Gluten Free? There's a FREE app for that!
If you have Celiac Disease or avoid gluten for other reasons it can be difficult to find foods, products, restaurants and recipes that work for your dietary needs. Lucky for you there's an app for that - a FREE app These are my favorite free apps and when used together they give me a great balance of grocery store products, restaurant menus and recipes.
Check out my three favorite apps and let me know if you have any favorites that have helped you negotiate Celiac Disease.
Gluten Free Marketplace
This app - created by the Celiac Disease Foundation - is one of the most highly reviewed. You can find this app for both iPhone or iPad and your android devices. The app contains a huge database of gluten and allergen free foods including all of the nutritional information and ingredients. You can create shopping lists, check out gluten free companies, view recipes, review the symptom checklist and even search health care providers.
Find Me Gluten Free
This app was created to help those of us who avoid gluten try to negotiate eating out. With lists of gluten free restaurants, cafes and grocery stores the app really helps identify the places you can eat safely. Even restaurants without true gluten free menus have foods listed that may be safe (if the staff prepares it appropriately). The beta testing of some of the recipes and products with reviews are also pretty helpful. If you end up having to eat out frequently this app is definitely for you. You can find this app for iPhone or iPad and android devices.
Yummly Recipes & Recipe Box
Ok, so this recipe app isn't specifically a gluten free app BUT it is by far the best app for finding gluten free recipes! Just be sure to go to settings and set your food preference to "gluten free" and then you are free to search thousands of recipes. After trying - and hating - a ton of gluten free recipe apps this one is a breath of fresh air. You can find the Yummly app for iPhone or iPad and android devices.
I hope some of these apps will help you find safe foods for yourself and for the gluten free people you love.
_Jennifer has a bachelor's degree in dietetics as well as graduate work in public health and nutrition. She has worked with families dealing with digestive disease, asthma and food allergies for the past 12 years. Jennifer also serves the Board of Directors for Pediatric Adolescent Gastroesophageal Reflux Association (PAGER). _
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