Leanne’s Favorite Gluten Free Snacks

Leanne’s Favorite Gluten Free Snacks

By: Leanne Ely

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One of the questions that I get asked all the time is, “Hey, Leanne, can you help me out with some gluten-free snacks?” I love a gluten-free snack just like anyone else and my favorite go-to’s of course are apples and oranges or tangerines because you can throw it in your purse.  But also, I like nuts, a handful of nuts that is.  And when I say a handful, I’m talking ten.  The problem with nuts is that they are full of fat which is not a problem, but too much fat is too much fat, people, right?  They also have lots of fiber and protein so they really are the quintessential great snack. You need to limit them though, because overeating is overeating and it doesn’t ever work out well.  So that’s one of my favorite things.

Another of my favorite things, and you can find this over on the Leanne Recommends page is Bulletproof Coffee.  Bulletproof Coffee is from my friend Dave Asprey, also known as the Bulletproof executive and he has MCT oil.  This is high-octane, Brain Octane Oil. And what this is is pharmaceutical grade coconut oil plus Kerrygold unsalted butter.  So you take a cup of coffee, one tablespoon of the upgraded Brain Octane Oil and a tablespoon of Kerrygold Butter, you blend it in your blender and you drink it in this like a fabulous cappuccino! Seriously! And the only dairy is just a little bit from this butter and let me tell you something, this puts your brain on fire.  So, if you have to work really hard or you’ve got a lot of things going on, this is the best coffee drink that you can get. Sometimes, this is all I’ll have for breakfast.  I’ll have a couple cups of this and I’ll just be going like crazy.  That fat is amazing.

The other thing I like is celery and almond butter.  I think it’s just fantastic and eat it all the time.  I love hard-boiled eggs.  I mean, again, if you stick it in a Ziploc bag and throw it in your purse, you can take it with you.

Avocados are fabulous.  One of the things that I like to do with an avocado is cut it in half, put a little salt and pepper on it and a little bit of salsa right in the middle, and just spoon it out and eat it that way. It’s very satisfying and very delicious.  You can also stick part of an avocado into your smoothie to make it extra creamy. You won’t taste the avocado, so you don’t have to worry about that.

And if you’re wondering, “What on earth is that stuff on the counter?”  It is chia seed pudding.  Now chia seeds are fantastic.  They are full of fiber and particularly pectin which is awesome because pectin holds toxins and pushes them out. So, you know what I’m saying… it’s the ultimate cleaner upper. It’s also full of omega-3 fatty acids so that’s brain power right there.  So if you mix them up with a little coconut oil or almond milk. That is, around a quarter of a cup of chia seeds versus a cup of almond milk or coconut milk. And you shake it up, let it sit and it gels… it’s a pudding!  Put some fresh raspberries on it, blueberries, whatever you want, maybe even some slivered almonds and it’s fantastic. I will have that for breakfast and I eat about a cup of this for breakfast and I’m telling you, honey, it keeps you regular.  That’s what I’m saying.

Also, speaking of keeping you regular, I am crazy about fermented foods – sauerkraut, pickles, good pickles, Bubbies is an awesome brand. Also this is really pretty crazy.  This is kimchi. Kimchi is a Korean fermented cabbage food and this one has spicy ginger..  It’s a little bit hot but you just throw it on your plate and eat it! Fermented foods help to build the good guys inside of your gut and that’s what helps to get rid of the bloat and again, keep you regular.  I’m all about keeping you regular.

Anyway, so those are just a few of my favorite things that I like for snacks and I hope you give them a try and see what you think!



You know the old saying, right? An apple a day keeps the doctor away. There’s a lot of truth to that saying. Apples are fiber rich, full of vitamin A, beta-carotene and vitamin C as well as a smattering of other vitamins and minerals. Definitely a valuable part of your daily bites!

It’s not just red, Delicious apples that are worthy of your produce dollar, either. There is a whole bushel of apples I bet you’ve never tried. Honey Crisp apples are some of my favorites—delicious, crisp and juicy. They look like big Gala apples and are hugely flavorful. Another favorite apple, but hard to find is the Arkansas Black apples. This would have been the apple the witch in Snow White gave the princess…the skin is such a dark red, it’s nearly black. On my trip home from the mountains of North Carolina this weekend, I happened upon them and promptly brought home a half a peck. I’ve already had one today and plan on attacking another one later this afternoon for my afternoon snack. Yes, they are THAT good!

Apples may be available year round, but that’s because they’re put in cold storage. Nothing wrong with that and heaven knows I’ll still be eating apples all year ‘round, but right now they are just positively scrumptious. Don’t neglect finding a little orchard or apple stand and getting some just picked ones to put in your fruit bowl. If that’s not possible, I know they’re probably on sale in your grocery store right now! That’s why buying in season is so economical.

However you get your apples and in whatever variety or form, now is the time! Here’s a recipe that’s worth the time to make just for the smell they produce. Guaranteed to warm your home and bring smiles to all who partake—enjoy!

Baked Cinnamon Apples
Serves 4

4 Granny Smith apples, cored
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
4 teaspoons brown sugar
4 teaspoons whipped unsalted butter

Preheat oven to 350.  Take apples and set them in a baking dish.  Sprinkle spices and brown sugar on the apple and top with 1 teaspoon of butter each—the secret in keeping the fat down on this recipe is using whipped butter—it’s a favorite weapon in my fridge!  Bake for about 45 minutes or till tender.  Serve warm in a bowl with vanilla yogurt (or vanilla ice cream, but you didn’t hear that from me).

Tastes like a rich, apple-y custard without all that nasty fat–that little bit of butter makes them almost velvety in texture and rich in flavor.

Per serving: 100 Calories; 2g Total Fat; trace Protein; 21g Carbohydrate; 5mg Cholesterol; 3mg Sodium

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