My Favourite Gluten-Free Foods

Happy Sunday everyone! I just got back from the grocery store and felt inspired to write a blog post about food. To put it more precisely, I'm going to tell you about the foods I eat. I follow a gluten-free diet in addition to being severely allergic to peanuts and nuts, shellfish, and chickpeas. I can imagine what you're thinking... if I can't eat wheat, legumes, or sushi, what DO I eat? And how do I manage to order anything at restaurants? It's quite simple: I substitute. Just because I'm gluten-free doesn't mean I can't enjoy bread, pasta, crackers, cookies, or cake. It just means that said bread, pasta, crackers, cookies and cake must be made with rice, bean, quinoa, or potato-based flours. Yes, they might not taste the same as the real thing, but they actually taste better to me because I won't feel sick afterwards like I would with a wheat-based product. Over the past year and a bit that I have been gluten-free, I have tried many different grocery-store brands that boast to be amazing. Some are true to their word and others leave much to be desired. Here are a few of my favourite gluten-free products that taste real, NOT cardboard-y: Kinnikinnick Foods whole grain bread. You buy it frozen and defrost it slice by slice as needed. Taste and consistency-wise, it's by far the best I've had and it holds together quite well for a gluten-free alternative. Even Roger says it's good! March 23 - Multigrain Bread Glutino Pretzel Twists. These are addictive! So buttery and yummy. Never in a million years would I have suspected they were gluten-free. March 23 - Gluten-free Pretzels Mary's Crackers. These seed-based crackers are the perfect compliment for any dip. They are also really yummy with chicken salad and cheese for lunch. March 23 - Mary's Crackers Enjoy Life Granola. Believe it or not, this product is free of wheat, gluten, milk, peanuts, nuts, mustard, sulphites, egg, soy, fish, crustaceans, shellfish, and sesame. I felt like I was in heaven when I read the label. It's expensive, so I only bought it once, but it was divine with fruit and yogurt as a treat. March 23 - Gluten-free, Nut-free Bob's Red Mill Gluten-free Flour Mix. Good things come in small packages. I love that I don't need to add anything to this; you can just use it like regular flour. March 23 - Gluten-free Flour Mi-del Ginger Snap cookies. I could eat these every day with tea. March 23 - Mi-del Cookies And lastly, Breton crackers. Finally they make them gluten-free! Costco sells them in a 4-pack. The garden vegetable ones are not that great; the flaxseed ones are much better. March 23 - Breton Crackers Never do I feel like I'm missing out on a well-balanced diet by not eating wheat. I eat oatmeal with raisins and Greek yogurt for breakfast every morning. If we're craving carbs for dinner, we can buy pre-maid gluten-free pizza dough at the Italian market around the corner. We also eat a lot of rice, quinoa, corn tortillas, sweet potatoes, and spaghetti squash. I really don't find hard to avoid wheat. I have been allergic to peanuts and nuts ever since I was 2, so it gets easier and easier to avoid them as companies introduce more and more peanut-free products. Restaurants are becoming increasingly more cautious as well. More often than not, the chef will come out to either guarantee the safety of a particular dish or suggest another one that can be made entirely peanut-free. Eating peanut-free is second nature to me. If I want dessert, but can't find an allergy-friendly option in store, I'll bake it myself. If I'm ever craving what I imagine peanut butter to taste like, I can always eat Wow Butter! March 23 - Wow Butter I'm ever so thankful that I'm not lactose-intolerant. I think that's where the true difficulty would lie. I love yogurt, milk, and anything with extra cheese on it! Optimistically speaking, being allergic to so many things has been a blessing in disguise. It has forced me to eat clean, prepare healthy meals at home from scratch, and scrutinize labels for "bad" ingredients. I do worry; however, that I'm not getting enough nutrients through food, especially when it comes to the "good" fats found in nuts. I take a multivitamin for that. For anyone Celiac or trying to embrace a gluten-free lifestyle, I hope that this post was helpful! Please feel free to email me if you'd like some more tips/recipes. 🙂

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