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 Being gluten-free can be hard when you don't know what you can and cannot eat. Here are 7 gluten-free snacks to make removing gluten from your diet easy.

Zucchini breadZucchini looks like cucumbers, but it's got a great flavor all on its own. 

To prepare your zucchini, just wash the outside well (usually no need to peel it) and remove any bigger seeds. Then just grate it with a cheese grater, and you're ready to try these delicious zucchini recipes!

Zucchini Bread

Mix together:

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda

Then add:

  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 cup raisins or chocolate chips for those who don’t like the raisins (semi-sweet or milk)

Mix until blended on low speed or with spoon. Bake in a 9x5 greased and lightly floured loaf pan at 350 for 1 hour 30 minutes.

Chocolate Brownie Zucchini Cake

This is a moist and heavy cake that can be eaten as is or topped with melted chocolate or your favorite frosting - delicious!

Mix together:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder

Then add:

  • 4 beaten eggs
  • 1 ½ cup of oil or applesauce
  • 3 cups grated zucchini

Optional:

  • 1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk)

Bake in a 9 x 13 greased and lightly floured pan at 350 for 50 to 60 minutes. Your cake is done when a toothpick comes out clean. Eat as is, or top with your favorite chocolate frosting or drizzle melted chocolate on top.

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Kale, one of the new darlings of our health-obsessed world, is actually quite good for us.

Kale is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes Brussels sprouts, broccoli, collard greens and cauliflower. Kale is very high in vitamin K, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and is rich in calcium. It is known to help fight cancer and lower cholesterol. Other than it's nutritional benefits, kale can be molded into a simple, delicious snack!

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Banish the "Hangry" and keep kids happy on the go with these easy and portable snack ideas.

For many families, almost as soon as kids start grade school, so do the after-school lessons. Where once you were rushing to get your kid home so you could start prepping a healthy dinner, now you're hustling kids into the car to get them to their next event. Whether your kids are heading off to soccer practice or piano class after school, they'll need snacks to keep them going until it's time to go home for dinner.

Here are 5 easy on-the-go snacks that kids will enjoy eating. Moms will appreciate that they're health-conscious and deliver nutrients kids need, without the added fat and sugar found in many pre-packaged snack foods.

Pita Pocket with Hummus

Pita pockets are great to keep on hand for little ones. You can use these yummy bread circles to create a variety of mini-sandwiches kids can eat in few bites, making them an ideal on-the-go snack ingredient. I like to pack pita pockets with hummus, cucumber and sprouts for a yummy veggie-packed after-school snack. Protein-rich hummus delivers a great energy boost, and you can vary the veggies - or go hummus-only - to suit kids' tastes.

Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers

Avoid the cleanup of a messy snack plus get some fruit and vegetable goodness into kids with Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers. Available in both fruit-only and fruit-and-veggie varieties at grocery stores, these portable snacks come in fruit-forward flavors kids will love, including Blueberry, Peach Mango, Mixed Berry, Strawberry and Apple Cinnamon. These handy products contain no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors, are an excellent source of Vitamin C and are also gluten free!

Hard-Boiled Eggs

Okay, some kids will scrunch up their noses at this one. But hard-boiled eggs just make some kids smile - mine included. They'll also make moms smile for being inexpensive, loaded with healthy nutrients including protein and containing only 70 calories a pop. Simply boil an egg for 10 minutes, rinse in cold water, peel away the shell and pop into a portable plastic container for an easy on-the-go snack. Boil a dozen eggs at the start of the week - it still only takes 10 minutes! - and you'll have a stash of portable snacks to pack for after-school activities and include in school lunches, too.

Pretzels and Cheese Strings

What goes together better than bread and cheese? Make kids smile with this fun snack combination that offers decent nutritional value, including calcium. Kids can also eat this snack in the car virtually without mess. For a health-conscious on-the-go snack, buy lower-fat string cheese and pair with a small baggie of pretzels - either traditional or gluten-free.

Dry Cereal

Busy moms reach for cereal all the time for breakfast - but there's no reason kids can't eat it as a snack throughout the day. Check box labels and choose a cereal that contains a decent amount of whole grains, fiber and protein, without a high calorie count or too much added sugar. Good choices include oat cereals and unfrosted wheat cereals.


This article is sponsored by Del Monte.

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All busy moms know that after a day full of appointments, meetings and after school activities, there’s nothing better than being able to relax and enjoy a delicious meal with their family. The moms that make it all happen know that their go-to meal on a busy day should be one they prepped days before. Make-ahead meals like Pizza Meatloaf let you spend less time making dinner and more time connecting with your family.

Your Recipe : Make-Ahead Pizza Meatloaf

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Your Cooking Playlist:

Chill out while your dinner heats up with this calming playlist. 

  1. XO - John Mayer
  2. Riptide - MisterWaves
  3. Peaceful Easy Feeling - Eagles
  4. Tennis Court - Lorde
  5. Banana Pancakes - Jack Johnson
  6. Yellow - Coldplay
  7. Lucky - Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat
  8. Dead Sea - The Lumineers
  9. Three Little Birds - Bob Marley & The Wailers
  10. Budapest - George Ezra 
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