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Mainstream Gluten Free Snacks?

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My son's preschool wants me to provide a list of mainstream snacks that are gluten free. Can anyone throw out a few items that they might be serving at a preschool for snacks that are gluten-free? I'm providing him some gluten-free crackers and other things but for some reason I am at a loss as to how to start this list besides putting down "some tortilla corn chips and potato chips" (neither of which I imagine they will be serving very often). Thanks!

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How about raisins, fruit roll-ups, popcorn, rice chex/trail mix, peanut butter/jelly on gluten-free rice cakes, popcicles, apples/carmel sauce, all fresh fruit...that's all I can think of right now. Don't forget marshmallows, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, gluten-free icecream, and all kinds of gluten-free cookies you can bake at home: http://www.cookies-in-motion.com/Gluten-Fr....html#chocolate.

I know they probably want to just go to the store and by easy snacks, but you might have to pitch in with the prep. This type of stuff is healthier!

Remember: where there's a will, there's a way!

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We always had to have healthy snacks in our school at the parties. We would provide little cups and fill with ranch dressing for carrots. Maybe you could also buy a big bag of gluten-free pretzels to provide the teachers for those just in case moments.

For the parties, they could make the marshmallow rice bars using gluten-free rice cereal. They could use rice/corn chex and make that chocolate recipe on the back of the box--mud something.

A few yrs ago for my son's homeroom parties (pre-knowledge of why he was always sick), we had a buffet--really worked well because by the time the kids get to be that age you only have about 1 parent to help with each class-- a lot of running. We had little hot dogs, gummies, chips, apple wedges.

You could make some fudge in place of cookies or cake.

Put the emphasis on the coolness of the decorations and the kids will love the party--they just love that parents put it on for them and they are out of class time.

And the kids will never miss the cupcakes--if you really think about it, most kids never eat them anyhow.

I just found these delicious little Yoplait cups (caramel, raspberry/chocolate) that I told my DD16 that I'm taking in for her French class this year. Maybe the younger set would enjoy something similar--like the yogurt Tuberz.

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I'd ask the school what they will be serving and try to match the snacks I send to match what the other kids will be eating.

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Kix Cereal (They also have a "honey" version with no nuts and a berry berry version)

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If corn is ok, those toasted corn things (aka corn nuts) are great.

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Maybe the lists on R.O.C.K.'s site will help. http://www.twincitiesrock.org/Guide.html#Candy

We got a shoebox, decorated it with stickers and his name and put individually wrapped shelf stable treats in it and the teacher kept it in a safe spot. I kept a mix of healthy(freeze dried apples in pouches, flavored applesauce cups, fruit leathers etc.), salty(chips, popcorn etc.) and sweet(gluten-free cookies etc.) and at least one chocolate thing(M+M's etc.) as chocolate things often show up. When the stash ran down, he brought it home and we filled it up again.

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Let's see...I'm guessing they don't want nut products bc of other allergies in a school setting....

If they have access to refrigeration --- String Cheese, yogurt, popsicles, jello, pudding

OR:

dried fruit

gummi bears

starburst

popcorn

snack size bags of fritos, chips, cool ranch doritoes

craisins, raisins, yogurt covered or plain

Dora's Cinnamon Stars Cereal -- do they still make this? It's SO good!

fruit cups (dole peaches, fruit cocktail, etc)

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I'd suggest trying any of the Snikkidy "puff" snacks--I am not gluten intolerant, but these are great snacks, and gluten-free as well. My nephew (who has Celiac's) loves them. It's a nice change for him.

Another thing I like about them (in addition to being Gluten-Free) -- they come in 1 oz. packages so portion control is pretty easy. Very low in fat and quite tasty.

I'd put them on your list.

Here is the website for more information. http://snikiddy.com/index.php/products/

Note that the cookies made by Snikiddy are NOT gluten-free -- unfortunately :D

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whoa whoa........are kix gluten free?????

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I am in charge of snack at my daughter's preschool, which is great since I can make sure everyday that she is there is is gluten free. Some of the snacks on the menu are: Veggie Booty, Pirate's Booty, Lundberg rice cakes, Lundberg rice chips, corn thins with Sunbutter, Rice Chex, Honey Kix, string cheese, yogurt, and of couse all fresh fruits and veggies.

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Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks

Pudding Cups

Fruitabu

Stretch Island Fruit Leather

Freeze Dried Fruit - Brother Bear has neat packaging (Disney stuff)

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