It’s one of the most buzzed-about diet trends today but what is it really all about? Whether you have been recently diagnosed with an allergy or intolerance to gluten or are just looking to consume less of the controversial protein you know how hard it can be to avoid consuming gluten during your day. When snack time arrives, with all of those delicious baked goods on offer it can take a herculean effort to stay on the straight and narrow. But fear not, we share some of the best gluten free snacks to rival any freshly baked cookie that will help power you through the day and set you up your gluten free diet for success.
A Quick Primer
Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains such as rye and barley. Pure gluten looks like flour but when water is added to it it becomes very elastic and is responsible for giving bread it’s gorgeous spongey texture – the next time you see a chef twirling some pizza dough up in the air, you’ll know that the gluten is working hard to hold everything together! Gluten is not just found in bread but also added to many things that you wouldn’t expect such as many commercially available sauces, stuffing and sausages.
An allergy or intolerance to gluten can have varying effects on your body depending on how serious your condition is. These effects can range from bloating, to skin rashes, to fatigue and even mood disorders. Gluten is particularly harmful to those with Coeliac disease, an autoimmune disorder that leads to problems with digestion. Many other people choose to go gluten free for the diets perceived health benefits, without being intolerant at all.
Without further ado, here are our top 5 snacks for gluten-free snacking success
1.Get creative with fruit and nuts
These can be a lifesaver when it comes to sticking to a gluten free diet. Instead of buying the expensive premade mixed fruit and nut bags at the shop, why not try making your own? Think of dried cranberries, juicy raisins, moreish pumpkin seeds and crunchy cashews, walnuts and almonds. Buying big bags of these naturally gluten free foods and mixing them to your liking is an extremely cost-effective, satisfying and healthy snack to boost you over your afternoon lull.
2.Granola – Think outside of the box
Granola is no longer reserved for the breakfast bowl, a fistful of dry granola is a devilishly delicious snack. Make sure that the one that you choose is gluten free like our Maria Lucia Bakes Granola, which has no added sugar or satisfy your granola cravings with a convenient pre made bar like our foods of Athenry Gluten Free Granola Bars or check out their tasty muesli!
3. Load up rice cakes
Rice cakes are made from rice and so a naturally gluten free – they are excellent as you can get creative with the toppings; try combining some organic Burren Smokehouse smoked salmon and with fresh cucumber, cream cheese and sliced red onion for a divine treat. Alternatively load them with G’s gluten free gourmet rhubarb & ginger Jam (and peanut butter if your feeling American) for a sweet treat to rival any pastry.
4. Crisps – a snacking classic
Fancy something a bit more savoury? Many crisp brands are now producing their crisps without any gluten contamination. Keogh’s run a family owned potato farm in North County Dublin – an area famous for producing Ireland’s finest spuds. They have been growing potatoes for over 200 years and produce Ireland’s first and only ‘hand cooked on the farm’ artisan potato crisps. The best part is that they are 100% gluten free and now available in Singapore from our online shop!
5. What about Toast?
One of the hardest things to say goodbye to on a gluten free diet is the beautiful texture and convince of toasted bread. While we certainly want to steer clear of regular toasted bread on a gluten free diet, Inish Bia is here to say all hope is not lost! The good folks at Food of Athenry have perfected the art of gluten free soda bread toasts. These toasts are twice baked, crunchy and devilishly delicious. They make the ideal vehicle for dipping in homemade hummus or with a generous slice of Knockanore smoked cheese on top. And to further help your bread search, from next month Inish Bia will be stocking McCambridge gluten free bread mix which not only gives you delicious gluten free bread, but also gives you the benefit of that fresh home baked bread waft in your kitchen!
So there you have it, five perfect gluten free snacks to satisfy your deepest desires and keep you going through your day. If you are gluten free already or are thinking about making the jump, be sure to check out our full range of Irish gluten free products in our shop – we know you won’t be disappointed! www.inishbia.com