Udi's Now Has Gluten Free Granola!
Gluten free granola used to be a pipe dream for Celiacs. Since the manufacturing process put granola in direct contact with gluten, Celiacs needed to avoid granola. Now, though, many companies take the manufacturing process more seriously, and we see gluten free granola options. We reviewed Trader Joe’s gf granola (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=512) and Mrs. May’s gf granola (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?p=638). Both are great options to put in yogurt, eat for snacks, and put into recipes.
While at Whole Foods recently, we found Udi’s joining the race with their gluten free granola. The girls definitely like Udi’s bagels, breads, and other baked goods, so we will definitely try their granola as well. Very encouraging to see a brand like Udi’s continue to make items that have generally been taboo for Celiacs.
More GF Cookies!
We definitely found lots of new cookies at the recent Gluten Free Fair at Whole Foods. When we saw jovial cookies, they actually had samples out in the aisle so the girls got to taste them. Jovial cookies are a little different. They come with either chocolate or vanilla cream filling inside. Not a sandwich cookie, but with the cookie baked around the filling. They also come in a GF fig flavor–yes, GF fig newtons!
When browsing the website (http://jovialfoods.com/), we found other varieties of cookies and pasta in different variations. They make one gluten free flavor of pasta, brown rice, and many gluten flavors. They also run an active blog full of recipes for great sounding gf pasta dinners.
Ok, so this one excites us for two reasons. First, Mi-Del takes the ‘messy’ out of s’mores. I know, I know, getting gooey marshmellows and melty chocolate is part of the fun of s’mores, but when you can buy an already made, non-messy s’more, I do not mind it one bit. The second thing I like is seeing gf snacks/treats in ‘lunchbox packs.’ In the grocery store we all push on buy the Animal Crackers, cookies, and crackers in their prepackaged bags, while we need to go through extra steps for lunches and travel. Not really difficult, but with these Mi-Del snacks, it definitely is appreciated.
Cookies for My Daughter...and Everyone Else
What kid does not like a product named after them? We found lucy’s Gluten Free cookies in many varieties recently at Whole Foods. These are actually the same GF cookies you can sometimes find at Starbucks.
So who is Lucy? Well, it is actually Dr. Lucy (http://www.drlucys.com/), a doctor whose daughter developed Celiac and Dr. Lucy knew she needed to find some good cookies for her. She could not find any her daughter liked, so she made her own. According to the website, they make the cookies in a dedicated kitchen, so you can be assured of no cross-contamination, earned the Certified GF label.
Finally...Mainstream GF Pretzels!
We visited Whole Foods the other day for the Gluten-Free Fair. While shopping after manning the booth for our time, we FINALLY found the gluten free Snyder’s of Hanover pretzel sticks. Huge find! The girls both LOVE these pretzels. In the past (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=pretzels), I mentioned how much my daughter (and us) like the Glutino pretzels. They contain a good taste, reminiscent of regular pretzels.
So what do we think of Snyder’s? Just as good. You really would not know the difference if you tasted both regular and gf pretzels. They possess a good crunch, flaky inside, and a pretzelly taste.
Thanks to Cel-Kids Board member Susan for pointing them out to us!
More Tortilla GF Chips from BJs
Another trip to BJs, another couple gluten free items we found. This time Xochitl (so cheel) tortilla chips. These ‘authentic’ style chips were clearly marked gluten free. They are a thin tortilla, tasting freshly made, with a hint of lime. Definitely a good chip with salsa and dips, and they come in a pretty large bag. Another nice thing about them is they do not possess the high amount of salt that many chips contain.
A Delicious Recipe for GF Cookies!
I always remember the pure chocolate cookies with the sugar sprinkled on the outside. They would be great in a glass of milk, and nice and chewy. Well we recently found and tested a gluten-free recipe, and let me tell you…just as good a the regular ones! Just use the Betty Crocker GF Brownie mix and some other basics, and enjoy delicious cookies!
Find it on the Betty Crocker gluten free site at:
Yup, A New Sticker for GF Orders
We recently stopped at the Chick-Fil-A off Falls of Neuse in North Raleigh. We always feel pretty comfortable getting their waffle fries, since they fry them in their own dedicated friers to eliminate cross contamination. We usually order a grilled chicken breast, sans bun, as well. Until recently, I never said ‘for a food allergy.’ This time I did, and they took extra precaution to avoid any cross-contamination, and even put the red flag sticker on the packaging. We LOVE Chick-Fil-A!
Come see the Raleigh Cel-Kids group, along with other groups and vendors at the Whole Foods Gluten Free Fair this Saturday (http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/raleigh/store-calendar/). Samples of products, information, and much more await you at the Wade Avenue location (directions here via our Cel-Kids Google Map). Hope to see you there–stop by and say hi at our booth!
Never Noticed...But Chobani is Certified GF...
I guess Greek yogurt is quite the rage these days. While at BJs recently, we picked up some Chobani (in the BIG pack!), and I noticed the Certified Gluten Free label on the package. Nice to see another big company put labeling on their packaging. So now we can feel pretty comfortable giving the girls Chobani and Yoplait, both of which label their packs.