As someone gluten-free, I have realized the amount of time and money required to be gluten-free. I have walked into numerous restaurants that don’t offer gluten-free items on their menu except for salads. Yeah, I love a good salad but eating one every meal isn’t something I prefer. Sadly, limiting gluten and making better choices for my body ends up costing more, and shopping for groceries is even harder. I have learned to cook rather than eat out so I know exactly what is going into my body. Though becoming gluten-free is very beneficial for the body, not all gluten-free foods are necessarily healthy. There are still sugars, carbs, and dairy, although they can be limited by paying attention to ingredients. Through trial and error, I have curated a selection of tasty treats and recipes found off of Pinterest that are easy to make as well as a list of gluten-free friendly restaurants.
Salted Caramel Ice Cream Bars
GLUTEN-FREE SNACKS AND SAVORY FOOD
Chicken Burrito Bowl
RESTAURANTS THAT ARE GLUTEN-FREE FRIENDLY
Red Robin *On their inline menu you can add all allergens and it gives you substitutes. It is so helpful!
Pizza – Many pizza places include cauliflower or gluten-free crusts nowadays
GLUTEN-FREE FRIENDLY MARKETS
*In my experience, Sprouts does a great job with not only gluten-free items but also dairy-free items. In all of the stores, there is a whole section of gluten-free items that include cookies, oatmeal, and cereal.*
Trader Joe’s *gluten-free mac is bomb also there are many dairy-free options*
Whole Food’s (more expensive)
Bristol Farm’s (more expensive)
Any local farmers market is a great way to pick healthier choices and support the community
Lastly, I have gluten-free items that I swear by, and they taste better than the actual thing.
Chocolate Vanilla Creme Cookies– Glutino
Pretzel Sticks- Glutino
Chocolate Chip Cookies- Glutino
(okay this brand is some of my favorites for gluten-free snacks)
Artisan White Bread– Schär
Nothing Bundt Cakes Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cake
*Select locations* Doesn’t even taste gluten-free
Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Vanilla Fudge Sundae Cones– Jolly Llama
Gluten-Free Everything Baked Crackers– Milton
Make sure to look out for malt, malt flavor, malt extract, malt vinegar, brewer’s yeast, and ingredients with the words wheat, barley, or rye. Purposes to become gluten-free is if you have a Wheat allergy, Gluten ataxia, Non-celiac gluten sensitivity, Celiac disease, or simply because you don’t want to.
I feel the best when I eat clean and cut out dairy and gluten. I have lost weight and reduced stomach issues and acne. There is a lot of trial and error when cutting out gluten in your diet but it is genuinely worth all of it. I have felt so much better since I have started my journey and I hope to help at least someone struggling with gluten-free options.