Gluten-free living became the next biggest diet trend when all sorts of celebrities started saying cutting out the protein made them feel better. Even our favorite baked goods have gotten makeovers to fit the diet. But by now, you’re probably aware going gluten-free doesn’t automatically equal weight loss or sky-high energy. However, there are some gluten-free snacks that offer a ton of nutrients and can be great for slimming down.
Trying to shed a few pounds? Opt for any of these awesome snack options that’ll keep you full and satisfied whether you’re avoiding gluten or not.
1. Carrots and hummus
This classic combo is a perfect pair that offers great nutrition. Livestrong.com mentions carrots are great for weight management because of their fiber content, which helps keep you full longer and also controls blood sugar levels. Plus, they’re packed with vitamins that help maintain eye health, bone strength, and keep your immune system healthy. As for hummus, it’ll give you even more fiber, plus a bit of protein. A 2-tablespoon serving of Classic Sabra Hummus, for example, will give you 2 grams of protein and 1 gram of fiber for just 70 calories.
2. Raw Rev Glo Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt bar
Raw Rev Glo’s Creamy Peanut Butter & Sea Salt bar is a great pick if you’re on the go. It’s made with chia seeds, flax seeds, peanuts, and pea protein, so no scary ingredients here. One bar contains 11 grams of fat, 17 grams of carbs, 14 grams of fiber, and 15 grams of protein, all for just 180 calories. Not to mention, there are only 2 grams of sugar. Since most of us eat too much of the sweet stuff, this is a super smart bar.
3. BOOMCHICKAPOP Sea Salt Popcorn
Popcorn makes for a diet-friendly, gluten-free snack, as long as you choose the right kind. One of our favorite brands is BOOMCHICKAPOP. The sea salt flavor is one of the best picks, made with just three simple ingredients: popcorn, sunflower oil, and sea salt. A 4-cup serving is 140 calories and offers a good balance of fat, fiber, and protein, so you’ll be satisfied without feeling any guilt. If you opt for another product, just be sure to read the label. Livestrong.com says some varieties contain added gluten, so you have to be careful.
4. Gluten-free crackers and cheese
Cheese and crackers can be a great snack for weight loss when you make smart choices. SFGate says the combination is a good source of protein and healthy carbs, which is great if you’re trying to lose some weight. For a good gluten-free pick, pair some low-fat cheese with whole-grain crackers like Blue Diamond Multi-Seeds Artisan Nut Thins. They’re made with brown rice, almonds, and quinoa seeds, so they’re a lot healthier than your average cracker.
5. Greek yogurt with fruit
According to Healthline, Greek yogurt can be great for losing weight. In addition to being packed with protein, it’s also a great source of calcium, which can help limit fat production in the body, plus probiotics, which keep your digestive system healthy. Plus, Greek yogurt also has fewer carbs and less sugar than regular yogurt. Add some fruit to the mix for even more nutrients, then you’ll have a perfect snack for weight loss.
6. An apple with peanut butter
An apple with peanut butter is a sweet and nutritious combo that makes for a great morning or afternoon snack. Eating Well says apples contain 4 grams of fiber and fewer than 100 calories per medium-size piece of fruit, meaning they’re great for weight loss. Pair one with a serving of gluten-free peanut butter for protein and healthy fat to satisfy your hunger and keep you energized.
7. Udi’s Gluten-Free Vanilla Granola
If you need something quick, snack on a handful of Udi’s Gluten-Free Vanilla Granola. It’s made with gluten-free oats and has 4 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and less than 10 grams of sugar in each ¼-cup serving. You can even have it with a bit of fruit and milk, or you can try sprinkling some on top of yogurt.
8. Tuna lettuce wraps
Munching on tuna wrapped in a lettuce leaf is a creative and healthy way to satisfy your hunger. According to Livestrong.com, canned tuna is a great source of lean protein, offering 33 grams in each 6-ounce serving, plus only 2 grams of fat. Additionally, tuna contains omega-3 fatty acids that may help reduce blood pressure and lower your chances for developing cardiovascular disease. As always, just be sure to read the packaging to guarantee you’re choosing options that don’t contain gluten. You’d be surprised at some of the strange additives hiding in certain brands.
9. Nuts and dried fruit
If you’re looking for a sweet and salty snack to curb your hunger, have a handful of nuts and dried fruit. Nuts contain fiber, heart-healthy fats, and protein, and they’re a much healthier snack option than other crunchy munchies like chips. Some of the best options you can choose from include almonds, walnuts, and pistachios. And to keep your sweet tooth satisfied, have a small serving of dried fruit. Though you might be tempted to buy a packaged trail mix to satisfy this craving, not all packaged trail mixes are particularly healthy. You’re better off making your own.
10. Beanitos Black Bean Chips and guacamole
Good news: Chips and guacamole can actually be good for you. Opt for Beanitos Black Bean Chips. They’re certified gluten-free and contain just black beans, sunflower oil, long grain rice, and sea salt. Each serving is packed with 5 grams of both fiber and protein, and 7 grams of fat for balanced nutrition. Mash up some avocado and your choice of seasonings to make guacamole for added healthy fats and fiber, which will keep you satisfied even longer.
11. The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas
Craving something salty? Try some roasted chickpeas. The Good Bean makes plenty of flavors, but the sea salt option is one of the healthiest. One serving is 120 calories and contains 3 grams of fat and about 5 grams each of protein and fiber, so you’ll definitely stay full until your next meal.