This post was originally written during my 2 1/2 year tenure as a blogger for Family Goes Strong. The site was deactivated on July 1, 2013, so the post has been reproduced here.
CONVENIENCE STORES OFFER MANY GLUTEN FREE SNACK ITEMS TO ENJOY ON THE GO
If you or someone in your family is on a gluten free diet, then you know how hard it is to find something to eat when you’re in a hurry and hungry. Even though there are more gluten free items in stores and on menus than ever before, they’re hard to spot when you really them.
At least that’s what I’m told by people who are trying to avoid gluten.
They say eating healthy meals and snacks is easy when they plan ahead, shop regularly and prepare or pack their food for the day, but that doesn’t always happen.
Of course, the rest of us can always grab something to eat on the go from a vending machine, at any checkout counter or the drive-up window of a quick service restaurant. But if you must steer clear of all wheat, barley, rye and oats, it’s another story.
The best way around this dilemma is to keep a supply of portable, non-perishable, single-serving gluten free snacks on hand wherever you spend a lot of time, like your job or the car. A trip to your local supermarket or specialty food store is the best way to stock up on your favorite gluten free products or by placing an order online.
It also helps to know what you can buy when you’re out and about and forgot to tote your own.
Fortunately, there are many gluten free foods as close as the neighborhood convenience store, chain drug store, or even the corner Starbucks – a great place to find KIND bars. Just reach for a piece of fresh fruit or single-serve fruit cup, some sliced or string cheese, or a raw vegetable and dip combo for gluten free munching.
There are also some national brands you can count on for gluten free options right alongside the other crunchy, crispy and chewy snacks on the shelves.
In honor of Celiac Awareness Month, I have 10 recommendations to help you with your search for gluten free snacks. Just be sure to check the ingredient list on all packaged foods before making your purchase since manufacturers can change their formulations at any time.
10 Grab & Go Gluten Free Snack Foods
KIND all natural whole nut and fruit bars that deliver the perfect combination of protein, carbs and heart healthy fats to keep you feeling fuller longer.
Blue Diamond single or mixed nuts sold raw, dry roasted, or seasoned for naturally gluten and wheat free munching.
Quaker rice cakes made from white or brown rice for a snack that can be sweet, salty or savory.
Indiana Popcorn FIT bagged popcorn for a whole grain snack from non-GMO corn.
Frito Lay white, yellow and blue tortilla chips in different shapes suitable for dipping.
Kettle brand potato chips that are baked, reduced fat or fried in more than 15 flavors.
General Mills Rice and Corn Chex cereal you can eat right from the box or add to a custom trail mix.
Sun Maid raisins and other dried fruit that deliver natural sweetness with no added sugar.
Welch’s chewy fruit snacks and fruit ‘n yogurt snacks for a fat free fortified snack.
Dove chocolate bars and novelties (just don’t leave them in the car in hot weather!)
Confused about who should be on a gluten free diet and why? Read my Q&A on gluten free eating here.