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So You Have to Go Gluten-free!

Having to go gluten-free can be a lifesaver for some people. Gluten-free diets are a must for anyone with Celiac Disease, and is preferable for people with other auto-immune diseases, such as Hashimoto’s Disease. It’s also recommended on the low-FODMAP diet for those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or other gastric sensitivities.

When I first went gluten-free, I really struggled with it. On the plus side, it was an opportunity to eat more fruits, vegetables, and other gluten-free grains. But what about breads and other comfort food? There are a lot of gluten-free products now vs. 10 years ago; however, choosing ones that taste good can be challenging. I tried different brands, and some were better than others. So, I’ve comprised a list of some products that I enjoy in helping you make the switch easier.

  • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Oatmeal – oatmeal is naturally gluten-free; but sometimes there is cross-contamination, so to be on the safe side, I purchase Bob’s.

  • Bob’s Gluten-free Flour for baking. If you have a recipe that you want to make gluten-free, this is the flour for you. Nothing more needs to be added unlike many recipes that I’ve seen. If your recipe calls for three cups of flour, just substitute three cups of Bob’s gluten-free flour.

  • Barilla Penne Pasta and Rotini; however, I like Ronzoni's Spaghetti better than Barilla's, because it doesn’t clump. A word on gluten-free pasta: it’s higher in carbohydrates, so if you're diabetic, have a smaller serving and load up on sauce, veggies, and healthy protein. You'll still get the comfort of having some pasta without too many carbs.

  • Canyon Ranch Breads, especially the Cinnamon Raisin – YUM! Some gluten-free breads taste like cardboard – but Canyon Ranch is a good brand. It’s a bit expensive; but if you don’t eat it every day, who cares! They also make rolls and buns.

If you have a favorite gluten-free product, please let me know. I would love to try it!

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