There are pros and cons to finding out you’re allergic to gluten.
Think about it: Oreos, McDonald’s and basically all horrible-for-you-but-super-tasty things to eat are thrown out the window. Late night drunchies can no longer be satisfied with a burger, and eating out with your friends at an Italian place is almost painful to witness. CPK pizza? Goodbye.
But then again, becoming gluten free can open up a door of possibilities. First of all, you’re not sick all the time, and you can finally sleep normal hours without a need for a four-hour nap in the afternoon. And with all of that free time, cooking for yourself becomes exciting, new and a great way to spend your time.
Yes, it can get a bit costly — Whole Foods doesn’t run cheap — but there’s truly nothing like taking the time to prepare yourself dinner, and then relaxing to enjoy it.
If you don’t have the time to cook a four-course meal, however, then make sure you have these key products to always keep you full:
Gluten Free Bread
Gluten free bread is a must — easy, delicious and a great way to start or end your day. Udi’s — available at Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s — can get bit a crumby, but the taste of normal bread is still there. Great with peanut butter, turkey or basically anything, you won’t feel like you’re missing out.
Gluten free pasta can be a bit of a downer. Rice noodles just don’t have the same pizazz as that authentic Italian penne has. But have no fear, for quinoa is here. Delicious and pretty easy to cook, quinoa is great with all types of delicious sauces.
Rice and Potatoes
In the basically carb-free world of gluten free dining, rice and potatoes will become your best friends — just make sure it isn’t that super yummy sticky rice or the potatoes with gravy that is cooked with flour. There are so many different things you can do: From chicken and rice to roasted potatoes with a bit of pepper, the possibilities are endless.