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IT’S MARCH MADNESS TIME AGAIN!!!!!
I get excited for this time of year. The time of parties, the time of SNACKS! I can’t decide if I like the game or the food more – really, I love any chance to get together with friends and have a good time. 😀
Gathering with friends and family hasn’t been as fun for the past few years, ever since I gave up The Gluten.
I like to say, The Gluten, instead of just gluten. It just sounds better in my head and helps me stick to it.
Mostly, I miss breaded hot wings. Those things are my kryptonite. Sure, I probably should have given them up anyway for all sorts of health reasons, but they are just so so so delicious!
Hunting for Amazing Gluten Free Food
The selection at my local grocery store is much better now than it was six years ago.
I tried going all out gluten free back then, before the fad hit. I pretty much just ate a lot of meat, rice and vegetables. I tried to eat fruit, but it tasted bad out of season, so I steered clear.
I didn’t last very long on my first round going gluten free. Maybe 2 months. Fast forward a couple years, and the gluten free craze was in full swing so I decided to try it again. There is a much bigger selection of GF foods by then, plus I was committed to making it work.
Ever since then, I never looked back and have been without The Gluten for 4 years now. I have to say, I was skeptical at first, but it truly was life changing for me. I probably couldn’t go back to eating gluten even if I wanted to.
But enough about that…
Delicious Gluten Free Snack Alternatives
There are literally thousands of gluten free snacks that are delicious, but not all are healthy. There are some good swaps you can make to up the healthy factor without sacrificing flavor and fun. Try a few of these at your next game day party:
1) Baked Buffalo Cauliflower – Instead of Hot Wings
Yum Yum Yum. There are a bunch of different recipes for this online. A quick google or Pinterest search will give you dozens to choose from.
2) Baked Zucchini Fries
I use gluten free breading on mine, but I’ve had it without any breading used, and it was just as delicious. Spice them any way you like. I prefer garlic and parmesan the best. Salt and cayenne pepper are great, too, bringing a little heat.
3) Homemade Mango Salsa
All you need are a few simple ingredients: tomato, cilantro, mango, bell peppers (assorted colors), jalapeno, purple onion, and lime juice.
4) Greek Yogurt Ranch Style Dip
I made this one for my son’s birthday party. No one knew it wasn’t regular ranch dip. I sure didn’t tell them either. All you need is Whole greek yogurt, dill, garlic and onion powder, salt and pepper and a splash of milk. I don’t know measurements for any of it, I just throw some of each item in, and keeping adding things until it tastes right.
5) ANGIE’S BOOMCHICKAPOP Popcorn
I like the energy I believe I get from the whole grain in this snack. It’s made with real, simple ingredients. I feel like I’m cheating on my diet when I eat it. It’s that delicious. In reality, it’s a wonderful snack made from simple ingredients. A perfect snack for any occasion, including sports games!
BOOMCHICKAPOP Popcorn is one of our go-to snack for movie nights, car trips, and birthday parties as well. We can’t get enough of it! My favorite is the White Cheddar, my husband loves the Sweet and Salty, and the kids plow through the Real Butter.
The absolute best part about this one, you don’t have to cook!!! Put it in a bowl if you’re feeling fancy, but it’s just as delicious straight from the bag.
One thing we love to do with it is melt some dark chocolate with a teaspoon of coconut oil, then we dip the popcorn in it. MMMmmm!!!
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6) Fruit & Cheese Skewers
It’s hard to resist a kebob with watermelon, cantaloupe, honey dew, strawberries and grapes with a hard cheese like swiss. The best part about this one is, even the kids will eat it.
7) Dessert Dipping Platter
For the dip: melted dark chocolate mixed with coconut oil to keep it creamy. For dipping: Nuts, berries, apple, banana and pineapple slices, and gluten free pretzels.
8) Hummus with Veggies
Bell peppers, carrots, celery and snow peas are a few of the vegetables that are delicious paired with hummus. There are so many different hummus flavors out there to try. Pick a variety and keep everyone happy.
9) Pickles and Olives
It’s so easy to forget that pickles can be an amazing side dish all on their own. If you showed up to a potluck/party with a platter of different kinds of pickles and olives, I guarantee it would be empty by half time.
10) Veggie Pasta Salad
You can use a spiralizer or vegetable peeler for this one. Zucchini and yellow squash or spaghetti squash are perfectly suited as ribbons. For a veggie pasta salad, you can use all the same ingredients that you would for a traditional pasta salad, except just substitute the veggies for pasta. After making the veggie slices/noodles, boil for 2 to 3 minutes and toss them into the dish.
11) Gelatin- Topped with Fruit and Whipped Cream
This is one of those, healthier than options. Having strawberry gelatin topped with fresh strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream has to be better for me than having a slice of cheesecake. I don’t know for sure though, I’ve never tried to fact check it. I just tell myself, gelatin is good for the hair and nails.
12) Cucumbers, Cream Cheese, Purple Onion, Capers and Smoked Salmon with Dill
No need for crackers, the cucumber slices are the crackers in this dish. You get your healthy fats in, and I’m 50% sure that capers are good for you somehow.
13) Steak and Chicken Kabobs
If you have the grilled fired up, it’s easy to whip up a few of these in no time. Alternate steak, grape tomatoes, and onion on some, and chicken, zucchini and pineapple chunks on another.
14) Quesadilla Triangles
So quick and easy to make. Pack them full of veggies, beans and some shredded beef or chicken, then sprinkle in a little bit of cheese.
15) Fresh, Chunky Guacamole
Make your favorite recipe or do a quick search and find one fast. Guacamole is super simple to make and is packed with flavor. It’s also a great way to get your vitamin C, B-6 and Potassium.
16) Cowboy Caviar
I make this dish about 3 times a year. All you have to do is empty and rinse what ever beans you like into a large bowl. Personally, I like garbanzo beans, black-eyed peas, and pinto beans. Next, add diced purple onion, bell pepper (any and all colors), rice vinegar, and sunflower oil. Sometimes, I add rice or apple cider vinegar and oil to taste, if I don’t happen to have any rice vinegar handy. Serve with some tortilla chips for scooping.
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