When Bunky was first diagnosed I was lucky to have a good friend take me GF food shopping to point out her recommendations. Of course everyone’s tastes differ, but when you’re dealing with budget-breaking GF prices, it helps to have suggestions. So here is what my family likes right now. If we’re missing any of your favorites let me know by posting a comment below!
*Always check ingredients before buying ANYTHING to make sure it’s still gluten free*
Mac and Cheese … Annie’s Gluten Free Macaroni and Cheese. Bunky used to only eat the creamy kind, pretty much two years straight, but now she actually prefers the white cheddar shells (powder cheese). Lesson is, you gotta mix it up every now and then.
Bagels and Bread and Pizza Crusts … We will always be grateful for Udi’s (except for the occasional gaping holes in the loaves, sigh).
Pasta brands … Schar rocks! Mrs. Leepers, Tinkyada, Bionaturae, + Jovial also great. Check out my pasta post for more helpful info.
Cookies … We do occasionally enjoy Schar’s chocolate wafer cookies, and I used to mention Enjoy Life soft cookies and Glutino chocolate sandwich cookies, but honestly, whenever I buy that stuff it goes stale in our pantry because it’s NEVER as good as homemade. And this is a sweet tooth family, so you know if we’re ignoring cookies, it’s bad.
Pretzels … Glutino WAS our go-to pretzel option until they changed the formula; we boycotted for a while but now we eat them again (um, it’s called lack of options, people) though we all agree the original was better. Right now we prefer the sticks to the twists. Go figure. Chocolate and yogurt covered are AWESOME.
Chicken nuggets/fingers … Belle and Evans (uncooked) and Applegate Farms are good, but of course you can always make your own.
Lunch meats … Since cross contamination can be an issue at deli counters, we shell out for Applegate Farms pre-sliced turkey and cheese, munster is a big fave around here.
Bars … Bunky practically lived on EnviroKidz chocolate Crispy bars in the early days, it’s possible the stock dipped once she stopped eating three (or more!) a day. Glutino makes a fruit filled grain bar, but it never went over well with my kid, though I liked them okay.
Pancake Mix … I used to love Pamela’s Pancake and Waffle Mix. The flecks of brown (almond flour) make it look healthy, ha! Also great is King Arthur’s mix, but I almost always make my own these days. Check out my Pinterest board, Hot Cakes for great GF recipes!
Cereal … Chocolate and Cinnamon Chex used to be big winners around here. Nowadays the kids (and by kids, I mean Bunky and my husband) enjoy Cocoa and Fruity Pebbles. Leapin Lemurs (EnviroKidz) and Puffins Honey Rice (Barbaras) – the other flavors of Puffins are not GF.
Crackers … We tolerate all the flavors of Glutino circle crackers, though they go stale faster than you can eat them, so use a zip lock unless you want to throw your money away, literally. *When I say tolerate, I mean they’re decent with some cheese or hummus on top, but to be perfectly honest, not awesome enough to simply snack on. Sigh.
Cheddar Goldfish or Bunnies … This is THE missing link in GF kids’ food, hello can someone please fill the void? If fish and bunnies are off limits, how about cats, or puppies, or birds? Pandas? Llamas? Until then, I hear Schar Cheese Bites are quite tasty. Update: Pepperidge Farms now makes Goldfish Puffs which are gluten free. They are tasty, but after the initial excitement wore off, my daughter hasn’t touched them.
GF All Purpose Flour … I love Better Batter, which is a fantastic gluten-like replacement. I’ve used Bob’s too, for quick breads and muffins, but it can have a bean-y aftertaste when using it for more delicate items. Lately I’ve been making my own using Gluten Free Girl’s 60/40 ratio. Sixty % whole grains (I use millet and sorghum) and forty % starches (I use potato and sweet rice). Check out my two posts here and here for a more in-depth look at GF flour.