Nine years ago, my health suddenly crashed. Almost overnight, I developed extremely painful fibromyalgia, hypoglycemia that had me near fainting if I didn’t eat every 2 hours, sudden food sensitivities, insomnia, and other symptoms. My hormones were so out of whack, I was told by my doctor it was unlikely I’d ever have kids. Instead of going on medication, I quickly adopted a gluten and dairy free, organic diet. It took some time, but the diet and a lifestyle of placing importance on sleep, low stress, no caffeine and low sugar helped me alleviate these symptoms (and I have 2 healthy kids today despite my doctor’s concern!).
Nine years ago, there were far fewer gluten and dairy free foods. I lived on organic chicken, guacamole, veggies and fruit. I missed pasta, bread, baked goods and crackers. But, the gluten-free options that were available were expensive and barely edible. I remember trying to make my own “cheese” and it was awful! How I missed cheese!
Fast forward 9 years, and there are so many tasty gluten and dairy free options! I’ve spent years finding the dairy and gluten free brands that taste closest to the real thing. I’ve had many people ask me over the years how I manage to commit to a gluten and dairy free diet. Two things, I feel the repercussions when I don’t and I’ve found so many great gluten-free alternatives, that it makes it possible! I have two criteria when choosing the best dairy and gluten free products, taste and clean ingredients.
You have to be careful when going gluten-free as gluten-free doesn’t necessarily mean healthier. Many gluten and dairy free products contain gmos, preservatives and ingredients grown with glyphosate. When choosing dairy and gluten free foods, I try to choose organic whenever possible and make sure there are no gmos. This list contains the cleanest products that I’ve found, and that taste the best in that category, compared to other gluten free food brands. I’ve included links to where you can buy these products online, otherwise, you can check your local health food stores, Whole Foods Market, and often times supermarkets like Target, Publix, Kroger, Walmart and others. All of the products listed in both categories are both gluten and dairy free.
Top 15 Best Gluten-Free Products
Simple Mills almond flour crackers (avoid Farm Cheddar flavor if dairy-free)
Jovial Pasta (made from organic rice, Jovial offers a variety of noodles including penne, spaghetti, lasagna, manicotti noodles and more)
Aldi’s SimplyNature organic brown rice penne noodles
Siete gluten free cassava flour tortillas
Sweet Loren’s gluten-free cookie dough
Nature’s Path gluten-free cereals (large variety, including many kids’ cereals) and gluten-free frozen waffles
Golden Platter organic, gluten-free chicken nuggets
Top 15 Best Dairy-Free Products
Miyoko’s Kitchen organic mozzarella
So Delicious cheddar, mozzarella or cheddar jack cheese shreds (Update: The new Violife brand shreds and slices taste even closer to real cheese.)
Follow Your Heart parmesan
Kite Hill almond based ricotta
Kite Hill almond based cream cheese or Miyoko’s Kitchen organic cream cheese
Follow Your Heart American style slices
So Delicious coconut milk yogurt (contains beneficial cultures, unlike other non-dairy brands)
So Delicious organic coconut milk beverage
Enjoy Life chocolate chips or Simple Truth allergen-free organic chocolate chips
Native Forest organic coconut cream (great as a replacement to whipped cream, just add a little stevia and whip after refrigerating can for 24 hours)
Bold Foods gluten and dairy free frozen pizza
With these products, it makes going dairy and gluten-free a lot easier. Instead of having to find a whole new set of recipes, I just sub the above ingredients into the recipes I love, like lasagna, spaghetti, baked goods, grilled cheese, and more.
Please double check the ingredients before buying, as ingredients can change over time and some of these brands also make non gluten-free products. These products are gluten and dairy free to the best of my knowledge.
I’m always on the lookout for deals on these products! You can check this gluten-free deals thread frequently for daily deals and coupons. You can also check out the organic coupon roundup which has coupons for several of these gluten and dairy free brands.