Here’s a list of my top five gluten-free summer snacks for 2016. I don’t know about you, but I am a snacker. If I don’t eat a little something every three hours, I begin to feel bad. Three hours isn’t really enough time in between meals so snacking seems like a good solution to keep me feeling great all day!
Of course there are a million snacks available so sometimes it’s hard to know what to choose. I’ve already picked my favorites for this summer. Perhaps you’d like to try them out too:
Number 5: Medjool Dates
These dates are large, soft, and incredibly sweet. Each date has approximately 66 calories,4 grams of protein, 18 grams of carbohydrates, and 1.6 grams of dietary fiber. These dates also contain Vitamins A, K, Niacin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Choline, and Betaine along with Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, and Manganese.
Number 4: Raw Cashews
I love raw cashews. They have a subtle flavor that borders on sweetness. The crunch is good, but softer than that of almonds or peanuts. One ounce of cashews has 155 calories, 5.1 grams of protein, 12 grams of fat, 9 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of dietary fiber. Cashews contain Vitamins C, E, K, Thiamin, Niacin, B6, Folate, and Pantothenic Acid along with Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, and Selenium. The amount of Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Manganese range from 17 to 23% of the recommended daily allowance for these minerals.
Dried fruit and nuts are great snacks that require no refrigeration, preparation, or fancy packaging.
Number 3: Chilled Asparagus Spears
When I eat asparagus hot, I prefer thin spears, but often those aren’t available. Luckily, I prefer thicker spears when I eat them chilled. I lightly steam the spears until they’re firm, not crunchy. Then I sprinkle on some lemon pepper and salt or lightly salt and squeeze some lemon juice over them. Other times, I just salt the steamed spears and put them in the refrigerator. One cup of asparagus has 32 calories, 5 grams of protein, 3 carbohydrates, and 3 grams of dietary fiber. It also gives you 73% of the RDA of Vitamin C, 29% of the RDA of Vitamin A, plus calcium and iron along with Vitamins E, K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, 61% of the RDA of Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Choline, and Betaine.
Number 2: Ice Cold Honeydew Melon
When it’s really hot outside, an ice cold honeydew quickly quenches your thirst and cools you down. It’s lightly sweet and surprisingly filling. One cup of honeydew has 64 calories, 1 gram of protein, 16 grams of carbohydrates, and 1 gram of dietary fiber. It also contains 53% of the RDA of Vitamin C plus Vitamin A, Calcium, and Iron along with Vitamin K, Thiamin, Niacin, B6, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, and Choline.
Number 1: Cooking2Thrive Dorm Room No Bake Cookies
You didn’t think I’d only choose healthy snacks did you? While these cookies have added sugar, they also contain peanut butter, oatmeal, and dark chocolate which add nutritional value and antioxidants. Two cookies contain 208 calories, 4.37 grams of protein, 12.27 grams of fat, 22.09 grams of carbohydrates, and 2.8 grams of dietary fiber. These cookies take less than 10 minutes to make and they’re chocolate. Need I say more?
Next year may be different, but in 2016 when the hot sun blazes and humidity hovers, I’ll be feasting on these 5 favorite gluten-free snacks. Yummy!