:: Easy GF Food To Get You Started

Going Gluten Free does not have to be completely overwhelming if you remember that all unprocessed vegetables and fruits, unprocessed or unmarinated meats, unprocessed rice and beans and most dairy products are naturally gluten free and good for you.

There are so many quality gluten free options that you can find satisfying gluten free substitutions in most grocery stores. That being said, realize you may not like the gluten free food the first time you eat it.

First of all, if your starting the gluten free diet due to an illness such as celiac disease, you may feel awful from being sick for a long time. My daughter remembers not wanting to eat in general because her stomach hurt so much. So no food tastes really good at this point.

Second of all, gluten free food is different. It takes time for your taste buds to change. I still remember the first time I baked a loaf of gluten free bread. I did not like the taste of it, but I also could not stand the smell of it baking. Start with some of the simple tested and true good gluten free food mentioned in our Gluten Free Pantry and give yourself time to feel better and time for your taste buds to adjust.

For the first few weeks when you are sorting things out, try some of these easy GF options.

Breakfast Ideas:

  • Yogurt and Smoothies - Read label.  Many are naturally GF.
  • Fried or scrambled eggs
  • Gluten free cereal – there are several GF cereals that are clearly labeled.
  • Buckwheat is good for you and naturally sweet so it is a winner all of the way around. Top with milk, sugar and cinnamon!
  • Certified Gluten Free Oats - only consume certified GF oats.


Lunch and Dinner Ideas:

  • Any natural unprocessed meat
  • Baked potato
  • A sandwich on GF bread
  • Lunchmeat - Several major brands are now labeled GF.
  •  GF rice and risotto.
  • Nachos - GF tortilla chips with melted cheese on top.
  • Peanut butter on GF bread.


Snacks:

  • Fruit and vegetables. Do not underestimate the value of fruit and veggies. We eat more of these than anything else. 
  • Cheese is a great option for anyone on a gluten free diet. Gluten is not included in the standard ingredients in cheese that include milk, enzymes and sometimes salt. Most processed cheese is also likely though not guaranteed to be gluten free. You might find wheat in the seasoning used for some shredded cheeses, but anytime wheat is used it must be clearly labeled. Contrary to some popular rumors blue cheese is also considered safe for those on a gluten free diet.
  • Chips are not necessarily healthy but many are gluten free. Click this link for Frito Lay Gluten Free List. Even better, try Food Should Taste Good chips which are certified gluten free and processed on equipment that does not process any gluten ingredients, and they taste wonderful. Eat them with hummus.
  • Real popcorn. Most microwave popcorn is gluten free but save yourself the worry and time and make your own popcorn.
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Nuts
  • Kind bars.  My kids favorite GF snack bar!

Desserts:

Ice Cream itself is gluten free but may contain products which are made from gluten so avoid ice cream sandwiches, cone products, cookie and ice cream flavors such as Oreo, and flavors which contain brownie pieces, cookie dough and cheese cake etc.

Setting Up a Gluten Free Kitchen