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Sugar-Free Grain-Free Snacks Even Your Children Will Eat: Store Bought
When we found out my toddler needed to be on a sugar free, grain free, lactose free diet, I wondered if he might starve. Are there really foods that have no grains, sugar, or dairy? It turns out that there are plenty of foods that fit into this category. Snacks, for us, were the easiest adjustment. This article will list the snack foods we resort to when I am out of time. All of them can be bought and take almost no time at all to assemble. The downside is that if you are sticking to a diet with only ingredients found in nature, you will not find a lot of variety. When you get bored of these snacks check out this hub on homemade sugar-free, grain-free snacks. You'll even find cookies there :)
Don’t forget to read labels on these. I have found raisins with no added ingredients at dozens of chain grocery stores. Fruits like cherries, bananas, and cranberries usually have some sugar added. Specialty health food stores generally have a great variety of dried fruit with no added ingredients, but these cost more. If you are fortunate to live in an area with Trader Joe’s, you can find dozens of dried fruits and vegetables at reasonable prices. My son’s favorites are the freeze dried fruits, especially the mangoes.
Fresh fruit is also a nice treat. It doesn't receive its own section in this article because it is not easily transported. Bananas get squished, oranges are sticky, and apples are not edible (according to my children) unless they come in wedges with no peel. We also buy natural applesauce. Motts and Musselmans both make a sauce with only apples, water, and citric acid.
Again you will want to check the labels. Many of the packaged nuts from the grocery stores have added ingredients. I’m not sure why they do that. But I have not had any trouble finding just plain nuts. Peanuts are usually the most cost efficient. Pistachios, cashews, almonds, pecans, and walnuts seem to be widely available. Natural peanut butter and almond butter are also easily found, but this “snack” has to be saved for days when we stay home.
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I have only found ONE brand of fruit leathers that contains only fruit. If you find other brands, I would love to hear from you! The brand we like is Stretch Island. Each fruit strip is made from mixed, pureed fruit and then dried. The ingredient list on the apricot strips is: Apples, Apricots, Pears, and Lemon Juice. Notice there are no preservatives, coloring or pectin.
Hello dates. This time last year I had no idea the importance of dates. They are the main ingredient in each of these protein bars, and without them, there would be no Larabar. If you don’t like dates (and I don’t), it is still worth trying these snacks. I think they are pretty tasty :)
The flavors you can choose from are: apple pie, banana bread, blueberry muffin, cappuccino, carrot cake, cashew cookie, cherry pie, coconut cream pie, ginger snap, key lime pie, lemon bar, peanut butter and jelly, peanut butter cookie, pecan pie, and tropical fruit tart. If you are really wanting a sugar free snack, do not eat the ones with chocolate in them. Of course, those have sugar!
These bars can be found in most grocery stores located with the protein bars, or they can be ordered online from a variety of places, including amazon.com. Target also sells these and often has them on sale for $1 each. And believe me, that is a good deal for these.
I buy cheddar and swiss cheese in bricks and slice it with this cute little moose slicer. My daughter can't eat much cheese so this is a rare treat.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record: please read the labels to make sure these have no added ingredients. Our favorites are pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.
These are the extent of our store bought snacks. If you have come across other sugar-free grain-free treats, please let me know!