Best Foods for a Gluten Free Diet
Used primarily to treat celiac disease, the gluten-free diet seems to be growing in popularity. Just because you’re on a gluten-free diet, though, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice great tastes! If you look hard enough you can find gluten-free versions of most of your favorite foods — possibly even at your local grocery store. In order to be gluten-free, the product must not contain grains such as barley, wheat and rye.
Fresh Fruit and Veggies
If you love fresh fruits and vegetables, you’re in luck because with very few exceptions, they’re all gluten-free! Enjoy all the juicy berries, apples, green beans and carrots you can find in the produce section of your local grocery store. While fresh fruit is safe, jars and cans of fruit may be a different story since many contain ingredients with gluten products. Always check the labels before you eat.
Fresh Meat and Fish
Like fruits and vegetables, fresh meat and fish generally are safe for those on a gluten-free diet. This includes fresh cuts of beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey and fish prepared at your local grocery store. Be cautious of meats and poultry with added ingredients, as they might contain unsafe sauces, breadcrumbs and more.
Variety of Snacks
Whether you have a flavor for soft and salty or sweet and crunchy, there’s a gluten-free snack for you! Most grocery stores carry a wide variety of gluten-free snacks, including cookies, pretzels and energy bars. Several brands, including Kettle and Frito Lay’s, have an extensive list of gluten-free chip products. KIND snack bars, boasting a variety of nutritional benefits, are also safe for gluten-free diet. Look for gluten-free labels on the bag or box.
Milk and Dairy Products
Fresh plain milk, butter, plain yogurt, fresh eggs and many cheeses are gluten-free. Some other products found in the dairy section, including tapioca pudding, are also gluten-free. Milk alternatives such as rice milk, soy milk, coconut milk and almond milk are also safe for a gluten-free diet. While most ice creams are gluten-free, others are not so be sure to check the label.
You can find gluten-free versions of most of your favorite breakfast foods, including cereal, donuts and waffles. General Mills (Chex Cereals), Kellogg’s (Gluten-Free Rice Krispies) and Post (Fruity Pebbles) make popular gluten-free cereals. Nature’s Path makes a delicious “Buckwheat Wildberry Frozen Waffle.” Glutino Apple Cinnamon and Strawberry Toaster Pastry is another popular gluten-free breakfast food.