Snacks

No-Sugar Super Treats

Comforting someone in need takes many forms. Sometimes the need isn’t clearly apparent and typical communication isn’t an option. This is often the case when a child is on the autism spectrum. I work closely with families on the spectrum and have presented cooking classes at the annual Autism One Conference for years. Over the past decade, the conference’s dietary focus has expanded from simple gluten-free, casein-free foods (GFCF) and the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) to striving to understand and meet the complicated needs of each specific child. The parents’ tireless efforts to help their children never cease to impress and inspire me. After a long, exhausting day of cooking and presenting at last year’s Autism One Conference, I ran into a mom and her son in a hallway. I had watched this boy grow up over the years. Now in an adult body, he was still unable to communicate in a traditional manner. Travel and the unfamiliar surroundings were taking a toll and he was agitated and hungry. His diet was restricted to soft GFCF foods as he was healing from a difficult seizure during which he had bitten his tongue. My fatigue did not compare to what this family was experiencing. Returning to the family’s hotel room with food, I prayed that it would be comforting, nourishing and welcomed by the young man. Tiny steps, one bite at a time—and comfort was restored. The next day, he was peaceful. He kissed my cheek, the ultimate gift from a young person grateful for true comfort food. These treats are naturally sweet without refined sugar. Nutrient-dense, they promote wellness and they help bring comfort.

Ready, Set, Blend!

Summer might be a distant memory but that doesn’t mean now can’t be prime smoothie season. Crafted for wellness, these blended drinks will make you feel all cozy inside even in the grips of winter. Blitzing together the right ingredients can warm the body with a cornucopia of must-have nutrients for better health. Apples, avocado, sweet potatoes and warming spices provide plenty of flavor and comfort. So don’t give your blender the season off. Fight the winter blues with these feel-good smoothies.

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Gluten-Free Party Nibbles

These nourishing and elegant finger foods are ideal for festive get-togethers at your place and for toting to holiday soirees away from home. They’re healthy enough to offset the calorie-rich food that dominates the party season. Easy crowd-pleasers like these guarantee successful and relaxed entertaining. No need for knives and forks.

Homemade Gluten-Free Rolls & Biscuits

Dinner rolls and biscuits of one kind or another are holiday essentials, regardless of your eating restrictions! These gluten-free bread rolls are all yeast-free too, and most can be made without dairy. Enjoy!

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Gluten-Free Lunchbox Treats

Here are gluten-free versions (they can be made dairy-free, too) of two favorite treats from childhood: Hostess' Twinkies and Cupcakes. Guaranteed to bring back delicious memories, you’ll be delighted by how much they look and taste like the real deal. Make one recipe or both—and transform your children's gluten free school lunch! Or make them for yourself to let your inner child indulge!

Marvelous Gluten-Free Muffins

Muffins are a delicious way to showcase summertime bounty. Any time you can slip fresh fruit or vegetables into a favorite food without the kids noticing, it’s a definite plus. So we created a basic muffin recipe and tweaked it in four different ways to highlight the season’s produce. And then, as a bonus, we created an indulgent Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Muffin for a special treat.

DIY Gluten-Free Crackers

Homemade crackers can be amazingly delicious and super-nutritious. They’re excellent vehicles for wholesome, nutrient-dense ingredients. Packed with nourishment, they make the perfect guilt-free, gluten-free snack. Crackers are a favorite American snack food—and for good reason. They’re full of flavor, are great bases for toppings and have more nutrition than chips.

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