Consistently Good: The Top 5 Gluten-Free Food Brands

I can only imagine what Chef Gordon Ramsay would say about this list, or for all gluten-free food for that matter.  How fortunate he is not to have to make such choices with his diet.  😉 In addition to a Top 5 List, I have also included a list of the “5 Gluten-Free Foods Most Likely to Make Chef Ramsey Hurl” at the bottom of the post.  Enjoy!

With so many gluten-free products on the market, it is difficult to know which ones are good and which aren’t fit for consumption.  And believe me, there are plenty out there that aren’t fit for consumption!  I have compiled a list of brands that are consistently good and worth the added cost associated with buying gluten-free.  These are brands that I have come to trust in providing a wide selection of palatable, even good tasting food.  Fresh and home cooked are by far the best, but sometimes, especially early on in the gluten-free transition, easy and accessible food is key, and there is nothing worse than spending $6 for a tiny box of cookies that are rock hard pieces of crap.  Allow me to help you navigate the hit-and-miss world of gluten-free foods. 

I have posted links to each brand as well as a link in the sidebar that will take you directly to Amazon.com’s Gluten-Free store.  I prefer to get my gluten-free products from Amazon because they have a good selection, the items are often reviewed, and their prices are lower than most grocers’.

Offers a variety of snack foods including pretzels, cookies, crackers, candy bars.  They also offer cereal and frozen pizza.  I think of all the brands, Glutino is the most consistent at offering consistently good food. http://www.glutino.com/

Ian’s is more of a “kids” brand, but they aren’t bad.  They offer frozen meals, including tv dinners, pizza, french toast sticks, waffles, fish sticks, chicken nuggets, corn dog poppers, and dairy-free macaroni and cheese.  Ian’s also makes cookies and other prepackaged snacks typically aimed at kids.  While gluten-free food has improved over the years in leaps and bounds, the same cannot be said for the level of sophistication in frozen foods.  Ian’s is about as good as it gets, which isn’t too bad.  Moreover, Ian’s foods are not just gluten-free, but allergen free as well – Most contain no nuts, eggs, or dairy in addition to being gluten-free.  Ian’s and others like Namaste are the direction that gluten-free food needs to go in.  Most people aren’t just sensitive to gluten, most of us have multiple sensitivities to deal with.  http://www.iansnaturalfoods.com/

Namaste makes bread, pizza, and pastry mixes, as well as, pasta kits similar to Kraft’s box Macaroni and Cheese.  Like Ian’s, their items are not just gluten-free, they are allergen-free also.  Namaste foods do not contain gluten, potato, corn, soy, wheat, dairy, tree nuts, peanuts, or casein.  www.namastefoods.com/

Udi’s is one of the best gluten-free bread, pizza crust, and muffin companies in mass production.  Their foods are great as long as you can tolerate eggs…..which I cannot.  It’s really a shame too because they have really good stuff which probably wouldn’t be quite as good if they omitted the eggs.  Oh well.  http://udisglutenfree.com/

Organ is a company out of Australia and like Namaste and Ian’s specializes in allergen-free foods.  Their items are gluten, dairy, soy, egg, yeast, and GMO free, as well as vegan and include everything from gravy mixes, to canned pasta (think Chef Boyardee), to cookies, soups, and breakfast cereal.  I have not personally tried all of their products, but all that I have tried have been decent.   http://www.orgran.com/

  

Other good bets:

 

Now what we’ve all been waiting for…..

The 5 Gluten-Free Foods Most Likely To Make Chef Ramsey Hurl

 Ener-G Foods Breads

Enjoy Life Cookies

Bob’s Red Mill Masa Harina

Most gluten-free dry pasta, save for perhaps Tinkyada

Soy-free soy sauces

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jennifer
    Aug 11, 2010 @ 19:16:27

    I love Chef Ramsey too…but, yeah he would yell!!! LoL

    Reply

    • PMT
      Aug 11, 2010 @ 21:50:35

      I tried to find a pic of him wretching into a garbage can (as sometimes he is seen doing on Hell’s Kitchen or Kitchen Nightmares) but was unsuccessful. I love his energy but marvel at how he is able to maintain that level of intensity. I know that I would be in constant pain if I were always that intense.

      Reply

  2. Christine
    Aug 12, 2010 @ 00:34:16

    Awesome Patrice- thank you…I’m going to see if I can find any of these products locally… 🙂

    Reply

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