May is Celiac Awareness Month, but celiacs aren’t the only ones who might benefit from limiting gluten from their diet. Many people can have wheat sensitivity, which can cause bloating, diarrhea and fatigue. Not ideal conditions for beach season. Since every body behaves differently, consider grabbing a food journal to take notes. If cutting back on gluten is a win, check out these incredible gluten-free snacks. They’ll help keep bloat at bay and satisfy your cravings for crackers, granola bars and everything in between — without the wheat.
8 Gluten-Free Snacks to Curb Cravings and Bloat
Greasy fast food can cause an upset stomach from all the saturated and trans fats. But these sweet potato fries are seasoned with flavorful spices so you don’t need much oil to crisp them up. Plus, they’re paired with a garlic avocado aioli that’s packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fats. Drool. Photo and recipe: Karina Carrel / Cafe Delites
Forget the store-bought hummus! This Mediterranean-flavored dip is perfect for all kinds of dietary limitations (vegan, soy-free, gluten-free). Sun-dried tomato and oregano evoke the flavor of a fantastic plate of pasta. Enjoy it with fresh veggies for a satisfying and slimming snack that looks as good as it tastes. Photo and recipe: Amie Valpone / The Healthy Apple
Finally, a gluten-free alternative to Cheez Its and Goldfish that doesn’t taste like cardboard. We are so into this recipe, which is made with real cheddar, almond flour, coconut flour and cayenne powder. Stick ’em in your purse to have on hand when the hangry monster rears its ugly head. (P.S. These gluten-free snacks be a smash with kiddos, too!) Photo and recipe: Erin Dooner / Texanerin
The pride is very real when you pull one of these paleo protein bars out at the gym or office. Raw almonds, dried mango and unsweetened coconut flakes is what makes these bars irresistibly delicious. It also helps that the ingredients sounds like they’re for a delicious and refreshing umbrella-topped cocktail. Summer is only ever a bite away. Photo and recipe: Lindsay Cotter / Cotter Crunch
Not into gluten-free breads? This cinnamon raisin seed and nut bread is an awesome alternative that is definitely not pretending to be anything it’s not. The seeds and nuts give it satisfying fiber and protein, while the cinnamon flavor is reminiscent of other a.m. staples like banana and zucchini bread. Photo and recipe: Sarah Menanix / Snixy Kitchen
Granola bars are one of those foods that you never fully appreciate until you’re gluten-free. This granola bar recipe packs a punch with a variety of gluten-free grains, sunflower seeds and mini chocolate chips to satisfy your sweet tooth. Photo and recipe: Emily Grace / Grace and Good Eats
If a dessert contains no gluten, dairy, eggs, or refined sugar, is it really even dessert? This incredible avocado chocolate mousse defies all of that. It’s also a great alternative to store-bought puddings that tend to include fillers that have gluten. Avocado lends a creamy texture, while raw cacao gives the dish a velvety rich chocolate flavor. Cinnamon and ground ancho chile add Mexican flair. The best part is there’s absolutely no baking involved. Just blend all the ingredients in a food processor. Photo and recipe: Lisa Wells / Cook Eat Paleo
Soy sauce is a common ingredient found in store-bought barbecue sauce, but it also happens to have gluten. These barbecue-flavored kale chips will give you that tasty smoked flavor minus the bloat. Their secret weapon: Primal Palate Barbecue Rub — and only four other ingredients! Who says vegetarians can’t enjoy ‘cue? Photo and recipe: Elana Amsterdam / Elana’s Pantry
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