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Gluten-Free Ocala

So you’ve decided to go gluten-free, now what?

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Going gluten-free sounds like a daunting prospect and in many ways it is, but hopefully the information below will give you a starting point for gluten-free eating in Ocala. And just to clarify, we’re not going for perfect here…we’re doing baby steps, so this still includes processed foods that aren’t necessarily healthier…just gluten-free.

If you’re curious what all the gluten-free fuss is all about, here is some great information… http://gulphealthyliving.com/2013/04/08/understanding-gluten-free/

Where to SHOP?

PUBLIX | One of the things I LOVE about Publix is their labels. You may not even notice them, but if you’re searching they are wonderful.
The tag you will be hunting for looks like this

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You’ll find these items mixed in all over the store and sometimes you’ll be lucky and find a section with organic food and they’ll be grouped together.

You can also find a printed list at the front of the store (where all the coupon booklets are) that you can take with you.
You can find more information here… http://www.publix.com/managed_pdfs/GlutenFree10117.108335384.pdf

EARTH ORIGINS | (in the Ocala Shopping Center on Silver Springs Blvd)
This one is a no-brainer, they advertise over 3,000 items that are gluten free and have a great staff to answer questions.

TRADER JOES | (3724 SW Archer Rd Gainesville, FL 32608) *this is located in Gainesville, but is right off the first exit and definitely worth listing
They carry their own brand of gluten free flour and a lot of gluten free products that are hard to find in Ocala at a reasonable price. This store has quickly become one of my favorites, but be sure to bring a cooler with you to bring home your goodies.
http://www.traderjoes.com/lists/no-gluten.asp

SARAFAY FARM is a healthy alternative bakery that focuses on special diet restrictions, and allergy’s to food. They carry a full line of Gluten-Free products including an amazing Sandwich Bread !!

They also have a flour blend that is soy-free. This is a big deal for nursing mothers.

Located at the Ocala Farm Market every Saturday 9am-2pm.
http://www.facebook.com/SaraFayFarm

Bake Me a Cake?

It’s Birthday time and what to do… Did you know there are several bakers in town that specialize in gluten-free baking?
Uniquely Sweet Cupcakes | bakes gluten-free special orders (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Uniquely-Sweet-Cupcakes/367835279999291)
Kupcake Diva | bakes gluten-free on Wednesday and special orders (http://www.facebook.com/KupcakeDiva)
Betty Cakes | bakes gluten-free on Thursday and special order (http://www.facebook.com/BettyCakesCafe)

So you want to go out to eat?

These restaurants have a dedicated gluten-free program
Blue Highway Pizza
Bonefish Grill
Carrabba’s
Logan’s Roadhouse
McAlister’s Deli
Mojo Grill and Catering
Outback Steakhouse
Ruby Tuesday
The Melting Pot

These restaurants advertise gluten-free options
Chick-fil-A
Chipotle
Five Guys
Slyce Bistro & Pizzeria
*Check with managers at individual locations for more information on food handling

APPS

Find Me Gluten Free | https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/find-me-gluten-free/id431006818?mt=8
[free] find restaurants that offer gluten-free menus by list or map from your location

Gluten Free | https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id480793389?mt=8
[free] simple ingredients list (green ingredients are safe & red ingredients are unsafe

Is That Gluten Free? | https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/is-that-gluten-free/id324483597
[$7.99] search item categories for gluten-free brands, ratings, etc.

Gluten-free Online Resources

Gluten-Free Certification Organization | http://www.gluten.net/Programs/industry-programs/gluten-free-certification-organization

Gluten Intolerance Group | http://www.gluten.net/home

Gluten Free on a Shoestring | http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/
Author Nicole Hunn gives great recipes and resources for eating gluten-free affordably, because if you’ve priced any of these products you’ve seen they’re about double their non-gf counterparts….YIKES!

SUPPORT

So is this all overwhelming? You’ll be happy to know there is a local support group that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7pm at the Wells Pharmacy Network [1210 SW 33rd Avenue]. The contact for this group is Jeannie Tyler [jeannietyler@gmail.com or 352-854-1100].

Do you have a restaurant, resource or updated information to add? Please comment below and we’ll keep this post updated!

About momazine

My name is Lauryn. I am 31 years old, married to my best friend and the mother of two little boys. I live in Ocala, Florida and love that I get to raise my children in the town that I grew up in.

~Every day is an adventure and a gift from God.

Comments

  1. SaraFay Farm @ the Ocala Farmers Market sells the biggest variety of GF baked goods probably in central FL! She also does vegan, paleo, and others. I’m surprised this article didn’t mention her.

    • Mike, thanks for the heads up. We tried to include as many options as possible in this article and are happy to have yet another great resource. We will be getting in touch with them for more details.

  2. A Taste of Everywhere (downtown Ocala) caters to your gluten free needs. The owner will make anything gluten free if you ask. Her gluten free breads are also wonderful!

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