A gluten-free blog about the life of a celiac in college (and now grad school). Full of personal stories about life with celiac disease and fibromyalgia; gluten free, vegan and paleo recipes; and product and restaurant reviews. Plus, reflects on body image, dating and more with a chronic illness!
Since I started college, I've learneda lot of things, from the impact of gender on political power to the realization that trying to sneak in kittens by hoisting them through a second story dorm window will result in more fines than success. One of my last lessons before Christmas break, though, was all about food. Whole Foods Market that is.
For those of you who don't know, Whole Foods is, according to their website, "the largest retailer of natural and organic foods." Or, in celiac speak, it's both tasty and safe. Can you say score?
My first visit!
It was the middle of finals week and a few friends and I decided to escapestudying (and the cafeteria food) by having dinner out Wednesday night. I had never heard of Whole Foods before, but my friend K. swore it was food allergy heaven. As soon as she started mentioning a gluten free salad, soup, Mexican food, deli, pizza and sushi bar, I said yes as quickly as I could while drowning in drool.
When I first stepped into the store, I was immediately assaulted by thousands of delicious smells and sights. We snagged a table at one of the in-market bars and for the hour we spent "working on homework" (I couldn't eat without consulting Instagram for inspiration, now could I?), my stomach begged for the huge platters of stacked hamburgers and fries.
My lovely theatre book kept me company
As soon as we entered the hot food bar, though, my craving for hamburgers disappeared. The buffet area seemed to stretch on forever, separate islands of food fighting for my attention. I was so hungry and excited, I even forgot to take a picture! :( Grabbing my food carton (each person fills up their own box or tray and pays according to weight), I started with the salads. With endless kinds of greens, salad toppings and proteins to choose from, I couldn't resist a green dinner.
Thankfully others have taken a photo!
The amazing aspect of Whole Foods, though, is that, unlike many other restaurants, celiacs aren't limited to flimsy salads. Even though I didn't feel like it the night I visited, I saw gluten free soups, mashed potatoes, quinoa mixes, grilled vegetables, and I'm sure there were many other options that I missed. And to make it even easier, above every food is an ingredient list (even the lettuce specifics it, indeed, contains only lettuce).
The dinner Whole Foods had my taste buds dancing with its fresh ingredients, quality chicken and enough options to make my head spin. Knowing every ingredient in my meal made my dinner even better! So if you're looking for somewhere to safely snack, Whole Foods is a great place to go! I'd give it a 9/10 (mainly because I haven't explored the more unique gluten free foods - yet).
My dinner masterpiece
What's your favorite celiac-friendly restaurant? Have you ever visited Whole Foods? Comment below!