Products that make a difference for those on restricted diets.
A toaster bag gives you safe toast from a gluten-contaminated toaster. Perfect for traveling. Just insert a slice of gluten-free bread into your toaster bag and put it into any toaster (carefully). Voila, safe toast! You can make a grilled cheese sandwich this way—an antidote
for hunger when you’re far from home or a safe dining spot. Find toaster bags online. Here are two popular brands:
Ankway Reusable Toaster Bags
$7.99 for a 6-pack on Amazon
$4.99 for a 2-pack
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Fresh food is always best. But when you’re traveling, a ready-to-drink gluten-free protein shake can replace a meal in a pinch. These shakes are shelf-stable (no refrigeration required), ideal for packing in checked luggage, just in case you need them.
$3.69-$4.69 for 11- to 14-ounce shake
$15.49 for 4-pack of 12-ounce shakes
$2.99 for 11-ounce shake
HotLogic’s electric lunchbox is like a slow cooker in a lunchbox. It actually heats your food for you. Cook from scratch or re-heat your leftovers. It’s so easy and there’s no fear of cross- contamination.
Look for the GFFS seal when dining out. GFFS-certified restaurants and bakeriesundergo special corporate training to safely serve their customers who have celiac disease and food allergies.
The Instant Pot is a single kitchen appliance that can multi-task. Welcome to the world of slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker and more—all in one machine. This convenient wonder-gadget lets you make naturally gluten-free grains like rice and quinoa in a snap and create set-it-and-forget-it meals in quick order. It doesn’t take long for skeptics to become avid users.
$64.95 to $179.95
Cooking at home but feeling uninspired? Green Chef, recently aquired by HelloFresh, offers three gluten-free menus (Paleo, Keto and Gluten-Free), all certified through the Gluten Intolerance Group. You’ll get easy recipes, organic ingredients and pre-made sauces for flavorful meals that come together quickly. A delicious solution for anyone in a culinary rut.
A bread machine can be the best thing since gluten-free sliced bread. Once you see how quickly and easily you can make a delicious loaf of bread at home, you may never be the same. Many brands, like Zojirushi, Hamilton Beach and T-Fal, offer gluten-free settings.
Finding your next gluten-free meal is in the palm of your hand with a gluten-free app. Here are two of the most commonly used apps for finding safe gluten-free foods.
Consumer Tests for Gluten
If you’re wondering about gluten in a food product or when dining out, these testing gadgets can come in handy.
Nima Sensor is a gluten detection device with a quick, user-friendly method of testing food for gluten hot spots. Place a pea-size food sample from the most likely contamination spot (like a grill mark) into the device’s one-time use capsule. You’ll get results in a few minutes. Tests to under 22 ppm of gluten.
$289 for a starter kit including 12 capsules
EZ Gluten can detect levels as low as 10 ppm with its test tube and test strip method. Crumble a food sample, soak it in provided solution and place the test strip next to the key to check for gluten. It can take over 10 minutes from start to finish.
$60 for a 5-pack
Is it a stomach bug or gluten? Gluten Detective can help you monitor your gluten consumption using urine and/or stool tests.
$22.50 for 1 test (urine or stool)
Always read labels carefully. Manufacturers can change ingredients without warning. Not every product sold by every company listed is gluten-free or allergy-friendly. When in doubt, confirm ingredients directly with the manufacturer.