Adventures in Gluten (and Sugar) Freedom from a southern blogger chick!

Thursday, August 2, 2007

The summer of MEEEEEEEEEEEEEE (or things I've learned about gluten freedom, pt. 2)

There are some things I've found on my own (and others surely know about) that I really need to make this work. Without them, and I'm sitting on the couch with the peanut butter and a spoon (wait...I do that anyway).
So I give you


1) Larabars. Especially Pecan Pie and Cocoa Mole. They sustain me through my YMCA workouts. I read a lot of labels to find them.

2) Plum juice. No, not prune juice, plum juice. Sweeter with the same effect, if you catch my meaning. Plums are just prunes with a good marketing campaign behind them.

3) Penzys Spices -- dried shallots, especially, since Randy won't eat onions, and their Country French Vinagrette seasoning. ALL of them, really. No food starch, no additives, and they know their stuff. I mean, you call them, they know. Kudos to their magazine Penzys One, even if I do have to adapt it.

4) Yogurt. Stoneyfield Farm. Activia (I took the challenge). There's a great one here in Tampa that has Mango and Guava flavor. YUM. Milk is problematic for me, but yogurt is not. I love the stuff.

5) Hummus. I love the Sabra brand, but I had a seriously bad reaction to the baba ghanoush earlier. The caponata is great, too. No food starch.

6) Peanut butter: Smart Balance Omega creamy (for now). I want to try crunchy. The best PB in a jar out there, and I've tried them all.

7) Tinkyada Brown Rice pasta and Ancient Harvest Quinoa pasta. I'm Italian. I have to have pasta. These are tasty and hold up well.

8) Basic corn tortillas. For wraps and stuff.

9) Pom juices. All of them.

10) Coke Zero and Fresca. I mean, come on....

What are your favorites? I'd love some ideas!


The Gluten-Free Assistant said...

I'm so happy to hear about your great summer gluten free! I've been doing a little digging and trying to find if people have had a bad reaction to Sabra's Hummus. I saw that you mentioned having a bad reaction to another one of their products, but did you react to the Hummus too? I'm fairly sensitive to gluten and casein and Sabra is my preferred brand over Athenos, which I react to, and a local store brand.

Let me know!

Thanks and I look forward to keeping up with your gluten free adventures!

Deborah said...

I've been gluten free for about a month now and I'm so glad I found this blog! I'm a southern country girl and I love southern food.
I just discovered Larabars and have actually made some. (cheaper)
Thanks for all the recipes. I have this bookmarked.