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Snacks for "Yaks" - Specific Carbohydrate Diet Ideas

Are you anything like I was, addicted to starchy foods most of my adult life?

I could make an entire box of Wheat Thins disappear faster than David Copperfield.

Bars lost money when I dove into their pretzel bowls.

My kids knew if they asked me to babysit they would have to replenish their stock of Saltines, Triscuits, Cheese Ritz and Goldfish crackers the following day. I had to say goodbye to those forever. But hope and snacks spring eternal. A door closes, an oven opens!

By gosh I still nosh, but it's different snacks for us "Silly Yaks"  ( a.k.a. celiacs).

Good Eats, Safe Treats
  • Stuffed Dates wrapped in sugar-free bacon and baked until bacon is crisp.
  • Cauliflower popcorn, pieces of cauliflower, tossed in oil and spices and baked until brown and crisp.
  • Fruit Leather-  fruit pureed and spread on a cookie sheet until it firms up.
  • Crackers made of baked Goat Cheddar cheese.
  • Roll-ups
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    using smoked salmon or roast beef and stuffed with any number of different fillings - I like French Goat Brie.
  • Nuts tossed in spices and roasted.
  • Granola made of nuts, dried fruits and dried unsweetened coconut.
  • Thin slices of Butternut squash or beets deep fried.
  • Fried Carrot Curls.
  • Sliced mushrooms tossed in oil and baked until crisp.
  • Smoked oysters.
  • Truffles made of dried  fruits and nuts processed with the blank cone of my Omega juicer and rolled in coconut.
  • Specific Carbohydrate Diet Chicken Nuggets with Peanut Sauce.
  • Crackers made with nut flour.
  • Stuffed Mushrooms.
  • Sun Dried Tomatoes.
  • Chilled Shrimp dipped in Ramesco  (Roasted red pepper dip).
  • Shrimps dipped in egg or homemade mayonnaise and unsweetened coconut and fried.
  • JK Gourmet's paper thin Biscotti with pistachios and dried fruit morsels.
  • Tiny Specific Carbohydrate Diet egg rolls.
  • Dill pickles.
  • Deviled Eggs.
  • Mini meatballs.
And there are more where these came from!

As always, welcomes your comments (see below).

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4 Responses:

Sandra Bowman

said this on
19 Jan 2008 12:18:07 PM PDT
Interesting BUT a lot of the suggestions are VERY high in saturated fats. A lot of them are deep-fried to boot...

Cynthia Tiffany

said this on
03 Feb 2008 1:03:39 PM PDT
I am also a total carb-freak! The more I eat, the more I want - can't get enough! So I like some of the suggestions. However, I too would not deep fat fry anything! I got addicted to that as well and can never go there again! I gain 10 pounds real quickly! So I stick with snacks like almonds, dried fruit, dehydrated veggies and fruit as well as some of the baked items. Thanks for the ideas!

Tina Dishaw

said this on
27 Apr 2008 10:52:04 AM PDT
Thank you so much for the ideas. I am undiagnosed too but we ran allergy tests on my son and he is allergic to gluten along with rice, corn, soy, wheat, potato, dairy, eggs, peanuts and cocoa. We didn't need to test him for celiac because we know we both have it and now are eating a gluten free diet. He has started to grow now. His asthma is much better now as he is much healthier. Thank you for your blogs. It helps us new yaks to get through this life change.


said this on
02 May 2010 5:41:56 PM PDT
How do you make the goat cheese "crackers?" I'm always looking for low Carbohydrate, gluten-free, nut free snacks. Good luck with that, right??! Thanks for your help!!

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Thanks for that. Will get her tested for deficiencies. I did take her to a naturopath and get her on a bunch of vitamins, but she never was tested via bloods, so will get on to that, thanks

Hi Could a mod please move this post: and my reply below to a new thread when they get a chance? Thanks! Matt

Hello and welcome Firstly, don't worry about it but for ease your post (and hopefully my reply) will probably be moved to its own thread. That will make it easier for others to see it and reply and also help Galaxy's own thread here on track and making sense. The antibodies that the celiac tests look for can drop very quickly, so... maybe? Celiac is difficult to test for, there are different tests and sometimes someone doesnt test on one but does on the other. If you can get a copy of the tests and post it here the community may be able to help explain the results. It may have shown damage to the villi, the little tendrils in your intestine that help you extract nutrients from your food. Celiac is one, but not the only, way in which they can get damaged leading to a vast number of potential symptoms and further making diagnosis a tricky proposition. Definitely, there's a connection. Here's a page that explains it in detail: Fantastic It sounds as if your doctors were happy to diagnose you on the basis of the endoscopy? It may be then that you've found your answer. I hope so, you've clearly had a rotten and very scary time. I'm sure with the positive reaction to the diet you want to go on and get healthy, but I would only add that you should discuss this with your doctors, because they may want to exclude other potential causes if they've not confirmed celiac at this point. Check out the advice for newly diagnosed here: To your family I'd simply say that celiac is a disease of the autoimmune system, the part of our body that fights diseases and keeps us safe. In celiac people the autoimmune system see's the gluten protein found in wheat, barley, or rye grains as a threat to the system and it produces antibodies to attack it and in doing so attacks it's own body as well. It's genetic in component so close family members should consider a test if they have any of the many symptoms. There's roughly 1 person in 100 with celiac but most of them don't know it and are risking getting or staying sick by not finding out. There's further info for them and you here: I'm going to ask a mod to move your post and my reply to a new thread, but wanted to give you an answer first The good news is you've found a great site and there will be lots of support for you here. You've also got 'lucky' in that if you're going to have an autoimmune condition, celiac is a good one Most react really well to the gluten free diet and you will hopefully have much more healing to come! Best wishes Matt

Please share what was so difficult about starting your account.

I'm new here so please forgive me if I'm in the wrong forum. But I could use some clarity and input.. So I'll try to make my story brief as possible? So about 8 months ago I began itching uncontrollably and after going to the Dr for labs she found my liver enzymes were 5x what they should be and was referred to a gastro Dr. Gastrointestinal Dr ran multiple scans, blood work over the next 2 months and referred me to teaching hospital with a " tumor board" apparently I had a mass within my bile ducts that was blocking bile from liver. Was given a grim diagnosis of rare cancer and told would be dead within the year. Then had an endoscopy done to get tissue of the mass and for some reason it had partially resolved and was no longer blocking bile duct. At this point they could not find and cancerous cells. So fast forward 3 months I'm still in pain and had another endoscopy and the biopsy taken showed high possibility of celiacs. The blood work was negative for celiac but after the grim cancerous diagnosis I had been unable to eat for 2 weeks or so and so I'm not sure if that would have skewed the labs?. How could the biopsy show high possibility of celiac? And had anyone heard of celiac causing inflammation in the bile ducts? I have been gluten-free for 6 weeks and have been feeling remarkably better pain in the upper right quadrant is less, and migraines ( I have had for my whole life) have lessened. So all this to say I don't understand celiacs and how to explain it to family. Or how all of a sudden this happens. Ask if anyone can shed any insight I would appreciate it. Blessings