Disclaimer: I have not received financial compensation for recommending any of these products nor have I received free samples from any of these companies. These are all products which I have purchased on my own and have found that I like!
Baby Finger Foods:
Baby Mum Mums
These are riced-based baby cracker which are GF and a great substitute for the wheat-based “biter” biscuits. Although I think that these crackers taste very bland, my youngest loved munching on these when she started on finger foods last year. I have been able to find them almost everywhere and they are reasonably priced, about $3 for a box of 24.
I just discovered these bars in 2013, right before a long stretch of travel, and they have been a life saver. My two favorites are the dark chocolate hazelnut and peanut butter chocolate chip, which are both gluten free, dairy free, and soy free. I have ordered them by the case on amazon.com and plan to continue to do so!
Dove Body Wash
Yes, it has been hotly debated whether or not gluten is absorbed through the skin. After getting ill from a shampoo which contains hydrolyzed wheat protein as an ingredient, I have decided to not take any chances with beauty products. All of Dove’s body washes, shampoos, and conditioners are gluten free (and cheap and easy to find).
Against the Grain Gluten Free Baguettes
I am half Italian and I grew up eating “real” bread with a thick crust on the outside and a soft, chewy center. These baguettes are the closest thing that I have found. I can eat almost a whole one by itself (I actually think I did finish a whole one during my 4th pregnancy), but they also make great garlic bread and bruschetta. Many non-Celiacs have been surprised to find out that this bread is gluten free.
Way Better Snacks
Although I will probably end up grain free in the future, for now I am obsessed with these chips, especially the sweet potato ones. They are all gluten-free and GMO, and I have never gotten sick from them. They are the perfect item to bring to a party as an appetizer and go especially well with homemade salsa or pico de gallo. Just be sure that you get your fill before they are all eaten up!
I love these chocolate chips and have been using them in my baking since going gluten free. They are also free of dairy, soy, and nuts, so can be used when baking for others with food allergies.
When I have a true chocolate craving, and chocolate chips aren’t enough, I eat this chocolate. It is gluten free and is made on dedicated equipment, so there is not a risk of cross contamination. It is really, really difficult to stop after just a piece or two (don’t say that I didn’t warn you!)
I started buying Nana’s cookies at my local T.J.Maxx in 2013. They are GF and non-GMO, and also free of eggs, dairy, soy, and refined sugar. They are individual wrapped, portable, inexpensive, and make a perfect snack for a toddler (or school-aged child) on the go. Interestingly enough, my kids called both of their grandmothers “Nana” so I think that these cookies are meant for us!
Gluten Free Flour Blend:
I have been using this flour for about a year and absolutely love it. I have successfully substituted it for wheat flour in cookies, muffins, bread, etc. It does not have the “weird” taste that many other gluten free flour blends have. It is not cheap, the last time I ordered online it was $19.95 for a 3 lb. bag, but it is worth it to me to be able to make great tasting baked goods which do not make me sick!
If you need to use a hand sanitizer, it is best to stick with boring old Purell, because it is gluten free. And, if you are like me, you will inevitably have hand sanitizer residue on your hands at some point while you are eating. Yes, I have gotten glutened from hand sanitizer which contained “wheat amino acids” as an ingredient, and I do not want it to happen to you!
After about two years of feeling sorry for myself about not being able to eat most desserts, one of my coworkers, Bridget, suggested that I try Talenti Gelato. Since trying my first bite a few months ago I have been unable to turn back. All but one flavor is Gluten Free and the ingredients are about as “natural” as you can get for a frozen dessert. Although my favorite flavors these days are Sea Salt Caramel and Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup, I have not tried one which I haven’t devoured. If you and/or your GF loved ones can tolerate dairy and lactose, I highly recommend having a pint (or two) regularly! I have been buying it at my local Target.
Nars La Dolce Vita
This is a very flattering shade of lipstick and I have been buying it at my local Sephora. Although Nars does not test their cosmetics for gluten, they do not use any gluten containing ingredients, and I have never gotten ill from any of their cosmetics. I have also had success using Cover Girl cosmetics through the years. The best resource I’ve found for gluten free makeup is a website/blog called www.glutenfreemakeupgal.com. Although gluten is technically not absorbed through the skin, I believe that it is best to avoid it in all body and skincare products, especially those around the mouth.
Megafoods Women’s Once Daily
This is a great, relatively inexpensive multivitamin which is gluten free, soy free, and dairy free. I have purchased it at both Whole Foods and online at amazon.com. I take one tablet a day, along with Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, and a probiotic, and I am good to go.
XO Baking Co. Gluten Free Pancake and Waffle Mix
We tried this pancake mix for the first time on Christmas morning and all loved it. It is made in a totally GF facility, is soy free, and non-GMO. They were the best pancakes that I’ve had in 3+ years since starting this crazy diet! Although I have not seen this mix locally, my friend found it at a Home Goods in the Chicago area for a great price, and, per the company’s website, they are also available at Whole Foods and on amazon.com. I hope that you enjoy your pancakes as much as we did!
Pizza Crust Mix:
At the Table Together Gluten Free 5 Minute Pizza Dough Mix
This pizza dough mix is another awesome find from my local T.J. Maxx (Home Goods). We have been experimenting with GF pizza dough for 3+ years now and this is one of the best. It is also super easy. The only extra ingredients are 1 cup of club soda and 6 tbsp. of olive oil. We’ve had the best success with cooking it for abut 4-5 minutes longer than the directions recommend for the last step.
If you’ve been following my page, you know that I am a big fan of taking probiotics, especially if you have any digestive issues, including Celiac Disease. Florajen 3 is my favorite one. It is gluten free, high potency, contains 3 different bacterial strains, and costs less than $20/month. I have been able to purchase it over-the-counter from my local pharmacy.
Life Time Life’s Basics Plant Protein Vanilla Flavor
I am a long distance runner, so I often need to increase my caloric intake when I am training for a race. This protein powder is gluten, soy, egg, and dairy free and I have never gotten sick from it. I blend it with almond milk and fresh or frozen berries. I will sometimes add a banana and/or yogurt to the mix for an easy breakfast.
Shampoo and Conditioner:
I got majorly glutened from a shampoo which had hydrolyzed wheat protein as an ingredient when I was newly diagnosed. That experience taught me a lesson, and since then I have made sure that all of my products are gluten free. Garnier is one of my “go to” brands for shampoo and conditioner because their products are gluten free, inexpensive, and widely available.
Tom’s of Maine Whole Care
Like it or not, you will accidentally ingest toothpaste from time to time. All of the Tom’s of Maine toothpastes are gluten free (as of March 2013).