Seven years ago I told to start a gluten free diet. Back then, gluten free food was really not that great. In fact, it was basically card board and sugar. Yep. And whenever we’d go down to New Zealand, I’d stock up on all their gluten free foods because they had better quality and there were more choices. A gluten free diet was definitely more prevalent there, but for health reasons, not as a diet trend. Which reminds me, has anyone seen that South Park Gluten Free Ebola episode? Haha, it’s hilarious (and so true). Anyway, I digress….
Let’s get to today. Um, ya. So many wonderful gluten free brands out there. Quality brands. Caring brands. Informative brands. So today I thought I’d share with you some Gluten Free food and recipe MUST HAVES for anyone just starting out on a gluten free diet.
Granted, I might be an ambassador for almost all of these, but they did not pay me or ask me to write this. It was all my own doing. I truly don’t know what WE would do without them.
Carbs and Breakfast Food Must Haves:
Whenever I need to make a quick post workout porridge or fuel for the kiwi’s long run, ride, etc., I use Love Grown Foods Gluten Free Super Oats. It’s low sugar and Non Gmo. I like to combine it with either Larabar’s Grain Free Granola or an egg on top to give it more fat. Plus it taste’s amazing!
Udis gluten Free is another great brand for breakfast and carbs that you may miss when you are new to gluten free. They have all the healthy options like flax and chia bread, plus the “treat” options like muffins and cookies, but without all the fake ingredients. What I like about Udis is that they provide great support on their site as well. I’m a community leader for Udis and we are always trying to focus on ways to support and guide each other and others, even if they don’t eat Udis! It’s more about educating consumers and providing the resources needed.
Snack MUST HAVES:
Well of course I’m going to say Healthy bites, but I may be a little bias and have FREE access to a freezer full of them.
Let’s focus on some others, mmmm k?
Larabar make several great fruit and nut bars and so do KIND. We eat both. Although right now I am hooked on the seasonal cookie Larabar flavors and the new Kind Strong protein bars made with pea protein. SO SO GOOD!
Speaking of more protein, let’s talk about protein and fat must haves:
The new quest protein chips now have more flavors. Don’t even get me started on the salt and vinegar… tasty. Gluten and Soy free. In fact, I used that flavor to bread my Sizzlefish Salmon (recipe coming soon). And although not everyone will agree with certain ingredients, they are still pretty “clean” per se.
I also made my own beet avocado yogurt dressing to go with it. Just combine all these in a blender. Add olive oil to thin it out. And you gotta check out Blue Hill yogurt for more flavors (like butternut squash).
And last but not least, the GRAIN FREE must haves.
Oh I have died and gone to PALEO heaven. I just discovered Cappello’s paleo pasta and cookie dough.The main ingredients are almond meal, tapioca starch, coconut oil, and cage free eggs. And it actually tastes pretty darn amazing too! This weekend we had pasta and cookies. Actually, I think I just ate the cookie dough batter and gave the cookies to the kiwi. No joke.
Okay.. who’s hungry now? Pass the Almond Milk and let’s have some grain free cookies.
Do you have any gluten free must haves?
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Cheers to Marvelous Monday!