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The Best Of Gluten Free

I unabashedly admit that I am a chronic list maker.  Not only do I adore writing lists I thoroughly enjoy reading lists that other people keep.  Last year I joyfully read John Lennon’s to do list and was intrigued to read his #1 chore was to be home for the HBO guy.  I won’t bore you with my to do list, instead here is a list of my all time favorite gluten free items (updated often just so I can re-write it). If you can’t find these items at your grocery store most can be found at vitacost.com.

1.  Artisana Raw Coconut Butter (delicious stirred into hot cereal, on warm vegetables and in smoothies).
2.  Made in Nature Organic dried apricots and figs (great for on-the-go snacks with nuts and coconut flakes, figs are also high in calcium).
3.  Let’s Do Organic Creamed Coconut (better than canned coconut milk, just add water) and dried coconut flakes (for making trail mix, see #2).
4.  Mauk Family Farms raw breakfast crusts (filled with seeds and sprouted buckwheat).
5.  Vega One Vanilla Chai Nutrition Shake (15 grams of vegan protein source, includes probiotics, chlorella, vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes).
6.  Eden Foods canned beans (when I run out of home cooked dried beans I use these because they use BPA free lined cans).
7.  Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta (coming from an Italian girl, I promise these taste like the real thing).
8.  Bob Red Mill’s Garbanzo/Chickpea Flour (high in protein and excellent for making Socca-a large crepe found in Nice, France and NW Italy).
9.  Sea Tangle Kelp Noodles (a bit crunchy and delicious with a spicy peanut sauce.  There are only 6 calories per serving but I am not counting).
10. Chia Seeds (high in Omega-3, does not need to be refrigerated like ground like flax seeds and makes a great chia pudding).
11. Tru Roots Organic Sprouted Quinoa (easy to digest, high in protein and fiber – great replacement for rice or couscous).
12. Improv’eat Pure Wraps (grain, soy, dairy, egg and gluten free.  Delicious coconut flour wraps that I eat in the morning with banana and nut butter).
13. Fermented vegetables or raw sauerkraut (excellent for improving intestinal flora.  It is easy and cheap to make at home but when I run out and haven’t had time to make a new batch I buy these or other comparable brands in the refrigerator section-make sure the one your choose is raw or else the beneficial bacteria won’t be present).

Please be note that this list of suggestions are truly my own and I haven’t been influenced.  Meaning, none of these brands have paid me (although if they want to send me free samples I’d happily accept).

What gluten free items do you keep on hand?

Posted in Blog, Celiac Disease/Gluten Sensitive, Gluten Free on October 22, 2012.

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