Favorite Gluten-Free Finds of 2015


By Gabriele Boland

Being gluten-free, it’s quite difficult to try new foods with any spontaneity. There’s so much we can’t have, after all, and even things that seem okay can be unsafe. It’s easy to get stuck in ruts of eating the same thing day after day. Despite this, I’m a curious person and foodie at heart.

Here are some of the foods, drinks, and restaurants I tried and loved in 2015.

Oh, my goodness. I love popchips  I was never really one for potato chips; I don’t like overly greasy or heavy foods, but popchips are light with just the perfect amount of crunch. And the barbecue flavor is the best! I’m obsessed to the point where my boyfriend had a crate of them shipped to my house as a gift.

Japanese barbecue
Hibachi grills are so 2000s. Now it’s about Japanese barbecue  where you, the consumer, can show you scoff at the bourgeois by cooking your own food in a grill set into the table. At the places I’ve been to, you order an assortment of meats, fish, or veggies in different sauces and communally take turns grilling them for everyone to share. (Note: as someone with celiac, I had to bring my own gluten-free soy sauce packets!)

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Spaghetti Squash
Another revelation. Just learned how to make this bad boy—note to everyone, you need a very sharp knife because it’s like carving a pumpkin. Cut off the stem, slice in half, and throw it in the oven for 45 minutes. Then take a fork and scrape the “spaghetti strands” out of the gourd. Eat with your favorite sauce. Yum!

Probably named for now ‘bai’-sic I feel when I indulge in one of these. These are the new Vitamin Water, and just as exorbitantly priced. Loaded with antioxidants, natural sweeteners, and the coffee-fruit (not the bean, apparently), which has just been dubbed a super fruit.

Gluten-free Cheerios
Had several boxes of these once they came over to the light side. No shame. Lucky Charms are coming next, but we all know only the marshmallows matter.

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Dig Inn
Okay, not a food. A lifestyle. Everyone in my hipster collaborative workspace is obsessed with Dig Inn, which uses local farm-fresh ingredients in their protein rich, seasonal menus. Embracing the trend of healthy fast food, Dig Inn is one of the few restaurants combatting chefs leaving Manhattan, according to Mashable. My favorites there are their grilled tofu with ginger and roasted brussel sprouts.

How about the rest of you? Did you try anything particularly delicious in 2015 that you can’t stop, won’t stop devouring? I can’t wait to see what culinary adventures are in store for 2016.