As most of you know, I’ve been on a Gluten free diet for about 6 weeks now. You can read why in this post if you have no idea what I’m talking about. Today I thought I’d share some of my favorite Gluten free swaps that I’ve found for anyone in the same boat.
I can honestly say that despite making some basic food swaps, I feel like I haven’t had to drastically change my diet. Yes, there are times when I cry out to the heavens for a delicious scone or a huge size-of-my-face muffin…but should I really be eating those on a weekly basis any way?! I think it also helps that I’m feeling so much better than before; it helps to keep things in perspective. The symptoms I was having before were so bad that no huge muffin or scone would be worh it! It’s all about your mindset.
The first thing people often ask me is if I’ll ever eat it again, if I’ll cheat and eat some, how much can I eat before I feel sick, etc. But really…if I’m feeling this good, why eat it at all?! My advice to anyone going through this or anything similar would be to focus on what you CAN eat and not what you CAN’T! Best of all, I’ve been able to find some great alternatives so I haven’t felt deprived.
Favorite Gluten Free Swaps
- Schar multi-grain GF bread: This bread has been by far the most normal tasting and the most normal textured GF bread that I’ve tried. Most breads I bought tasted and felt like a sponge, had zero flavor and crumbled in your hands like a pile of sand. This bread and tastes like regular bread and holds together pretty well. I keep the loaf in an airtight container in the fridge and it lasts for 2 weeks!
- Cacao & Cashew Butter granola: This granola is gluten free and oh-so-delicious! I’ve been loving it with my yogurt as a dessert. (which I mentioned in my 5 Guiltless desserts Post) I love the cashew butter and cacao combo its so good! I also love that there’s no weird ingredients added and it’s not overly sweetened compared to other granola.
- Amy’s Organic Thai Coconut Soup: OMG I cant stop eating this soup! It’s vegan and gluten free which is great because I also have to avoid dairy. It has a sweet creamy flavor because of the coconut milk, but is filled with spicy Thai seasoning to balance out the sweet. I’ve been loving it as a quick dinner during the week when I don’t have a lot of time. I’m hoping to make my own version at some point soon!
- Wow Chocolate Chip Cookies: As I mentioned before, I sometimes cry out to the heavens for a nice baked good. These cookies are soft-baked, moist, and taste just like a normal cookie! I’ve only tried the chocolate chip so far, but they are amazing! If you don’t like soft-baked cookies, I also love the thin and crispy gluten free “Tate’s” chocolate chip cookies!
- As for pasta, I’ve been using white rice noodles “Thai Kitchen” brand and brown rice noodles “Pasta Joy” brand link here. I also have used spaghetti squash in place of noodles many many times.
Other Helpful Resources:
- I’ve been using the Find Me Gluten Free website if I have to go out to eat. I don’t go out to eat often, but have used it a small handful of times. They list nearby places that have GF options and you can check out people’s reviews. This website also has an app that you can keep on your phone for going out.
- Gluten Free Bible cookbook: My mother-in-law found this cookbook for me a couple of weeks ago and it’s been a great resource. I’m not one to follow a recipe exactly as is, but this has some great recipe ideas and some great information on Gluten in the beginning of the book!
I hope my findings help someone out there feeling lost! If anyone else out there is eating gluten free and has other favorite products, please let me know in the comments below! I’ll be mentioning my favorites as I try new things. I’m looking at this as a fun adventure not something to be sad about!
Favorite Gluten Free products?
Tell me in the comments below!