No Fuss Gluten-Free Game Day Snacks

Food allergies can make game day snacking tough, but with a few pantry and fridge staples you can be out of the kitchen and cheering for your favorite team in no time with these no fuss gluten free game day snacks.

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We are all about some game day over here. If it’s fall and it’s football, it’s on our tv.

three year old panthers fan

Ok perhaps I should clarify. The husband is all about some game day. I, on the other hand, am all about some game day eats. I’d be the first one to say hey let’s have a bunch of people over to watch the game simply so we could snack on a bunch of game day food.

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However, since food allergies have come into our lives, it makes simply grabbing a bunch of game-ready food from the store less of a convenience and more of a hassle. We can’t just go to one store and grab everything we need or make last minute plans and pick something up along the way. Instead, we have to plan in advance, which on occasion has made me not want to host a game day celebration at all. If it’s work it’s not fun.

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But slowly and surely over the years I’ve figured out how to get around that hold up. I have a few go-to game day recipes up my sleeve that are easy to prepare, but better yet, I’ve figured out how to prepare practically nothing and still have a game-day worthy spread.

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The trick is pairing your snacks so they not only complement each other but you cover all your bases. Fruits, veggies, and chips are easy to throw on the counter, but unless I have some homemade meatballs hiding in the freezer, I don’t always have an easy protein option. Or do I…
blue diamond flavored nuts

You know I’m a fan of flavored almonds {the blueberry ones are a staple favorite around here} and these bold, smokey, game changing flavors are perfect for an easy game day treat to help keep you full and satisfied while you munch away and watch the game.

gluten free game day snacks

They’d make a great game day pairing on their own with some salami & cheese, or even mixed with something unexpected and sweet like dried fruit. The smokehouse almonds scream manly game day and the wasabi & soy are delightful for something different {and just spicy enough without crossing the line}.

blue diamond almonds

These rounded out our last game day spread nicely along with some of our other gluten-free, dairy-free faves, like spinach artichoke dip with sliced veggies, bean dip with tortilla chips, guacamole, hummus, and meatballs. I may or may not have eaten half the nuts while waiting for the game to start…

 

What’s your favorite no-fuss game day snack?

This post was originally sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. Ditch the chips and grab some Game Changing Flavors this football season! 

How I Squelched My Non-Stop Pregnancy Hunger

Two things I did to end that constant, gnawing pregnancy hunger while maintaining optimal nutrition.

I’ve always been a snacker. It doesn’t matter how big my meals are, I simply can’t go hours and hours between eating. I’ll never be a three square meals a day girl – even four doesn’t cut it. I’m completely and 100% okay with this and have gotten used to always having snacks on hand and knowing I’m probably going to want to eat before anyone else is ready.

How to end that constant, gnawing pregnancy hunger.

Despite this being my “usual” eating style, pregnancy has brought on a whole new level of hunger: a constant, incessant need to eat. Pregnancy hunger is real, y’all. And not just because I want to or have a craving or feel like I can, I’m really truly hungry. Even accounting for the extra calories needed in pregnancy {boy do I wish that eating for two thing was true}, I was still always hungry. {And even in the throes of the worst morning sickness, I was still hungry, how cruel is that? Or rather not hungry but always needing to eat…}

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But back to pregnancy hunger – it was driving me absolutely crazy. No matter what I was eating or how frequently, I could never squelch the hunger. And trust me, hunger + pregnancy do not mix. Eventually after experimenting and searching and more experimenting I found two things that worked together to help keep the hunger and constant need to snack at bay. {Don’t get me wrong – I’m still eating and snacking plenty! It’s just helped eliminate that incessant gnawing in my belly even right after a meal. And also don’t get me wrong, I still am and will always be a fan of 2nd breakfast.}

#1. Fat first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Specifically in the form of what’s known as “bullet /// proof” coffee. {<—side note: writing it funny because I once got threatening lawyer letters because that name is copywrited and I’m not using their brand. Word to the wise if you ever write about this stuff.}

coffee butter cubes for crushing hunger

Pregnancy and coffee and any words involving bullet and proof probably don’t seem to go together, but since about the middle of the second trimester I’ve been able to tolerate coffee again {those were sad sad days in the beginning}. I stick to one cup of the regular stuff then switch to decaf. Don’t hate on the decaf.

But back to the fat. Fat helps keep you full; no secret there. But something about having it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach has helped me more than the most fad-loaded, protein-loaded breakfast I can make.

coffee butter cubes recipe to decrease hunger

I use a combination of coconut oil and clarified butter {I clarify it because I am still mostly dairy-free after eliminating while breastfeeding my intolerant son – I learned I do better without it as well}. Instead of adding to the work I need to do to get that first cup of coffee and an ungodly am hour, I prep it all ahead of time by putting it in an ice cube tray {I love these push-pop silicone ice cube trays} and keeping it in the freezer. Then I just pop a circle in my cup and brew the coffee on top so it melts.

butter and coconut oil cubes for staving off hunger

making clarified butter to remove dairy proteins

#2. This seems gimmicky but I’m being honest when I say it really has made an impact. I can’t narrow it down to exactly what factor is key, but adding protein powders + meal replacements to my drinks (or even oatmeal) has reduced my snacky-cravings and desire to eat all-freaking-day-long immensely. I typically reach for Orgain plant-based powder, but I’ve been known to get a little wild in the protein sample aisle. I can feel like a normal human being and eat every few hours instead of every few minutes. It’s admittedly pricey, but adds up to less than all the packaged snacks I was eating, and adds up to less than if I buy every ingredient separately and mix it together myself. Plus I’m lazy. The only part that stinks is that the three year old and the husband are addicted now too and I’m forced to share. I may or may not hide it wayyyy in the back of the cabinet and claim we’re out. Shh don’t tell.

shakeology vegan chocolate for pregnancy hunger

So I still snack plenty and listen to my body {aka eat when I’m hungry}, but I finally feel so much more normal and less low-sugar shaky and grumpy. You’re welcome, husband.

