GoPicnic Meals

snack packs

More Read to Eat

Ok, so full disclosure, calling these GoPicnics a meal may stretch it, but they definitely serve as a good snack, especially for lunches, travel, or field trips.  We found these multi-packs recently at BJs.  We have also seen them in individual packages too.

So what do you get?  They do come in a variety.  You can find the varieties here, but you usually see a box with crackers, some meat or paste, and some other things.  A trail mix, a dessert (cookie, bar, etc), and other things.  They do a nice job on the website discussing what standards they take when calling the products gluten free:

GoPicnic products are in accordance with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) proposed regulations on gluten-free labeling. FDA proposed regulations on the items labeled “gluten-free” means that a food bearing this claim do not contain any one of the following:

  • An ingredient that is a prohibited grain
  • An ingredient that is derived from a prohibited grain and that has not been processed to remove gluten
  • An ingredient that is derived from a prohibited grain and that has been processed to remove gluten, if the use of that ingredient results in the presence of 20 parts per million (ppm) or more gluten in the food 20 ppm or more gluten

So we would feel pretty comfortable with having our girls eat these.  Now, to find one they like!

Celiac and Hookworms?


Can these microscopic worms help Celiacs consume gluten?

Did you see the little brief in the Science and Technology part of the News and Observer yesterday? You can see it here, but the gist is scientists discovered that Celiacs injected with hookworms show fewer symptoms of Celiac and gluten complications. You can find a larger article on Science Daily here.

In the study, they injected people with 20 hookworm larvae, then began giving increasing doses of gluten. Not sure how they found out to even use hookworms. Or I cannot see how someone would volunteer, but I am glad to see this research occurring. Maybe soon we will get the benefits of hookworm injections through some kind of pill or less invasive treatment

image used under a Creative Commons license from Wikipedia

Annie’s Snack Kits

snack mix

Who Doesn’t Like Quick Snack Mixes?

You gotta love quick snacks and lunchbox fillers.  Well, we sure do!  We found another good one on a recent trip to Target.  Annie’s has been a gluten free staple for years with their mac and cheese, cookies, and other things.  Now, we found snack kits.  Inside each kit, you’ll find a gf trail mix, granola bar, fruit bites, and bunny cookies.  Probably not something you’ll pick up for lunch everyday, but I can definitely see buying these for school field trips, beach trips, vacations, car rides, and overnights at grandparents and sleepovers.  Another good option for variety.  We love their cookies and fruit snacks.  You can’t go wrong with a granola bar.  And trail mix.  All yum!

Chex Oatmeal


GF Oatmeal Goes Mainstream

Up until now, you could find gluten free oatmeal, but just mostly in specialty stores.  Oatmeal, when treated properly, can be gluten free.  Now, however, you can find mainstream gf oatmeal by General Mills.  Packaged under the Chex brand, we found gluten free oatmeal at a variety of stores including Wal*Mart, Target, and Kroger.  Comes in individual envelopes like your traditional oatmeal, and in a variety of flavors.  We picked up apples and cinnamon.  The first thing I noticed was there was a lot more in each envelope than the other brands.  Makes for a big bowl of oatmeal.

It was the first time our girls tried oatmeal, with milk poured on top, and neither really cared for it.  Oh well, more for me!  Maybe they will grow into that taste.  Could be, as well, that we ate it in the middle on the summer.  Maybe on those cold January mornings they will appreciate it more!

Aldi’s Weekly Ad

aldi ad

Lots of GF at Aldi’s!

We opened the Aldi’s ad in yesterday’s News and Observer, and were shocked to see Aldi’s new line of gluten free products prominently displayed.  It seems they had good luck with their cake mixes awhile back (click here), so they expanded their line.  We do mean expanded.  While we did not go to a store yet (but will race there this weekend!), just from the ad we see lots of things we want to try.  Pizzas.  Baked chewy bars.  Pretzel sticks.  Wraps.  Pasta.  Chicken nuggets.  Cookies.  Even gf frozen lasagna.  So exciting!  We notice the store brands coming, like all the additions to Wal*Mart (click here), which seems to be helping lower all the gf prices.  Good news, and hope to see further products coming from national chains.

You can find lots of Aldi stores in the Triangle by viewing the Raleigh Cel Kids Google Map here.

Where’ve We Been?

A little bit of everywhere, to answer the question!  Definitely a busy summer in our family.  We hope to get back to some regular postings, although we are seeing so many great resources out there to help as well.  From other blogs, websites, and apps, the whole gluten-free/Celiac experience is much different when we started this blog several years ago.  In that thought, our blog could change as well, and we would love to know what you would like to see this space used for.  Still posting new gluten free items we find?  Questions for the group?  Please comment to share your thoughts!

Great Value (Wal*Mart) Cookies


Generic Oreos!

To round out our little mini-series on all the new products from Wal*Mart, we also found chocolate and vanilla sandwich cookies (Oreos).  Another great find.  You can see they come in a pretty large package for a decent price.  So often gf cookies come in a smaller package at a much higher price.

I love to see this, as so many times you need quick cookies for school, a project (Dirt–an awesome dessert!), or just for a snack.  Whole Foods, Earth Fare, and other stores can be a hassle to get to at times, but you can always find a Wal*Mart.  So excited to see them expand their options, and looking forward to seeing more gluten free items in the future!

Wal*Mart Granola

granola bar

More GF Wal*Mart Goodness

Continuing the series of new Wal*Mart gluten free products, we come to granola bars.  Bars like these have been around as long as this family has been gluten free.  Lots of variety here, but nice, again, to see a cheap product come in.  Five bars in a pack for $2.50, not too bad!  A few different flavors as well.  Fruit mix, trail mix, and our favorite, chocolate chip!

Wal*Mart Cookies


GF Cookies

So we mentioned Wal*Mart’s extensive new line of gluten free products.  Some of you noticed those as well.  Another thing we found were gluten free chocolate chip cookies.  Who can go wrong with cookies, especially at a reasonable price.  This sort of reminds me of the Chips-Ahoy style container, not the small little containers that usually come with gf cookies.

Definitely excited to see this, and the other cookie varieties, as it will hopefully improve pricing on the ‘traditional’ gluten free products.  We definitely do not want to see them go out of business, but we want cheaper prices so we don’t go out of business!  As we see more national brands of gf products, I think we will see prices lower.

Wal*Mart GF Pretzels


Gluten Free Pretzels at Wal*Mart

Wow!  Wal*Mart really wants a piece of the gluten free buying cake.  We noticed some new products recently, then on a trip to the Wal*Mart behind Triangle Town Center this weekend, we found a BUNCH of new products.  One, gluten free pretzels, you can see in the image.  You can also see the price.  Definitely a big difference between these and the Glutino Pretzels, which we love.

These pretzels come under the Great Value brand of Wal*Mart.  We picked up a bag, and they pretty much taste the same as the Glutino.  We really like GF pretzels, with a good taste and decent crunch.  We love seeing some cheaper competition, and we will share a bunch more new Wal*Mart products soon.  Definitely take a look at the GF section next time you see a Wal*Mart.