I recently had to eliminate wheat from my diet due to a possible wheat allergy. Having to be wheat free has not been easy but I am thankful for the many delicious gluten-free products that are available.
It was in the year 2021 that I had allergy testing done. My allergy panel results showed that I was allergic to way too many plants, weeds, grass, trees, and wheat. The allergy testing did not show that I was allergic to dairy since I eliminated dairy from my diet in 2018. I did not need confirmation of my dairy allergy as I had discovered through a food allergy blood test that a dairy allergy was the reason for my severe asthma symptoms.
I thought it was strange that the testing of allergies indicated that I could be allergic to wheat. The doctor said that false positives could happen with food allergy testing but recommended that I eliminate wheat from my diet for 6 weeks to see if it made a difference in my asthma. After 6 weeks of being wheat free in 2021 and then eating wheat products again, it made no difference in my asthma symptoms.
Allergy shots and a temporary wheat allergy
A year later, while I was 8 months into the allergy shot build-up phase, my asthma symptoms started to get worse. At first, I thought that this was due to my allergy shot serum getting stronger but the strange thing was I was not having asthma attacks every day. So I decided to keep a food log and discovered it was on the days that I ate wheat, that I had an asthma attack 2 hours after eating food that contained wheat. So I eliminated wheat from my diet and the severe asthma attacks went away.
The allergy doctor, says my wheat allergy may be temporary, while I receive the higher doses of my allergy shots, and may go away in June when I am done with the build-up phase of allergy shots. So I have been on a wheat-free diet since November. It has been quite the challenge to be wheat-free in addition to eating no dairy.
Discovering new gluten-free products at Expo West
Expo West is the event that showcases all the new products that are the health, wellness, and natural food line. It is where brands and buyers meet up to get the newest products into your shopping cart.
I was thankful that I was able to attend Expo West last month to discover new gluten-free products. I was amazed at the many natural brands that offered delicious-tasting products that were not only dairy-free but also gluten-free. I was able to grab samples of my favorite gluten-free products to take home and I now have a well-stocked pantry of food that is safe for me to eat.
Below are the gluten-free products that I am enjoying and they are ones that you need to try. Brands have really stepped up their game of producing gluten-free products that taste so similar to ones that contain wheat.
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I remember many years ago when I tried gluten-free pasta for the first time and I was not impressed. Now that I have to eat wheat free, I gave wheat-free pasta another chance with Jovial Organic Brown Rice Pasta and I was amazed at how similar it is to traditional pasta. The best part of Jovial gluten-free pasta was it held its texture for leftovers the next day.
Jovial pasta is crafted in Italy using time-honored production methods, their brown rice mafalda is as close to traditional as gluten-free can be. You won’t feel like you’re missing out with this pasta, because our master pasta artisans use bronze dies and slow drying to create award-winning taste and texture. This pasta cooks firm and tastes great with all types of sauces and is produced in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
When you have to eat wheat free and want Mexican food, your option is usually corn tortillas. While I like eating corn tortillas, they tend to be stiff and easily break. Corn tortillas don’t work for burritos like flour tortillas. It has been hard to not be able to consume flour tortillas as they are a main staple in my home.
I was so happy to discover Maria and Ricardo’s Gluten-Free Tortillas. These tortillas are gluten-free, and dairy-free. This company has 2 options for gluten-free tortillas ~ gluten-free and almond flour with several flavor options. All the tortillas are made with Non-GMO ingredients. The gluten-free variety of tortillas are made of quinoa, cauliflower, or sweet potato while the almond flour tortillas come in flavors like plain, everything, and flax & seeds. These gluten-free tortillas were soft and perfect for my bean burritos.
I like my daily coffee with plant-based milk and this milk needs to be creamy and made from simple ingredients. I also need dairy-free milk for baking. I don’t want any of that vegan milk that curdles in my coffee.
Elmhurst® 1925 plant-based milk is made from simple ingredients like nuts and oats. They are loaded with nutrition and don’t contain junk like fillers, gums, or additives. The Elmhurst 1925 Barista Edition Almond Milk was so delicious and creamy in my cup of coffee. With every sip of coffee, I said mmm ~ this is good coffee. The Milked Oats was also very creamy and delicious in my coffee. This is the good stuff plant milk and I love all the many different varieties of Elmhurst milk.
I am still learning how to bake gluten-free cookies and it has been quite the challenge to get the texture of the cookie like flour-based cookies. So I am happy that there are gluten-free cookie mixes at the store. That way I can easily bake up a batch of cookies when I crave something sweet.
Raised Gluten Free makes kid-friendly cookie mixes for kids and they are so delicious! Available in chocolate chip, double chocolate, and confetti, each package features illustrated instructions that make it easy for little bakers to whip up a batch of 12 soft and chewy, wholesome cookies. Free of the top nine allergens and crafted with quality, simple ingredients, the plant-based mixes are also 100% vegan, certified gluten-free, Non-GMO Project Verified, and Kosher Pareve.
