One of the things a lot of people find difficult when starting out on a gluten free diet is learning to cope with what they can’t eat, instead of focusing on the huge array of gorgeous and nourishing foods that they can eat. By changing your approach and by giving more attention to all the foods you CAN eat, you will begin to see a shift and everything in your life will become much easier.

One of the easiest ways to keep a positive attitude is to keep a really well stocked pantry, of all the foods you can eat and to no longer buy the ones that you can’t. I can’t imagine what it would feel like to live in a house where I wasn’t able to eat half of the food in it, so don’t surround yourself with that kind of negativity because it’s really no fun having a kitchen full of food you can’t eat and trying to resist temptation every single day.

A fear or misconception that many people have is that gluten free foods are tasteless and boring, but this is truly not the case! Yes, there are many cardboard-like GF breads and crackers out there on the supermarket shelves, but there are also loads of other, healthier options that are quite delicious. By having the following foods readily available in your pantry, this will make it easier for you to whip up easy, tasty and nutritious meals and allow you to avoid processed, packaged foods that are WAY less nutrient dense.

Did you know that many foods are naturally gluten free? Choosing fresh whole fruits, vegetables, eggs, quality meats and seafood, along with the extensive list below can save you money, and give you peace of mind that you are eating cleaner and making healthier choices for you and your family.

Here is our extensive list of natural gluten free foods:

Whole Grains

  • White rice
  • Brown rice
  • Arborio rice
  • Black or wild rice
  • Sorghum
  • Millet
  • Teff
  • Buckwheat
  • Amaranth
  • Quinoa
  • Popcorn
  • Certified gluten free oats

Legumes (canned or dried)

  • Chickpeas
  • Kidney beans
  • Fava
  • Mung
  • Pinto
  • Navy
  • Split peas
  • Cannellini (white beans)
  • Lentils
  • Adzuki

Canned or Pre-packaged Goods

  • Changing Habits Dehydrated Broth (use as a stock base)
  • Canned beans (see above for varieties)
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Tomato puree
  • Olives
  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Gluten free pasta (free of preservatives)
  • Rice noodles
  • Kelp or seaweed noodles
  • Nori Sheets
  • Gluten free tortilla chips/ crackers (preservative free)
  • Changing Habits Gelatin Powder
  • Changing Habits Seaweed Salt
  • Dried herbs (rosemary, thyme, dill, Italian herbs, bay leaves, oregano etc)
  • Dried spices (Changing Habits Cinnamon, Changing Habits Turmeric, nutmeg, chilli flakes, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, coriander, ground ginger etc)
  • Curry powder (free of nasties)
  • Black pepper
  • Herbal teas
  • Coconut Aminos
  • Tamari
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Coconut vinegar
  • Coconut butter
  • Nut or seed butters

Cooking Staples

Fats and Oils

Another tip: Stock up and save! If you see something in bulk that is reduced, try stocking up so you won’t run out and be forced to pay a higher price tag later for the same item next time. You can store excess flours, nuts and seeds in the freezer to extend the shelf-life too.

Do you have a gluten-free, wholefoods based diet? What pantry staples are in your kitchen that didn’t make it to our list?

Happy changing habits.

Jordan Pie
Changing Habits Nutritionist