Gluten Free Foods and Snacks Put to the Test

If you have celiacs, or just want to try a low gluten diet, there are so many ready made foods and gluten free snacks available.  But they’re also double the price of of regular snacks, Americans will spend about $7 Billion dollars on gluten free foods this year! So which ones are worth the price and which ones should you leave on the shelves? Whole Foods let me scour their shelves and collect a variety of foods to sample.  Here are some of my favorites and others I wouldn’t eat again.  If you have other foods you’d like me to try, send me a line and let me know!

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De Boles Rice Penne. I think this tastes just like the wheat pasta, but has a little more firmness.  Make sure not to overcook as it can become mushy.  I cooked it for 7 minutes and it was perfectly al dente.

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Ancient Harvest Quinoa Pasta.  Tastes like an egg noodle, has a lot of bite and is quite delicious.  Plus with the quinoa, it has added protein, which is a bonus when I’m feeding it to my kids.

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Daiya Cheese Lovers Pizza.  If you are allergic to gluten, dairy, soy, or you’re vegan, this might be the closest thing you’ll get to eating pizza.  But it’s neither cheesy, nor delicious nor anything like the real thing.  If you’re going gluten free, I recommend you kissing goodbye a delicious slice of pizza.  Sorry.

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Way Better Snacks, Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips.  I love these chips so much I featured them in a God Morning Texas segment a couple weeks ago. With a hint of heat from the chili, but a vinegar saltiness and a bit of sweetness, these chips are addictive.  Plus they have sprouted broccoli and radish sprouts, as well as flax and quinoa.  Healthy and delicious!

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Blue Diamond Almond Nut Thins, Hint of Sea Salt. Their slogan is ‘Get Your Good Going’, but they don’t mention that good taste is an important part of snacking.  I found them to be bland, but the other flavors (especially Ranch) have more zing.

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Think Thin Chunky Peanut High Protein Bar.  With 20 grams of protein and 0 grams of sugar, these bars are healthy, not to mention pretty tasty.  I didn’t even notice they were gluten free!

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Pamela’s Chunky Chocolate Chip Gluten Free Cookie. These are tasty little cookies, but the nutrition label scared me! At 6 grams of fat and 120 calories for each cookie, I’m not sure it’s worth the splurge. They are packed with chocolate chunks though!

 

 

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