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Where to Buy Gluten-Free Food in New York? 

by Mariana Lessmann


It’s not a secret for anyone that going food shopping can be sometimes an annoying routine to do. It is a routine because we have to frequently go to food stores to get the food that we are going to cook and eat in our meals. When you are celiac, going food shopping can be even more annoying for 2 reasons, the first one is because the gluten-free products are more expensive than the ones that aren’t, and the second reason is that finding gluten-free food is not easy. How many times have you stopped at a supermarket hoping to make your shopping quickly, but you leave 30 minutes later with your hands empty (and cranky) because you didn’t find any of the products you were looking for. That situation has happened hundreds of times to Matt and me when we have gone to random stores we don't know to buy food. Shopping somewhere unknown certainly frustrates us because we end up spending more time trying to look for what we want, than actually finding everything in one place. As I have said before, an important step for celiacs is to always plan everything, and as part of that planning process, you should consider being familiar with the best food stores options around your neighborhood so you can get your food shopping done in a more efficient way, and not spend so much time looking for unknown places to buy food. Since Matt and I realized we were spending too much time going to supermarkets in NY for buying our groceries, we decided to write down every time we went to the store, and how much money we were spending there. After the first month doing so (last December), we realized that a very significant part of our time was destined to going food shopping. 20 were the times we went to a food store to get something last month. Even going and getting just a bottle of water, we considered that one ride to the store. Going 20 times a month to a food store is crazy, it is almost like going every day. We have other priorities and more important things to do than going to the supermarket 20 times per month, but the problem was that we didn’t realize it until we started writing it down, and that's what led us to plan how to solve that problem. We try making one big food shopping and buy everything we will be needing for the month to avoid spending time on that later, but let’s face it, sometimes we have cravings and we just want to buy a specific ingredient that is missing from our kitchen. Part of that time spent on food shopping was due to the fact that we recently moved to New York and we didn’t really know the stores around the neighborhood. We would literally go to all the food stores we saw in order to do our gluten-free shopping. But after visiting some places and calling others, now we go straight to the ones we know have the best celiac safe options and we no longer waste our time. If you are celiac and live in NY, you may be wondering where to buy gluten-free food, and that’s exactly what we are going to share with you right now, the best places for you to buy celiac safe products in New York.  

Matt and I’s favorite food store is Wild by Nature.  

They are a family-owned natural marketplace dedicated to provide since 1994, a wide variety of fresh and delicious organic and natural products for customers in NY.  

I consider this the most complete supermarket in terms of gluten-free food.  

Every time Matt and I can’t find a product in any food store, we go to Wild by Nature because we know they have it.  

When we first moved together to NY, we used to live closer to Huntington’s location so we would always go there and buy anything we needed. Now we live a little further away but we still go there to get whatever we need.  

If you are celiac, you may be interested to know that in the Huntington’s location these are some of the following gluten-free food brands they sell:  

Some other locations you might wanna visit if you live in NY are East Setauket, Hampton Bays, Oceanside, West Islip and of course Huntington.

If you live in Huntington, NY you can’t miss the opportunity of visiting this bakery.  

In the heart of Huntington’s Village, you will find this amazing dedicated gluten-free bake shop Wild Flours. Yes, everything they make is gluten-free so you won’t find cross-contamination at all.  

For making their food they use the healthiest and high-quality ingredients that are trustworthy and completely safe for celiacs.  

My husband Matt is very sensitive to gluten, and every time he eats something from that bake shop he feels good, no stomach aches at all.  

I know how difficult it can be for celiacs to find safe cakes and pastries that won’t bother them, but if you live near Huntington, don’t forget to get your desserts from Wild Flours.  

We visit the shop once in a while so Matt can eat a delicious safe dessert.  

They also personalize their cakes for you, and that's another reason why we got my birthday cake and some other ones for special occasions we have had.  

If you are looking to eat safe sweet pastries, consider going to Wild Flours in Huntington, NY.

