Many of the children and adults we have worked with are on specific diet. Whether they are allergic to dairy or wheat, sugar free or casein free, we know tasty snacks are sometimes hard to come by. We are seeing more kids on gluten free diets, and parents who have a difficult time finding convenient and tasty snacks for them. Here are some of our favorites that have been kid (and adult) taste tested with scores of “Yum” across the board.
Nut Thins. With seven different flavors there is one to please even the pickiest palate. Add hummus, peanut butter, or cheese for a complete protein snack. Or just eat them straight out of the box, with 3 grams of protein per serving. My personal favorite is Country Ranch, but the kids go crazy for Cheddar Cheese.
LesserEvil Krinkle Sticks. Many potato chip brands have seasonings that contain gluten (take a look at your ingredients). This brand is completely gluten free. This was the perfect alternative to a potato chip with only 2.5 grams of fat, no trans or saturated fat. They are available in four fantastic flavors: Classic Sea Salt, Sour Cream & Onion, Old School Bar-B-Que, and Cajun Kaboom!
Amy’s Kitchen Frozen Meals. If you have ever looked for a healthy alternative to microwave meals then you have seen Amy’s amazing products in your grocers freezer. They are kid and adult friendly with a variety of products. Kids I’ve talked to love the gluten-free baked ziti.
Envirokidz Organic Crispy Rice Bars. These bars come in 5 delicious flavors. My favorite is the lemur Peanut Choco Drizzle. They also have a variety of other tasty cereals and snacks that are nut, dairy, and gluten free
Lara Bars. Great on-the-go snack. These bars are 100 percent gluten free and have over 20 flavors. I love the Apple Pie, and kids go crazy for the Peanut Butter Cookie flavor.
Chex: The classic cereal you grew up with has gone Gluten-free! They have a wide variety of flavors and recipes on their site.
Applegate Farms Natural Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets. Most breading on chicken nuggets contains gluten, MSG, and other flavor additives. Not Applegate’s, these are by far the best chicken nuggets I have ever tasted. Kids (and adults) prefer these over McDonlads! They are delicious and protein packed.
Cherrybrook Kitchen All Natural Cookies. This brand is amazing! The cookies are peanut free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, and vegan; best of all they taste great. They have baking mixes for any occasion along with frosting and breakfast mixes.
Ians French Bread Pizza. The gluten and casein free French bread pizza is “awesome” a very picky 11 year old told me. Put them in the toaster oven for added crunch, and for you adults out there with gluten and dairy sensitivities, add some chili flakes, it’s a healthy alternative to your favorite slice of pizza.
Add your favorites below. We look forward to hearing from you.
In Good Health,
Emily Roberts, MA, LPC
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