- Gluten-Free Food Reviews
Gluten-Free Food Reviews
There are countless 'health' food snack bars and protein bars on the market, many of which aren't as healthy as their makers would have you think. On the other side of the spectrum, you have snack bars that are loaded with various superfoods and are really quite nutritious, but taste like cardboard.
I recently tried Crunchmaster's Cheezy Crisps, which are little gluten-free cheese flavored rice crackers, and I must say that it was hard to put them down! This is the type of snack that the serving size really becomes the entire box because it is that hard to stop eating them.
Crackers are usually thought of as crispy, baked things made out of flour (usually nutritionally-devoid refined white flour). Foods Alive's Organic Onion Garlic Flax Crackers are a whole different kind of snack, but they are way more nutritious, and also quite yummy!
It can be difficult for those trying to meet the requirements of multiple dietary restrictions. It becomes especially difficult for celiacs following a Kosher diet during Passover, as matzo traditionally contains gluten. Fortunately, Yehuda's gluten-free matzo not only fits the bill, but it tastes great!
At this point, there are lots of gluten-free crackers on the market. While many of them taste great, a lot of them contain soy, corn starch and/or rice flour, which can be problematic for some people. Additionally, not all of them are Kosher. Absolutely Gluten-Free Toasted Onion Crackers not only taste great, but they're Kosher, gluten-, corn-, rice- and soy-free as well.
Over the weekend I tried Second Helping's "Mama's Meatballs" and was pleasantly surprised. They are authentic, Italian style gluten-free meatballs that are made with all natural beef. In addition to being gluten-free they are also dairy/casein, nut and soy-free, and are non-GMO.
Gluten-free food companies are really starting to figure this pasta thing out, but there still aren't many fresh, gourmet-oriented options on the market. Cappello's provides a formidable entry with their almond flour-based gluten-free fettuccine. It's lower on the glycemic index than corn- or rice-based options, and it tastes fantastic.
Pure Market Express makes some of the most delicious gluten-free, dairy-free desserts around. Earlier this year, I wrote a rave review of their gluten-free lemon tart; not surprisingly, their apple crisp is every bit as yummy.
Usually, SOYJOY bars are all about the taste of fruit. The baked soy makes a great gluten-free base and complements each flavor well, but the fruit is almost always the centerpiece. The new dark chocolate cherry SOYJOY has a new centerpiece: dark chocolate.
Cute, decorated sugar cookies are practically synonymous with Christmas; no Christmas party is complete without a plate of them at the refreshment table. Beautiful Sweets offers a decorated set of Christmas cookies that are not only cute, Christmassy, chewy, sweet and delicious, but gluten-free as well.
Wellesse’s Digestive 3-In-1 Health liquid dietary supplement provides prebiotics and soluble fiber, (which are both key to maintaining healthy gut microbiotia) as well as aloe vera to balance stomach acidity. These are all important supplements for maintaining a healthy digestive system and Wellesse brings them all together in a form that the body can easily absorb.
During college I spent a year and a half living and studying in Tuebingen, Germany. This was before my diagnosis with celiac disease, and it was there that I really learned to know and love beer.
With so many gluten-free snack bars coming onto the market nowadays, it can be hard to find one that stands out, and really deserves a spot in your snack food reserves. SOYJOY makes great baked whole soy-based gluten-free bars, and their new cranberry flavor is one of their best yet.
Breadfruit is a starchy fruit that grows mainly in the Pacific Islands. It is highly nutritious, with high fiber, potassium and vitamin C content, as well as a low glycemic index. Signa Haiti's 100% Gluten-Free Breadfruit Flour captures these nutritive qualities and makes a tasty wheat flour alternative.
One of the biggest complaints I have about the gluten-free food industry is that corn is usually brought in to fill the gaping whole left by the removal of wheat. Corn tastes great and all, but personally, I prefer a more nutritious wheat alternative whenever possible, so long as it still tastes good (which many do, e.g. quinoa and buckwheat).
I have always been a little unsure what to think of probiotics. My mother raised me to take acidophilus supplements religiously, but I could never find any evidence to suggest that the pills actually improved my health. After two weeks taking Vidazorb Super C Chewable Probiotics, I think I have my first substantial evidence that probiotics actually do something.
I tried Bold Organics' Deluxe Gluten-Free Pizza yesterday, and I must say that I am impressed. It includes pepperoni, Italian sausage, roasted peppers, onions, Shiitake mushrooms...
For my first gluten-free baking experience, I made vanilla cupcakes with orange-flavored frosting using Gluvana Complete Gluten-Free All Purpose Mix. I also made a batch of gluten-containing cupcakes using the same recipe to allow for comparison. I didn't do blind taste testing or anything like that, but I can honestly say that the cupcakes made with Gluvana's flour were better.
When I first read the box for this lemon tart, I wasn't exactly excited. I didn't think anything that was gluten-free, free of added sugar, vegan and raw could taste like anything other than cardboard and/or grass.
Fish oil supplements provide well-established health benefits, but they are especially beneficial for celiacs because they aid in the recovery of fat levels and reduce intestinal inflammation. Eagle Therapeutics' CeliAct Fish Oil is tailored specifically to the needs of celiacs: taking CeliAct alone is great, but you really need that extra fat to heal your intestines.