So you’ve decided to go gluten-free, now what?
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
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.
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.
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
Mojo Grill and Catering
The Melting Pot
These restaurants advertise gluten-free options
Slyce Bistro & Pizzeria
*Check with managers at individual locations for more information on food handling
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!
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 [firstname.lastname@example.org 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!