8 Gluten-Free Foods You Can Find at Walmart (& not necessarily in the GF section)

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If you think finding gluten-free foods means only shopping at speciality grocery stores, I am happy to announce that is not the case! Walmart is a great place to shop. I am able to get almost everything I need in one stop and while saving a few bucks.

Although I continue to stumble upon new gluten-free foods at Walmart, here are a few of my favorite (staple) items:

Gluten-free Bisquick – You’ll find this in the baking isle next to the regular Bisquick. I love this product, because not only can you make pancakes, but you can also use it to make other things (like pizza!). It’s super easy and convenient.

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Chex cereal – You will find this in the cereal isle. The best part about Chex cereal is that there are so many good flavors. Chocolate Chex is my favorite, but I like them all. I recently tried the new Vanilla flavor, and it was so yummy!

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Gluten-free pastaTinkyada’s Pasta Joy Ready is awesome. You will find this product in the designated gluten-free section of the store. You can’t tell that this pasta is gluten-free (even my husband agrees). They also have a variety of noodle types from shells to spaghetti.

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Pre-packaged pork – You can find this product in the refrigerated meat section. It is a pre-seasoned, pre-packaged pork that you just take out the of the sealed bag and bake. There are a variety of flavors and the gluten-free packages clearly state “gluten-free” on the back next to the list of ingredients.

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Betty Crocker cookie and cake mixes – You can find these mixes in the regular baking isle. I’ve tried every flavor mix, and they all pass the test. I have to say, the chocolate cake mix is my favorite, and I always get rave reviews from gluten-eaters when I make it.

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Chips and rice cakes – You can find a variety of gluten-free snack foods in the chips isle. I love getting the chocolate Quaker rice cakes and spreading peanut butter on them as an after work snack.

1148244_10200542848396172_1811144420_nMeatballs – I was super excited when I found out that Walmart has gluten-free meatballs. You can find them in the refrigerated pork section. You can also get frozen meatballs, if you prefer. I love pairing this with the gluten-free pasta listed above. Walmart also has pasta sauce that is gluten-free. I get Classico or Prego – both are labeled gluten-free on the back.

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Corn tortillas – Last, but certainly not least, you can find corn tortillas that are marked gluten-free in the bread/tortilla isle. We use these to make quesadillas, enchiladas, wraps and more. These are mixed in with the regular, flour tortillas so don’t miss them!

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Gluten Free Eating near Traverse City, MI.

We just got back from our annual family vacation in northern Michigan, and I am feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and bronzed. We spent time on the beach, shopping and doing tastings at local wineries. Michigan is truly my home away from home.

This was my second year taking the vacation since going gluten-free. Feeling a little more brave than last year, I decided to do some research looking for local restaurants that I should visit while in the area, and found this awesome support group that suggested restaurants that accommodate gluten-free diners.

The first restaurant we went to was The Knot, which has always been a regular stop for us while in Omena, MI.

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This restaurant was not on the local support group’s site, so I was thrilled when we got there and saw a gluten-free menu. I thought I was going to be stuck with a salad. I love it when restaurants include the gluten-free menu with the regular menu, so that you don’t have to ask for one specifically. It is all about convenience for me.

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I decided to get the Why Knot Wings, which were delicious. I haven’t had wings in ages. If you are gluten-free and near Omena, MI., The Knot is a great restaurant to visit because of its variety of gluten-free options and beautiful water front view.

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The second gluten-friendly restaurant we went to was Pangea’s Pizza Pub in downtown Traverse City, MI. I have noticed this restaurant in the past when in Michigan. They serve their speciality pizza by the slice, and we have seen lines out the door.

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I found out this restaurant has gluten-friendly options from the support group’s site. The menu specifically noted its gluten-free crust option, and even better, they don’t charge you more for it!

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I ordered the Hawaiian Pizza, and it was great! I loved it, because it was greasy like normal pizza. It is hard to find gluten-free pizza that tastes like regular pizza, and I think that Pangea’s did a great job competing with the ‘real thing.’

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There was one other restaurant that I really wanted to try from the support group’s site, called Martha’s Leelanau Table. Unfortunately, we did not have time to stop by, but I have it on the top of my list for next year!