Help! I have to go Gluten Free…..

Since going gluten free five years ago,  I often get calls/emails/texts from family and friends asking for advice because someone they known was just diagnosed with Celiacs or gluten intolerance.  I love love love helping new gluten free friends. Below is a compilation of some of my favorite products and stores.  Feel free to comment with any specific questions or additions to the list!


  • Trader Joes
  • Outpost Natural Foods
  • Costco Whole Foods
  • Walmart (Have great prices on staples)
  • Target
  • ALDI (Great job of marking Gluten Free for staples)
  • Big Lots (often have surplus of Bob’s Red Mill Mixes, Sam Mills pasta and granola bars, and other gf finds)


  • Quick Frozen Fixes: Perdue Gluten free frozen chicken tenders (Target, Walmart), EVOL Burrito Bowls
  • Bread/Bagels: Udi’s, Canyon Bakehouse,
  • Cereal: CHEX, CHEX, CHEX (did I mention Chex?!), also Gluten Free Rice Krispies, Udi’s Granola
  • Trader Joes:  personal frozen pizza, penne & spaghetti noodles ($1.39 a pack, corn or brown rice), frozen pancakes and waffles, boxed & frozen mac n cheese, gluten free “oreos”, good selection of non-frozen Udi’s, dairy free cream cheese
  • Costco: Large bags of Quinoa, Large loaves of frozen Udi’s, gluten free baking mix and flour blends, Crunchmaster Crackers

Adult Beverages

(I love wine, but sometimes…  I am in the mood for a good gluten free beer or cider)

  • Best Beer: Estrella Damm Daura – hands down, the best gluten free brew.  I always do a double take after my first sip that I am drinking the right beer!**
  • Runner Up: Lakefront Brewery New Grist – a hometown brew.  I highly recommend their brewery tour, for $7 you get a few gf brews
  • Hard to find, but oh so good: Glutenberg Beers – they have blonde ales, red lagers, etc. etc.  Great stuff, but impossible to find!
  • Best Cider: Crispin Browns Lane (tall green can) –  my favorite cider, so crisp & dry
  • Runners Up:  Other Crispins, Stella Cidre, Angry Orchard Johnny Appleseed, Smith & Forge
  • My Least Favorite: Woodchuck Cider, Strong Bow and Cider Boys – *too* sweet for this gal

**This is a gluten removed beer, so there is some controversy about whether it is safe for celiacs.  However, it is less than 3 ppm for gluten and I have never reacted poorly to it.  If you are concerned, talk with your doctor or just drink Lakefront 🙂


A resource that has been so so helpful to me is  Sarah @ Celiac in the City (also a Milwaukee gal!)


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