I eat almost all raw and unprocessed foods now, so I rarely need to think about gluten anymore. But when I first had to give up the gluten, I found many foods that helped me with the transition. All these foods are easy to find at Whole Foods or other natural food stores. Many regular chain grocery stores have these items as well, but you’ll get a better sense of what’s available by going to a natural food store in the beginning. Gluten-free products are almost always labeled. If a product says “wheat-free” you can bet it is NOT gluten-free. Here’s a list of grains with and without gluten.
- Tinkyada rice pasta – Get the shells, elbows, or penne. Avoid the spaghetti – it just doesn’t cook well. All the other brands suck.
- Amy’s frozen meals and canned soups – Lentil soup, black bean soup, tofu scramble, enchiladas, and pesto pizza with rice crust are among my favorites. Their gluten-free and dairy-free items are clearly labeled.
- Lifestream Buckwheat Frozen Waffles – Like Eggos only better.
- Amaranth for breakfast – Mixed with banana slices, this is one of the most delicious breakfasts ever. Let it simmer while you’re in the shower. You won’t miss oatmeal anymore. Add the bananas in 5 or 10 minutes before the grain is done cooking. cooking instructions
- EnviroKidz cereals and snack bars – These aren’t exactly packed with nutrients, but they are lacking in junk. And they make a quick tasty breakfast. Their gluten-free products are clearly labeled.
- Ezekiel’s Sprouted Grain Bread – This is not gluten-free, but I personally find sprouted grains to be less inflammatory to my system than other grain products, when eaten on occassion. For the most part, I gave up on bread. Gluten-free breads exist, but they are hard to find and not very good.
- Bragg Liquid Aminos – Use instead of soy sauce. It’s gluten-free and good for you.
- Cookies, cakes, pies, crackers, and various other tasty gluten-free treats abound. There are just so many now. Some stores even give them their own gluten-free section. The packages are always labeled.