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Gluten Free Foods That Actually Taste Good? Yes!
Which Gluten Free Products are Really Good?
Whether you've been told you must eat only Gluten Free foods because of an allergy or Celiac Disease, or whether you've chosen a Gluten Free diet, you will be interested in finding gluten free foods that are not only pallitable, but actually good.
When I first started eating Gluten Free foods, I'd see a box mix, or a bag of pretzels, or whatever, read the label, see it was Gluten Free, and buy it. But when I got it home and made the mix or tasted the product, there were many times when I was really disappointed. I mean, really! Think about it. Last week I was eating Pizza Hut pizza and pasta, stopping at the bakery for a donut or sweet roll on the way to work, or going to a local eatery for their soup and sandwich lunch special. Now suddenly this week, I can't eat all those things. I had to find Gluten Free food alternatives, and that's not always an easy task.
There are a number of reasons why people search for gluten free products. You may be among the estimated 1 in 100 people in the United States who have Celiac Disease. If that's the case, you have no choice but to eat Gluten Free foods. Perhaps you have a wheat allergy and need to eliminate wheat from your diet. Or, perhaps you saw that episode of the Dr. Oz show encouraging people to eliminate wheat from their diets to lose weight. Whatever the reason, you will be looking for great tasting gluten free foods to use as alternatives for the breads, pastas, and other wheat/gluten laden foods you once ate. Hopefully this article will help you find some Gluten Free foods that really taste good!
I've been eating gluten free foods for over seven years. In that time, I've tried many different brands of box mixes, and prepared foods. Some are good, others taste like pressed saw dust, but some are really, REALLY good. We'll just focus on that last group here, because, what's going to help you most is getting the information you need to find great tasting Gluten Free foods. Let's do this!
The Best Corn Bread I've Tasted!
In my humble opinion, one of the gems in the Gluten Free marketplace is Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread mix. This stuff is fantastic! I know people who aren't on gluten free diets who eat Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread mix. They agree with me - it's better than homemade! This mixes up easily, and when baked is moist and delicious. This cornbread doesn't fall apart like other mixes, or even like homemade. It is just really, really good cornbread mix. So, if you're gluten intollerant, are avoiding gluten, or if you just want a good cornbread mix, try Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Cornbread mix. It is good!
Pizza and Bread - Yes, Gluten Free Can be Good!
One of the things I missed most when starting a Gluten Free diet was pizza, breads, and pasta. Pizza dough and breads can be especially difficult to replace because so many recipies and mixes contain primarily brown rice flour. Brown rice flour tends to be heavier, producing a very dense (heavy) bread or pizza crust. Personally I prefer product mixes that use lighter flours, like Tapiocoa flour, Sweet Sorghum flour, or Coconut flour. These flours tend to make lighter, better tasting products, at least in my opinion. Below are some options for you to explore. Some have rice flour, and some use other flours. Try a few, make note of your favorites, and then you'll know which ones you like the best. Enjoy!
Chebe Bread - Oh Yeah!
Even after you've adjusted to eating Gluten Free foods there will be times when you'll crave Pizza Hut pizza or breadsticks. It just happens. When I get those little cravings for pizza, I use a tapiocoa based mix for pizza. For those breadstick cravings I like to mix up a batch of Chebe (CHEE-bee) Cheese Bread, a distinctive taste experience from Brazil.
Do you have a favorite Gluten Free food or food mix? If so, please share it so we can add your comments to the gluten free information presented here. Thank you!