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5 Reasons to Create a List of Gluten Free Foods

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

The Joy of Gluten Free Cheesecake

Of all gluten free desserts, gluten free cheesecakes have to be some of the most decadent and delicious. While most of the ingredients in the cheesecake itself are gluten free (cheese, eggs, sugar, etc.), the issue comes in with the crust. In this article we’ll give you some tips for finding delicious ready-made gluten free cheesecakes and also some guidelines on creating a perfect gluten free cheesecake crust from scratch.

Ready Made Gluten Free Cheesecakes
If you’re lucky enough to have a gluten free bakery nearby, chances are you can pick up a specialty cheesecake that is also gluten free. A few grocery store bakeries are also carrying a selection of gluten free baked goods and occasionally offer gluten free cheesecakes. The brand Pamela’s is now offering a gluten free cheesecake that some grocery stores carry in their frozen foods section.

Homemade Gluten Free Cheesecakes
Fortunately, most cheesecake filling recipes are already gluten free. The area you’re likely to have trouble with is finding a gluten free cheesecake crust. The traditional cheesecake crust is made from graham crackers. Making gluten free graham crackers from scratch just to use in a crust can be a daunting task. There is a simpler method!

This gluten free cheesecake crust recipe is adapted from Bette Hagman’s “The Gluten Free Gourmet Bakes Dessert”.

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 cups of gluten free baking mix (experiment with a few brands to find your favorite)
  • 2/3 cup butter, cut into small pieces and well chilled
  • 1 cup pecan pieces or chopped pecans

The easiest method to make this crust is to combine the sugar and baking mix in a food processor. Then, using the pulse mode on the food processor, add the butter and pulse until small crumbs form. Add the nuts and pulse until blended but don’t over do it. Pat the mixture into the bottom of your spring form pan. It will seem crumbly but will stay together once the cheesecake batter is added. Use any cheesecake filling recipe you desire!

Few gluten free foods are as delicious as gluten free cheesecake. Once you’ve found a filling you love you can try lots of variations. A New York style cheesecake can be dressed up with lemon zest and blueberry sauce. Or try chocolate drizzles and shavings as a cheesecake topping.

Cheesecake also freezes remarkably well. If you spend an afternoon making a few cheesecakes you can store them for later. For best results, freeze your whole cheesecake for a few hours until firm but not frozen solid. Then carefully slice the cheesecake into individual servings and then freeze them in individual containers or baggies. To defrost just let them warm to room temperature. Then you can enjoy gluten free cheesecake whenever the desire strikes!

Organizing Your Gluten Free Products List

The key to approaching any lifestyle change is organization. If you can create a plan and keep from getting overwhelmed you’ll be a step ahead of the pack. One of the ways to be successful with a gluten free diet is to develop and then organize your gluten free products list.

Gluten Free Products
The first step is to create a list of gluten free foods. You’ll find that you’ll refer to this list again and again. You can use it as a shopping list, send it to friends and family to help them learn about your dietary requirements or take it with you when you go to restaurants. Here are a few types of gluten free products:

  • Breads
  • Cookies
  • Cakes
  • Muffins
  • Pancakes
  • Pastas
  • Baking Mixes
  • Condiments
  • Beer and Alcohol
  • Baking Supplies – Flour, baking powder, baking soda, chocolate chips, etc.
  • Gluten free oats

Organizing Your List
There are a few methods you can use to organize your list. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Organize by grocery aisle. This is a great way to speed up your shopping. If there is a particular store you prefer to shop at, organize your list in the same order as the aisles. You’ll find that this method of organization will greatly speed up your shopping trip. You can allso add your regular grocery items to the same list and you will cut your shopping time down. The only drawback to this method is that you’ll probably just want to list your favorites on this list so it won’t be a comprehensive list.
  • Organize by food type. Some folks like to know all the gluten free products that are available in each category. For example, all the gluten free crackers and bread brands might be listed together. This is a good way to organize if you want to create a complete list of gluten free products. Categories might include breads and bread products, cookies, cakes, condiments, gluten free snacks and pastas.
  • Organize by brand. Some find that they do most of their shopping online and having all products organized by brand speeds up the ordering process.

No matter how you organize your list, you’ll have an easier time of it if you do it on the computer. By starting an electronic list you can update it on a regular basis and change the sorting method anytime.

Once you’ve created and organized your gluten free products list you’ll come to depend on it. Be sure to update it as you discover new products. The investment in time will be well worth it as you create your own extremely valuable resource to gluten free products.

