There is an old military adage you may have once heard, it’s commonly referred to as the 5 P’s, which means proper preparation prevents poor performance. While this nifty mind tool may have been created to help soldiers in the field, we happen to think it can translate into preparing yourself for the celiac diet. When you have a strong foundation of food options, you’ll be happier with your gluten-free lifestyle.
We reached out to a few of our favorite followers to get their must-haves for their gluten-free pantry. What we got were some fresh ideas to help anyone properly prepare for living gluten-free. Check them out.
Stocking a Gluten-Free Pantry
To set yourself (and/or your family) for success, you’ll want to stock your pantry with a few key foods. Here’s what a some of our home cook followers suggest, plus some additional tips to help you along the way. We’ve compiled this list and have it available for download at the bottom of this post.
Please note brand images shown below do not necessarily reflect the preference of what product is suggested.
Three Bakers Founder, Jane
In addition to our own tasty gluten free breads, pizzas & Snackers, I always have Cereal, Crackers, Pancake mix (we tap our maple trees for syrup) and breadcrumbs we make from our bread.
My daughter Caroline always has to have bagged granola so she can add to yogurt and cereal/granola bars for lunch and pizza shells (freezer) for broccoli pizza.
The Health Snob, Diane
Coconut Flour, tortillas, gluten-free bread, bananas, brown rice, quinoa, and popcorn kernels.
There are so many great gluten free brands out there I find that sticking to simple ingredients is best and always check the labels. Also, keep the basics at home that way you always have options when cooking. There’s always a great gf alternative for most recipes!
Follow Diane on Instagram @thehealthsnob
Better with Berries, Emma
Snackers ALL FLAVORS, Palmini pasta, Julian Bakery Pro Granola, PB2 Powder, F-factor 20/20 Protein Powder
For anyone seeking inspiration, I would suggest you go on instagram and find food accounts that promote a gluten free lifestyle. This will help you become familiar with popular go-to gluten free brands and will also help you find alternatives to your favorite meals that might have included gluten.
Follow Emma on Instagram @betterwithberries
Three Bakers 7 Ancient Grains bread (kept in the freezer), Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, beans, Rao’s Arrabbiata Sauce, green lentil pasta (red gets mushy and other gfree subs are gross!).
My tips for anyone new to living gluten-free? Don’t try to recreate your favorite gluten foods and instead focus on finding non gluten foods you love more. Finding easy go-to meals that are gfree makes the process less upsetting. Eating substitutes will only make the cravings for the real thing stronger. you don’t need to spend a ton of money on alternative flours. If you need the carbs, focus on beans, rice, lentils, and potatoes. I found once I added in more vegetables I did not miss gluten at all and did not need other grains to feel full.
Follow Bridget on Instagram @fitincorporate
Three Bakers Snackers/Rye bread, Gluten Free Quaker Quick Oats, Trader Joe’s GF everything bagels, Cheerios/Chex, Protein Powder (I love Quest, PEScience, and Arbonne)
Here are my tips: shop the outside of the grocery store, usually those items will be gluten free naturally. It’s the processed foods you have to be more wary of! Look for brands/products that label their processed foods as gluten free first. If you can’t find a label, read the ingredients and keep an eye out for wheat, rye, barley, and modified food starch!
Follow Kelsey on Instagram @_food_forthought_
BONUS: Discover Kelsey’s creative ways to enjoy Snacker through her Snackers Saturdays series on our blog.
Flippin’ Delicious, Brianna
A well-reviewed all purpose gluten free flour is essential. Find a gluten-free community (online or local) and ask for their favorite brand or recipe. It won’t work perfectly in all recipes but is a great starting point.
Corn starch or tapioca starch for thickening sauces and soups or breading foods.
Quick-convenience meal. Either frozen or in a box. Just having a few on hand makes a huge difference.
My tips: Don’t try to restock all at once. Buy an all purpose gluten-free flour with xanthan gum (or one that doesn’t need xanthan gum) and then add more flours and products later. Each time you go shopping, try a new gluten free snack, cracker, and cookie until you find one you really love!
Follow Brianna on Instagram @flippindelish
Eat at Our Table, Amanda
Tamari (gluten free soy sauce), Gluten free chicken broth, gluten free flour (I use GF Jules)
Pro tip: Clean out your pantry before starting to buy new things so they don’t get mixed up.
Follow Amanda on Instagram @eatatourtable
Three Bakers Snackers, Lil Buff Protein Cakes, garden of life protein bars, our little rebellion (popcorners) bbq protein crisps and hungry jack gluten free funfetti pancake mix.
There are a TON of great options out there that won’t make you feel like you’re missing out on any of your favorite gluten filled foods. Immediately order three bakers snackers- they will fill a huge portion of your pantry while satisfying your tasty cravings. Utilize Instagram and social media to find companies who are created around gluten-free. Most of the foods I eat are from stumbling across the business account on Instagram.
Follow Karrah on Instagram @karrahbernat
- Gluten free all purpose flour – a must have when you are GF!
- Gluten free pasta – it’s always good to have this item on hand for a quick and easy dinner!
- Xantham gum – I can not stress this enough! So many GF baking recipes call for this!
- Cornstarch – this is great for thickening sauces
- Spices and Sauces – check your labels gluten can be hidden in these products!
My tips – Do your research! It’s so hard to walk into a store and find everything gluten free when you’re newly diagnosed. Go in with a list of everything you want and brands that offer the gluten free products you need and it will make it so much easier.
Follow Alexis on Instagram @401fun
Alix Turoff Nutrition, Alix
Gluten free oats, tamari, coconut flour, edamame pasta
Tip: Follow the #glutenfree hashtag on Instagram to get great ideas! Get involved in the celiac community online!
Follow Alix on Instagram @alixturoff_RD
Thank you to everyone who contributed to this post! For more ideas on foods you can eat with a celiac diet visit these popular posts:
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