Today I am 8 years gluten free so I wanted to share 8 favorite gluten free foods.
Last year on my 7 year anniversary, I shared 7 things learned from 7 years gluten free. In it, I stated,
Gluten free is really only over-the-top expensive if you buy products labeled “gluten free.” If you stick to the basics, it’s no more expensive than any other way of living. In fact, you can do gluten free on a budget.
I still maintain this, but I also know that making your own things 24/7 is not realistic. It’s the reason I came out with my Travel Guide a couple years back.
Because people are always wondering about quick and simple snacks and things they can buy from the store, I decided to keep that the focus for this year’s anniversary celebration post.
In no particular order and with no one sponsoring this post, here are my (at least current) 8 favorite gluten free foods.
8 Favorite Gluten Free Foods
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- Skinny Sticks, Sweet Onion flavor. They recently changed their packaging, but it’s still the same delicious product. Our favorite is the ‘Sweet Onion’ flavor. They taste like Funyuns, only their ingredient list is in line with those who can’t do gluten. Once I start eating them, I can never stop; Ryan and the kids are the same. While I don’t think they have the best ingredient list ever, they are Certified Gluten Free.
- Made in Nature Italian Espresso Coconut Chips. Coffee and coconut; two of my favorite things, placed perfectly together. Are you supposed to give children these? I don’t even know, but I do. And they love them. (Maybe that’s why the kids are so insane.) I’m constantly eating handfuls of this stuff, and I love eating it after it’s been in the freezer awhile. Something about that extra crunch. The ingredient list rocks, too: Organic Dried Coconut Strips, Organic Maple Syrup, Organic Vanilla Extract, Organic Espresso, Sea Salt.
- Paleo Bar. I’ve been a fan since the first bite of the Sunflower Butter bar, and I featured them as part of my Top 5 Paleo Bars post. I continue to buy these bars by the box on Amazon, but lately I’ve been trying other ones, too. They carry some of them at Hy Vee in Owatonna and Mankato, so I’ll grab different flavors here and there. I really love the Mint Chocolate one, but I don’t grab it too often because of the Stevia they put in it. Regardless, they are all gluten free (and free from many other things as well).
- Buy your own bar: Amazon (linked above), the Julian Bakery website, or at your local store.
- Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers. I just love these crackers, even the plain ones. The kids like having them for bedtime snack at night, too, sometimes with peanut butter. I love just eating them as-is. They have just the perfect amount of salt.
- Nikki’s Coconut Butter Dark Chocolate Fudge. I could live on chocolate. I love it so much, and every single time I’m craving it, this flavor hits the spot. The only ingredients it contains are: Organic Unsweetened Coconut, Organic Cocoa Liquor, Organic Coconut Sugar, Organic Vanilla Extract, Himalayan Sea Salt.
- EPIC Provisions Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Pork Rinds. Beware: it’s easy to eat an entire bag in one sitting. These are ultra-addictive. I recently bought the 4-pack on Amazon, and they were gone in a week. Our whole family loves them, and I love giving them to the kids. There are barely any ingredients in them: Baked Pork Skins, Pork Fat, Pink Himalayan Sea Salt, Sea Salt. So dang good.
- NOW Foods Crunchy Clusters Almond. I had these while I was visiting NOW Foods in Chicago, and fell in love with them. They are bite sized snacks, and perfect for on-the-go munching. If you like the salty/sweet combination, they are a mild version of that.
- Little Northern Bakehouse Seeds and Grains Bread. You didn’t think I would forget a gluten-free bread recommendation, did you? No, I don’t eat a ton of bread, but I always have a loaf or two on hand in the freezer for when someone isn’t feeling well. Last week, at the end of the Neomycin, I had a lot of nausea, so I found myself eating a few slices. And I just love this brand. They say it has a crunchy texture, but I don’t agree with that at all. I think it’s fairly chewy, and I love how carb-y it tastes.
If the only thing you had to remain was gluten free, I believe the world is totally on your side, and you can find anything and everything you want at any moment to fill any craving.
Eight years ago today I believed that if I just went gluten free, all the problems would disappear, but also, eight years ago today I never knew I was living with SIBO (my guess is that I had already been living with it for several years by then).
Today I know that, while the gluten-free lifestyle is part of how I live each and every single day, it’s just not enough – for me. I realized something for my own health and healing journey this past week that has felt both sad and hopeful. It’s a truth I have fought for years now, but a truth that, if I don’t just give into, might make me feel miserable for so much longer.
I’m hoping to share it with you tomorrow. I hinted at it in my Instagram stories yesterday.
But for today, I’ll write on my one-line gratitude journal,
Thankful for 8-years gluten free, and what remaining gluten-free has meant for my health and my life.
Question: Now that you know my current 8 favorite gluten free foods, what are yours?
p.s. There is an entire category filled with all things gluten free on my website. You’ll find many more products and recipes there.
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