Organization can help anything – including living a gluten free lifestyle. By creating and keeping a list of gluten free foods, you’ll quickly see how helpful it can be. Here are 5 reasons (and there are certainly more!) to create your own list of gluten free foods.
- Shopping reference – A gluten free foods list is extremely helpful when it comes time to go grocery shopping. If you keep your list organized by store and by aisle, you will see how quickly you can accomplish your regular shopping trip. Some people choose to have an online list as well so that it’s easy to order all the gluten free foods that are not available locally.
- Keep track of favorites – With so many great gluten free products being introduced, it’s a good idea to keep track of which brands and items your family enjoys. You can even rate the items on your list. One way to get really organized is to use a spreadsheet program like Microsoft Excel and have columns for brand, item, store you buy it from, price and rating. No matter how you keep track of it, having a list of gluten free foods will help you know what you like – and also help you determine which products you have yet to try.
- Share with friends and family – If you are invited to dinner at a friend’s home, it’s nice to have a list of gluten free foods that you can share with them. Most people are happy to accommodate special dietary needs. With a list of gluten free food that works for a gluten free diet, your host or hostess will be well equipped to create a wonderful meal that works for everyone.
- Keep motivated – Having a huge list of gluten free foods that are OK to eat can be motivating. Any time you feel deprived or that you wish you could eat wheat, looking at your list will help you realize just how much food you CAN eat while staying healthy. A well built list can really serve to remind you how much variety is possible while remaining gluten free.
- Dining out – If you can bring a list of gluten free foods with you to a local family restaurant, chances are the chef can prepare an amazing meal for you – completely gluten free. More and more restaurants are realizing how important it is to be sensitive to dietary requirements. With a helpful list, you will make it much easier for the restaurant to help you.
Even if you find only one of these 5 reasons helpful, the time you spend creating the list will be well worth it.
If you’ve been diagnosed with gluten intolerance or celiac disease, your primary treatment option is to follow a strict gluten free diet. The best way to get started on the path to optimal health is to create a complete list of gluten free foods to use as a reference as you begin to plan your new menus. In this article we’ll help you get off to the right start by providing a free list of gluten free foods. By the end of this article you’ll have the great beginnings of a shopping list that you can use as you begin your gluten free journey.
What is Gluten Free Food?
The short and sweet answer is that gluten free food is anything that does not contain gluten. The longer answer is that it means a couple of things. When you see packages in the grocery store labeled gluten free, it is likely an item that would normally contain gluten – like bread for example. However, not all foods that are gluten free need to be labeled. There are hundreds of naturally gluten free foods available. Read on to learn more.
A Gluten Free Foods List
Here is a good start on a gluten free products list.
- Fruits – Apples, oranges, pears, grapes, bananas, cherries, plums, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, figs, dates, watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, and any other non-processed fruit.
- Vegetables – Artichokes, beans, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, onion, peppers, mushrooms, squash, potatoes, corn, peas, carrots and any other naturally grown vegetables.
- Grains and Flours – Rice, corn, amaranth, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, cornstarch, cornmeal, and teff flour. Cooking quinoa is also a great choice.
- Meats – Chicken, beef, pork, fish, lamb and all other non-processed meats are gluten free.
- Dairy – Milk, cream, butter, eggs all are gluten free. Most cheeses are also gluten free, but be careful when purchasing processed cheeses as they may contain hidden gluten.
- Oils – Olive oil, canola oil, vegetable oil, corn oils – all are gluten free.
- Nuts – Almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, pecans, pistachios, brazil nuts – all these and all other nuts are naturally gluten free.
- Legumes – Kidney beans, pinto beans, lentils, soybeans and all other legumes are gluten free.
- Sugars – Cane sugar, honey, molasses, maple syrup are all gluten free. You can even find gluten free candy.
In addition to all the foods listed above, many grocery stores have a health food or natural food section that will contain a variety of safe foods such as gluten free bread, gluten free cookies, gluten free pasta and other foods traditionally made with gluten containing flour.
When you change your lifestyle the most important thing is attitude! When you take a look at the huge list of gluten free foods above, you can see that the vast majority of food is still on the table. Foods containing gluten (wheat, rye, barley and oats – except gluten free oats) are relatively few and there are replacement flours available. Use the list above to create your gluten free foods list and start on the path to a healthier diet program.