Products I Like

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

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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.

Bars:

Zing Bars

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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!

Body Wash:

Dove Body Wash

 

 

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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).

Bread

Against the Grain Gluten Free Baguettes

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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.

Chips:

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!

Chocolate Chips:

Enjoy Life

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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.

Chocolate Bar:

Endangered Species

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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!)

Cookies:

Nana’s

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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:

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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!

Hand Sanitizer:

Purell

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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!

Ice Cream:

Talenti Gelato

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.

Lipstick:

Nars La Dolce Vita

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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.

Multivitamin:

Megafoods Women’s Once Daily

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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.

Pancake/Waffle Mix:

XO Baking Co. Gluten Free Pancake and Waffle Mix

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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

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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.

Probiotic:

Florajen 3

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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.

Protein Powder:

Life Time Life’s Basics Plant Protein Vanilla Flavor

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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:

Garnier

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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.

Toothpaste:

Tom’s of Maine Whole Care

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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).

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13 thoughts on “Products I Like

  1. michelle ajamian

    You might also try Shagbark Seed & Mill corn crackers and tortilla chips. The tortill achips are made with masa, the ancient method that makes the B vitamins and minerals in corn bio available and which is not typically used to make tortilla chips. They are only available in Ohio now since the company is working to build a regional scale mill that sources crop and does all processing within a region rather than far flung locations that use more petro to ship all over. That said, Shagbark is exploring how marketing the snack line more widely can help other regions see the merit of building their own infrastructure. That will mean better crops from farms nearby, better soil with sustainable growing methods, and a better regional economy that keeps dollars local.
    And, I think they are the best tortilla chips ever. At least that’s what I am told. As a co-owner of Shagbark Seed & Mil, you would think I know all about other chips, but since I am not a big snack eater, I rely on the hundreds of customers who have told us our chips are the best.

    Thanks for your blog,

    Michelle

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Michelle,
      Thank you for your suggestion. I am originally from Northeast Ohio, so will try your product on one of my trips home and give you feedback. Is the corn you are using non GMO? I ask because there are a lot of us with Celiac Disease who eat organic and try to avoid GMO foods as much as possible.
      Thanks for reading and all the best with the expansion of your company.
      Jess

  2. Julie Keller

    Hi, Jess,

    The ‘Food Should Taste Good’ product line of tortilla chip/crackers are certified gluten free and are really yummy! If you don’t have them up north, I’ll figure out a way to sent them to you!

    Xoxoxo
    Julie

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Julie,
      I am pretty sure that I had 3 single serving bags as my dinner at an airport while traveling a few years ago (back when I was new to being GF and didn’t realize how important it is to plan GF meals ahead of time while on the go). I have not seen them up here in our neck of the woods…which means that we’ll have to share a bag the next time we’re in town to visit!
      Thanks for reading! And remember that the next IBS/anemic/depressed woman you meet may actually be an undiagnosed Celiac! Miss you!
      Jess

  3. Meghan

    Daiya products are incredible too! They make tapioca based cheese products that taste better than I remember cheese tasting. They just started making pizza and cream cheeses as well in dedicated, gluten-free facilities.

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Meghan,
      Thanks so much for the suggestion. I have cut back drastically on dairy, and have heard about Daiya products, so it’s definitely time to try them. I have also really been missing cheese!
      Jess

  4. Diana Thompson

    If you are using Dove soap products it is because you have not tried my homemade soap yet. Too bad it is not for sale. It gets you truly clean as well as not breaking you out in a rash. I put in there coconut oil, olive oil, palm oil and lye to turn it to soap. I don’t go anywhere without it anymore! I will give you a class how to make it.

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Diana,
      I would love to learn how to make your soap! Can you post a video or a link with your soap recipe? I have been taking baby steps to get chemicals out of my home and am just transitioning to homemade laundry detergent.
      Jess

  5. Elizabeth

    Thanks for the info. After suffering w/ severe allergies and eczema this fall my trip to the dr. yesterday was really interesting. I do eat a gluten free diet but my dr. suggested I avoid all products w/ gluten. I had no idea it was so pervasive in products! I was afraid this change to GF products was going to be ridiculously expensive but you have given me lots of ideas for products I can pick up at my grocery store!

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Elizabeth,
      I hope that your journey on the GF diet goes well. It gets much easier with time. I am long overdue to update this page, as I’ve found a ton more products that I adore, but I am still using Dove, Tom’s of Maine, and Nars. Good luck and let me know if you come across any good finds!
      Happy Thanksgiving!
      Jess

  6. Jenni

    Wonderful! I do have one question about the “cup 4 cup” gluten free flour… We have it here in Canada as well however I noticed thar corn starch is there first ingredient. If sulfites are a problem is this still an ok/safe product? How do you react?
    Thanks! Your website has been so helpful :)

    1. Jess Post author

      Hi Jenni,
      Great question. At the height of my sulfite sensitivity and MCAS issues I was unable to eat anything made from this flour, but I continued to use it to bake for my family. Since starting on my treatment for MCAS (which I am pretty sure we talked about via email if you are the same Jenni I am thinking of), I have been able to eat baked goods made with it twice without a reaction. I have kept it on my products page because I think that most people with celiac disease should do fine with it and my GF (but non celiac) kids and husband all like it.
      When I was at the height of my sulfite and MCAS issues I switched to 100% almond flour for the cookies, scones, etc. that I made for myself.
      Jess

      1. Jenni

        Thanks so much! Very good to know :) I do have one other question in terms of products… In the height of your Sulfite issues were you able to tolerate coconut oil? I’ve read so many opposing opinions on coconut products. Are they safe for sulfite intolerance? I read that coconut is high sulfite and yet its also antihistamine? Thanks so much for all your help!
        (And yes I’m the same Jenni :) )

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