I have been trying (on purpose) a few new gluten-free brands to see which ones I like best, although I prefer to bake my stuff. I found a few products that pass my taste test which I will share on this post. In addition, when I was visiting my sister (the best baker) she gave me an all natural supplement that helps in the digestion of gluten, so I could taste her delicacies – and OMG was I in heaven with her cheesecake and Italian wedding cake. Those are still imprinted in my taste buds and memory. (Sis, I want more). The supplement is called Gluten-Ade and it contains gluten digestive enzymes with acidophilus and pre and probiotics, and it is a vegetarian supplement. I was supposed to take the supplement 15 minutes before eating the meal that contained gluten. I have to say that I was skeptical in the beginning but I gave it a try. To my surprise, I was fine and had no painful symptoms. I am not saying that this will work for everyone, but for me, who gets a bit sick when I eat gluten, it worked fine. It help me too when I had to eat on the road and you know how hard it is to find anything gluten-free at a restaurant.
Here are pictures of some new gluten-free products and of the Gluten-Ade vegetarian capsules.
This is a local product, so I am not sure if it can be found anywhere else. What I mean is that you can find Gluten-ade from other manufacturers which I have not tried, this particular product from Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op is the one I tried. So I can only talk about my experience with this particular brand.
I also tried these two brands of crackers and I absolutely love them. I have to have at hand, either crackers or bread, one or the other has to be in my pantry.
I found this Kinnikinick bread close enough to regular sandwich bread. My problem with gluten-free bread products is that some brands have an aftertaste and a gummy-slimy consistency, which I don’t like. This one doesn’t, and another brand that I favor is Udi’s.
This Udi’s burger bread is very good as well. It passed the taste test.
Now, I find that gluten-free breads tend to be on the expensive side, so it is better to buy your own gluten-free flour and bake your bread, if you have the time. I’m just trying a few brands to see what I like and don’t, and I have noticed that the gluten-free shelves/freezers at the supermarket are growing exponentially, and more is being offered.
One more sentence (maybe two), if you are not gluten sensitive or do not have celiac disease, don’t even bother with this stuff; eat healthy instead. I hear of people who can eat gluten consuming gluten-free products not by need but as another fad diet, and I am puzzled – why put yourself thru that? Just eat healthy, whether you grow your own stuff or buy it.
Hope you enjoy this post.
I thought to add these delights which I tried this past weekend.
These pretzels are making me thirsty - I’m just kidding these are from Glutino and they are excellent. If you love pretzels from time to time these are great.
These sesame rice crackers from Kame are truly delicious, but let me warn you, they are so good that you will want to have more than a few. They have them in regular flavor as well, and I think I saw them in cheese flavor as well, but I’m not 100% sure if it was Kame brand. Anyhow, these will make it to my pantry as a regular staple. I like that they are very light and thin.
And if you want gluten free cookies that taste close to homemade here are these delights from Pamela – Chunky chocolate chip.
One word of caution – All these gluten free products taste really good and moderation is key here; don’t overdo it, and follow a healthy diet and portion control. All these pass my taste test.