Gluten Free Shopping List

Gluten Free Shopping List

When people hear I’m gluten free they often think I am on a mission to lose weight or that I just got hooked into a new fad diet. So, before I start, let’s get one thing strait:I would never willingly give up bread. Ever. For anyone to think I would give those up for a fad diet or to lose weight are loco!  Check here for all the deets behind what lead me toward gluten free . Today, I will put all my focus toward helping those of you who may just be starting this gluten free journey with this gluten free shopping list.

First of all, don’t panic. There is life after bread, cake, pie, pasta…I promise. It’s just a little different, that’s all.

When I first started steering clear of gluten, I did not want to just replace all my favorite organic wheat foods with highly processed ones just because someone slapped on the gluten free label. Truth be told: so many of the products you see in the isles of the grocery store that are sporting a gluten free box are often highly processed and trust me, all those crazy ingredients will not help any problems you might be facing due to gluten.

Processed=poo poo. Garbage. No good. Don’t do it.

So the next time you’re trolling the isles at Target and not sure where to turn or which products are best, please allow me to share my knowledge with you. As a professional gluten free gal, I have tried them all and sorted through the losers to find all the best (and cleanest) gluten free ways to go.

First of all, carry this knowledge with you: the less ingredients, the better. If the ingredient list takes up half the label, that is definitely a sign that your body is in for some major digestive confusion.

Now for the very best, oh my gosh, I can’t believe something this fabulous exists, chances are you will not be finding those products in your everyday super market. (Walmart and Target) I will share with you all my favorite products, why they are da bomb, (oh my gosh, I’m so old) where I find them and I’ll level with you on price too.

Now these are my favorite products from the places I shop at which could be totally different depending on your location or where you choose to get your groceries, so I tried to seek these same favorite products out on Amazon (because who doesn’t love stuff being sent right to their door?) More often than not, if you are ordering through Amazon, it means buying in bulk. Which could be great if you want to make sure you’re stocked, but will definitely give your wallet a bigger hit right off the bat.

Squeaky Clean Grab and Go Gluten Free.

*The post contains affiliate links. If you choose to make any purchases, I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Everything I recommend I do so because I personally love it and I know you would too.

These top favorites of mine are all of the highest quality ingredients. They are either not processed or have gone through very little processing. Most of these links you are able to buy at Thrive Market  online for up to half the price of stores!

-Organic Steel Cut Oats

gluten free shopping list gluten free food gluten free steel cut oatsSteel cut oats are a great way to make a healthy, clean oatmeal for you and your family. Some steel cut oats may be made bagged in factories that process wheat. Be sure to check the box. If you suffer with Celeac’s Disease, even a small amount may cause your body to react.

 

 

 

-Gluten Free Oats

Gluten free oats are my top buy for gluten free. We use them all the time in our house for oatmeal, bakingwaffles and pancakes and even for breadcrumbs when cooking! It can be easy turning these GF oats into oat flour simply by tossing them into a blender or food processor. I just pop some in my NutriBullet for a few seconds and voila! You have oat flour or bread crumbs. These are not organic, but they are a one ingredient item and are very reasonably priced especially when compared to similar products.

 

-Food for Life’s sprouted gluten free and vegan bread.

Not only is this bread made with whole, healthy ingredients, it can also be bought completely organic! All of this goodness definitely comes with a price. I have only been able to find this bread at Whole Foods. Also, because of it’s high quality and high demand, it is a very spendy loaf of bread. Usually clocking in at around $10 a bag in the stores for a relatively small loaf. You can by not organic versions for a little less. Because I am the only one with gluten intolerance in my family or the only one who chooses to acknowledge it, I will sometimes get this loaf just for myself and guard it with my life. Once my kids each took a slice and made toast for themselves…like it was some strait up ordinary bread. I almost fainted. So if you’re living on a budget and not ready to drop cash like this, I have other alternatives, so don’t fear!

Organic Gluten Free Pasta

gluten free gluten free pasta gluten free shopping list Quinoa noodles are at the top of my list when it comes to making pasta dishes for my family. These are a great organic option that is available at Target and other grocery chains. A great thing is that they come in a variety of noodles to fit different dishes. Ones like macaroni, bow tie and alfredo.

 

 

Lotus Foods Rice Ramen Noodles

gluten free food gluten free shopping list gluten free noodlesIf you have teenage cravings like I do and want your good ‘ol ramen noodles on occasion, these are definitely your cleaned up quick fix. You can stock up on these at Costco, Whole Foods or even on Amazon. It’s also easy to add a little more nutritional value to them by making a yummy miso or veggie soup!

 

 

Mary’s Gone Crackers 

gluten free gluten free shopping list gluten free crackersAn absolute favorite when it comes to clean (and all organic) snacking. These little tiny cracker bites are crunchy, low in ingredients and what they do have is all good! The seeds in them can be a bit crunchy at times, but this is a snack my whole family can’t stop eating even when I hide them! We love them with hummus or with a slice of cheese on top! They are a perfect snacking cracker. I always stock up on mine at Costco before any trip we take. Because I spend so much of my day eating fruits, veggies or soft grains, I start to get hard core cravings for something crunchy. These are always my go-to because they are literally guilt free (and gluten free.)

