Every once in a while, I think about how easy it is to be gluten-free days. Don’t get me wrong, by the time I was diagnosed with celiac in January 2006, there was a much better selection of gluten-free foods available than there had been even three years prior. I like to say that we’re spoiled in Atlanta and we really are. There are so many great gluten-free products and dining options here that it sometimes blows my mind. Often times I’m contacted by parents of gluten-free kids – or people that need help for themselves once they’re told to avoid gluten.
Something as simple as telling someone that Udi’s bread is worth ordering if they can’t buy it locally brings more appreciation than I can really fathom. It’s the times when those exchanges happen – in private e-mails between me and my readers – that I really try not to take my good fortune for granted. Not everyone has it so good in terms of great gluten-free shopping options and I think everyone should. Hopefully, the day when that happens will eventually arrive and then I can decide what other career I want to delve into. I don’t want there to be a need for people like me to do what we do. Things should be easier for everyone, period.
Due to several requests about good gluten-free replacement items for the same things showing up in my inbox – I decided to share a list of some of my most favorite gluten-free things. I might have 100 of them, but I need to keep the size of this post reasonable, so I narrowed it down to the top 25. The absence of a product on the list is not a statement about the product or the company that makes it. Obviously, everyone has different tastes and I recently discovered that I’m a super taster. It’s not the best trait to have when you have celiac. However, my powerful sense of taste has helped me to find some wonderful products in less time than some others that have traveled my same path. Below are a few of my favorite gluten-free things (in no particular order). Some things are for use on a regular basis and some are things I order or buy only from time to time.
- Udi’s Gluten Free bread, bagels and lemon streusel muffins
- Andean Dream gluten-free pasta (for cold pasta dishes)
- Schar gluten-free pasta (for hot pasta dishes)
- Celiac Specialties powdered mini doughnuts
- Sandwich Petals (sandwich wrap or super thin pizza crust)
- Glutenfreeda chocolate chip cookie dough
- Island Gluten Free Bakery waffles, cinnamon bread and granola
- Everybody Eats cinnamon buns, ravioli and new multi-grain baguette
- Joan’s GF Greatbakes bagels and English muffins
- Kettle Cuisine gluten-free soup line
- Jules Gluten Free flour
- Pamela’s Pancake and Baking Mix
- King Arthur gluten-free chocolate cake and brownie mixes
- Gluten-free Naturals pancake mix and cookie blend mix
- Drew’s garlic Italian dressing
- Trader Joe’s gluten-free ginger snaps (for pie crusts)
- Custom Choice Cereal (build your own gluten-free cereal!)
- My Dad’s Cookies gluten-free chocolate chip biscotti and raspberry linzer cookies
- The Grainless Baker Cheddar Snackers and Graham Snackers
- Katz Gluten Free Challah rolls
- Starfish gluten-free battered fish
- S’Better Farms gluten-free chicken fingers
- Shabtai-Gourmet apricot jelly roll cake
- Jones Dairy Farm lite and turkey sausage links
- Green Mountain Gringo tortilla chips
OK – you might have noticed that the list of items includes 25 companies but a few more items than that. Keep in mind that I was choosing from more than 100 of my favorite things. You’ll notice that there are not any bars on my list. There are several brands that I think taste great, but I could live without bars of any kind. I keep them on hand at all times in case I’m stuck without something safe to eat. I never ate bars when I ate gluten and I rarely eat them now.
Please keep in mind that the things on my list are my personal favorites and someone else’s list is not going to match mine. That’s the beauty of having so many great products to choose from these days. Everyone can find something that suits their tastes perfectly. The point is that we have choices – lots and lot of them! Sure, many items might be hard to find or too expensive for our budgets, but the choices are out there. You might have to spend a little time finding your favorites, but it will be so worth it when you do!