Matt and I do our food shopping in Stop & Shop. Almost everything we need for our gluten-free meals, we find them there except for some things that we go get somewhere else.  

This supermarket chain offers a variety of gluten-free products that make our food shopping very easy.  

They are located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New York.  

You can find gluten-free food brands like: 

Against the Grain's bagels is the gluten-free food product that Matt and I eat the most. We eat them every single morning for breakfast.  

When we first moved into Huntington we would buy them all the time in Wild by Nature, but when we moved further away, the closest Stop & Shop to our new place didn't have them.  

So we talked to their Customers Services department and filed a request to see if they could start selling Against the Grain's bagels in that location.  

A couple of days later they started selling them and we haven't stopped buying them!  

So besides offering a lot of gluten-free brands, they also consider and take serious, customers' requests.  

I didn’t know Trader Joe’s until a couple of weeks ago when Matt and I were driving and we found one near our neighborhood. They started in the 50s as a small chain of convenience stores and they grew so much that nowadays they have stores all over the US. This is the complete list of gluten-free products you can find at Trader Joe’s:  

Bakery

Gluten Free Bagels Gluten Free Blueberry Bagels Gluten Free Blueberry Muffins Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes — Seasonal Flavors Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Bread Gluten Free Double Chocolate Chip Cookies Gluten Free Everything Bagels Gluten Free Hamburger Buns Gluten Free Oat Cranberry Flaxseed Cookies) Gluten Free White Sandwich Bread  

Beer, Wine & Spirits  

Shell House Seltzer Meyer Lemon Shell House Seltzer Pomegranate  

Beverages, Shelf Stable  

Almond Beverage Blueberry Lavender Flavored Almond Beverage Matcha Almond Beverage Unsweetened Original Almond Beverage Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Beverage Unsweetened Coconut Beverage Vanilla Organic Rice Drink Original Organic Rice Drink Original Organic Soy Beverage, Unsweetened Rice Drink Vanilla Rice Drink Vanilla  

Beverages (Non-dairy), Refrigerated  

Almond Beverage Original Almond Beverage Unsweetened Almond Beverage Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Beverage Unsweetened Coconut Beverage Vanilla Coconut Creamer Organic Soymilk Original Organic Soymilk Original Unsweetened Organic Soymilk Vanilla  

Candy

Cocoa Truffles Dark Chocolate Almond Toffee Dark Chocolate Honey Mints Dark Chocolate Nutty Bits Dark Chocolate Orange Sticks Fruit Jellies Gourmet Jelly Beans Organic Gingermints Organic Peppermints Organic Pops 

Cereal

ABC Bars Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats Crispy Quinoa Stars Crunchy Maple Ladders Cereal Gluten Free Granola Cranberry Maple Nut Gluten Free Granola Loaded Fruit & Nut Gluten Free Rolled Oats Instant Oatmeal Unsweetened Muesli Organic Chia Bars with Almonds, Cranberries & Pumpkin Seeds Organic Fruit & Seed Granola Organic Ground Flaxmeal Organic Hemp Seed Bars Organic Quinoa & Rice Hot Cereal Organic Toasted Coconut Granola PB&J Bars Pecan Praline Granola Raises the Bar Chewy Granola with Dark Chocolate Raises the Bar Chewy Granola with Maple Roasted Cocoa Nibs Super Seed & Ancient Grain Blend These Peanuts Go On A Date Bars  

Cookies

Brownie Crisps Gluten Free Crispy Chocolate Chip Cookies Gluten Free Crispy Ginger Chunk Cookies Gluten Free Crispy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies Gluten Free Joe-Joe's Organic Brown Rice Marshmallow Treats Soft Baked Snickerdoodles Vanilla Meringues  