Most corn tortilla chips are gluten-free and dairy-free so I have not had to do without this snack while being on a wheat-free diet. I do love eating chips and salsa!
I was happy to learn that Kazoo Tortilla Chips are a snack that is good for the environment. These upcycled, water-saving tortilla chips save 20 gallons of water per bag! The lime zest corn tortilla chips were delicious and even teen approved. My teen son almost ate the whole bag up. I was thankful that I grabbed a bowl of the Kazoo chips before he attacked them.
Now that warmer weather is here, one needs to increase their water intake. Plain water can get quite boring so I like to have other drink options to quench my thirst on a hot summer day. So I am glad that I can make sparkling gluten-free drinks with my DrinkMate OmniFizz maker.
DrinkMate has a new line of premium Italian syrups. They are the perfect addition to cocktails, mocktails, slushes, smoothies, Italian ice, and of course, flavored sparkling water. Available in 17-ounce bottles and with a 2-year shelf life, the new syrups are low in calories, low in sugar, and contain only natural flavors. Flavors include Italian Blood Orange, Sorrento Lemonade, Blueberry, Pink Grapefruit, Pomegranate, Lemon Lime, and Strawberry Lemon to round out the new offerings. Each bottle makes 28 eight-ounce drinks of delicious, carbonated beverage.
My favorite bedtime snack before I discovered my dairy allergy was crackers and cheese. Then it became crackers and homemade Spicy Carrot Hummus. So when my wheat allergy kicked in, I needed to discover a gluten-free cracker that tasted good quickly.
I am glad that I discovered The Humble Seed Grain Free Crackers last fall at Expo East. These crackers are so delicious and I don’t miss wheat crackers one bit! If I am able to eat wheat again, I will still buy these crackers. I just love all the seeds in these nut-free, vegan, gluten-free crackers. The crackers have an amazing flavor and plenty of crunch.
Another gluten-free cracker that I am enjoying is Fair & Square Cheddar Cheeze Crackers. These plant-based crackers are free of the top 9 food allergens and are also good for gut health. The Cheeze crackers are also low in sodium and contain no sugar. They are delicious crunchy crackers.
I do love cake and it can be hard to find gluten-free and dairy-free cake options in the store. So for special occasions, I am glad that I discovered these delicious cake bites that are free of the top 9 food allergies.
Better Bites makes these scrumptious Chocolate Chip Do Bites that are so yummy. Even my teen son loved them. I thought that I had brought plenty home but my teen ate them up quickly. Thankfully, he did not see the package of Better Bites that I hid in the fridge. The Better Bites are gluten-free cookie dough wrapped in delicious vegan chocolate. I bet they would taste amazing in dairy-free ice cream!
I love oatmeal for breakfast and dinner. I make my oats savory with salt and garlic. Then I top my oatmeal with spinach, avocado, and a soft-boiled egg. It may sound crazy but this dish is so delicious. Oatmeal may not always be 100% gluten-free and most oats are covered with glyphosate.
So I was glad that I discovered Stoked Oats. These yummy oats are gluten-free and glyphosate free. Their plain Run of the Mill oats have 5 grams of protein but if you are looking for more protein, then you need to try their Superfood Oatmeal Blends. These plant-based oats are loaded with seeds and are high in protein. The Superfood Oatmeal Blends are perfect for overnight oats.
I like eating snack bars for snacks and I like ones that are loaded with nutrition. Bars with whole grains and nuts are also high on my list as well as being gluten-free.
Pamela’s Whenever Bars fit my snacking style and I like that they are certified gluten-free. These yummy bars are moist and made from oatmeal with nuts and dried fruits. The bars are Non-GMO and have no high fructose corn syrup. I like that they also have 8-10 grams of whole grains. The bare are available in: Blueberry Lemon, Chocolate Chip Coconut, Raisin Walnut Spice, and Cranberry Almond.
Love cookie dough? You need to try these delicious plant-based cookie dough bars. This is the safe way to enjoy cookie dough. The best part is they are allergy-friendly.
Whoa Dough tastes just like homemade cookie dough. Whoa Dough is Certified Gluten-Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, OU Kosher, and Non-GMO Project Verified. The bars contain several allergy-friendly ingredients, like whole-grain oat flour and chickpea flour. Whoa Dough cookie dough bars have a shelf-life of six months and can be eaten at room temperature or chilled. It comes in 7 different flavors, as they just added Oatmeal Cookie Dough to the other delicious flavors that include ~ Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Sprinkle Sugar, Sugar Cookie, and Brownie Batter.
I am so thankful for companies that make delicious-tasting gluten-free products. They have helped me be able to eat safely. I don’t have to compromise my diet with boring tasteless food as these wheat-free products taste just as good if not better than ones with wheat ingredients.