My 5 Favorite Gluten-Free Snacks

Whether you're exploring the gluten-free lifestyle or you have been diagnosed with an illness affecting your ability to eat gluten, you may have found snacking more difficult, especially if you have limited access to specialized stores. This list includes my five favorite gluten-free snacks that are easily purchasable and are perfect for a dorm or smaller living space.

1. Snyder's Gluten-Free Pretzels. When I was first diagnosed with celiac disease, one food I was especially sad to have to give up was pretzels. This was until a few weeks ago I passed by these gluten-free pretzels from Snyder's. They are delicious and some of my friends even prefer them to regular pretzels now. They can be found at Harris Teeter and come in different flavors, including honey mustard and onion, and hot buffalo wing, as well as pretzel stick form.

2. Annie's Microwavable Gluten-Free Rice Pasta and Cheddar. Okay, this could absolutely count as a small meal, but I still consider this mac and cheese as a snack. "Easy Mac" is a staple in college, and thanks to Annie's it is possible for gluten-free people to have it too! I find myself eating these pretty often when I know I'm not going to have enough time to eat lunch when my schedule is busy. I have not found the microwavable version of their gluten-free mac and cheese online, but they can easily be bought online. I usually order a bunch at the beginning of the month so that I have them available.

3. Mini Popcorn Bags. There are a variety of brands of gluten-free popcorn that I have tried and loved. My favorites are Skinny Pop, Boom Chicka Pop, and Gold Emblem Abound. All of these brands sell mini bags that are between 80 and 100 calories. They are portable and easily found at CVS, Walgreens, Harris Teeter, Target, etc.

4. Made Good Granola Minis. These are incredibly allergy-friendly! They are healthy and great to carry around in your bag. They come in many flavors, but my personal favorite is chocolate banana. They are sold at CVS.

5. Goodie Girl Mint Slims. These are amazing! They can be kind of pricey, but they are especially convenient because they are often available at Starbucks, including the one in Addlestone Library. This brand also has a wider variety of gluten-free cookies and snack options, but in my experience, these are the most available ones in the Charleston area and my personal favorite.

Happy (gluten-free) snacking!