Part 3 of a series by Manhattan-based culinary nutritionist, Amie Valpone, on stocking a gluten-free pantry.

As we discussed in the last two segments, gluten can be hidden in so many different forms that it can be a real headache trying to read labels, which is why sticking to naturally gluten-free foods such as lean proteins, healthy fats, fresh/frozen fruits and vegetables will keep you and your tummy happy!   Now, I know you’re all dying to know how to enjoy a bowl of pasta or a sandwich without eating gluten. That’s easy. There are so many gluten-free brands out on the market today that make life so much easier.  Gluten-free bread brands such as Rudi’s, Udi’s, Canyon Bakehouse and Schar are a great place to start for your lunchtime sandwich bread. Many of these brands make gluten-free cookies, tortillas and muffins too, so you can check out their entire product line and see what appeals most to you.  Pasta is a whole other story- there is quinoa pasta, rice pasta, corn pasta and so many more from brands such as Ancient Harvest and De Boles. Your favorite chocolate chip cookies, birthday cake or cupcakes recipes call for flour, right? Well, we all know flour contains gluten, so it’s time to turn to an all-purpose gluten-free flour blend from a brand such as Pamela’s or King Arthur Flour. If you want to get really creative, you can purchase a vast array of gluten-free flours such as potato, coconut, almond and rice to make your own gluten-free baked goods.  My gluten-free friends are always struggling to find the best gluten-free crackers when it comes to serving crackers and cheese at a cocktail party.  I love the brand Crunchmaster, who sells many flavored bite-sized crackers such as sea salt, pepper, rosemary and white cheddar- they’re perfect eaten alone as a snack or used crushed up as gluten-free breadcrumbs for making chicken or eggplant parmesan.

So there you have it.  A few suggestions when it comes to gluten-free pastas, breads, crackers and treats- but remember: just because it’s gluten-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Lots of brands add sugars and other additives to their products, so try your best to eat naturally gluten-free with organic dairy or dairy alternatives, lean proteins, healthy fats and fruits and vegetables.  Here are two links to my Gluten-Free Shopping List and my Gluten-Free Pantry/Fridge for all the items I recommend to my clients.

Have a fun Pantry Makeover and drop by TheHealthyApple.com to let me know if I can help you restock your pantry!

Written by Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP, Editor-in-Chief of The Healthy Apple and a Manhattan based Culinary Nutritionist, Personal Chef, Professional Recipe Developer and Food Writer specializing in simple Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free ‘Clean’ recipes for the home cook. Amie is also the Publisher and Marketing Director of our Easy Eats Magazine. Visit Amie on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.