Deli

Belgian Chocolate Pudding Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage Smoked Andouille Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage Garlic Herb Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage Italian Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage Jalapeno Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage Smoked Apple Chardonnay Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage Spicy Italian Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Fully Cooked Chicken Sausage Sweet Apple Fully Cooked Maple Chicken Breakfast Sausage Gluten Free Fettucine Organic Grass-Fed Uncured Beef Hot Dogs Soy Chorizo Uncured Chicken Hot Dogs  

Dietary Supplements 

Acidophilus Intestine Relief Active 50 Plus Once Daily Multivitamin & Mineral Alpha Lipoic Acid Calcium Citrate with Vitamin D Calcium Magnesium & Zinc Calcium, Magnesium & Vitamin D in a Green Food Base Calcium, Vitamin D3 & Menaquinone-7 Co Q 10 100 mg CoQ10 Ubiquinol 100 mg Designer Vanilla Protein Glucosamine Chondroitin Controlled Release Great Lakes® Collagen Hydrolysate High Potency B-Complex & Vitamin C High Potency Chewable Multivitamin Instant B12 Joint Support Magnesium 200 mg Men's One Multivitamin Multivitamin & Mineral Antioxidant Omega 3 Odorless Once Daily Prenatal Supplement Organic Unsweetened Pea Protein Powder Organic Vanilla Pea Protein Powder Papaya & Pineapple Enzyme Probiotic Women’s Formula Super Acidophilus Complex Super Colon Cleanse Supervision Eye Formula Vitamin & Mineral Crusade Vitamin B Complex Vitamin B12 Folic Acid B6 Vitamin C Gummy Orange Vitamin E Wild Salmon Oil Women's Nails Hair Skin Multivitamin  

Dried Fruit

Almond Meal Date & Nut Bites Cashew Apricot Date & Nut Bites Blueberry Almond Dried Fruit Bar Apple Apricot Dried Fruit Bar Apple Raspberry Dried Fruit Bar Apple Strawberry Fruit Bar Apple Banana Fruit Bar Apple Coconut Fruit Bar Apple Strawberry Pistachio Cranberry Bites Sweetened Coconut Chips  

Fresh

Cauliflower Tabbouleh Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice Organic Minestrone Soup (seasonal) Organic Split Green Pea Soup (seasonal)  

Frozen

Cauliflower Pizza Crusts Chicken Tikka Masala Coconut Non Dairy Dessert Chocolate Coconut Non Dairy Dessert Strawberry Gluten & Dairy Free Pancakes Gluten Free Battered Halibut Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets Gluten Free Pizza with Cauliflower Crust Gluten Free Toaster Waffles Mango Sorbet Mochi Buono Green Tea Mochi Buono Strawberry Organic Fully Cooked Quinoa  

Grocery

Better'n Peanut Butter Blanched Almond Flour Butternut Squash Soup Falafel Mix Fleur de Sel Caramel Sauce Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Gluten Free Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix Gluten Free Rice Pasta & Cheddar Marshmallows Nutritional Yeast Organic Beef Broth Organic Black Bean Rotini Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Fusilli Organic Brown Rice & Quinoa Spaghetti Organic Brown Rice Fusilli Organic Brown Rice Penne Organic Brown Rice Spaghetti Organic Coconut Aminos Organic Creamy Tomato Soup Organic Free Range Chicken Broth Organic Fruit Sauce Crushers Apple Organic Fruit Sauce Crushers Apple Banana Organic Fruit Sauce Crushers Apple Carrot Organic Fruit Sauce Crushers Apple Mango Organic Fruit Sauce Crushers Apple Strawberry Organic Low Sodium Butternut Squash Soup Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth Organic Low Sodium Creamy Tomato Soup Organic Low Sodium Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth Organic Polenta Organic Red Lentil Sedanini Organic Red Quinoa Organic Sprouted Tricolor Quinoa Organic Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper Soup Organic Tricolor Quinoa Organic Vegetable Broth Organic White Quinoa Organic Yellow Lentil & Brown Rice Pasta Savory Broth Packets - Chicken Flavor Seafood Cocktail Sauce Taco Shells Unsalted Whole Peeled Plum Tomatoes Vegan Spread & Dressing Wasabi Mayonnaise  

