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#1 Bamms

 
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Posted 27 February 2014 - 02:50 PM

Hi, my 7 year old daughter has just been diagnosed with Celiac disease and is lactose intolerant. I am new to all this, and would like suggestions on foods that kids might like and the best places to buy them at. Also, is Trader Joe's cheaper than Whole Foods? Could you tell me the pros and cons? Can I find some of the same gluten free and dairy free foods and Walmart? Thanks so much!


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Posted 27 February 2014 - 02:55 PM

Lots of foods are gluten-free and df. So you should be able to do most of your shopping at Walmart. Walmart seems to have a few gluten-free pasta choices. Not sure about bread. I have seen Udis at Target.
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Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:18 PM

And make sure you read the Newbie 101 thread in the coping section.


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Posted 27 February 2014 - 03:35 PM

I'm not sure if this is still the case, since I haven't shopped at Trader Joe's since before the new labeling guidelines were passed. But we had some bad experiences with their "gluten free" store brand stuff previously - as in, stomach pains within minutes of eating their chicken stock and (on a separate day) within minutes of eating one brownie. Both were labeled gluten free. Upon further investigation, I found out that many of their gluten-free products were made on shared equipment with wheat. This was shortly after my daughter's diagnosis, and we have not been back since (or tried any other products made on shared equipment from other sources). Perhaps they've changed their labeling since August, so maybe it's fine now. But definitely read the labels for the "shared equipment" statement even if the package itself is labeled gluten-free. My daughter seems to be super-sensitive, as she also had a very clear reaction to Rice Dream (which is supposedly tested to less than 5ppm). So take this with a grain of salt - maybe other celiacs are ok with the Trader Joe's store brand stuff. But I'd be wary of it, and try it very carefully.

Unfortunately, Whole Foods is much more expensive. But we haven't had any problems with their store brand. I was lucky that my daughter was already used to eating mostly not-typical-kid-foods when she was diagnosed, so we just avoid most cracker-type and bready things altogether. Brown rice crisps and rice cakes have become staples, though. They're widely available at mainstream stores, and relatively cheap.

Good luck! It's hard to navigate at first if you're trying to provide gluten-free substitutes that taste like the wheat version, since many gluten-free grain products taste quite different, and kids are bound to notice. It was much easier for us to just switch to different types of naturally gluten-free snacks that my daughter wasn't used to having before - so it was more like a new experience altogether, rather than a substitute for a previously-loved food.
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Posted 27 February 2014 - 04:21 PM

Also, Wal-Mart has many more options than you see on the shelf.  I have several celiac friends who shop online at Walmart.com.  You get free site-to-store shipping.

 

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Posted 27 February 2014 - 07:06 PM

Thank you all so much! I will for sure take all your advice:)


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Posted 27 February 2014 - 07:20 PM

We switched to potato and corn chips. My daughter loves Pirate's Booty. For a crowd (Girl Scouts) I make popcorn on the stove. Serve with some fruit and the kids love it. It is cheap too!

I shop at Sprouts (cheaper than whole foods), Costco, Trader Joe's and my local grocery store. I hit Walmart for pre-packaged stuff when we are on the road.
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Posted 27 February 2014 - 07:21 PM

Welcome!

 

We order pasta, cereal, flours, baking mixes and more from Amazon's Subscribe and Save for a lot less than anywhere I've found in the store. 

 

If you have a Sprout's near you...they have a wide variety of gluten-free items.


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Posted 27 February 2014 - 08:10 PM

If you're near a Costco they have a lot of options. They're really great about allergen labeling also.


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Posted 27 February 2014 - 08:42 PM

if you have ShopRite near you they have a great selection and are much cheaper than other stores  :)

 

I love the Trader Joe's vibe and prices but since there have been several accounts on this site about people getting sick from their store products, I won't chance it, so I save up and go to Whole Foods.


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 12:51 AM

Thank you! I will check out Costco and probably sign up for Amazon subscription. I just checked and we dont have a Sprouts or ShopRite:(


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Posted 28 February 2014 - 06:41 AM

I have to say, that I used to shop a lot at TJ's, but now that Walmart and other stores have many certified gluten free items, I do not go there much even though I have been shopping there for 30 years. I can not drink wine anymore and now I can not eat my beloved cherry chocolate chip soy milk ice cream either. Man, I used to buy six at a time! Drat that recent diabetes diagnosis!
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Posted 28 February 2014 - 06:57 AM

You might check your local grocery stores.  Here, some of the  HyVees have lots of gluten-free breads, flours, etc.  Whole Foods is often cheaper.  Safeway has there own line of gluten-free products.  You might want to check several different Targets, Walmarts, Groceries.   Some carry different things than others.

