I’ve been gluten free for at least five years now. I’d love to say that I’ve adjusted and don’t miss a good loaf of bread. But realistically I’d still hug a hot pretzel if my stomach wouldn’t feel the effects of it for a week.
I miss all kinds of carb-filled foods but over time I have found some great substitutes for foods I used to love. In general gluten free foods are getting easier to find. Gluten free manufacturers are getting better at making things that don’t taste like cardboard as well. It’s been a while since I’ve gotten my hopes up over a new gluten free food only to find that the dog wouldn’t even eat it.
With all these gluten free years behind me I’ve come to find the best brands for most of the staples in my life. And yes most of my staples are carbs, I already said I would hug a good hot pretzel.
Aldi’s rice noodles, hands down. I’ve tried all the pasta from everywhere and this is by far my favorite. Some brands are a bit gritty or mushy. The Aldi brand has a decent texture and just tastes good. It doesn’t leave me wishing for a good bowl of angel hair, I actually like it and don’t miss my old spaghetti anymore.
The Target brand is a close second but I’ve found it really depends on what mix of noodles you get. Their corn and rice pasta is pretty good but it’s always a second choice for me if I haven’t been to Aldi.
Canyon Bakehouse has THE best bread. So far I’ve only found it at Target but just got a coupon for it from Kroger so fingers crossed that I can find it on my regular grocery shopping trip. When I was a kid I would snack on a loaf of bread after school. If snacking on a loaf of bread as an adult didn’t make me look six months pregnant, I’d be taking the loaf of Canyon’s Bakehouse to the tv with me every night.
Scharr bread is my second favorite. It was the first gluten free bread I tried that actually tasted like bread. So far it’s easier to find than Canyon Bakehouse too so I tend to end up with this at home more often. Either way, yay for gluten free bread that’s easy to chew and swallow.
I have a few favorites when it comes to crackers. They’re another food that is becoming easier and easier to find without gluten. I used to stick with traditional rice crackers because generally anything naturally gluten free tends to taste better than the products everyone is trying to take gluten out of. With so many new products on the market I have some new favorites.
My number one, must have in the house at all times, favorite is the honey cinnamon cracker made by Blue Diamond Almonds. They are so, so good. Not too sweet, they don’t need anything on top of them (although they are good with cream cheese). I could easily eat a box a day!
Simple Truth animal crackers are good too and super addicting!
I love salty foods so when it comes to crackers my picks tend to go in that direction. My favorites are the from Milton. They’re salty and crispy and can be used to dip into whatever or crumbled on a salad in place of pita chips or croutons.
If you’re looking for something a little spicier I love the sweet chili crackers from Aldi. So good and not so spicy that you’ll be running for water.
Quaker rice crackers are really good too, especially the cheese ones. When it comes to crackers that you can top with cheese or whatever else you like on them most of the nut or rice crackers are pretty good. My favorite brand is probably
Sigh. I miss pretzels. I’ve never found a good enough pretzel to make me want to eat the whole bag like in the days of a fast metabolism but I’ve come close. My favorites are the gluten free pretzels from Aldi. The ones from Snyder aren’t bad either.
If you’ve found one better than either of those let me know in the comments. If you’ve found a hot pretzel brand that is good I will come to your house and hug you for it. The last ones I tried were even refused by our dog who would eat her dog leash for a snack.
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