Thursday, January 3, 2008

Slowly Making the Gluten Free Changeover

I spent some of the holidays researching various online stores for gluten free products. There seems to be a lot available, unfortunately trying to get my son to eat them is another story. He has been having lots of D over break, in fact, he did not go back to school today because he was having another gastro-intestinal attack. He tried some gluten free Thai food late at night and I think that upset his stomach along with the fact that he was stressed about going back to school.

The seemed to have a good variety of gluten-free and dairy-free snacks. I found a bread by Garbo called "Toast" that looked like it would be good to try. Unfortunately when I went to check out, I found out it was going to cost $33.00 just to ship 4 loaves of frozen bread and another $11.00 to ship the snacks. I decided I am going to have to make gluten-free bread from scratch.

My friend bought me a couple of GF flour mixes to try from her local health food store. They were by Bob's Red Mill. I made the bread and also banana bread and a chocolate cake. I didn't think any of them tasted too bad. Andy, however, did not like the bread or cake. He just liked the banana bread. I am going to another health food store that carries a different brand of GF bread mix and give that a try.

Another friend told me she saw GF salad dressing at Walmart. When I was doing the gluten-free online searches, I was reading in some blogs about Walmart now offering gluten-free products. Quite a few it seems but they are mixed in with the regular goods on the shelf. It would be nice if they had a gluten free section so that it would be all together. I am still looking for the list of what they offer, just so I know what to look for.

My plan now is to try products one at a time to see if my son will eat them, then to buy them in bulk and bake several items up per week to freeze.I need more bread pans
too. Wish me luck as I am going to need it!


BetteJo said...

Oooh, the search for what works continues. That's got to be so frustrating for you and for Andy. I hope you find something totally effective soon.

Nellie said...

The gluten-free change over is always a hard one, and with teenage boys I can only imagine!! I was diagnosed celiac at 18 (now 24), so I understand some of the hardships:) I'm not sure where you live, but Enjoy Life and EnerG both make good pre-made gf bread (These MUST be toasted or microwaved to be good:)). These are available at Whole Foods, co-ops, etc. Also, I'm not sure if you have a breadmaker but this has changed my gf life! Makes the breads taste much better and more authntic. Bob's Red Mill has great products (Hearty Whole Grain is my fav), and I've found these are 10 times better with a breadmaker. Good luck and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

palette48 said...


I'm going to be trying this out for a few months and hopefully by then I will be able to tell if this is helping Andy or not.

palette48 said...


Thanks so much for all the great info. I do like the Bob's Red Mill mixes myself but getting my son to like them will take a lot more effort. I will look into some of these other bread brands that you have suggested. Thanks for visiting my blog and I will be checking yours out shortly.