Tricia Thompson, MS, RD is a nutrition consultant, author and speaker specializing in celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. She is the author of The Gluten-Free Nutrition Guide and has a MS degree in nutrition from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts and a BA degree in English Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont.

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Living Gluten-Free

by Tricia Thompson, MS, RD, The Gluten-Free Dietitian

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I have my favorite gluten-free foods and tend to stick with them. I don’t do a lot of experimenting. So it is a bit surprising that 3 “new for me” products have been added to my repertoire.

Andean Dream brand Coconut Quinoa Cookies

These cookies are my new favorites. I love quinoa and coconut so this is a perfect combination. These cookies have a nice crunch and are not overly sweet. Even though they are only about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter they come individually wrapped so are convenient to take along in a purse, briefcase, or backpack as a snack. In addition to being gluten free these cookies also are milk free, corn free, egg free, soy free, nut free, and peanut free. Order them directly from the company or The Gluten-Free Mall.

Enjoy Life Foods brand No Nuts Beach Bash Trail Mix

When I was growing up in Alaska trail mix was known as “gorp” and we took it everywhere-skiing, hiking, biking. According to many online sources, the Oxford English Dictionary defines gorp as meaning “to eat greedily.” Trust me, that’s just what you’ll do with this trail mix. It is full of sunflower kernels, pumpkin seeds, dried pineapple, cranberries, and apricots. Trail mix may be ordered from The Gluten-Free Mall or Amazon. Enjoy Life Foods products also are widely available in natural foods stores.

Cherrybrook Kitchen Gluten-Free Pancake and Waffle Mix (www.cherrybrookkitchen.com)

I normally would not promote the use of any gluten-free mix that listed white rice flour as its first ingredient. I far prefer products made with whole grains. BUT, these pancakes also are egg free and milk free and still delicious. Plus, this line of mixes is available in my small-town grocery store. Actually, I wasn’t the first one in my house to purchase this product. My husband discovered this mix and made pancakes for me one morning. How could I not love them (or him)?!

If you have some new favorite products please let me know!

Tricia Thompson, M.S., RD is a nutrition consultant, author and speaker specializing in celiac disease and the gluten-free diet. She is the author of The Gluten-Free Nutrition Guide (McGraw-Hill) and co-author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Eating (Penguin Group). For more information, visit www.glutenfreedietitian.com.

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@ 10:08am ET on May 3, 2010
Tricia (don't know what happened to my previous comment- it disappeared!)-- about the Cherrybrook Kitchens pancake mix- my group (Shoreline Gluten Free Assoc) recently gave a Pancake Breakfast and served a batch of Cherrybrook Kitchens pancakes to a group who were egg/dairy free- we were embarassed to serve them, they were so horrible. The Pamela's mix we used for everyone else (with club soda instead of water) were a huge hit, but those others? Oh my, we threw out the leftovers. We had planned to use Gluten Free Naturals, a superior product, but due to the recall, had to find a last minute substitute. Other mixes are far better including Gluten Free Pantry, Jules Shepard flour - or simply make your own. To make matters worse, those Cherrybrook are the worst carbo offenders and have nothing healthy about them at all- I can't tell you how horrible they were.I was surprised to see your recommendation, because I have followed your advice on so many other areas. In fact, your first book helped me out a lot when I was first diagnosed 4 years ago.

@ 10:50am ET on May 3, 2010

So sorry you didn't enjoy the pancakes! On the few (very few) occasions that my husband has made me pancakes (and he would never bake from scratch!)I've enjoyed them. He used soymilk and corn oil--maybe that made a difference??


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