#theATOD5 Gluten Free Bites

5 Gluten Free Bites to Get You Through the Day

Say goodbye to cardboard options and brick-like breads. We have 5 Gluten Free Snacks to get you the day.

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Having a wheat allergy can be a little frustrating when you want to eat bread or crackers or … cookies for that matter. Being allergic to the greatest food ever created (in my opinion) isn’t all that fun. We too need some tasty (and quick) options so below is a little guide to get your Gluten-Free Eating on. There is no reason to feel “left out” and thankfully, the surge of alternatives that have flocked to the shelves coupled with the remarkable evolution of options at some of our favorite restaurants our options are in plenty! We don’t need to feel that heavy ache when we turn down a piece of sourdough or a freshly made pretzel. We can maintain a healthy lifestyle while we fill our bellies with flavor and not have to go to ten different stores to do it!!

 

1. Milton’s Cheddar Crackers

These are the best snacks ever. While the price ranges from $3.50-$7 depending on where you buy them, they are healthy and bursting with cheddar flavor. They may not quite be Cheese-Itz, but these are delicious when you’re craving something with salt and a trace of cheesy goodness.

Nutrition Info: Certified Gluten-Free

+ Non GMO Project Verified
+ No High Fructose Corn Syrup
+ Orthodox Union Kosher
+ rBST Free
+ Xanthan Gum Free
+ Peanut and Nut Free
+ Certified Vegetarian
+ No Trans Fat
+ Baked, Not Fried

2. Simply Shari’s Cookies

The moment you find out gluten is no longer on the menu, it’s not as easy as you’d think to find a cookie to appease your sweet tooth. Thankfully, Simply Shari not only cures those woes but she’s created a line of cookies that liven up your tastebuds. Though I’ve tried the majority of her line, my favorites are: Lemon Shortbread and Chocolate Chip. The Lemon Shortbread has tang and it’s the texture of the cookie itself is lovely with tea or as the finish of a bold dinner. The Chocolate Chip
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3. Mary’s Crackers

Mary’s Crackers are a thigh cut, yummy gluten-free, nut free cracker that tastes AMAZING with homemade guacamole, a cucumber dill yogurt dip, with a slice of your favorite cheese (vegan or non), or with a dollop of cashew butter. Either way, these crackers have saved me many o’times. Made with brown rice, quinoa, sunflower + pumpkin seeds and more, these vegan, kosher, GF bites are well worth a try. Mary’s comes in 8 flavors and you can find it at nearly every major grocer so it’s not hard to find!

4. Beet Chips

These you can get at your local Farmers Market for about $8 bag but they are packed with nutrients, amazing flavor, and fill that need for something crispy and salty – OR – you can make these little bad boys at home! Here’s how:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and place oven rack in the center of the oven.
  2. Thinly slice beets with a mandolin (or a sharp knife), getting them as consistently thin as possible. …
  3. Divide between two baking sheets and spray or very lightly drizzle with olive oil. …
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crispy and slightly brown.

I will say that it’s tricky to get these just right so you’ll have to make them a few times before you get it just right.

5. Udi’s Gluten Free Bagels

My greatest pleasure used to be eating a loaf of rustic rosemary olive bread and dipping it into olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar. The minute my allergies to wheat got too big to control, I had to give up my favorite breads and finding ones that tasted even remotely close to actual bread has been a daunting journey. Alas, Udi’s bagels have become my staple. Amazing for Portabello Veggie Patty “Burgers”, or toasted with a little Smart Balance Omega 3 “butter” and Trader Joe’s unsalted crunchy peanut butter, this makes missing bread all the more tolerable.

 

And that’s the list! Eat smart, live healthy, and hang tight whilst enjoying some yummy gluten-free options you’ll hunger will thank you for.

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