Gluten: The Good & The Bad

Okay—I’ve been gluten free for a three months and I’ve learned a couple of things. It really hasn’t been that hard. The only thing I miss is pizza—pizza is not the same, but I’ve noticed that I’ve gotten used to at least one gluten-free pizza option. But if you are going gluten-free here are some things I have found and learned:

Glutino is not the brand for me. Everything I have tried from them tastes awful.

Rudis makes good “original” bread.

Trader Joe’s sell Falafel chips—very flavorful and great with dip. Most chips are safe on a gluten free diet, but these are very tasty.

Vito’s in Wethersfield has good gluten free pizza. They also have gluten-free pasta but I haven’t tried it yet. The pizza is the one I’m getting used to. It’s pretty good.

Bob’s Red Mill pizza crust is like eating a lead brick that never digests in your stomach. Their other products seem good so far, but you can get them cheaper at Odd Job than at Whole Foods

Whole Foods has gluten free muffins in their freezer. Lemon poppy seed and cherry are really good. Morning glory tastes like bird food. They will cost you about $8 for four muffins.

Plan B has a good gluten free menu.

Puerto Vallarta in Newington offers gluten-free options and if you get the fajitas you can get corn tortillas instead of flour.


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Maggie Downie
Thank you for giving your time to stop and read my blog. I hope it encourages you to keep moving. Move and the body will be happier. And when you're moving you can hike, run, swim in Jell-O, race over non-Newtonian fluids, travel the world or build igloos--if that's your thing. If not, you can watch me do it. This is just a spot to try and feel good about life.


  1. Jovita May 9, 2012 at 3:06 pm - Reply

    Hi Maggie,
    I don’t know if you’re into baking at all but here I’ve got a recipe for yummy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.
    Ingredients (for 16 cookies):
    1 1/2 cup almond flour
    2/3 cup almond butter or sunflower seed butter (Trader Joe’s brand is addictively delicious!)
    1/2 cup honey or maple syrup
    1 egg OR “flax” egg (1 Tbsp ground flax + 3 Tbsp water) for vegan version 😉
    1/2 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    3/4 cup chocolate chips
    Preheat oven to 350F.
    If using “flax egg”: mix together water and ground flax seeds;set aside.
    Combine almond flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
    In a separate bowl, cream your nut butter, sweetener, egg (or flax mix) and vanilla.
    Add almond flour mixture gradually until a dough forms, then fold in chocolate chips.
    Scoop dough by the tablespoon onto a cookie sheet, spacing cookies at least an inch apart.
    Bake for 11-12 min or until set.
    Allow cookies to cool on pan for a minute or two before transferring to a cooling rack.


  2. Maggie Downie May 16, 2012 at 5:55 am - Reply

    Thanks, Joviat. I’ll have to try them out!

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