It must be an absolute nightmare for my friends when we get together. I’ve got food allergies to the allium family (onions, garlic, et al). I can’t drink red wine or caffeine. I didn’t drink – at all – for five years. I have to restrict myself to a glass or two once or twice a week. Now I have to eat gluten free. What a perfectly easy dinner guest I must be!
I have an autoimmune disease which gives me symptoms like rheumatoid arthritis. Inflammation is my enemy so I work on a daily basis to reduce it. One of the ways I do this is with my diet.
By reducing inflammatory foods in my diet, I help myself by reducing my body’s inflammation. The most common inflammatory foods are alcohol, caffeine, wheat, sugar, dairy and gluten.
I went gluten free late last year, and immediately noticed a lessening of my daily pain. Plus my dermatitis and eczema cleared up almost instantly. Love a gift with purchase!
At my doctors for a checkup, I mentioned that I’d gone gluten free. My GP sent me off for some tests. I had to eat gluten for a good month before the test. Unfortunately, after two days of eating gluten again, my dermatitis came straight back. I ate gluten for about 10 days before the test. Which, not surprisingly, came back fairly inconclusive!
However, whether or not I’ve got an official piece of paper, I won’t be eating gluten on a regular basis. Ever again!
I had to teach myself about gluten foods and what to eat. Just not eating bread, cake, pasta or cereal isn’t a viable option. The body needs fibre and carbs. I needed to find replacement items.
Who knew gluten was in so many items?! Like rice snacks, soy sauce, lollies, potato chips … to name a few.
I know there are a few people out there who are trying to reduce their gluten intake. Now, I don’t pretend to be any sort of food expert – except when it comes to my tummy. With that in mind, I’m sharing the gluten free foods that are working for me – and that I find delicious!
Eating Gluten Free | Bread
- I love Helga’s Gluten Free bread, which comes in a few different flavours
- Soy & Linseed and 5 Seeds are my favourites
- Once opened, the bread only lasts for three days. Store in a sealed plastic container.
- I freeze two-slice portions in plastic ziplock sandwich bags
- It’s OK fresh but I prefer it toasted
Eating Gluten Free | Cereal
- I’ve been eating Freedom Foods Maple Crunch Cereal for a long time before I decided to trial gluten free. Because it is delicious! I eat mine with yoghurt, coconut and fruit.
- Carman’s Deluxe Gluten Free Muesli is the bomb dot com
Eating Gluten Free | Snacks
- Fantastic Rice Crackers in Seaweed. Not all rice crackers are gluten free but these ones are 99% fat free and 100% gluten free. I eat mine with dips and cheese. Yum!
- Carman’s Roasted Nut Bars are absolutely delicious and are a great protein punch when you’re on the run.
Eating Gluten Free | Pasta
- Coles Simply Gluten Free pasta range is the best out of the rest. I’ve done my taste tests and this is my favourite. I’ve found it doesn’t freeze and reheat terribly well – unless a sort of rice porridge is what you were after. Best eaten freshly cooked!
Eating Gluten Free | Pizza
- I’ve tried quite a few different varieties and once again, the Coles Simply Gluten Free range comes up trumps. Their pizza bases are my favourite. They’re mini sized, which is great if you’re the only gluten free member of your family as you can easily make your own.
- As they come in packs of two, we make one as a pizza and one as cheesy bread for the next day. They don’t keep for a week until we next want to make a pizza!
- Reheat in your press toaster.
- We’ve found that baking them in the oven for a few minutes first to crisp before topping with your selection gives the best crispy base result.
Eating Gluten Free | Flour
- For my money, the best gluten free flour is White Wings. You can buy plain and self raising. Don’t forget to buy gluten free baking powder and icing sugar too!
- I just bake as per usual, substituting the wheaten flour for gluten free flour to the same measurements. Like my cupcakes or my pancakes or a Kahlua cake!
Eating Gluten Free | Dessert
- Of course, there are lots of gluten free options like ice cream, fresh fruit with cream, et al. You can bake yourself something yummy too. But sometimes you just want something quick and easy! I love the Coles Bakery meringues, available in mini meringues and meringue nests. Make yourself an Eton mess.
- Butterfingers Gluten Free shortbread fingers are just so buttery you think your chin is dripping with melted butter afterwards. All good shortbread should be gluten free, but there’s a lot of buttery biscuits out there masquerading as “shortbread”. This is cheap and cheerful and oh so yummy.
- It’s just not a party, Christmas or otherwise, with a good old fashioned trifle. For a proper trifle, you need jelly and you need Madeira cake. The Coles Bakery range includes a gluten free Madeira cake, thank goodness!
These are just a few options, and I can assure you that I eat many more things than this limited range. This is my quick cheat sheet to eating gluten free.
If you would like to read more about eating clean and healthy, check out Happy Healthy Kiwi, my sister-in-law Katie’s new blog. Pop on over and say hello! She gives great Instagram too. Oh and check out her onesie action. You can see why Boyo loves her as much as we do.
Do you eat gluten free? Got any more favourite brands and recipes to share with me?