Do you find yourself in need of snack during the day? Most people do, but it’s harder for those on the gluten free to find something safe. It usually requires advanced planning and packing something. Here are five of our favorite snacks to take along, wherever we go.

  • Fruit. Nature’s tastiest food is cheap, healthy, attractive, and bursting with easy energy. In summer try peaches, grapes, or melon slices, and in winter enjoy apples, clementines, and dried papaya. We’re also very partial to dried cranberries.
  • Nuts. Different kinds of nuts have vastly different nutritional content, so rotate among them. Try them raw, dry-roasted, with a touch of salt, or in a mix with rice crackers or dried fruit. A handful goes a long way.
  • Lärabar. Speaking of fruits and nuts, Lärabars have both in abundance, mixed with spices. It’s kosher, casein free, gluten free, soy free, GMO free, raw, and vegan. Our favorite is the banana cookie (there are no cookies in it, just dried bananas, dates, and almonds. Or check the Grocery Guide for 40 more brands of gluten-free granola bars.
  • Bag of Cereal. Need to settle your stomach? The simple carbohydrates of dry cereal can be quite soothing in the middle of a hectic work day. Try Rice Chex or a Nature’s Path option like Koala Krisp or Panda Puffs.
  • Peanut M&Ms. Some nuts are health nuts and other nuts are basically candy. When the junk food urge bites us, we reach for peanut M&Ms. Every sweet crunch is 100% gluten free.