cooked in the same oil as breaded chicken nuggets and it seems that everyone in the world likes to add wheat to their seasonings for no apparent reason. Ok, I have finished that particular rant...for now.
I am always looking for something that is easy to transport and eat when my family is on the go (and that I can eat if they stop for a burger and fries in a pinch and I can't have anything). I have found a couple of snack bars that work well and are deliciously gluten free:
- Apex Oatmeal Raisin Bar I buy these from my gym and find them quite delicious. They also have a good amount of protein so they can fill you up. The "crisp" bars are GF also, but be careful - the other flavors are NOT gluten free.
- Larabar These come in multiple flavors and every one is gluten free - yay! When I first started eating these, I was a little skeptical. I mean, how can a bar that has only "dates, almonds and unsweetened cherries" taste like Cherry Pie? Somehow, magically, it does! Simple whole food ingredients that work together to be amazing.
- SoyJoy Like the Larabar, these also come in multiple flavors (pineapple is their newest) and are all gluten free. They use whole soy in their bars to provide the necessary protein we all need in our diets.
- Ostrim Pepper Flavor Sticks I love these, they are like a pepperoni stick, but without being so greasy. Tons of protein (14g) without a lot of fat, but tons of flavor. Be sure to get the Pepper flavor as the others (teriyaki for example) aren't gluten free.
Obviously, I can't guarantee that these are completely free from the threat of cross-contamination. However, these are all pretty good about indicating if they are made in a facility that processes other allergens, and don't list wheat. You need to be your own barometer to your health, but I really like all of these and have not had any cross contamination problems with them.
Do you have any easy, gluten free snacks to add to this initial list?
Published On: July 19, 2011