10.27.2014

Gluten Free Alternatives


If you haven't heard by now, I've been gluten free for about the past year. Yes, I might indulge in beer and desserts every now and then, but for the most part I try to avoid gluten. The most common misconception I hear about going gluten free is that it's expensive. Well, today I am here to tell you that's not necessarily the case. Sure, you can find things that are ridiculously priced that boast their gluten free qualities as being superior to others, but not all products are like that. There's also the thinking that going gluten free is hard and that you have to give up "all the good things." And hey, I'm not going to lie- it ABSOLUTELY can be hard. However, there are plenty of other easy options out there! Here are some of my personal favorites!


1. PASTA
We don't eat a lot of pasta around these parts, but let's be real- it can be SO MUCH EASIER to just make pasta some nights when you are in a hurry. Our favorites are Barilla and Ronzoni. They boast affordable prices (maybe 30 cents more) and taste just like regular pasta! 



2. BAKING & PANCAKE MIX
My husband does most of the baking in our house, and his favorite so far is Pamela's Baking and Pancake Mix. We actually prefer pancakes and baked goods made with this flour because they taste more dense. It can be a challenge to get the consistency down right at first, but once you figure it out you won't be able to tell the difference! This mix seems to have a steep upfront price, but it definitely lasts a lot longer than regular mix due to its thick consistency.


3. ALL PURPOSE FLOUR
Our favorite all purpose flour is Domata. It's great for making pizza crust and bread. Honestly, it functions similarly as the baking mix above but we just prefer it for certain things!



4. FROZEN PIZZAS
Seriously, who wants to ever give up pizza? Luckily, most restaurants are starting to have gluten free options, but what about those nights where you just want to pop a frozen pizza in the oven instead of having to make your own? NOT I. Frozen pizzas CAN be on the pricier end of some gluten free products, but sometimes it is worth it!


5. BEER
It took me a LONG time to come around to the idea of gluten-free beer, and there are still many I absolutely despise. If I'm not looking to meet my gluten quota for the week with a beer, I usually turn towards a gluten free option. My favorite is Estrella Damm Daura! I have found the price of this beer to be about the same as others.

I know this alone probably won't convince you to go gluten free, but I really do encourage you to try eating gluten free a few times a week at the least. There are a number of benefits associated with limited gluten intake (but that's another post in itself)!

Are you gluten free? What are your personal favorite options?

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18 comments :

  1. I know you said it's for another post... but I'm curious why you decided to go gluten free? I've been thinking about it for some time now, just haven't "pulled the trigger" :)

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  2. Hi Meagan, I have a gluten intolerance, but it took me a LONG time to figure it out and I'm still not 100% sure that's where all my digestive problems stem from but it sure has helped! I'd love to chat with you more about it!

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  3. I buy a gluten free quinoa pasta brand that we both love!

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  4. Glad you have found some stuff you can eat!!!!! I'm sure it makes a huge difference (Speaking from someone who is on a super strict diet too)

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  5. Thanks for sharing these! I'm not gluten free but I've heard the benefits and have thought about making the switch but I need to get my husband on board! :)

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  6. Yes! I love that kind too! It's just a tad more pricey!

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  7. YES- I actually like a lot of gluten free desserts more!

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  8. Just make small changes without telling him and he will have no idea hahaha

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  9. YES it really does! I was on this FODMAP diet for a while which was even worse so I'm glad I'm not on that anymore

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  10. It is encouraging how many good options are out there for gluten free living! :)
    Cause, I definitely can't live without pizza!

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  11. I have a co-worker that is gluten free and I always try to make baked good or just snacks that she can enjoy as well. It's hard!!

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  12. Seriously I think I would die haha

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  13. Isn't it?! Definitely takes some getting used to!

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  14. i'm not personally gluten free but I always feel icky after a meal where I eat a lot of grain or bread so I try to stay more Paleo with my options and cut out the crust or the bread when possible. All these options look really good - I don't know about the beer though. I LOVE BLUE MOON TOO MUCH! probably couldn't give that baby up. hahaha

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