Growing up I’d complain of stomach pain frequently, especially after going out to eat. Eventually the pain got worse and more frequent and my parents got tired of me complaining, so we went to the doctor. Even 8 years ago, doctors didn’t really know much about gluten allergies and celiac disease. They thought I had IBS, embarrassing huh? I went to a couple of specialists, but my blood tests never showed an allergy indication, and most of them suggested that I do a small intestine biopsy. The biopsy didn’t sound any fun, especially because they needed me to eat 3 pieces of bread a day for 1 month before they could do the test. Uh, even eating a morsel of gluten containing bread for someone with a gluten allergy can be painful..so 90 pieces sounded awful.
So I went to see an applied kinesiologist who did muscle testing on me. This is actually a really effective way to test for any allergy. After performing the muscle test where I smelled a vial of wheat, my muscles were weak and not able to withstand any force, indicating a sensitivity. You can check out this video for a better idea of this practice.
So fast forward, and I’ve been eating a gluten free diet for 7 years. My body feels healthy and more energetic since going gluten free. Sometimes I accidentally consume gluten, especially when eating out at places that have no clue what gluten is. I get a little concerned when I ask “Does this have gluten in it?” And the server responds “Oh, is that yeast? Corn scratch? You mean no-GMO?” So, Ryan and I have to choose carefully when going out to eat.
I’ve tried a lot of gross gluten free products (like the old Ener-G bread..cardboard!) but I’ve also found some of my favorites, and I want to share those with you!
Bob’s Red Mill gluten free whole grain rolled oats – Just a tasty as Trader Joe’s but a bit pricer, around $7-8 a bag. Unfortunately we don’t have a Trader Joe’s by us anymore.. so these are the oats I buy now.
Udi’s Whole Grain Bread – I couldn’t live without Udi’s! I like a lot of their products, but usually won’t fork over the money for anything else except the bread.
Cooqi Multi-Purpose Flour – Cooqi used to be a gluten free bakery in Minneapolis, but they had to close because they weren’t receiving enough business. But they started selling their flour mixes online, and I alone probably keep them in business. So far, this is hands down the best flour mix I’ve tried… I may or may not order 5 bags at a time..
Kind Bars - A great snack on the go. Definitely something I don’t buy regularly because they are so expensive, but none the less a favorite.
Larabars – Another easy snack on the go, and so many flavors! My favorites are peanut butter chocolate chip, chocolate chip cherry torte, and chocolate chip brownie. So anything with chocolate :-)
Chex gluten free line of cereal – It was a great day when they first came out with a gluten free line. I enjoy all of them, especially apple cinnamon.
Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta – This is my favorite gluten free pasta. I love that I can choose from elbows, spaghetti, linguine, rotelle, shells, and garden pagodas. It’s wonderful having options when you’re gluten free. Although, I would love some spiral and bow tie pasta varieties.
Ian’s Chicken Nuggets – Alright, confession.. sometimes I like to eat chicken nuggets. And on the rare occasion, I’ll splurge and buy a box of about 30 for $8. One of these days I’ll make some homemade ones.
Snyder’s Gluten Free Pretzels – Snyder’s is known for their pretzels, and they make delicious gluten free ones! I love that I can choose between mini pretzels and pretzel sticks.
Aldi’s Rice/Corn Squares – I can’t tell you how excited I was when I first walked into Aldi and saw that they do some gluten free labeling. This is the best deal if you’re looking for a plain gluten free cereal, it’s cheaper than Chex!
I am definitely a snacker, and some of my favorite things to snack on are..
-yogurt and pretzels
-carrots and peppers
-chex cereal with raisins
-homemade granola bars
-homemade baked goods
Do you have any favorite gluten free products or recipes? I’d love to know!