Our Italian exchange student with celiac disease, Jojo, has been with us for more than a month now and she just loves the selection of gluten-free products available in the U.S. I have done my best to have her sample a good amount of gluten-free products, of course, we have only scratched the surface and there is definitely more to be tried. I thought it would be fun to talk about those gluten-free products that have become her fast favorites.
Jojo was diagnosed with celiac disease when she was four, so she doesn't have a memory of eating gluten-based products. I really wish I would have been diagnosed young, so I wouldn't miss certain wheat-based products. Back home in Rome, Jojo tends to get her gluten-free products through the pharmacy, but even then, she says the prices are very expensive, so they tend to consistently buy the same ones and treats like cupcakes are very rare.
Jojo has a crazy sweet tooth and tends to go for those products that are sweet, but she definitely has some favorite savory foods as well. The list that follows is in alphabetical order:
- Chick-Fil-A - we have been there many times and she loves the Waffle Fries and the Grilled Chicken Nuggets.
- EnviroKidz - Jojo likes to eat Gorilla Munch cereal for breakfast/snacks and usually two bowls at a time.
- Freedom Foods - Tropico O's cereal. It is a gluten-free version of Fruit Loops that is fructose free, made with all natural colors and flavors, low in salt, preservative free, and it is free from gluten, wheat, nuts, dairy, sesame, soy, and eggs. Jojo had never had a cereal like this before, so she ate through the box pretty quickly. I was given a sample box, but nowhere locally carries it; fortunately, I can order the cereal through Amazon.com.
- Ingles Markets - Jojo eats their new Laura Lynn gluten-free waffles for breakfast and for snacks. The waffles are sold in a box of 10 for $2.98, which is an outstanding price. The waffles, which contain oat flour, are being made for Ingles by The American Waffle Company, and they test at under 10 parts per million of gluten.
- M & M's - according to Jojo, M & M's in Italy are not gluten free, so she is thrilled she can eat them here and she likes to add them to her ice cream. Peanut M & M's are her favorite.
- Pillsbury - one of her favorite treats to make is their chocolate chip cookies from their new gluten-free dough. They are so easy to make that she has mastered the task on her own and all I have to do is turn on the oven. Fresh, hot, gooey cookies in 10 minutes.
- Snyder's of Hanover - their pretzel sticks are by far her favorite brand and she has tried others. She likes them because of their buttery flavor and their crunch.
- Udi's Gluten Free - so far, this is her favorite sandwich bread and now that I am able to buy their wholesale sized loaves at Costco, I am saving a ton of money. Jojo also likes their tortillas and we use them to make quesadillas.
- Whole Foods Gluten Free Bakehouse - this was the first gluten-free cupcake and she just loved it. Of course, she picked chocolate, and ate every last bite.
What do you think of Jojo's list? What products do you think Jojo should try? Who makes your favorite gluten-free products?