Gluten-free after school snacks

Michele Borboa, MS

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Though a gluten-free diet poses dietary restrictions for popular snacks that contain gluten such as pretzels, crackers, nutrition bars, and other wheat based baked goods, your child's after school snack selection doesn't have to be boring, based only on packaged products labeled gluten-free. Here are some naturally gluten-free snack ideas, and a few after school snack recipes that are healthy, easy to make, and, yes, gluten-free.

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Gluten-free snack foods

The rising rate of kids with gluten sensitivities or celiac disease has led many parents to rely solely on products labeled gluten-free. However, many snacks foods are naturally gluten-free and may be included in your child's diet without causing any harm.

In addition to snack foods labeled gluten-free, try:

  • Fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Raisins and currants
  • Air popped popcorn (and most microwave varieties)
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Rice cakes
  • Corn tortillas
  • Pudding and gelatin cups
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Edamame
  • Hard boiled eggs

Don't ForgetAlways read the labels of packaged products to make sure the ingredients list is free of items containing gluten.

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Michele Borboa, MS
Michele Borboa, MS is a contributing editor for specializing in health, fitness, and all things food. She is a veteran health and fitness professional, personal chef, and mom in Bozeman, Montana. She is also the author of the time-saving cookbook Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy (Fair Winds Press, July 2011). You can contact Michele at or give her a tweet at