gluten free favorites

i haven’t done a list of favorite things in a while and i thought it was time.  i get at least one email a week from someone about a recent diagnosis of celiac disease or interest in the gluten free diet.  it seems like there are new products every time i head to the store.  it really is an exciting time for those of us with celiac disease.

i was diagnosed almost five years ago.  on my first trip to the grocery store, armed with print outs of things to look out for, hidden gluten, etc., i had a complete meltdown by the time i got to the ice cream aisle.  like, i was sitting on the floor crying meltdown.  today, in almost every grocery store, you can find gluten free products.

one of the most common questions i hear is, “can i lose weight going on the gluten free diet?”  my answer. sure you can.  you can lose weight going on any diet. it is all about consistency with healthy food options and portion control.  not so much gluten.  when i was first figuring out what exactly gluten was, every day i ate annie’s gluten free mac and cheese and whole foods gluten free chocolate chip cookies.  yeah.  needless to say, i wasn’t losing any weight.  lesson: just because food is gluten free does not mean it is (a) a healthy choice (b) low calorie (c) nutritional (d) low fat.

just like when my husband eats his favorite cookie at whole foods.  it is double chocolate chunk.  and it is vegan.  he swears it doesn’t actually count because it is vegan, therefore good for you.  his rationale, have you ever seen a fat vegan?  my rationale, you would if they only ate double chocolate chunk cookies.

so here are my classic favorite and some new products that i am currently loving.

we will start with the sweets.  gluten free brownies are always a hit. brownies are one of the easiest gluten free sweets that i can make without anyone knowing the difference.  betty crocker has a wonderful brownie mix. i have played around a bit by adding walnuts, substituting oil for applesauce, etc. every time, classic delicious brownie.  you can’t go wrong. trader joe’s also has a great gluten free brownie mix.

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the betty crocker cookie mix is not all that. they are SUPER crumbly. if you are going to spend your calories on a sweet treat, go past the cookies and straight for the brownies or cake mixes.

a cookie worth stopped for is now in the refrigerated section.  i almost jumped for joy when i saw these the other day. the immaculate baking co. has a huge selection of already portioned cookie doughs.  the husband loves this brand.  it is easy to keep on hand and just pop one or two in for a portion controlled sweet dessert.  now i can join in the fun!

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we will skip from dessert to breakfast.  trader joe’s has a delicious gluten free pancakes.  pancakes are easy to make gluten free.  i love pamela’s bread and flour mix for when i am making a batch of homemade pancakes.  but sometimes i just want two pancakes.  i always hope i have these babies in the freezer.

or these.  blueberry waffles.  these have been a classic go to gluten free product.

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also in my freezer as a back up meal is this frozen pizza.  you know those nights where you just don’t want to cook or spend the money and time to go out, frozen pizza it is.

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general mills is now on the gluten free bandwagon.  they are slowly rolling out more and more gluten free chex cereals.   i rotate between my favorites but recently i can’t get enough of the new flavor, apple cinnamon.  delicious!

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another great brand is the nature’s path organic.  their environkidz cereal is one of my favorites.  the husband loves koala crunch and i love gorilla munch.  we are kids at heart.

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technically, english muffins are a breakfast food but i have been eating them for lunch.  this new product is actually pretty darn good.  in general, i am a fan of most of the food for life products i have tried.

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bob’s red mill is my go to source for flours and mixes.  especially the cornbread mix.  so. good.

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i think the thing to remember if you have celiac or are new to the gluten free diet, there are so many foods that are naturally gluten free.  you don’t have to wrap up your grocery list and have every single item with the gluten free label on it.  actually, please don’t.  fruits and fresh vegetables, all naturally gluten free.  most dairy products and meats, gluten free.

one of the best things that has come out of my diagnosis, aside from my health, is an awareness of what is in foods.  i seldom shop in the inside aisles at grocery stores and i eat very little heavily processed foods.  yogurts, fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats fill my diet.  while it is nice to have so many gluten free products on the market, on a daily basis choosing foods that are naturally gluten free will help create a more rounded, nutrient dense, and healthy diet.

feel free to share your favorite gluten free products. i love trying all the new stuff out there!

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annedreshfield
annedreshfield

My cousin can't have gluten, and I've been amazed at how many different kinds of gluten free foods that are entering supermarkets...and how darn good they are! I swear the dessert products are better than normal desserts. Welcome to the Livefyre community! Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or feedback for us. We'd be happy to help.