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Your Gluten Free Resource

Updated on March 22, 2015
Gluten Free Symbol © 2012 CJS
Gluten Free Symbol © 2012 CJS

My Favorite Resources and Foods Since Starting a Gluten-Free Diet

After reading a lot about the symptoms alleviated by following a gluten-free diet, my wife convinced me to give it a try. After a couple of false starts (mostly because I hate to read labels) we've been following a gluten-free diet scrupulously.

In the beginning we tried a variety of gluten-free foods and recipes and it was difficult to find palatable products.

After much trial and error, we have come up with a list of our favorites, which we hope will save you from some of the dietary disappointments we endured in our search for gluten free AND tasty pastas, cookies, breads and more. This page has informative videos and links to the gluten-free resources, information, and products we found most helpful.

Neither of us, fortunately, has celiac disease, nonetheless I have personally found eating gluten-free to be quite beneficial. I feel better and have more motivation, and the creative, mental and physical energy to accomplish a lot more than I could do even six months ago. I have even given up my late afternoon nap (at least most days).

From Gluten Free Baking Classics (below)
From Gluten Free Baking Classics (below)

First things first: A Gluten Free Diet Can be Easy AND Delicious

When my wife first proposed trying a Gluten Free diet, I strongly resisted. I was overwhelmed and Very unhappy.

You see - I love to EAT - and I have been blessed with a metabolism that allows me to eat a lot and not gain weight. (Please don't hate me for that.) I snack constantly and seem to have the proverbial hollow leg at mealtime. So I was terrified of having to follow a gluten-free diet. How could I give up donuts, pretzels, beer, cookies, and bread?

What helped me most was finding out that I didn't have to give up most of those things and learning that there were healthier substitutes that I actually liked better.

So I am starting this page by introducing you to some of my favorite gluten free ready-made foods. I hope that way you will not have to go through the anxiety I did when faced with the prospect of going gluten-free.

Later on we will discuss symptoms, health benefits, cost savings, basic pantry staples, making your own food and other related topics.

But for now, I want you to drool over some of my favorite gluten free goodies. There is no reason to feel deprived like I did in the beginning.

My Favorite Convenience Mix for Pancakes, Biscuits and More

Pamela's Products Gluten Free Baking and Pancake Mix, 4-Pound Bags (Pack of 3)
Pamela's Products Gluten Free Baking and Pancake Mix, 4-Pound Bags (Pack of 3)

Better than Bisquik's Gluten Free mix, Pamela's Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix is appropriately named. It makes light and fluffy pancakes, tasty waffles, biscuits, breads and really good pizza dough.

Great to keep on hand for impromtu entertaining as well as family meals.

 
Chocolate Dipped Gluten Free Donut with Sprinkles
Chocolate Dipped Gluten Free Donut with Sprinkles

My Favorite Gluten Free Food Shop

Although there are other products I have found that I do recommend, and am happy to do that, there is only one place (and brand) to shop that has never disappointed. If I didn't know Katz's products were gluten free I would have thought they came straight from a traditional bakery.

Would you believe this is Gluten Free and Delicious! Try it and see for yourself. Available at

Katz's GF Bakery.

From basic bread and rolls to flaky pastries and sinfully rich muffins and cupcakes, these are the equivalent to the best home-made GF recipes I've found -- and a lot more convenient. Plus there are coupons, specials, and free shipping offers that make shopping at Katz Gluten Free quite budget friendly. (Amazon.com also sells some Katz Products but you'll get the best deals buying directly from Katz's.)

These Are Some of My Favorite GF Goodies from Katz's

Pizza crusts, donuts, crusty hamburger rolls, assorted breads, cakes, muffins, pies, cupcakes and specialties like challah, hamentaschen, and rugelach. Plus mixes, pizza dough, cookies and more.
Pizza crusts, donuts, crusty hamburger rolls, assorted breads, cakes, muffins, pies, cupcakes and specialties like challah, hamentaschen, and rugelach. Plus mixes, pizza dough, cookies and more.

