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Great Gluten Free Resources

 By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

Karina Allrich's Gluten Free Pumpkin Stuesuel Muffins, creater of Gluten Free Goddess

“What can I eat? “ I find myself frequently thinking of what I am not allowed to eat rather then the wealth of foods I am able to enjoy these days.  Myself, and others who have sensitiveness to gluten,  often find themselves in this tiny corner of the grocery store, that can seem daunting and scarce.  It’s important to note that any food with wheat, rye, barley, and sometimes oats in the ingredients list, or that indicates it has been manufactured in the presence of wheat, gluten, or gluten-containing ingredients can affect you if you have these sensitivities. I didn’t know this until recently when I had some oatmeal, which was a bothersome experience. Upset, I decided to start looking at what I can enjoy instead of focusing on what I have to live without.

 For many parents and clients we talk with, the change to any diet appears very difficult at first, but after they look at all the possibilities of foods they can eat, try out recipes with success, and eat at their favorite restaurants with ease they often tell us, it’s much easier than they expected.

Here are some sites that I found extremely useful in making my transition to gluten-free and understanding what I CAN eat.  Please add your favorite sites and blogs as well! The more information we can get and share with others, the easier it will be for all of us who have food sensitivities or family members who are living without.

Gluten Free Girl: I Really like this blog, great recipes, stories, and coupons for GF foods (so simple to print and I have already saved $5.00 on my next trip to Whole Foods).  She makes living gluten free look very easy.  Love her easy-to-read style and simple, yet tasty, recipes.

Celaic. com:  When I ask myself, “So…What can I eat?” I turn to the experts on this site.  There are lists of foods to avoid and those that are tolerable.  Great information for a newbie like me.

Gluten Free Goddess: This is a fantastic blog.  She makes cooking without look better than with gluten.  I was inspired by her site and beautiful pictures.  Who knew you could have scones and muffins that actually taste delicious!

Gluten Free Cooking: For holiday recipes that seem daunting without gluten Teri Gruss has made it look simple; with anything from pie to stuffing, to creative alternatives that look and taste like the real thing follow her guide and it will be just like Thanksgiving or Christmas, but without the stomach aches.

Gluten Free Mommy: is a fantastic site for parents; she has easy recopies for gluten free and casein free kiddos (and parents too!).

Please add your favorite blogs or sites below.  Start a discussion about how living without ____(insert you or your child’s sensitivity here) has been for you and share resources.

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5 Great Gluten-Free Finds

By Emily Roberts MA, LPC

The gluten free (GF) isle at my local health food store has gone from a shelf of tasteless cardboard that appeased my GI tract, to a full array of pallet pleasing products that actually taste, get this…Delicious.  More Americans are eliminating gluten based products due to health concerns.   The term gluten-free is generally used to indicate a supposed harmless level of gluten rather than a complete absence.  So for those with severe celiac, sometimes GF is still not enough for their systems to tolerate. With kids having a food allergy can make them feel insecure around their friends, especially at the lunch table.  No kid I talk to wants to be eating a bland chicken breast or plate of tofu, while the rest of their friends and enjoying a kid-friendly PB&J.  Thank goodness there are GF products out there that look and taste the same. 

If your a carb-lover like me, than the idea of a GF diet can be like a death sentence.  However, with the right products, it doesn’t have to be.  In fact,  I can actually enjoy meals now,  instead of agonizing about how I’m going to feel after indulging in that plate of pasta primavera.  Here are some amazing GF products, that taste like the real thing.

Udi’s Gluten Free Bread:  tastes like its full of gluten but is not!  GF breads I have tried in the past had an odd texture and had to be toasted to taste palatable, you can eat this right out of the bag!

 Blue Diamond Nut Thins: Rice Crackers I eat these everyday, the texture is crisp and the different flavors allow you to have options in the snacking world! 

Pamela’s Simplebites Ginger Snap Cookies one word: DELICIOUS. They taste exactly like Gingersnaps I ate as a kid, full of wheat.  These are great treats for kids and adults alike.                  

Tinkyada Rice Pasta: The texture is RIGHT ON, and it tastes amazing.

Glutino Pretzel Twists:  I actually thought I grabbed a bag of regular pretzels. I could not taste the difference at all- perfect snack. 

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