Snacks

3 Seed Beet Rounds 3 Seed Sweet Potato Rounds Apple Cinnamon Sticks Baked Cheese Crunchies Caramel + Cheddar Popcorn Mix Caramel Popcorn Chomps Grass Fed Beef Sticks Crunchy Nutty Rice Bites Epic Bacon Bison Jerky Epic Sriracha Chicken Jerky Gluten Free Crispbread Gluten Free Pretzel Twists Hawaiian Style Potato Chips Hickory Barbeque Heirloom Popcorn Kettle Cooked Potato Chips with Sea Salt (snack bags) Kettle Corn Kettle Corn Lite Snack Bags Lundberg Organic Brown Rice Cakes Movie Theater Popcorn Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips Ode to the Classic Potato Chip Olive Oil Potato Chips Organic Beef Jerky Organic Coconut Sesame Seed Clusters Organic Corn Chip Dippers Organic Kettle Style Potato Chips Organic Longboard Tortilla Chips Organic Olive Oil Popcorn Organic Roasted Seaweed Strips Teriyaki Organic Salted Blue Corn Tortilla Chips Organic Salted White Corn Tortilla Chips Organic Stone Ground Blue Corn Tortilla Chips Organic Unsalted White Corn Tortilla Chips Organic White Truffle Potato Chips Organic Yellow Corn Tortilla Chip Rounds Oven Baked Cheese Bites Popcorn In A Pickle Popcorn with Herbs & Spices Quinoa & Black Bean Infused Tortilla Chips Reduced Fat Cheese Crunchies Reduced Guilt Kettle Cooked Potato Chips Restaurant Style Tortilla Chips Rice Crackers Ridge Cut Potato Chips Lightly Salted Ridge Cut Potato Chips Salt & Pepper Roasted Seaweed Strips Sea Salt Roasted Seaweed Strips Wasabi Salt & Pepper Ridge Cut Potato Chips Savory Thins Savory Thins Mini Multiseed Soy Sauce Savory Thins Minis Seasoned Kale Chips Spicy Cheese Crunchies Spud Crunchies Sweet Plantain Chips Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips Tomato Soup Crackers World's Puffiest Sour Cream & Onion World's Puffiest White Cheddar  

Another popular supermarket chain that offers a variety of gluten-free products in New York (and other States) is Whole Foods Market.  

For 3 decades they have kept their mission of being a grocery store that features good, wholesome food, and uses the finest natural and organic foods, putting on their shelves only the highest quality food products free from hydrogenated fats and artificial colors, flavors, preservatives, and sweeteners.  

They take their customers health very serious and that’s why they do not sell food products that contain any of the following ingredients:  