 

Look for "regular" foods like Chex or Lays products that are gluten-free.  Obviously, eating an apple is better than a bag of Fritos but kids want to have a little fun and have normal food to share with friends.  (OK,  Mom's do too)   :ph34r:


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Posted 01 March 2014 - 12:41 AM

Everyone has been so helpful here, thank you again! I have one more question, is there a handbook that you recommend I buy with lists of things to stay away from? I find it easier to look for gluten free labels as opposed to knowing was she cant have. Thanks


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Posted 01 March 2014 - 06:12 AM

Everyone has been so helpful here, thank you again! I have one more question, is there a handbook that you recommend I buy with lists of things to stay away from? I find it easier to look for gluten free labels as opposed to knowing was she cant have. Thanks

Just read the ingredients. Wheat must be clearly labelled. Rye isn't in much but bread or crackers you wouldn't buy because of the wheat in them. Barley or barley malt will be labelled because it's an ingredient. Oats must say gluten-free or they may contain wheat. There are some weird kinds of wheat but they aren't very common. Gluten really can't " hide" despite the Internet rumors.

Here is a list from this site that I adapted for another thread:

Well. that's easy - nothing that says wheat, rye, barley, barley malt, the word "malt" with no other clarification, oats that are not certified gluten-free. I took a few things off this list like beer and cookie dough - because preschools shouldn't have beer and if they read the ingredients on the cookie dough, they will see it says wheat. I added a few things to make it more clear. Most stuff on this list they probably will never use but they might not realizes couscous is wheat or soy sauce has wheat unless its gluten-free Tamari

Abyssinian Hard (Wheat triticum durum)
Atta Flour
Barley Grass (can contain seeds)
Barley Hordeum vulgare
Barley Malt
Bleached Flour
Bran
Bread Flour
Brewer's Yeast
Brown Flour
Bulgur (Bulgar Wheat/Nuts)
Bulgur Wheat
Cereal Binding
Chilton
Club Wheat (Triticum aestivum subspecies compactum)
Common Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
Couscous
Dinkle (Spelt)
Disodium Wheatgermamido Peg-2 Sulfosuccinate
Durum wheat (Triticum durum)
Einkorn (Triticum monococcum)
Emmer (Triticum dicoccon)
Enriched Bleached Flour
Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour
Enriched Flour
Farina
Farina Graham
Farro
Flour (normally this is wheat)
Fu (dried wheat gluten)
Germ
Graham Flour
Granary Flour
Groats (barley, wheat)
Hard Wheat
Heeng
Hing
Hordeum Vulgare Extract
Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Kamut (Pasta wheat)
Kecap Manis (Soy Sauce)
Ketjap Manis (Soy Sauce)
Kluski Pasta
Maida (Indian wheat flour)
Malt
Malted Barley Flour
Malted Milk
Malt Extract
Malt Syrup
Malt Flavoring
Malt Vinegar
Macha Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
Matza
Matzah
Matzo
Matzo Semolina
Meripro 711
Mir
Nishasta
Oats - not certified gluten-free
Oriental Wheat (Triticum turanicum)
Orzo Pasta
Pearl Barley
Persian Wheat (Triticum carthlicum)
Perungayam
Poulard Wheat (Triticum turgidum)
Polish Wheat (Triticum polonicum)
Rice Malt (if barley or Koji are used) -- just rice malt is OK
Rusk
Rye
Seitan
Semolina
Semolina Triticum
Shot Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
Small Spelt
Spelt (Triticum spelta)
Sprouted Wheat or Barley
Stearyldimoniumhydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Strong Flour
Tabbouleh
Tabouli
Teriyaki Sauce & soy sauce not labelled gluten-free
Timopheevi Wheat (Triticum timopheevii)
Triticale X triticosecale
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Flour Lipids
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract
Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil
Udon (wheat noodles)
Unbleached Flour
Vavilovi Wheat (Triticum aestivum)
Vital Wheat Gluten
Wheat, Abyssinian Hard triticum durum
Wheat amino acids
Wheat Bran Extract
Wheat, Bulgur
Wheat Durum Triticum
Wheat Germ Extract
Wheat Germ Glycerides
Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat Germamidopropyldimonium Hydroxypropyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein
Wheat Grass (can contain seeds)
Wheat Nuts
Wheat Protein
Wheat Triticum aestivum
Wheat Triticum Monococcum
Wheat (Triticum Vulgare) Bran Extract
Whole-Meal Flour
Wild Einkorn (Triticum boeotictim)
Wild Emmer (Triticum dicoccoides)
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Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice. - Dave Barry
 
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“One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.”  - J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone
 
 
 
 
 

 






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