Be careful -- gluten can hide where you least expect it.
People with gluten sensitivity, celiac disease, or gluten allergy should avoid gluten for different reasons. For people with sensitivity, gluten can cause bloating and other forms of gastrointestinal discomfort. For those with celiac disease, the inflammation caused by consuming gluten can lead to permanent intestinal damage. Gluten allergy is the rarest of the three forms of intolerance, marked by itching, hives, and other common symptoms of allergic reaction upon consuming gluten.
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Gluten is found in barley, rye, and wheat. If you’re cutting this protein out of your diet, you’ll want to gather ideas for gluten-free snacks and meals. You’ll probably be surprised by how many foods in the grocery store contain gluten. Be careful — gluten may be hiding where you least expect it. Not all of packages list wheat, rye, or barley in the ingredients; you need to look out for malt and hydrolyzed vegetable proteins as well on ingredient lists. But there are plenty of gluten-free snacks out there to enjoy between meals. The following 25 healthy gluten-free snack ideas will keep you fueled up and enjoying snack time. Note: Always check ingredient lists for exact content.
5. Crispy Oven Fries
7. Greek Yogurt
8. Hard-Boiled Egg
9. Sweet Potato Chips
10. Nuts (look for nuts that are made in gluten-free facilities to rule out cross-contamination)
11. Southwestern Kale Chips
12. Roasted Chickpeas
14. Cottage Cheese
15. Chili-Lime Pumpkin Seeds
16. Hummus (with veggie sticks)
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17. String Cheese
19. Skinny Peanut Butter-Yogurt Dip (with apple and banana slices)
20. Homemade Popsicle
21. Frozen Grapes
22. Smoothie (Check out the Top 10 Drink Recipes on Skinny Ms. for inspiration)
23. Skinny Fruit & Yogurt Salad
24. Curry Greek-Style Yogurt Dip (with veggie sticks)
25. Skinny Eggplant Caponata
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