My Top Gluten-Free Foods

When you first start the gluten-free diet, surviving the first two weeks can be tricky for many reasons, most of all, you are hungry! The diet is a process- substituting old favorites and traditions for new. Here are 12 gluten-free staples to ease the transition.

My 12 Favorite Gluten-Free Brands:

1. Udi’s Pizza Crust: in the frozen food aisle. Days when nothing but pizza will do and there is no time to make a homemade crust!

2. Fayeh Greek Yogurt: in the  dairy/yogurt section of most supermarkets. For breakfast, for a snack, whenever your hungry; it satisfies. I love it with honey, flax seed meal, cinnamon and fresh fruit.

3. Bob’s Red Mill GlutenFree Rolled Oats: usually in the gluten-free section of most supermarkets. Great for breakfast and for homemade breads and pancakes.

4. Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flax Seed Meal: usually in the baking/flour section in most supermarkets. I sprinkle in oatmeal and yogurt, mix in homemade breads and muffins, as a filler for meatballs. This wonderful functional food is filled with omega 3 oils and fiber to help neutralize chronic inflammation in the body.

5. Pamela’s Gluten-Free Pancake Mix: usually in the gluten-free section of most supermarkets. Great for lazy Sunday mornings and large crowds.

6. Pamela’s Gluten-Free Bread Mix: usually in the gluten-free section of most supermarkets. A kid favorite and my go to bread when I don’t make my own.

7. Food For Life Brown Rice Tortillas: in the frozen food aisle or refrigerated breads. Must have breakfast for time strapped families with hungry teenagers. Buy 2, they go fast.

8. Mary Gone Crackers Original: usually in the gluten-free section of most supermarkets. Complex and satisfying. Wheat who?

9. Crunchmaster Rice Crackers: usually in the gluten-free section of most supermarkets. The new kid on the block with lots of texture and taste. Perfect for dips and cheese.

10. Glutino Chocolate Wafers: usually in the gluten-free section of most supermarkets. This slim wafer gets you through the first two weeks. Best with a cup of green tea.

11. Hail Merry Blonde Macaroons: only in Texas, but that is where I live. Gluten-free, vegan, no refined sugars; need I say more. Anywhere else, your favorite dark chocolate here.

12. Tinkyada Brown Rice Pasta: usually in the gluten-free section of most supermarkets. Delicious and the best gluten-free value for your money and taste. Stock up when there is a sale.



  1. June 21, 2010 at 8:04 am

    […] Dr. Claudia Pillow on her blog runs down a list of her favorite Gluten Free Foods and she includes Hail Merry! Dr. Claudia Pillow […]

  2. Susan Obrien said,

    June 25, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Dr. Pillow,

    i was so honored to read your blog about your fav gluten free foods! thanks for the shout out. i would love to meet you one day. especially since we are both in the great state of Texas!

    Thanks for your important work in helping to educate ourselves about food allergens so that we may heal our bodies.


    susan obrien
    founder, hail merry snacks

    • June 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm

      Hi Susan,
      Your products really fill a need. I recommend them often to people looking for school and work solutions to special diets. I hear you have a new product on the horizon. Maybe you would sample it at the Gluten-Free Taste of event at the Gaylord on September 19th? I am the chair of the event.
      Here is the link:

  3. susan obrien said,

    June 25, 2010 at 12:51 pm


    I would love to be a part of the event at the Gaylord on Sept. 19th! I actually have heard about this event. WOuld be good to get on our calendar. We do have two new Lemon products for the summer. Meyer Lemon Tart and Lemon Blue Agave Grawnola. Please try! Is there some one in particular i should speak to about the Gaylord Event?

    • June 25, 2010 at 1:52 pm

      I will definitely try the new products. I am the person to talk to about the Gluten-Free Event. We are expecting 300-500 persons interested in the gluten-free lifestyle- very exciting. We currently have 22 restaurants and over 25 gluten-free vendors participating.

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