Making your own Gluten Free Foods List

The key to following any kind of specialized diet is to be organized. How are you going to manage menu planning, family functions and dining out without a bit of planning? The key to avoiding foods that contain gluten is a well researched and well organized list of gluten free food.

Go High Tech
The easiest way to build your list is electronically. Use Word, Excel or a similar program to start your list. Once you’ve got all the foods you can think of listed, print it out and make notes on it for the week. As you discover more gluten free food, add to the list and update the electronic copy. You may even be able to load the electronic file onto your phone for easy access when you’re dining out or when you’re with friends.

Start Big, then Get Specific
When you’re just beginning to avoid foods with gluten, it’s a good idea to include everything on your list. You can even create two lists if you prefer. The first would be one that is a naturally gluten free foods list that includes items like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, oils, meats and dairy products. The second list would be a list of foods that are specially formulated to replace foods containing gluten. It would likely include categories like:

  • Gluten free baking mixes – As you try various gluten free mix brands, like Gluten Free Pantry or other similar brands, add them to your list. Cookie mixes, pancake and waffle mixes, bread mixes and all-purpose mixes should be a staple.
  • Gluten free flours – Tapioca flour, potato starch, xanthan gum, amaranth flour, teff flour, sorghum flour, and cornmeal would be likely candidates for this section of the list.
  • Gluten free alcohol – Brands and varieties of your favorite hard liquors and beers.
  • Hidden ingredients to avoid – This is important to add to your list. As you discover ingredients that are not gluten free, it’s important to make a note of it. Items like ‘starch’ or ‘malt’ are likely to contain gluten yet do not directly refer to wheat, barley or rye.

As you become more experienced you’ll find that you need the first list of naturally gluten free foods less and less, and that you rely on your gluten substitute list more and more. As you learn more you can make either or both lists as specific as you need.

You may find that having prepared a list of gluten free foods to be helpful in a variety of circumstances: grocery shopping, dining out, traveling, assisting others you meet who are new to gluten free living, educating family members who wish to cook for you. These are just a few examples of how having a prepared list could come in handy. Challenge yourself to expand your lists on a weekly basis. As you explore new foods you can have fun and enjoy a greater variety in your diet.

Shopping For Gluten Free Foods

When you first set out on a gluten free lifestyle, you may wonder – where should I shop? Do I need to go to a specialty or health food store? Do I need to look for foods specially marked ‘gluten free’? Fortunately shopping for gluten free foods is fairly easy and straightforward. In this article we’ll give you a gluten free foods list, give you some ideas on where to shop and how to save on shipping costs. By the end of this article you’ll be armed with the information you need to find your favorite gluten free food, and maybe find a few new options as well.

A List of Gluten Free Foods

Since most foods are gluten free, the full list of gluten free foods is quite extensive. Here is a list broken down by category.

Fruits and fruit juice: All are gluten free
Vegetables: All are gluten free
Nuts: All are gluten free
Meats: All are gluten free
Milk, cheese, cream, butter: All are gluten free
Oils (vegetable, olive, sunflower): All are gluten free
Beans and Peas: All are gluten free

Gluten-Free Grains:
Wild Rice

Shop Locally

One of the great things about shopping at local stores is personal recommendations. If you go to a local gluten free store or health store, often employees can steer you toward popular products. Some stores even have samples of foods. Some stores, Trader Joe’s for example, will allow you to return any house product (Trader Joe’s brand) for a full refund if you don’t like it. What a great way to try new gluten free foods risk free!

Gluten Free Foods Online

The internet is an amazing shopping resource, particularly when you’re searching for specific products. Not only can you find ingredients list and particular nutritional values on most popular brands of foods, but a huge variety of gluten free retailers exist online. Whether you want to order gluten free flour from Bob’s Red Mill or you’re looking for gluten free pasta, chances are you’ll find it in just a few clicks.

If you do decide to order online, look for special offers for shipping. Some retailers will ship for free if you purchase enough product. If you order a lot at one time, but less often, you can save a fair amount on shipping alone.

As you can see, the variety of foods that you can eat while maintaining a gluten free diet is huge. The primary areas that are impacted are grains and products containing grains. With the introduction of so many gluten free baking products, finding substitutes is becoming easier every day. By learning a few shopping techniques you will quickly be able to find everything you need from gluten free pizza dough to gluten free soy sauce.