Living a gluten free lifestyle can be challenging. However, there are gluten free hacks that can be very helpful. Here are 50 of my best gluten free hacks.
1. Avoid the gluten free aisle at the grocery store 90% of the time.
2. Always bring snacks and extra food with you to parties and dinners and when traveling.
3. Research restaurant menus ahead of time.
4. Use the Find Me GF app.
5. Plan your meals for the week on Sunday night.
6. Cook enough brown rice or quinoa to last you the week on Sunday night.
7. Use spices to add flavor to your food.
8. Always keep coconut oil and olive oil in your cupboard.
9. Do price comparisons for your favorite gluten free items at 2-4 different stores.
10. Get a membership to Costco or Sam’s Club. They have tons of great things for anyone who is gluten free.
11. Subscribe to email lists for the suppliers of your favorite gluten free products.
12. Like the facebook pages for your favorite gluten free products
13. Keep enzymes in stock for when you accidentally get glutened.
Keep peppermint oil on hand for stomach issues.
14. Keep Peppermint Oil on hand to help with stomach aches and digestive issues.
15. Tell restaurant servers that you are gluten free for health reasons and not because it’s a fad, to lose weight or because you are on a diet.
16. Ask at restaurants if the fries are cooked in a separate fryer- if not, don’t eat them.
17. Search Pinterest for new gluten free recipes to try.
18. If you are struggling with implementing a gluten free lifestyle consider hiring a health coach.
19. Join 1-2 gluten free facebook groups to help you find ideas and get support.
20.Buy a blendtec or other high quality blender.
21. Buy an instapot and crockpot and learn how to use them
22. Make fruit, vegetables and meats 80% of your diet
23. Take a daily probiotic to help with your gut and digestive issues.
24. Get a grinder so you can make your own gluten free flours.
25. Baked potatoes are your best friend.
26. Amazon has lots of free gluten free cookbooks you can download and read on your Kindle, phone or computer.
27. Unless something is obviously gluten free like an apple or carrot, don’t assume it is unless it is labeled as gluten free.
28. Learn how to cook with almond flour and coconut flour. These are great for gluten free pancakes, waffles, muffins and more.
29. Invest in a high quality saute pan for easily making sauteed vegetables and meats.
30. Check out vitacost.com for savings on gluten free and other high-quality foods and supplements.
31. Check your B-12, Iron and Selenium levels on a regular basis. Most people who are gluten free have deficiencies in these and need to supplement.
32. Check your skin care products to make sure they are gluten free. A lot of skin care products have hidden gluten in them.
33.Bring some of your own food with you when going to events or parties with food.
34. Educate anyone who serves you food on a regular basis about the severity of your health and gluten and give them ideas about what you can eat.
35. Lara bars are one of the best gluten free snacks that are healthy to keep on hand and to bring with you when traveling.
36. If you have a local farmer’s market, go and see what you can find there. You may find some really good gluten free breads and other items.
37. Keep a large container of salad greens and fresh vegetables and avocados on hand. This always makes a quick and easy and healthy gluten free lunch or dinner.
38. Herbes de Provence spice blend is the best and tastes great on everything.
39. If you have an annual gluten free expo in your area, go and check it out. They serve a lot of processed food and junk but there are also really good things there as well as cooking demos, recipe books etc.
40. Use yummly.com or the yummly app to find unlimited healthy, simple and gluten free meals using your favorite ingredients, or anything that you happen to have on hand.
41. Make soup for dinner at least once a week. It’s simple and cheap and you can cook it in the morning for dinner that night with a crockpot.
42. When traveling to a foreign country do research first, and see what books you can find with gluten free recommendations.
43. Search the gluten free hashtags on Instagram for recipe ideas.
44. Find gluten free blogs for more recipes.
45. Balsamic vinegar mixed with olive oil makes a great salad dressing.
46. Humus is always great with carrot sticks, celery sticks or apples for a nice yummy snack.
47. Be aware that you can’t just take any recipe with wheat flour and do a direct swipe with gluten free flour. You also have to add in xantham gum and may need to make other changes.
48. See if you can find a certified gluten free bakery in your area for an occasional treat.
49. If you are going to eat packaged gluten free foods- find Enjoy Life, Full Circle and Pamela’s. They are some of the best in my opinion.
50. If all else fails, remember that nuts and fruit are always great gluten free snacks.