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Any other tricks for putting a lid on constant pregnancy hunger? Or regular snack attacks?

Easy Homemade Tuna Fish Sticks {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

These gluten free, dairy free homemade fish sticks are a great alternative to the freezer variety. This fish sticks recipe is fresher, healthier, and fun for kids to make too. 

Easy homemade fish sticks that are gluten free and dairy free. Perfect for making ahead and freezing.
Back to school means more than growing up and watching another year tick by – it means time to pack lunch after lunch after lunch and be prepared for dinners on the fly and on the go, as you shuffle from activity to activity. Time suddenly seems to go out the window and everything can feel rushed and hurried.

Luckily I still have a few more years before the real hustle and bustle starts, but I still feel the pain of having to always have  lunch-ready food on hand, and most definitely feel the strain of needing to have a quick and easy {yet still healthy} dinner ready for my family every night. {Especially when our meal choices need to be gluten free and dairy free recipes.} Moving further away from our old activities has meant a lot of extra time spent in the car and not so much extra time left for things like food prep and cooking big meals.

Easy gluten free fish sticks recipe

On top of that, my kid is like so many other kids when it comes to food preference: he’d pick chicken nuggets and fish sticks every single deal, every single meal if I let him. It’d be really easy to cave in to that go-to choice every time we’re in a rush or in a bind, so instead I try to have things that are just as easily ready and available, but a bit less processed. One of old stand-by favorites are these paleo sweet potato chicken patties – there’s almost always a batch ready to go in the freezer – but lately I’ve been trying to broaden our horizons and added some fish sticks to the mix. This fish sticks recipe has made our easy, weeknight meal repertoire a little bigger.

homemade fish sticks recipe

These homemade fish sticks are still super easy to prepare as they use canned tuna {no need to have fresh fish on hand} and come together in no time. Plus tuna is packed with protein and healthy fats, so it’s a choice I feel good about feeding my kiddo. They’re gluten free and dairy free too. They’re good fresh, but I always make extra to pop in the freezer for those busy days and nights.

fish sticks using canned tuna

Full disclaimer: this is not the most attractive entrée I’ve ever made, although I think with a little practice I could probably do better. But it didn’t stop anybody from eating them!

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Gluten Free Fish Sticks Recipe

Easy Homemade Tuna Fish Sticks {Gluten Free, Dairy Free}

Gluten free dairy free fish sticks (dfgf)

by with a Side of Sneakers

Ingredients

  • 1 5oz can Bumble Bee tuna
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/8-1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/8 cup almond flour

Instructions

Combine tuna and most of the egg – save a little for an “egg wash”.

Add flour a little at a time – I used about 1/8 cup of flour but you might need more, especially if you use a flour that doesn’t absorb as much liquid.

It should still look a little dry but you’ll know you’re set when you can form the tuna into a stick shape.

Form “sticks”, then dip lightly into leftover egg and roll in almond flour to create coating.

Cook over medium heat in a saute pan with a little oil, a few minutes on each side until they get crispy.

Allow to cool completely before refrigerating or freezing if saving for later.

Feel free to add any flavor combo your family or kiddos like – lemon juice, Italian seasoning, cumin, etc.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

 

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Iced Coffee Cubes

These mocha iced coffee cubes are the perfect way to keep your iced coffee bold, while adding a fun flavor twist. They’re gluten free, dairy free, and a great easy to make treat.

Oh how I love me some iced coffee. I’m sure this comes as a shock to all since I’ve never, ever mentioned it. I’ve surely never posted a picture of me drinking iced coffee on Instagram….

Ok, #busted.

Though I get my fair share of iced coffee on the go, I love making it at home too. I even perfected my own homemade cold-brew method before it was trendy and cool. Luckily I’ve discovered something way way easier than a coffee filter precariously balanced on top of a strainer on top of a pitcher…and actual cold brew set.

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Iced Coffee Cubes

But the best part of making iced coffee at home is that I can load my cup up with iced coffee cubes before filling it with cold brew, meaning if I don’t get to chug it down in one gulp, it doesn’t end up in a watered-down mess.

Iced coffee cubes - dairy free, gluten free

Here’s a fun twist on plain-old coffee ice cubes, which give your iced coffee just a hint of mocha character without being overwhelming.

dairy free iced coffee cubes

Simply combine leftover coffee or some cold-brew, Almond Breeze Almondmilk chocolate, and a dash of cinnamon. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze so your iced coffee cubes are ready whenever your next cup is calling. Which is always.

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Or you know, just eat them plain, like some unnamed three year old. Winking smile

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This “Easy as Breeze” post was originally sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk.