And one of the biggest things I can recommend to you is this....
HAVE HEALTHY SNACKS AVAILABLE IN YOUR HOME, CAR, PURSE, & OFFICE.
This way you have many options at your finger tips if you are hungry or dashing out the door and don't have time to saute some vegetables. :)
Today, here are (20) of my favorite gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free snacks....
RAW, UNSWEETENED CACAO NIBS. $25.73 for (2) large
This is my latest favorite snack (thanks to a reader). Even though they are super bitter, I'm LOVING them. If I ever want chocolate, I just chew away on these and somehow they're very satisfying and I don't feel the need for any chocolate after. I'd love to try adding them to recipes and nut mixes.
I usually make my own popcorn on the stovetop with coconut oil (also, I drizzle a bit more melted coconut oil on top and add some ground pepper and salt...it's so good.) BUT, it's also nice to have it pre-popped from time to time.
I don't eat them fancy like this :) - but I do love, love having vegetables around that are washed, cut and ready to eat. I'll either dip them in hummus or actually just sprinkle them with ground pepper and Himalayan mineral salt. Sometimes I'll take a container of them on the go. My favorites: Cucumbers, Carrots (often I just eat them whole), Red/Yellow Bell Peppers, Fennel, Grape Tomatoes, Asparagus, Snap Peas, Celery. (image)
RAW CASHEWS. $7.70
RAW ALMONDS. $10.10
RAW WALNUTS. $10.55
RAW SUNFLOWER SEEDS. $6.70 for 2
I eat raw nuts and seeds by the handful. I find them to be so filling.
APPLES & PEANUT BUTTER.This snack is as old as time for me. But I still love it. Apples last a long time. Peanut butter never goes bad. It's just an easy, filling snack to always have handy. (image)
I eat loads of berries. Every trip to the market usually includes some blueberries and I usually finish the container before the day is done. :) (image)
HUMMUS.Hummus is so good with carrots, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers, rice crackers. Here's an awesome recipe from 101 Cookbooks to make it at home. Check labels if you buy it at the store as it often times has lots of sugar in it.
These rice crackers are great. I eat them with hummus or a bit of sliced ham. You can buy them in bulk here.
These are crackers made with whole food ingredients: brown rice, flax seed, quinoa, and sesame. They're great with salami! Buy in bulk here.
KIND BARS. $20.29/pack of 12
These gluten free bars are made of whole ingredients (nuts, dried fruit, coconut, etc.) and are sweetened with a bit of honey, which is better than most. I find these to be handy for days I'm on the go.
DRIED MANGO. $15.74 for a 10 pack.
I love these dried mango strips. (no additional sugar added). They really do feel like a serious treat, so I eat them sparingly. But they're great to have for road trips or hikes. To me, they taste as good as your typical gummy fruit snack.
This bread is made of almond flour and coconut flour. I just love it. And oh man, it smells so good in the oven. I usually eat a slice here and there throughout the day. Though I really should make this once a week as it's so healthy and so tasty - it's just full of protein and fiber. (Recipe here by Elana's Pantry.) You can get your coconut flour here and your almond flour here.
I'm such a sucker for olives. They also are a great source of healthy fats. I usually buy mine at Whole Foods, Fairway, Union Market or Sahadi's. But I also love olive tapenade. You can get it at TJ's or make your own with this recipe from Kris Carr. (It's great with rice crackers.)
BARE FRUIT 100% ORGANIC APPLE CHIPS. $8.50 for (3) bags.
These are so crunchy and yummy. Danny loves them, too.
GLUTEN FREE OATS. $10.55 for two.I add GF oats to my favorite almond flour cookie recipe. They're also perfect for homemade granola.
Do you remember the spiced nut & bitters recipe I shared? These would be a great, healthy snack and a savory variation on the raw nuts. There is a bit of sugar in the recipe, but that could be omitted. (image)
One of my favorite things to eat is a halved avocado with salt, pepper and some lemon juice. (I usually put the other half in the freezer to be used later for a green smoothie.) (image)
Oh man, there are sooo many good snacks. Would you like to contribute some more ideas? You guys have seriously been inspiring me with your food ideas this last week.
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