I have been working really hard on trying to cut gluten out of my daily diet. I admit that I occasionally will have something with gluten, when a major craving hits, but with only a few minor exceptions, I have done very well. I am starting to get used to not having bread & gluten on a daily basis and I can really tell a difference in my body – especially how my headaches have decreased. I still have Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS and IC Disease, unfortunately, going gluten-free won’t take those away but it has made an overall difference in daily symptoms I experience.
Now that I have been on a gluten-free diet for a few months, I have found some great gluten-free foods that I enjoy and I’ve had some other interesting food evolvements as well. I am eating things now that I would never eat before and couldn’t stand the taste of before, yogurt for example. I could never stand the smell or taste of any kind of yogurt before I went gluten-free. Over the years I have tried every kind of yogurt out there and just the smell of it would make me want to throw up, let alone the taste. Now I am eating yogurt on a daily basis, most days twice a day, and I love the taste. Really odd but I’m happy I have found a healthy snack to replace what used to be gluten snacks.
I wanted to share with my readers some of the gluten-free foods I have found that I am really enjoying. I find these at my local Giant in the organic section. Please leave me a comment if you have some favorite gluten-free foods you like to eat. I always like suggestions! 🙂
- Van’s Frozen Gluten-Free Waffles
- Van’s Frozen Gluten–Free French Toast
- Food for Life Brown Rice Tortillas
- Kinnickinnick Frozen Cinnamon-Sugar Donuts (These are super delicious. They come in other flavors as well, but so far I’ve only tried the cinnamon sugar ones.)
- Wolfgang Puck Chicken Rice Soup
- Blue Diamond Gluten-Free Crackers (I particularly like the smokehouse flavored ones)
- Rice cakes
- Crispix Cereal
- Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Cake Mix
- Lundberg Risotto
- Quinoa Pasta (I am slowly getting used to the taste. I’ve tried others but this one is the best of the worst.)
- Baked Doritos – YES! These are gluten free – and they are super yummy!
Some other foods that I eat now to replace former gluten filled meals and snacks include:
- Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. I eat bananas, grapes, apples, applesauce and broccoli like they’re going to quit making them!
- Yogurt – I buy the Yoplait fat-free yogurts. Some of my favorite flavors include Apple Turnover, Boston Creme, Cinnamon Roll, Banana Cream Pie, Orange Cream
- Cheese – I buy the Laughing Cow low-fat cheese triangles and I eat them with my Blue Diamond Gluten-Free Smokehouse Crackers – super good!
When we eat out, I try to order foods that would normally be gluten-free if I prepared them at home, but it’s hard to know what restaurants put in their meals. I could ask, but I figure the occasional slip of gluten won’t hurt. It’s not like I have Celiac Disease so I don’t stress over it when eating out. When we went on vacation after Christmas we were eating in restaurants every day and that’s when I noticed the difference in how I felt. Under normal circumstances, we eat out once a week – big difference.
Thanks for posting this list, it’s hard enough finding gluten-free items, let alone ones that taste good!
Great that you’re getting into the GF diet. I’ve been going for a little over a year now and I still miss stuff occasionally, mostly bread. I make my own bread, but it’s not the same. GF bread is only really good when you toast it or warm it, so no more peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. Crispix has gluten, I’m pretty sure — anything with malt does. Most Chex cereals are GF, though. I’m addicted to Rice Chex. There are really good GF pretzels, but they are a bit pricey so I don’t get them too often. I think the best GF pasta is Tinkiyada rice pasta, which I’m starting to really, really like. Overall, I find it pretty easy to make GF dinners, but I’m still really stuggling with my GF snacks and often I just give up and don’t have anything, even when I’m a bit hungry at night. I got to find a solution to this problem. Good luck with continuing your GF exploration and in the end it’s SO worth the effort. : )