Katz’s pre-made pizza crusts are great to keep on hand for a quick tasty meal. They come in two sizes. Their GF bagels come closest to traditional bagels and are even better toasted and spread with cream cheese or butter.

Where else can you find specialty items like 3 flavors of gluten-free rugelach, cinnamon buns (not shown), hamentaschen, and a choice selection of GF challah and breads – not to mention Honey, blueberry, corn, and other varieties of muffins, the Cappuccino bundt cake shown above with the frosting included in a separate packet for a flawless presentation, cupcakes, and assorted pies in two sizes.

Sign their mailing list and you’ll get email notifications of their specials and sales. Or order their free sample pack consisting of 1 slice of whole grain bread, 1 slice of white bread, 1 slice of Challah, 1 Powdered Donut, 1 Chocolate Cupcake, 1 English Muffin, 1 Cookie, 1 Rugelah, and a slice of Marble Cake.

Visit the Katz Gluten Free Bakery Now

A Few More Tantalizing Gluten Free Goodies - Before We Get to the Nitty Gritty Details

Left to Right, Top Row: Schar Multigrain Gluten Free Penne Regate, Bloomfield Farms Pancakes, Enjoy Life Chocolate Chip Cookies, Annie's Homegrown Rice Pasta & Cheddar Mac & Cheese; Bottom Row: Jovial Cream Filled Organic Chocolate Cookie, Chebe Bread Cinnamon Roll, The Gluten-Free Pantry Chocolate Truffle Brownies,Stonewall Kitchens Herbed Pizza. All available at Amazon.com.

The Nitty Gritty Details About Gluten and Living Gluten-Free

What are the Symptoms of Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease?

Are You on a Gluten Free Diet?

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One of the Most Popular Gluten Free Cookbooks

The Gluten-Free Bible
The Gluten-Free Bible

100 easy recipes for food dishes that do not contain gluten - including lots of kid-pleasers! Read what the reviewers have to say and try some of their favorites too.

 

Why Go Gluten Free?

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Don't Forget to Feed Your Soul


Nourishing your spirit can also help your health and research shows that "feeding your soul" can make it easier to stick to your diet.

That's easy to do at SOULCAKES ~ And all of their products are gluten (and calorie) free!



Stocking the Gluten Free Pantry

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and Extras for the Gluten Free Pantry


I could never have stuck to a gluten free diet without a well-stocked gluten-free pantry. Having gluten-free pantry staples on hand and the fixings for a var...

When Gluten Free Dieting isn't Enough

Because Many Other Products Contain Gluten

For those who are most sensitive to Gluten or who have Celiac disease, sometimes a gluten free diet alone is not sufficient to alleviate symptoms. Gluten is hidden in many health and beauty products we use daily, including many vitamins, make-up, toothpaste, soaps and shampoos, and many other products you wouldn't suspect would be exposing you to gluten.

Gluten Free Health and Beauty Products from Amazon - Eligible for Free Super Saver Shipping

Left to right: Ecco Bella Tinted Vitamin E Lip Smoother, Mineral Fusion Natural Brands Eye Pencil, Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio, Wen Pomegranate (GF) Cleansing Conditioner, Activa Naturals Gluten Free Skin Restoring Dietary Supplement, Hempz Exotic Green Tea & Asian Pear Moisturizer, Kiss My Face Deodorant Liquid Rock Roll-On from the large selection of Gluten Free Health & Beauty Products at Amazon.com



Do you have gluten sensitivy, wheat allergy, or celiac disease?

Did you learn something new about Gluten Free living?

Please leave us a message, share your thoughts,

or just say hello and let us know you were here.

We would appreciate your input.

© 2012 Chazz

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      homeomd 2 years ago

      Great page, the award is well deserved and thank you for taking the time to put so many resources on one lens!

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      TapIn2U 3 years ago

      Love these gluten free alternative snacks! Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      GlutenFreeGuru 3 years ago

      Pamela's Pancake Mix is the best! Thanks for sharing

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Good lens. I've been gluten free for 7 years now with absolutely no regrets. I'm mostly a cook from scratch kind of girl, but the dramatic improvement in health is worth any inconvenience to me.

