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Solutions for the allergy-ridden Jumbo: Gluten free edition

According to Web MD, about 3 to 4 percent of Americans have some kind of food allergy. This percentage is likely higher among college-age Americans, but even so: 4 percent of Tufts undergrads is more than 200 students. That’s 200 Jumbos faced with dietary restrictions—how sad! But not to worry, there are plenty of yummy options for all of us allergy-ridden Jumbos, and Tasty Tufts would like to be your destination for help in finding those options.

To start, this week I did a little research and came up with a few solutions for Tufts students who are gluten-free. Whether you are allergic to wheat and looking for yummy foods that you can eat right here on campus or are seeking great celiac-friendly places to visit in the area, Tasty Tufts has got you covered!

Gluten-Free Solutions

ON-CAMPUS TREATS

“Gluten-Free Originals” desserts – New!

You may have noticed these delicious-looking, single-serving desserts sitting on the shelves in Hodgdon or Jumbo Express. Varieties include Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Cookie, Fudge Chunk Brownie, Cranberry Orange Biscotti, Congo Bar, and Coconut Macaroon. Prices range from $1.25 – $1.50 (that means you could get one of each for the price of one meal at Hodgdon—and then some!) Perfect for those nights when there aren’t any good gluten-free desserts in the dining hall.

“Green Mountain Gringo” gluten-free tortilla strips

If you’re looking for something gluten-free to bring to your next hall snacks, why not bring these chips with some salsa (or, better yet, make your own guacamole!). Sold at Hodgdon, they come in regular and blue varieties and cost $4.59 for a large bag.

Fruitfull Frozen Fruit Bars

For just $2.30, you can get one of these refreshing frozen fruit bars, also at Hodgdon. The best part? They have chunks of real fruit in them! There are three kinds: juice, cream, and yogurt bars, and each has a variety of distinct flavors. These include strawberry, raspberry, piña colada, coconut, mango, strawberry cream, blueberry, and chocolate. Having tried almost all of them, I would recommend getting the strawberry flavor, although watermelon is consistently good, as well.

OFF-CAMPUS EATS

Glutenus Minimus –Belmont, MA

Cookies, cupcakes, muffins, and baking mixes, all of the gluten-free variety are available here. The bakery is located in Belmont, but their products are sold at locations in Porter and Harvard Squares. They will also ship orders to your door!

 

P.F. Chang’s – locations in Cambridge and Boston

P.F. Chang’s is one of those wonderful allergy-friendly chains that have an entire menu of gluten-free items. Note: they will print a customized menu for you, whatever your allergies are, upon request.

Papa Razzi Trattoria – Newbury Street

Another restaurant with gluten-free menu items—including pasta and pizza! I went to Papa Razzi for Parents’ Weekend last year, and the food, service, and ambiance were all excellent. The prices are reasonable, too, which is always a plus.

Annie’s Gluten-Free Mac and Cheese – Sold at Target and Whole Foods

Instant mac and cheese is a college staple. Who knew that Annie’s made gluten-free mac and cheese? Head over to the Target in Somerville or the one of the Whole Foods markets in Cambridge and stock up!

 

Gluten not your issue? Stay tuned for future installments exploring options for other allergies!

-Sara Pantel

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