Holiday cookie and breads are no longer the ever-present temptation as in past weeks, but snack-friendly Super Bowl Sunday is coming up. Here are a few ideas to satisfy your cravings on game day or anytime.
Nuts. Nuts are great for snacking: cashews, almonds, pecans, whole, in-shell, mixed, chocolate covered or in a gluten-free trail mix. Spiced nuts are simple to make and gluten-free.
Pretzels. Glutino pretzels are delicious, although somewhat pricey. Glutino also makes chocolate and yogurt covered pretzels. Snyder’s and Ener-G gluten-free pretzels are more affordable. Check the Snyder’s label carefully, because they also make wheat pretzels. Mary’s Gone Crackers makes Sticks and Twigs in three flavors. These are full of nutrition, containing fiber-rich chia and flax seed and high-protein grains quinoa and amaranth. Look for gluten-free pretzels at Advance Health, New Pioneer Food Co-Ops and Hy-Vee stores’ gluten-free shelves.
Cookies. Homemade cookies are great. Check out the gluten-free recipes on the Iowa Celiacs Connect recipes site. For packaged cookies, Mi-Del are good. Or special order fresh baked cookies through Advance Health or, in Iowa City, from John’s Grocery Catering.
Fruit. For something special, consider dried fruit such as Turkish apricots or figs. For anytime, think raisins, dried cherries, cranberries, bananas or pineapple. Fancy or seasonal fresh fruits such as pears and clementines are wonderful. A fresh or frozen fruit smoothie can make a healthful snack.
Candy. Fudge and divinity are naturally gluten-free, as are caramels. Hard candies are generally gluten free but should be rinsed before eating, since they’re sometimes rolled in flour. Check labels carefully.
Crackers and cheese. Cheese with gluten-free crackers can be special-occasion fancy or everyday plain.
Smoked meats. Smoked salmon or turkey can be a special treat. Pair with crackers and cream cheese or goat cheese.
Popcorn. Popcorn and caramel corn are generally gluten-free. Homemade caramel corn is especially good.