The first time I heard the word gluten was fifteen years ago when my mom’s doctor told her she needed to cut it from her diet. She did, but it didn’t help her condition, so I didn’t think anything else about it. Of course I heard more and more people being gluten intolerant as the years when on, but I personally never had to worry about it. Welp! Here we are, six weeks into a gluten free diet for our three year old son. The reasoning is something I will share later, but for now, I want to spread all of the gluten free goodness we have found in this short amount of time!
One of the hardest foods to get the three year old stamp of approval for was his beloved chocolate granola bar. He eats one every morning with almond milk, and is obnoxiously particular about the flavor, appearance, and texture. Praise Goodness, we found one that not only satisfies him, but he likes better than the ones he used to eat! Alas, breakfast was saved.
I also want to point out, these are not the “healthiest” foods. No, we don’t go through drive-thrus or eat out often, but that doesn’t mean we have the cleanest foods in our pantry. The sugar content on some of these make me cringe, so I often just don’t look at the label (insert face palm emoji). Now that you’ve been forewarned, here are Jude’s favorite gluten free foods.
Gluten Free Snacks
- GoGo squeeZ Applesauce
- Veggie Straws
- Annie’s Double Chocolate Chip Granola Bars
- Welch’s Fruit Snacks
- Tortilla Chips
- Lance Cheddar Cheese Crackers
- Glutino Chocolate Vanilla Cookies
- Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookies
- Gluten Free Pepperonis and Cheese
- Fruit (bananas, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, oranges, and apples are favorites in our house)
- Vegetables (my kids could eat their weight in cucumbers, so we keep them year round)
- Gluten Free Yogurts (make sure it says it on the label)
Gluten Free Dinners
- Nachos. We use the above tortilla chips, turkey meat, and our own taco seasoning so that it’s completely gluten free. Load them up with queso, lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, pico, salsa, or whatever else you’re heart desires!
- Anything pasta. Here are a few favorites.
- Egg roll in a bowl
- Digiorno Gluten Free Pizza
- Salads with all the vegetables you want. As long as you can verify any seasoning used is gluten free, add chicken, steak, shrimp, or fish. Hidden Valley Ranch is Jude’s favorite dressing and thankfully, it’s gluten free, too!
We are still very green in our gluten free journey, so we are adding new foods all the time. This is my Gluten Free Pinterest board where I’m constantly adding new foods and recipe ideas. Do you have any gluten free favorites I need to know about? If so, please share in the comments!