My Top 6 Favorite Gluten Free Snacks

I am a snacking fiend. I love having something to munch on while I have down time. Unfortunately, being gluten free (and mostly sugar free) seriously limits my snacking possibilities. Luckily, after being gluten free and sugar free for quite some time, I’ve found a few tasty things that are on my diet AND are delicious.

Here is a list of my favorite snacks!

6. Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Ice Cream

Coconut Bliss ice cream bar! Chocolate flavored!

Coconut Bliss ice cream bar! Chocolate flavored!

This stuff is awesome. Since I became sugar free, I kissed the possibility of having ice cream goodbye. Not only is this delicious product is sugar free, it uses agave nectar as a sweetener! No artificial sweeteners or chemicals in here! It’s totally gluten free as well. AND I have good news for you vegan folks. You can eat this!

It has a soft, creamy texture and has bits of coconut in each bar. It melts quickly, but tastes delicious. I definitely recommend it! Fun fact: The company is based right here in Eugene. Very cool!

5. Bumble Bee Sesame Bars

Hazelnut flavored bumble bar. Yummy!

Hazelnut flavored Bumble bar. Yummy!

Its tasty flavor and interesting texture is what sets Bumble Bars apart from other gluten free snack bars. Made almost completely out of sesame seeds, these things are really really yummy! They have a whopping fourteen different flavors ranging from cherry chocolate to hazelnut.

It only has 7 grams of sugar in each one. While that number could be lower, it is fairly decent for a snack bar. Most snack bars range from 15-30 grams in each bar. This makes a great occasional treat that tastes amazing.

The actual bar

This is what the actual bar looks like. Interesting, isn’t it?

4. Nuts

Yes, I know it sounds pretty simple. But nuts are pretty freaking awesome. They have many different health benefits, including healthy brain function, stress reduction, and cholesterol management. Plus, they are gluten free, sugar free, vegan, and dairy free. What a great snack!

Nuts!

Nuts! Photo credit:  Flickr user s58y

Grabbing a small handful of nuts instantly satisfies my hunger and tastes delicious. Cashews are my absolute favorite!

3. Quaker Popped Rice Snacks

Quaker Rice Snacks

Quaker Rice Snacks: Up close and personal!

These little guys are my alternative to the potato chip. With 13 grams of whole grain, they make a great healthy snack. Though they contain no gluten-based ingredients, Quaker does not actually test this product and therefore cannot advertise it as gluten free. Word of warning to my friends with Celiac disease!

2. Nori

A piece of nori

Nori is SO addicting and SO good! If I leave the plastic container next to me, I’ll eat the entire thing! That’s how good it is! Nori is edible dried seaweed that comes from red algae. It is popular in Japan and Korea.

It’s also totally gluten free and has only 1 gram of sugar per box. An addicting snack that is both delicious and guilt-free.

1. Synergy Kombucha with Chia

Me and my favorite kombucha

Me and my favorite kombucha

Kombucha is my favorite beverage of all time. Kombucha is fermented tea mixed with healthy bacteria and yeast. This particular brand, Synergy, of kombucha adds chia seeds to the mix. The texture is amazing and the flavor is delicious. I definitely recommend it.

Getting Settled In: Back to School

I moved this week! After spending a very relaxing summer with my parents in Sacramento, CA, I headed back to Eugene, OR to start my junior year at the University of Oregon.

My new place is just great. It’s a cross between an apartment and a dorm. I have a studio apartment, but I also have a meal plan. So there’s a kitchen downstairs with chefs that makes all the residents their meals, while my apartment is upstairs. It’s across the street from school, which is really convenient. Since I don’t have enough energy to cook and clean for myself, this set-up is absolutely perfect!

My room is a little small, but I decorated it with some cute things that make it a lot cozier. Plus, I don’t have any roommates! I love this! I don’t have to worry about uninvited guests or somebody who doesn’t understand my situation. I get this space all to myself. Also, I never have to shut the door when I go pee. This is fantastic!

My herx station. Comfy recliner, a squishy pillow, a soft blanket, and a cup of tea. Perfect space for a bad day.

My herx area. Comfy recliner, a squishy pillow, a soft blanket, and a cup of tea. Perfect space for a bad day.

I personally spoke to the chef downstairs about my diet. I was worried the kitchen wouldn’t be able to handle somebody who is sugar free, gluten free, and limits starches- among other limitations. I know it can be confusing. The chef was very kind and said she’s more than willing to accommodate my diet. Tonight for dinner, I had brown and wild rice, grilled chicken, cooked peas, and salad. Great meal!

School starts up again tomorrow. I’m signed up for some interesting classes and I’m looking forward to an interesting quarter. I think this apartment will be a key part of my success!

Best,

Sofia