The first few weeks of being gluten free can can be devastating, overwhelming, and just plain terrible. What to eat? Where to eat? What about your favorite pizza place?
I get it. The first night I went gluten free I had a green apple with peanut butter for dinner because I couldn't figure out what else to eat. But don't worry, eventually you figure it out, feel 100% better, and it's completely worth it.
Here are some of my favorite gluten free products, foods, and restaurants in NYC. You can find most of the products at Whole Foods and other natural markets. There is also a store in NYC solely dedicated to gluten free products.
Cereal: Rice, Corn, Honey Nut, Chocolate, and Cinnamon Chex and Gorilla Munch
Bread: Canyon Bakehouse San Juan 7 Grain
Crackers: Almond Nut Thins
Snacks: Pirate's Booty, Pop Chips, and PopCorners
Broth: Pacific Natural
Flour and Mixes: Bob's Red Mill provides a pretty solid collection of gluten free flour and mixes for: brownies, cookies, cake, biscuits, bread, cornbread, pancakes, etc.
Booze: You can drink hard liquor, wine, and hard cider (Crispin and Woodchuck are my favorites). If you need a beer, Redbrige and Bard's are pretty mainstream. I'm a vodka girl.
Naturally Gluten Free Foods:
All fruits and vegetables
Plain meat, fish, and seafood (be careful of sausage, meatballs, or anything breaded)
All dairy such as milk, yogurt, and cheese
Grains such as rice and quinoa
Dining Out in NYC:
Risotteria and Friendman's are two of my favorite restaurants overall
Pala - for pizza
5 Napkin Burger - for a cheeseburger with a gluten free bun
S'MAC - for mac and cheese
Hale and Hearty - for soup
Rubirosa - for Italian
Rhong-Tiam - for Asian take out
Tu-Lu's and By the Way Bakery are my favorite bakeries in NYC
I have favorite brands for most things, so if you are curious about something not listed here, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get right back to you.
Free from Gluten will deliver gluten free groceries right to you if you don't want to navigate the grocery store quite yet.
Also, there is a plethora of information out there on being gluten free. Read up. It will help calm your nerves.
If anyone has other products that they think are good or better let me know. I'm always up for trying new things.