I feel like I need to include every sort of disclaimer here because these foods are not perfect and I am sure many will find reasons to criticize them. However, I will absolutely admit how hard it can be to switch your family to a whole food based diet when coming from the standard American diet. While theses foods are not ideal and can be very inflammatory due to poor quality oils, sugar, non-organic, high in x,y,z etc. they may help reduce free glutamate exposure or are slightly cleaner options when switching to a whole food diet. Strictly avoiding processed sources of free glutamate has been essential to our health, especially our son’s neurological health. Please keep in mind that many of these foods can also feed underlying pathogens which can additionally create a surge in glutamate. The following items have been linked via Amazon and/or Thrive Market affiliate pages where I may earn a commission from. Products may need to be sourced based on availability and/or pricing.

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Coconut Milk

We traditionally make homemade coconut milk but this clean option helps when you need a higher fat content. Unfortunately, it is not organic but makes for a great creamy ice cream for a special occasion.

Elmhurst Unsweetened Almond Milk

Elmhurst Unsweetened Almond Milk: Are you tired of making your own almond milk or looking for an easy transition to REID? This almond milk only contains almonds and water. While not organic, it may make the transition easier. Be careful only to buy the unsweetened almond, as the others contain sources of glutamate. I’ve also spotted this at Publix before. Malk is another great option but cannot be purchased online.

Purely Elizabeth Granola

While there is some risk with “rolled oats” over steel cut oats, after being grain free for years, we are finally able to tolerate some. We (I am in particular) are OBSESSED with Purely Elizabeth and some of the other flavors are clean, be sure to check ingredients.

Raw Kale/Spinach Wraps

Theses kale wraps make for easy chicken, hummus (etc.) wraps for the lunchbox.  Raw collard greens also work well as a wrap.

Coconut Wraps

While I am not personally a huge fan, my son LOVES these.  They make for an easy addition to lunch-boxes, my son particularly likes them rolled up with nut/seed butter to form sushi bites.

Brown Rice Noodles

There is some level of glutamate risk with pastas as they often hydrolyze the grains to extract the fiber in order to make the noodle shape. While they may be problematic for some, we have used them on occasion. If you are going to consume gluten free pastas, try to sources those with organic whole ingredients. For example, this one only contains the ingredient, organic brown rice. Gluten free noodles containing more processed ingredients like corn flour, rice starch, rice bran, etc. will likely have an increased risk of containing more glutamate.

Tomato Sauce

While this product is clean, a reaction to tomatoes or tomato sauce will ultimately depend on the sensitivity of the individual. This is our go-to sauce when we don’t have any homemade on hand. When shopping for a sauce, avoid all of the obvious glutamate terms in addition to “tomato paste”.

Green Curry Paste – Thai and True

Thai and True’s amazing sauces are made in Portland, Oregon by Thai natives. Use Thai and True’s Curry Pastes for coconut curries, stir fries, sautees, grilling or marinades. No artificial preservatives or flavors; strictly all-natural ingredients. 6 oz. glass jar.

Red Curry Paste – Thai and True

Thai and True’s amazing sauces are made in Portland, Oregon by Thai natives. Use Thai and True’s Curry Pastes for coconut curries, stir fries, sautees, grilling or marinades. No artificial preservatives or flavors; strictly all-natural ingredients. 6 oz glass jar.

Lotus Foods Pad Thai Noodles

There is some level of glutamate risk with pastas as they often hydrolyze the grains to extract the fiber in order to make the noodle shape. While they may be problematic for some, we have used them on occasion.

Lotus Ramen Noodles

There is some level of glutamate risk with pastas as they often hydrolyze the grains to extract the fiber in order to make the noodle shape. While they may be problematic for some, we have used them on occasion.

Tuna

We prefer to use fresh tuna (In moderation) but this is a cleaner option for those looking. It can be very high in histamine, so I would use with caution if you have a histamine intolerance.

Capers Cured in Salt

While there is a slight glutamate risk because of the curing process, we have done just fine with these.

Black Olives Cured in Salt

While there is a slight glutamate risk because of the curing process, we have done just fine with these.

World Chia Pectin Free Jam

While homemade is best, this option has proven to be a blessing for our family when I don’t have any homemade on hand or when traveling.

Simple Mills Pancake and Waffle Mix

Not ideal, but cleaner (contains nuts) (other options available)

Siete Taco Shells

This product is not organic and does carry minimal risk due to the “powders”, but we have found it a great replacement to some of the more processed corn options.

Siete Hot Sauce

Why choose one, when you can try them all? Each of the 4 bottles that you’ll receive is a loving homage to one of the classic taqueria sauces found on tables throughout the United States and Mexico. We’ve given them a Siete spin by including nutritionally-driven ingredients like avocado oil, flax seed, apple cider vinegar, chia, and orange peel. When it comes to hot sauce, we approach it with a “flavor first, fire second” mentality. Our sauces are not meant to be daredevil, burn-your-esophagus hot. We hope spice lovers of all degrees can appreciate that we dial down the heat in order to turn up the flavor.

GAEA Olives

Enjoy healthy olives on the go in convenient pouches and fabulous flavors.

Bionaturae Strained Tomatoes

Strained tomatoes or “passata di pomodoro” in glass bottles is a staple of every Italian kitchen.Ready to use for delicious sauces and soups or add to any tomato-based recipe. Smooth consistency for perfect sauce every time. No salt added.

Autumn’s Gold Grain Free Granola

This product is not organic and does carry some risk with the vanilla extract and inflammatory oil

Prepared Organic Garbanzo Beans- there is a slight glutamate and histamine risk with these because of any possible protein degradation that may have occurred while the beans have soaked in the water. However, these are organic, contain no added ingredients and do not carry the same amount of glutamate risk as a canned item. We keep these on hand for those times I haven’t thought ahead or had the time to soak our own (traveling, last minute weeknight meals, etc). Our local Whole Foods also carries a clean boxed option.
Thrive Market Link for Prepared Organic Garbanzo Beans

Prepared Organic Black Beans- there is a slight glutamate and histamine risk with these because of any possible protein degradation that may have occurred while the beans have soaked in the water. However, these are organic, contain no added ingredients and do not carry the same amount of glutamate risk as a canned item. We keep these on hand for those times I haven’t thought ahead or had the time to soak our own (traveling, last minute weeknight meals, etc). Our local Whole Foods also carries a clean boxed option.
Thrive Market link for Prepared Organic Black Beans

Prepared Organic Pinto Beans- there is a slight glutamate and histamine risk with these because of any possible protein degradation that may have occurred while the beans have soaked in the water. However, these are organic, contain no added ingredients and do not carry the same amount of glutamate risk as a canned item. We keep these on hand for those times I haven’t thought ahead or had the time to soak our own (traveling, last minute weeknight meals, etc). Our local Whole Foods also carries a clean boxed option.
Thrive Market link for Prepared Organic Pinto Beans

Prepared Organic Kidney Beans- there is a slight glutamate and histamine risk with these because of any possible protein degradation that may have occurred while the beans have soaked in the water. However, these are organic, contain no added ingredients and do not carry the same amount of glutamate risk as a canned item. We keep these on hand for those times I haven’t thought ahead or had the time to soak our own (traveling, last minute weeknight meals, etc). Our local Whole Foods also carries a clean boxed option.
Thrive Market Link for Prepared Organic Kidney Beans


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