THE BUCKWHEAT STARTS HERE

Eliminating gluten from your diet may seem like an easy way to eat more healthfully -- just avoid bread products and it's all good! But once those midday belly rumblings start, sticking to that lifestyle may seem harder than you thought. You can't just reach for any old snack since most chips and crackers contain grains that are off-limits, like wheat, barley and rye. However, there are a few good brands that cater to g-free munching, including Le Pain des Fleurs, a French company that makes their crackers out of superfood buckwheat.

First off, a little bit about buckwheat. It's often mistaken as a grain, but it's really a seed , so it's safe for people with wheat allergies or those who are simply trying to reduce their gluten intake. Buckwheat is considered a nutritional powerhouse, one of the greatest sources of high quality protein. Buckwheat plants are hardy -- they grow easily in even the most stubborn soils and are naturally resistant to disease and pests (pesticides need not apply). Besides being gluten-free, buckwheat is high in magnesium and fiber and can help control blood sugar and lower cholesterol.

The name Le Pain des Fleurs translates into 'The Bread of Flowers", inspired by the pretty white blooms of the buckwheat plant. Le Pain takes full advantage these hardy little seeds and makes tasty little crisp breads that are not just gluten-free, but also vegan, cholesterol-free, low fat and low in sodium. They're the perfect vessel for your creative taste combinations -- shmear a little jam on top for a sweet snack, or go savory with some avocado and sprinkle with nutritional yeast. The crackers are small but mighty and won't break as your adding toppings.