I had a really hard time at first trying to find foods my children would eat. Not all gluten-free products are alike and my children wanted to continue eating their favorite childhood foods.
With gluten sensitivities, you can have products that don’t have wheat as an ingredient, but just know they may have been processed in a facility that has wheat. That means that they cannot guarantee that there are no traces of wheat. If you have celiac or are allergic to gluten, you need to make sure all products purchased say “Gluten free”. I am not a medical doctor or an expert. What is listed on this site is what I have learned. The most important advice I can give you is, when in doubt, check the label or ask!
Here are some things to remember:
-All fruits, veggies, meats, beans, legumes, quinoa, rice and corn are naturally gluten free. If they are packaged or canned, check the label to make sure no gluten was added during processing and that the it wasn’t processed in a facility that also processes foods with wheat.
-Wheat and grain free granola’s, granola bars, gluten-free oatmeal, rice cakes, rice cereals, quinoa and chips (potato or corn) are also gluten free, meaning it is not made with wheat, but again, it may have been processed in a facility that also processes foods with wheat…. so read the label!
-French fries are naturally gluten free unless they dip them in flour to make them crunchier or fry them in the same oil as other gluten containing foods. Please ask before you order!
-GF Oatmeal, GF Granola, GF Toast
-Sausage, Bacon, Ham, Eggs
-Fruit, Fruit Smoothie
-GF Pancakes or Waffles, packaged or home made
-Yogurt and GF Granola
-Chex has a chocolate, honey and a cinnamon flavors that are gluten free. Not all chex are gluten free, look at the front of the box or read the label.
-Rice cereals like Rice Crispies, Cocoa Pebbles are also gluten free and should say so on the box.
-Store bought gluten-free donuts (in the cold section of many stores) or you can make your own!
-Homemade gf granola and granola bars
-Rice cakes, can serve with peanut butter, honey or your favorite fruit or nut butter
-Apples, carrots or celery with a nut butter
-Veggies and hummus
-Popcorn, veggie or potato chips
-Gluten-free crackers, Pirate’s Booty
-Glutino’s make an amazing pretzel. I will never eat regular pretzels again!
-Fruit, fruit cups, prunes
-Make your own trail mixes, either with nuts, dried fruit and gf chocolate chips, or you could make one of the gf chex recipes!
-Most candies (non-chocolate) are gluten free
-Yogurt, So-Delicious yogurt
-All fruit popsicles, store bought or home made
-Gluten-free cookies – If we don’t make them at home, we purchase Enjoy Life, Amy’s, and Glutinos
Lunch: (Send one of these options with chips, banana, apple, fruit snack, etc.)
-Udi’s or any other gf bread for grilled sandwiches. You can add ham or veggies and make it a meal!
-Tapioca English muffins (looks like a giant hockey puck), we use it to make little pizzas (we slice the puck up into 4 slices). We also toast them and make sandwiches out of them.
-Rice cake sandwiches with peanut butter and honey or just nutella.
-Gluten-free tortillas (in the cold section at health food stores) and rice cheese to make quesadillas.
-Homemade “lunchables” using gluten-free crackers, sliced mozzarella rice cheese and ham or turkey, add in sliced fruit and voila!
-Finger sandwiches made with sliced zucchini, ham, cheese, etc.
-GF Mac and Cheese
-Toast gf bread, cut toast into sticks and serve with hummus, yummus!
Dinner: Can also be served left over as lunch!
-PASTA: We eat quinoa pasta. It is really nutty and buttery. It comes in lots of shapes (macaroni, spaghetti, lasagna).
-Dishes with rice are an option, or flavored rice as a side. Just make sure the other ingredients you use don’t have gluten. Some examples include stir fry, sweet and sour (we use gluten free flour when we make this).
-Quinoa salads, you can add chicken to any of them for a well rounded meal!
-You can purchase gluten-free pie and pizza crusts in the cold section of most health food stores or make a pizza crust yourself.
-GF Hot Dogs, turkey burgers and hamburgers served with gluten-free buns with baked potatoes, roasted red potatoes, or French fries
-Chili, soups, stews, roast
-Any meat (chicken, fish, beef, pork), any veggie, gf pasta, rice, quinoa, mashed potatoes, legumes, or lentils!
-Tacos, nachos and Enchiladas with gf corn tortillas