The Gluten Free Life

Having been gluten free for a while now, I’ve had many people asking me for tips and advice. At first it was really hard to me to figure out what was good gluten free food, and what was bad. Now that I’ve tried just about everything, I think I’ve got a pretty good grasp on it!

Keeping in mind that switching to a gluten free diet can be a lot of trial and error; whether you are doing it for health reasons or allergies. I’ve noticed that there are many different severities of being gluten intolerant. It’s all about figuring out what your body can handle, and what it simply cannot.

Here are some helpful tips from me to you:

Hy-Vee & Whole Foods have a pretty good gluten-free section. Wal-mart also has a pretty big selection. Amazon has been great, as I don’t currently live close to a Hy-Vee or a Whole Foods at the moment, but I usually order from them and get gluten free items in bulk, and I’ve never had a problem!

When you’re buying gluten free food it’s a hit or miss…there are good brands and there are bad! Some of my favorite brands are King Arthur, Kinnikinnick, Bob’s Red Mill, and Enjoy Life.

This is what I’ve tried from each:

King Arthur: Most bakery items (their pre-made muffins are amazing!) and flour.

Kinnikinnick: Bread, bagels, pizza crusts (by far better than any other brand.)

Bob’s Red Mill: All flours (white rice flour, brown rice flour, sorghum flour, corn flour, xanthan gum (xanthan gum is what you’ll need to add whenever you cook with gluten free flour because it aids in binding the flour together–it’s expensive, but you only need to add 1-2 tablespoons each time), and potato starch (you can find these at your local grocery store.) Their pizza crust recipe is really tasty and easy to make!

Bisquick has gluten free pancake mix–which is surprisingly good!

General Mills makes Gluten Free Chex cereal! Which I LOVE because there aren’t many cereals that are gluten free (besides fruity pebbles, captain crunch, and rice krispies!)

Enjoy Life makes really good gluten free cookies!

I love Blue Diamond Nut Thins. They are the best gluten free crackers I’ve ever had. The Sea Salt, Cheddar Cheese, and Ranch flavors are my fav!

Namaste makes REALLY good cake!! The one thing I’ve noticed with any gluten free cake mix is that you’ll want to substitute some unsweetened applesauce instead of all the vegetable oil it calls for. It helps make the cake so moist!!

Tinkyada makes the best gluten free noodles, just make sure you don’t over cook them..they are SO easy to over cook!!

Woodchucks are the best!! It’s a gluten free cider beer!! Raspberry is my favorite.

Also, Udi’s has AMAZING gluten free food. Every time I go to Denver I end up buying all of their products!! It is SO good. They have restaurants in the Denver area that are awesome. They also have a website that you can order from. We aren’t very far from Denver so I usually just stock up while I’m there–but I’m sure ordering online would work just as well!

Hopefully I didn’t just ramble your ear off, but I really wish someone would have helped me out when I first found out I needed to be gluten free!

If you have any recommendations for me, I’d love to hear them!! 🙂

Good Luck!

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