Acesulfame-k (Acesulfame Potassium) Acetylated Esters Of Mono- And Diglycerides Ammonium Chloride Artificial Colors Artificial Flavors Artificial Preservatives Artificial Sweeteners Aspartame Azodicarbonamide Benzoates In Food Benzoyl Peroxide Bha (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) Bht (Butylated Hydroxytoluene) Bleached Flour Bromated Flour Brominated Vegetable Oil (Bvo) Calcium Bromate Calcium Disodium Edta Calcium Peroxide Calcium Propionate Calcium Saccharin Calcium Sorbate Calcium Stearoyl-2-lactylate Caprocaprylobehenin Carmine Certified Colors Cyclamates Cysteine (L-cysteine), As An Additive For Bread Products Datem (Diacetyl Tartaric And Fatty Acid Esters Of Mono And Diglycerides) Dimethylpolysiloxane Dioctyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate (Dss) Disodium Calcium Edta Disodium Dihydrogen Edta Disodium Guanylate Disodium Inosinate Edta Ethyl Vanillin Ethylene Oxide Ethoxyquin Fd & C Colors Foie Gras Gmp (Disodium Guanylate) Hexa-, Hepta- And Octa-esters Of Sucrose High Fructose Corn Syrup Hydrogenated Fats Imp (Disodium Inosinate) Lactylated Esters Of Mono- And Diglycerides Lead Soldered Cans Methyl Silicon Methylparaben Microparticularized Whey Protein Derived Fat Substitute Monosodium Glutamate (Msg) Natamycin Partially Hydrogenated Oil Polydextrose Potassium Benzoate Potassium Bromate Potassium Sorbate Propionates Propyl Gallate Propylparaben Saccharin Sodium Aluminum Sulfate Sodium Benzoate Sodium Diacetate Sodium Glutamate Sodium Nitrate/Nitrite Sodium Propionate Sodium Stearoyl-2-lactylate Solvent Extracted Oils, As Standalone Single-ingredient Oils (Except Grapeseed Oil). Sorbic Acid Sucralose Sucroglycerides Sucrose Polyester Sulfites (Except In Wines, Meads And Ciders) Synthetic Nitrates/Nitrites Tbhq (Tertiary Butylhydroquinone) Tetrasodium Edta Vanillin, When Not Naturally Derived

This is the list of Certified Gluten-Free products they offer: 

Apple Juice Sweetened Cranberries Broccoli Cheddar Cashews Seasoned With Bragg Aminos Chicken & Rice Soup Chicken Tortilla Chicken Tortilla Soup Coconut Chips Coconut Vegetable Soup Conadria Figs Corn Chowder Creamy Butternut Squash And Cardamom Soup Crystal Ginger Chunks Currants Diced Papaya Diced Pineapple Dried Blueberries Dried Cantaloupe Dried Strawberries Gazpacho Ginger Slices Goji Berries Golden Raisins Hazelnuts Junior Mammoth Pecan Halves Light Amber Walnut Halves & Pieces Macadamia Nuts Medjool Dates Mom`s Chicken Soup Omega 3 Cranberries Organic Apple Rings Organic Banana Chips Organic California Apricots Organic Cranberry Relish Organic Flame Raisins Organic Goji Berries Organic Hulled Pumpkin Seeds Organic Italian Hazelnuts Organic Kettlecorn Organic Light Amber Walnut Halves & Pieces Organic Medjool Dates Organic Pecan Halves Organic Pecan Pieces Organic Pitted Prunes Organic Raw Italian Almonds Organic Reduced Fat & Low Sodium Popcorn Organic Salted Popcorn Organic Sliced Mango Organic Sour Tart Cherries Organic Sultana Raisins Organic Sunflower Kernels Organic Thompson Raisins Organic White Cheddar Popcorn Organic Whole Giant Cashews Organic Whole Nonpareil Almonds Papaya Spears Pineapple Rings Pitted Prunes Red Sour Cherries Roasted & Salted Sunflower Kernels Roasted Sunflower Kernels With Tamari Roasted, No Salt Sunflower Kernels Sliced Almonds Sliced Mango Slivered Almonds Sour Cream And Onion Sunflower Kernels Spanish Pine Nuts Split Pea Soup Tena Figs Three Bean Chili Traditional Lobster Bisque White Bean & Kale Soup White Chicken Chili With Beans Whole Mission Almonds

by Mariana Lessmann






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We are Mariana Lessmann and Matt Ackerson.

Mariana graduated from Communications & Journalism in Caracas, Venezuela, and has over 10 years of experience as a writer. She has worked on Digital Marketing, and for over 10 prestigious Cable Television Channels aired in Latin America. Matt graduated from Cornell University in New York. He started his own company in 2010, and has been running it by himself since then. Matt is an expert in Marketing, Sales, and creating 6-Figure Funnels for online businesses.

Over the past year we decided to start a company together and created "Vookies", that later expanded and became "Be Breader". We have been helping celiacs around the world to optimize and improve their health by incorporating safe and delicious meals into their daily menus.

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