WHO SAID EATING GLUTEN-FREE CAN’T BE FUN?

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As sufferers of celiac disease or as gluten intolerants, you are faced with the task of finding gluten-free products to replace all those foods containing wheat, rye, and barley that we loved to eat–like bread, cookies, cakes and pastas.  Our lives have suddenly changed, we now need to think more consciously about what we are putting into our  body.

What to do? …RE-TRAIN YOUR FOOD BRAIN! 

However,    BEWARE!     just because a product is labeled gluten-free doesn’t necessarily mean it is healthy. Many gluten-free products you find on the shelves today are loaded with sugar and/or salt!   See below for the best loved Gluten-Free foods and their manufacturers.

The Difficulties?

Yes, a totally gluten-free diet means learning to adjust your thinking and re-train your food brain with the creation of menus for three meals a day, every day of the week, with gluten-free products.

Whole Foods - Whole Goodness

Whole Foods – Whole Goodness

Don’t forget – All of our beautiful fresh whole foods – vegetables, fruits, and berries – not forgetting all  the ‘Superfoods’ which are chock full of antioxidants and essential nutrients and all naturally gluten-free.     

 

RememberThere is no gluten in roast chicken, roast turkey, roast lamb or roast beef.   There is no gluten in fish.   While some processed food products on the market are good, some are only OK,  and many are so bad you may as well eat the packaging!  Enjoy the bounteous harvest from our farmers.  

Get baking with your own gluten-free flour – Freely available!

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Ohhh – I’m just thinking about Chocolate!

There’s really no need to feel deprived,  restricted or disillusioned about life because bread, cakes and pizza are off the menu!    You’ll  quickly be making wonderful family meals every night of the week without blinking.

If you have been diagnosed celiac , it is vital you connect with the many on-line community groups and local support groups.  Here the members will tell you in no uncertain terms which gluten-free products are worth eating, and which ones should be avoided at all costs.

Since most people with celiac disease were diagnosed when they were well into adulthood, they, like you, remember exactly what their favorite products tasted like.  Word of mouth spreads quickly in the celiac community.  If a product meets or exceeds expectations, it quickly gains a following.  If the product is tasteless, the word spreads just as quickly.  There’s nothing that a person with celiac disease hates more than spending good money on bad food.  What follows below are some foods to get you started on your way.

Best-loved gluten-free food along with the names of their manufacturers.

  • K-Toos (cream-filled chocolate sandwich cookies similar to Oreos);
  • KinniKritters (animal crackers) and
  • Tapioca Rice Cinnamon Buns (cinnamon rolls) are some of the favorite products coming from Kinnikinnick Foods Inc.  Kinnikinnick claims all products are manufactured in a gluten-free facility so there is no need to worry about cross-contamination.  As they have over 100 products there are plenty to choose from.

Look for other Specialty Products -like these:

If you are looking to go the mix route, try looking in the health-food sections for such popular mixes as:

  • Perfect Pie Crust,
  • Chocolate Truffle Brownie Mix,
  • Favorite Sandwich Bread and
  • Angel Food Cake, all from the Glutino Food Group.

Pamela’s Products is another well-recognized brand that deserves its place high on the list of favorite gluten-free brands.  Their Amazing Wheat-Free Bread Mix is among the most popular due to its soft, bendable texture.

Their Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix comes in a large, 4-pound re-closeable zipper bag! If you are looking for pasta, no list of the best gluten-free brands would be complete without mentioning Tinkyada Pasta, which can be used instead of regular pasta to cook all your pre-gluten-free pasta-based family recipes like spaghetti, casseroles and lasagne.  And the best part about their products, which come in all the traditional shapes such as spaghetti, fettuccine, penne, spirals, lasagne, shells and elbow macaroni, is their taste and high quality which enables celiacs and non-celiacs to enjoy the same great meal.

You might be surprised at how easy it can be to live well on a gluten-free diet baking with Gluten-Free Flour with some of these delicious, quality products in your kitchen.

So here’s to happy and tasty gluten-free eating with the best loved gluten-free food!

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