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48 Kid-Friendly, Healthy, and Gluten Free Snack Ideas

Around here, school has already started in several districts. I know for others, school won’t start for a few more weeks. Thinking about healthy, gluten free snacks that kids will enjoy can be a challenge, especially real food snacks.

Being gluten free makes packing snacks an extra challenge. We have to be more prepared. I like to keep a small lunch box with a huge ice pack in it with fresh snacks to keep on hand. I’m not a fan of overly processed, nutrient deficient, and often plain tasting gluten free packaged foods. We have found a couple of brands of crackers and cereals that we do like and I keep them on hand because they do not spoil. This has been a life-saver when the kids get hungry and I wasn’t prepared.

Having variety is also important for our young ones. Giving them options not only empowers them to make choices, it helps develop their pallet into enjoying and desiring real foods. I have compiled a list of 48 snacks that are perfect for on the go, school, and a few that are better off ate at home.

On the Go and School:

  • apples
  • oranges
  • peaches
  • nectarines
  • bananas
  • grapes
  • berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc)
  • melon cubes
  • raisins
  • dried mango (unsweetened)
  • banana chips
  • dried apricots
  • dried apple rings (unsweetened)
  • fruit leathers (100% fruit)
  • seasonal raw veggies including: green beans, sugar snap peas, bell pepper sticks, broccoli and cauliflower (optional: bring along a dipping sauce like hummus, ranch or mayo)
  • carrot sticks
  • cucumber slices
  • celery sticks
  • jicama sticks
  • Squeezum’s (fruits and veggies in those to-go bags)
  • yogurt tubes
  • cheese cubes (full-fat)
  • Gluten free jerky
  • Gluten free lunch meat (turkey, ham, chicken)
  • Homemade chicken cubes (or turkey/steak/etc)
  • hard boiled eggs
  • pickles
  • gluten free crackers (we love Mary’s Gone Crackers)
  • air popped popcorn
  • olives
  • almonds
  • cashews
  • pistachios
  • sunflower seeds
  • pepita seeds
  • pumpkin seeds
  • nut butters in individual packets (almond, peanut, sunflower seed, etc)
  • gluten free banana bread muffins
  • gluten free zucchini bread muffins

A Few More Better Left For Home: (at least for my kids)

  • healthy jello
  • green smoothies
  • green smoothie popsicles
  • fruit juice popsicles
  • avocado slices
  • kale chips
  • bowls of yogurt (instead of tubes)
  • bowls of applesauce (instead of packets)
  • cherries

Did I miss anything? I would love to hear from you and what your favorite gluten free or allergen free healthy snacks are for you and your family!

48 kid-friendly healthy and gluten free snack ideas

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