Whether you’ve just found out that you have a gluten intolerance or have been coeliac for years; it can often be hard to find food replacements that taste just as good. We thought it would be a great idea to compile some of our favourite replacements that you can use day-to-day to vary your eating! Here are our top six:
With pasta being a staple of many people’s diets, it’s hard to let it go. But don’t despair! There are loads of replacement pastas on the market that contain rice and/or maize; they taste just the same, will make you feel less bloated and actually boil a bit quicker.
If you want to try something totally different though, go for vegetable pasta. Sure it won’t taste the same but it’s a bit of a healthier choice. Zucchini’s and courgettes work best with a spiralizer but you can buy them ready shredded too!
No one wants to fully cut out their sweet treats. From biscuits to cupcakes to doughnuts, unfortunately a lot of yummy nibbles contain gluten. The trick is to look for replacements that are made with ingredients such as coconut flour, oats and the like.
You can also look for substitutes that aren’t made from flours at all. Coconut macaroons, chocolate bars and a lot of healthy energy bars still have that sweet flavour for you to get your fix. As always, make sure to check the allergy advice if you’re shopping in a supermarket!
Bread and cereals
Whilst most can toast a piece of bread or pour cereal into their bowls in the morning without a second thought, it’s not so easy when you have a gluten intolerance. It can sometimes be hard to find good replacements for these two. Whilst Honest Eats has some fabulous choices coming soon, you should shop around to find your favourites. Experiment with cinnamon or fruit breads; there’s lots on offer!
Ah pizza, the nation’s favourite meal. Luckily a lot of big fast-food chains are giving the option for yummy gluten-free pizza on demand, but the supermarket’s don’t seem to have got it right just yet. We asked for stone-baked… not stone hard!
Your best choice may be to find a pizza dough recipe aimed at those that eat gluten-free and make it yourself with an alternative flour. Look out for one coming soon to the blog.
On the topic of flour, did you know there’s a whole bunch of different ones out there that don’t contain gluten? You’ve got the obvious gluten-free flour but you can also pick up buckwheat, coconut, potato, rice, quinoa and soy flours as well as many more.
Now if you’re gluten-free, you’ll be all good with most wines and alcoholic drinks. However there are some that you’re going to want to steer clear of. Gluten, as you may know, is found in wheat, barley and rye. So in short, you’ll want to stay away from beer (manufactured using barley), whisky (a lot of them use rye) and some distilled spirits.
You can however have gin, rum, tequila, vodka and scotch whisky, as well as pretty much any wine although it is a good idea to check the label first! If you don’t want to miss out on beer all the time, you’re in luck; there are a lot of gluten-free beers around nowadays that taste great!
Browse our gluten-free beers, lagers and ales.
Have we missed out one of your favourite foods? Let us know on Twitter @HonestEatsFoods and we’ll let you know what you can substitute it for!