A New GF Cracker
We continue to find more and more snack foods in regular stores. Our latest find, Crunchmaster’s multi-grain crisps we recently found at the new Wal*Mart in Raleigh. Early in the 2000s, gluten free crackers were pretty gritty, without a lot of taste. We have come quite a ways in a few years. These multi-grain crisps are really tasty–even our girls will eat them.
Whenever we ‘entertain,’ we would always put out cheese and crackers, and the crackers, of course, contained gluten. Our girls would just eat cheese. Now with these crisps, we can put them out, and even our guests enjoy them. Yum!
A Quick, Semi-Healthy Snack
We found another option for gluten free snacks recently at BJs. You probably saw the Robert’s cheese puffs and other snacks at BJs and Trader Joes (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=robert). Now we found Sensible Portion Veggie Straws. Very similar to Robert’s Potato Flyers, Veggie Streams come in potato, tomato, and spinach flavors, although they pretty much all taste the same. They do say lightly salted, although they taste VERY salty to us. Something to watch.
Another good alternative to a bag of chips for school lunches. With at least a little bit of veggies in them, we do feel a little better sending these in lunches, taking on trips, or just for snacks. Especially when this company labels their bags so well. Love to see the gluten free clearly on the label!
Finally--More Flavors From Annie's!
So you probably tried Annie’s gluten free mac-n-cheese in the blue box by now. Annie’s produces many cookies and snacks, not all gluten free, but all organic. We recently reviewed their deluxe Mac-n-cheese (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=1276) and bunny cookies (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=511). Both yummy as the girls shared with me.
Now we recently found their Snickerdoodle cookies at Kroger. We love this shape and size of cookie, since they can easily be put in a baggie for school or travel, or you can grab a handful on your way out the door. Another good cookie to try, your Celiacs will love them!
So what candy do you need to pick up for your Celiacs? Here are some past articles we wrote, but *as always–check the labels before you share these.* They were labeled gluten free or had gluten free ingredients at the time we wrote these, some articles over a year ago.
Jelly Beans. What is Easter without them? See http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=539 for some gluten-free varieties.
Peeps. Yup, all varieties and colors are gluten-free. http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=547
Cadbury. The Creme Egg company. See http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=544 for their info.
Have a community or home Easter egg hunt planned? Check out this post http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=535 for some good tips.
Another Good Read for Kids...
With children, sometimes explaining Celiac can be difficult. A few years ago we reviewed a couple picture books that became regular selections in our home (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=295). We recently found another, and while not still free, it definitely looks like a good buy at only $6.50:
Thanks for the over-whelming response to our “Free Celiac Kid Book” offer. We appreciate all the great reviews. It has been fun and rewarding to read about how this book has helped, enlightened and entertained so many children and adults alike. We believe that there is a great need for this type of children’s literature and you have proved it. Although our “free book” offer is over, we are currently offering The Celiac Kid at a reduced price of $6.50 (regularly $7.95) on our website. We also offer discounts on large orders. Please contact us if you have questions.
The Celiac Kid
Gluten Free TV Dinners!
Ok, so no one calls them tv dinners anymore, but do you remember all the Hungry Man dinners of the 80s? You heated them up, and in no time, you had Salisbury Steak, mashed potatoes, carrots, and apple crisp. Well good news! Now you can find microwavable dinners for your Celiac! During our recent trip to Kroger we found Gluten Free Cafe meals. First and foremost–they carry the Certified GF label, so definitely a good thing. They also come in a variety of good sounding flavors including:
- Homestyle Chicken and Veggies
- Lemon Basil Chicken
- Fettuccini Alfredo
We did not pick up any this time, as we did not think the girls would like them at this stage, but another great sign in the continuing explosion of gluten free options.
Exclusive Display at Kroger's
Ok, so if you did not notice the theme recently at the Cel-Kids blog, Kroger’s Rocks for GF Items! We found so many great things recently. We almost missed this exclusive display of items, near the bakery at the front of the store. On it, they displayed breads, bagels (which my daughter loves with peanut butter or melted cheese), and OATMEAL COOKIES! Yes, certified GF oatmeal to make some delicious cookies! LOVE IT!
Grab Your Milk to Dunk These Cookies!
Of course most of your Celiac children will not know all the types of cookies they are missing. Homemade ones, but also the Oreos and Chips-Ahoys of the world. When our youngest first received her Celiac diagnosis, we really felt bad that she would not experience all those (unhealthy) things. Fortunately though, years later, you can find pretty much every type of gluten-free substitute, and now even in regular supermarkets like Kroger.
We recently picked up a tray of Kinnikinnick Chocolate Chip cookies. They make a variety of flour mixes, and then more and more pre-made items. These cookies are very reminiscent of the gluten-type cookies. Lots of chocolate chips in each, and they hold up to dunking in tall glasses of milk. A good taste, and definitely worthy of a special treat!
More Gluten Free Cookies!
Boy, what a find! We often see gluten free items, but many times they say on the label some contamination may occur. Not Jennie’s Coconut Macaroons, which we recently found at Kroger’s. They say, very clearly, they bake the macaroon in dedicated facilities. Score!
The only odd thing is they package them in a can, but they taste great! Very fresh, light, and airy. We all enjoyed these!
A Hearty Breakfast from Ian's?
So we reviewed many of Ian’s products over the years. Of course you can get the individual packs of cookie buttons (reviewed here), very good fish sticks (reviewed here), chicken nuggets, and many other products.
While shopping at Kroger recently, we found egg and cheddar wafflewiches in the frozen section. Yes, a microwavable waffle sandwich. They come in packs of two. We picked one up, just curious, and while the girls liked the waffles, they were not too crazy about the entire sandwich. We tried them, and they reminded us of a good little breakfast sandwich. I do not think most kids would like these yet, but as they get older, they would definitely serve well as a quick little breakfast before school, a quick lunch, or even a snack.