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  • Writer's pictureLauren McCune

Top 5 Gluten-Free Treats That I Love

In the last year, I have started to eat more gluten-free products due to my boyfriend being diagnosed with celiac disease. What surprised me was that even though I didn’t have gluten sensitivity, I started to feel a lot better by not eating as much gluten. Here’s a list of my top 5 favorite gluten-free snacks and treats.

These are honestly so good. My boyfriend has a particular way of cooking them, so they’re still ooey and gooey by day 2. The first time we made them, they were a bit hard after 1 day, so we figured out that if you add an extra egg, don’t add water, and cook them for 25 minutes, you are good to go. When they come out of the oven, they will still appear uncooked, but if you let them sit for a bit, they will start to form. After that, it's like eating a soft, in-the-middle brownie fresh out of the oven every time.

For a while, my friend told me to try plant-based protein shakes after the gym, and I resisted for a while, but after trying the Ripple Protein shakes, I get it now! I don’t feel as bloated anymore. These protein shakes are made with pea protein and considered vegan, so if you are gluten- and dairy-free, these are right up your alley. Plus, they tasted great and are a great grab-and-go after the gym when you’re trying to meet your protein goals.

These almond flour crackers are really tasty. Combined with the hummus, they are a game changer. Most hummus is gluten-free, but it's always best to double-check on the ingredients label. I specifically like the Rosemary and Sea Salt ones because they add a nice flavoring. Simple Mills also has sweetened Honey Cinnamon crackers as well as Chocolate Brownie. I haven’t tried those, but I will next time I’m at the store!

These are also a great grab-and-go snack after the gym. I love the flavoring of the mixed berry Greek yogurt, and the fact that it has 15g of protein is also important to me. They’re called triple zero because they have 0g of added sugar, 0 artificial sweeteners, and 0% fat. That’s a good bang for your buck regarding a product that will benefit your health! Plus, the berry flavors are pleasant and not overpowering. There are other yogurts I’ve had in the past that add chunks of fruit to the yogurt, and as a texture person, I was never a fan of it. If you are, the Oikos container has enough room to add more berries.

These are a great sweet and salty snack! I love the packaging because it’s adorable, and they have a great use of typography, but then you open the bag, and you’re like, oh shoot, they taste as good as they look! I love looking at beautiful food packaging, so I have been scorned before by a beautiful box and a not-so-hot product. That is not the case with Angie’s Boomchickapop. They are honestly so good, and they’re just a quick and easy snack. Pop the bag open and start snacking!

All in all, gluten-free products have come a long way from when I first learned about celiac disease in the 7th grade, from a girl in my yearbook class. I was mind-blown that someone could not eat pizza. It’s a new frontier for snack companies, but I think they’re doing a great job of coming up with new and innovative ways to make snacks for those who can’t have gluten.

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