Friday, September 13, 2013

Going gluten free with peanut/tree-nut allergies

Going gluten free is not easy, especially when you also have other foods that you are avoiding. For our family, we went gluten free due to Celiac disease, and we also have other food allergies including severe peanut, and tree-nut allergies to consider.


When you have food allergies oftentimes name brands are a must because of their good allergen labeling, and the extra cost can get you down. Shopping name brand is expensive enough as it is, and going gluten free can add insult to injury.

To prevent the grocery store blues, I try to stay away from the prepackaged foods, and stick to the meat, produce, dairy, and non gluten grains like gluten free oats, quinoa, and rice.

Going gluten free has resulted in a greater understanding of foods, and a need to bake many of our own. I would love to say that I bake "from scratch" all of the time, but I love to use box mixes to save time, and prepackaged foods, while expensive, are a great time saver! I also love the time savings of prepackaged cookies, brownies, crackers, and breads, and do buy limited amounts of prepackaged items.

Some of my favorite prepackaged gluten free and peanut/tree-nut free snacks, breads and treats: 

*All products listed are made in peanut/tree-nut free facilities, but check labels as labels are subject to change. Check every label every time :-)

Spreads:
No Nuts Pea Butter  www.peabutter.ca Yummy peanut butter replacement.
Sunbutter- made from sunflower seeds
Sneaky Chef No Nut Butter - Made from golden peas. My picky family's favorite.

*new! 
Pizza:
Against the Grain Gormet- three cheese gluten free, (also corn, rice, yeast free). It is super yummy!! 

Cookies:
Kinnikinnick's K-Toos-look and taste like Oreo cookies (also dairy free) 
Kinnikinnick's K-kritters Animal Cookies (also dairy free) 
Annie's Gluten Free Ginger Snap Bunny Cookies, and the other flavors are good as well!
Dr. Lucy's cookies, I like the chocolate and chocolate chip the best. (also dairy and egg free)

Crackers:
Dare Foods Brenton Gluten Free, Herb, and Garlic crackers
Vans Crackers

Ice Cream Cones:
Goldbaum's Gluten Free sugar Cones- super excited about this find!

Pasta:
Annie's Gluten Free Rice Shells & Creamy White Cheddar
Tinkyada Organic Brown Rice Spirals
Tinkyada Organic Broen Rice Spaghetti

Flours, and Box Mixes:
King Arthur Flour  (the gluten free line)  Love them! I use their cookie mix, brownie mix, and all purpose flour mix. I use 1/2 cup of Enjoy Life chocolate chips in the brownie mix to make it even yummier. 
Breads from Anna bread maker mixes (have not tried yet, but look good) 
Sun Flour Mills many box mixes, we like their sugar cookies! 
Betty Crocker Gluten free mixes. Yum!

Candy

Amanda’s Own Sunbutter Cups (Great alternative for Nut Allergies, also Gluten Free)
Divvies (Free of Top 8 Allergens)
Dubble Bubble Original Chewing Gum (Nut-free, Gluten-free)
Fun Dip 
Tootsie Rolls
Tootsie Pops
Life Savers Gummies
Nerds
Smarties
Starburst
Surf Sweets (Free of Top 8 Allergens, Gluten-free, Corn-Syrup-free, Free of additives & dyes)
Vermont Nut Free Chocolates

I will add more when I next go shopping! I know there are many more favorites that I am forgetting!
Can't find these items in your local grocery store? Click on links to visit their websites to purchase, or use my two favorite websites for ordering food allergy freindly specialty foods:  Vitacost.com or Amazon.com 

Please leave a comment with your favorite gluten, and peanut/tree-nut free prepackaged food!








2 comments:

Amy said...

Just came across your link through the blog hop on It's An Itchy Little World. One peanut/tree nut and gluten free product we use daily is No Nuts Golden Peabutter. We use it as a sandwich spread but also in baking or for making "energy bites". It's a Canadian product so we find it easily here in British Columbia, but I'm not sure where else it is sold. I recently wrote about it and provided links on my blog because is it a food staple in our home :)

elizabeth marz said...

Cool! Thank you for that information! Will add it to our list :-)