Clean-ish Grab and Go Gluten Free.

Canyon Bakehouse

I have searched high and low when it comes to good store bought gluten free bread and I have to say, Canyon Bakehouse has been one of the more reasonably priced, cleaner versions I can find and they have a variety of products! On top of bread varieties they also offer buns, bagels and brownies! Best yet, you should also be able to find these same products at Target. Even better their products are also dairy, soy and nut free for anyone else who may have allergies beyond gluten!

Essential Baking Company 

My beloved, Costco, of course, has hopped on the gluten free bandwagon too with this multi grain, gluten, dairy, soy and nut free bread. As is custom with Costco, you will get a larger portion of this for around the same price as other GF breads. Also, if you plan on eating clean and feeding a family, I highly recommend a Costco membership. It has paid for itself (literally) time and time again for our family.

Little Extras Grab and Go Gluten Free.

Live G Free French Fried Onions 

 Once you get the hang of skipping on breads and pastas, it can be those little toppings that really get you down! These french fried onions are a yummy crunch to the top of bean casseroles or cheesy potatoes. Now, you don’t have to deny the crunch. You can find these at your local ALDI store.

Snyder’s Hot Buggalo Wing Pretzel Sticks

These are great for football games and quick back yard get togethers. I’ll be honest and say I tend to over-indulge in these ones and wind up with a tummy ache, but they are super delicious. I think I like gluten free pretzels better than regular ones actually. Snyder’s also has gluten free snack packs you can buy if you are sending a little one off to school with a gluten intolerance.

Take n Bake Gluten Free.

Bob’s Red Mill Guten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour

 When I first became gluten free, I tried a variety of different gluten free baking mixes most of which left my food with a grainy texture that ruined the whole illusion of “regular” baking. There are tons of recipes out there that are gluten free but often require quite a few multiple types of flours, if you are trying to get more basic, I highly suggest starting here. As with all gluten free, this flour will be more expensive, but Amazon’s 5 lb bag is actually pretty reasonable if you are planning on doing a fair amount of baking!

Costco’s Gluten Free Cheese Pizza 2 Pack 

Again, Costco for the win! They have a great package of 2 pizzas for $10. Buying these two pizzas together can cost you as little as a single GF pizza at other stores. While I have only found Costco’s pizza in cheese, it is actually pretty perfect. You have the option to make your pizza custom tailored to you! I have brought this home thrown on some tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and peppers an instantly had myself a veggie pizza! Now, let’s be clear again, if you are opting to sludge on pizza, it must be known that this also means splurging on ingredients. Hint: this pizza will not be healthy. But it will definitely help curb your cravings in a gluten free kinda way!

Amy’s Instant Meals

 I have been able to get a Amy’s pad thai from Costco on occasion but I also know that Target is stocked with a variety of options. I’m talking oriental food, Mexican food, breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts. The Amy’s brand clearly labels their products organic, vegan, gluten free and anything in between. They are great for those eating with diet restrictions or trying to avoid some of the gunk in other quick microwaveable dinners.

Liquid Aminos

liquid aminos gluten free shopping listRemember how I said one of those sneaky gluten hides I didn’t realize were there was my soy sauce? Liquid Aminos are such a great solution. This sauce/spray tastes just like soy sauce and is compiled of all the liquid amines that our bodies need. It is naturally high in sodium, but so is soy sauce.

Desserts Gone Gluten Free

Snack Factory’s Chocolate Covered Pretzels

These are my extra favorite during the holidays when all the treats at family gatherings
are generally off-limits for me. I will chow down a bag of these babies throughout the night without going totally crazy!

Donuts

gluten free doughnuts gluten free donuts gluten free shopping list These heavenly donuts are ones the best gluten free, dairy free and nut free donuts I have found. They are available at grocery stores that have more gourmet isles catered to food allergies. I have found mine at both CUB and Coborns. Coborns also now offers a bakery section that is entirely dedicated to gluten free!

Speaking of desserts, there are a ton of clean and easy desserts out there you can make gluten free and without using processed gluten free flour. Check out some of my favorite on my recipes page.

Because I avoid highly processed foods, whipping up some of these quick recipes at home is usually the way I go. Then I feel even less guilty for choosing a sugary snack when I know there isn’t a huge process behind it.

My final gentle reminder:

I can’t stress enough the importance of sticking to as whole of a diet as possible if you are going gluten free. Our bodies are finely tuned, delicate machines that deserve the absolute best we can give them. Chemically laden, dye filled junk is not the way to go.

The top of this list are my most used, highly recommended gluten free products. Truth be told, the Rolled Oats are the only ones I use on a daily basis.

Going gluten free can be a real bummer, especially when it’s not a choice. I hope you took from this so many different options and can feel a bit more at ease if you are just beginning your transition! This eating thing can be a learning process, as silly as it sounds. Try to embrace the changes and just roll with it! Check out the Cut the Crap Recipes page for my favorite gluten free go-to recipes and browse below for some helpful tools to ease gluten symptoms.

*The post contains affiliate links. If you choose to make any purchases, I may make a small commission at no additional cost to you. Everything I recommend I do so because I personally love it and I know you would too.
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