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      cbarkett 3 years ago

      Awesome lens, now I'm sad I don't get so many great gluten free foods where I am but I'm going to check out the recipes :O)

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      Yup, see my comment above. Thankfully, as I have a small appetite it reduces the expense for me.

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      @retta719: Glad you like them - I only listed ones I was familiar with so nice to know I made the right choices.

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      @AlleyCatLane: Hope your daughter finds this helpful. thanks for letting me know.

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      @BLemley: Thank you so much.

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      @Brandi Bush: I think you'll be pleased with the results. Glad you found this helpful.

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      @getmoreinfo: thank you!

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      Chazz 4 years ago from New York

      @EpicFarms: ---Chazz It isn't easy but check out the Gluten Free on a Shoestring book. I shop with a lot of coupons which fortunately are usually substantial for GF products, or wait for sales. We also make a lot of our own breads and things, which is a lot cheaper, but do have some ready-made in the freezer - take a look at our Stocking the Gluten Free Pantry lens for the rationale for that and why, in the long run, it is usually not really more expensive. I have found that I save $ on other things (like tums, for example) since I feel better eating GF and I know in the long run it is also going to save me medical bills since so many health issues have been resolved. We also grow some of our own veggies and belong to an organic farm co-op, which also helps with the food budget. Check that book (there's a link to it on the upper right sidebar). It isn't easy but it can be done without blowing the budget.

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      EpicFarms 4 years ago

      I would absolutely LOVE to try going gluten free! If only it weren't so ridiculously expensive, I'd definitely give it a shot.

      Case in point: I buy hot dog buns (though we rarely eat hot dogs) for .88 cents at a local bread store - the gluten free buns listed above cost a whopping $4.99. How do people afford this stuff? It's waaay beyond my pay grade, that's for sure.

      Nice lens though, even if I can't afford it ;o)

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      Congratulations for being featured in the Squidoo HQ Blog.

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      Brandi 4 years ago from Maryland

      I have recently been having many symptoms of gluten intolerance and have resolved for the new year to test out a gluten free diet. Your page has given me hope that I can do it! Thanks for the great resource and Happy 2013! :)

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      Beverly Lemley 4 years ago from Raleigh, NC

      thanks for a wonderful lens about a lot of important things about a GF ~ plus that cookbook is amazing ~ I glanced through it on Amazon, and I will probably be back to purchase it through your lens. I will feature your lens on my GF lenses. SquidAngel blessed! B : )

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      Thanks for the recommendations. My daughter has to have a gluten free diet so I will pass this to her and bookmark for future reference.

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      Loretta 4 years ago from United States

      I actually have and use quite a few of the cookbooks you mentioned here ~ great stuff :)

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      Laraine Sims 4 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      Thank you for all the recipes. This is an exceptional resource! Angel blessings!

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      AngryBaker 4 years ago

      GOod information... I have to try more gluten free recipes, so many people need them now. I was just a little daunted by the idea of change.

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this important info.

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      This is becoming more and more of an interest to me. I've been reading a LOT about healing chronic illnesses (been writing a lot too) - and it's clear that we eat far too much stuff w/ wheat and gluten. No wonder more people are becoming sensitive to it. Good info!

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      Deb Bryan 4 years ago from Chico California

      I have been a gradual gluten free person since the spring of last year. Due to a condition that is aggravated by most forms of gluten products. With a couple of exceptions my meal plan is gluten free now. Your resources are going to be helpful and thank you for all your research. I'm sure many people looking for gluten free diet information are going to save a lot of time by visiting this page.

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      koshertrade 4 years ago

      Thanks for all the info you shared!

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      Barbara Walton 4 years ago from France

      I occasionally have guests at the B&B who can't eat gluten, so I've favourited this page as I've found it's hard to get gluten free food here easily in Limousin, France.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 4 years ago from Topeka, KS

      I'm with hartworks. The more strict I am with my diet, usually the better I feel. Great article! Blessings. :)

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      hartworks lm 4 years ago

      I get tired when I eat wheat or other gluten products. It's pretty easy to stay off them most of the time as I eat a lot of veggies and meat.

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