Here are my suggestions for gluten free brands that taste good. My boys (9 and 12) are picky eaters, so we have had to try many. The stores below are local to me (Westfield, MA), but the brands should be available in most locations. If not, ask your grocer or health food store!
1. Shop in the produce, meat, and dairy sections as much as possible.
2. Grocery stores (for us, Big Y and Stop & Shop) now have some good food, both have a GF section:
Breads: Udi's Multigrain (light and fluffy) and bagels/muffins, Three Bakers (denser, but good. still like a white bread), Rudi's (a whole grain taste)
- In Big Y, these are in the frozen foods, in Stop & Shop, they are in the freezer in the organic section
Pasta: Ancient Quinoa Harvest corn-quinoa blend. Another option is corn pasta. Try to get GMO Free if the pasta contains corn. Sam Mills Pasta d'oro is good and cheap. Around here, it is at Ocean State Job Lot. (Follow cooking directions carefully for all GF pasta, don't overcook.) Rice pasta has a rice taste to it that I don't really like, but some people do.
Cereal: Most Rice Chex is GF (says right on the front), there is a GF Rice Krispies (not regular)
Soup: Thai Kitchen has good noodle soups and some rice dishes that make easy "on the go" lunches. Just a microwave or hot water is needed.
Dessert: Betty Crocker has cake, cookie, frosting, and brownie mix, King Arthur has an amazing cookie mix
Flour: King Arthur has a flour mix, and Pamela's baking and pancake mix
Pancakes: Pamela's, GF Bisquick
3. Ocean State Job Lot has some GF food cheap
Thai Kitchen brand pre-prepared foods are mostly GF (they will say on the box)
Red Mill has some GF foods. I don't like their cookie and brownie mixes, but the pizza crust mix is decent.
4. Choice Health
Glutino crackers (several flavors) and cookies
Bell & Evans Chicken tenders, nuggets, patties (These are the only brand that tastes even remotely ok! They are really good.)
Lentil Crackers by Mediterranean snacks
Gluten Free Oats
Bakery on Main Granola
Kinnnikinnick Frozen Pizza crust
5. River Valley Market in Northampton (http://rivervalleymarket.coop/)
Lots of organic, GF, and otherwise healthy food for not as much $ as Whole Foods
Their own GF flour mix
6. Trader Joes' Northampton (fairly expensive)
7. Whole Foods Northampton (pretty expensive)
Be careful of shredded cheese, it often has food starch which could contain gluten. Stop & Shop brand is ok, so is Cabot, or you can just grate your own.
Let me know in the comments if you have found something gluten free that tastes great!
I am a mother of 2 boys, an analytical thinker, and a health coach. I want to help people so they are free to follow their passions in life. I learned about how to regain health through research to help myself and my family. I am now ready to help others!