New, Mainstream GF Taco Shells
You CAN find a variety of supplies for taco nights–you just need to look carefully. Taco shells from Trader Joe, salsa from a variety of places, even gf marked chicken (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=taco).
Now, however, you can find Ortega taco shells, marked gluten free, at your regular grocery store. We found them at Wal*Mart and Harris Teeter even had them on sale recently. They clearly say gluten free at the bottom. And how do they taste? Well, my girls both ate two heaping tacos, full of hamburger, lettuce, and cheese. Yeah, they are that good!
Picture a good slice of gluten free bread. Or gf pretzels. Or gf crackers. Now you smear on some chocolate peanut butter spread. Sound good? Yup, and you can get it gluten free.
Peanut Butter & Co. (http://ilovepeanutbutter.com/) makes a variety of spreads (doesn’t Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter Sound good??) you can get at Target. Viewing their website and seeing the label at home, we can be assured that spreading it on whatever medium, or right out of the jar, our girls can snack happily.
Another good company, focusing on gluten free!
More GF Drink MixesGluten Free!
So another drink mix, and yup, gluten free. At least the flavors we looked at. According to Kraft’s website, they will clearly label any gluten ingredient on the label. So while their Natural Lemonade did say gluten free, check the labels carefully for gluten ingredients.
More Healthy Choices at Chick-Fil-A
Thanks to our sponsor, Pat Berger, for sharing this story with us. We always knew Chick-Fil-A as one of the few fast food restaurants to cook their fries (make sure you ask!!) in separate containers to eliminate gluten contamination. And we could get a plain, grilled chicken breast (see here for how they label it). But now we see them target not only healthy eating, but Celiac, as they provide a new kids meal with grilled nuggets, milk, and a gluten free Buddy Fruit applesauce pouch. See the news release below:
Chick-fil-A Debuts One of America’s Most Nutritious Kid’s Meals (and it’s Gluten Free)!
Starting today, Chick-fil-A is taking another step in continuing to address the issue of childhood obesity by debuting one of the nation’s most nutritious kid’s meals. In recent months, many fast food chains have updated their side options in an attempt to offer healthier children’s menu items. Chick-fil-A instead is concentrating on making the entrée healthier by adding Grilled Chicken Nuggets as an alternative for children. The move marks the first time a national fast food chain has offered a grilled entrée as part of a children’s menu. The chain also is enhancing its side choices, adding Buddy Fruits® Pure Blended Fruit To Go applesauce as a complement to the Fruit Cup option Chick-fil-A added to its menu in 2004. And, the chain is removing drinks with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from its children’s beverage line and promoting one-percent milk, 100-percent apple juice, its signature freshly squeezed lemonade and water as drink choices.
Additional information on Chick-fil-A’s new Kid’s Meal offerings: Introduction of Grilled Nuggets:
- These gluten-free Grilled Nuggets are made from a boneless, skinless breast of chicken tumbled in a salt and pepper spice blend and then grilled to perfection. The four count is only 80 calories and 1 gram of fat, while the six count contains 110 calories and 1.5 grams of fat.
- Addition of Buddy Fruits® Pure Blended Fruit To Go: Apple Cinnamon: Each squeezable fruit pouch is gluten free, all natural and contains 100 percent pure fruit. It is 60 calories, 0 grams of fat and equals one serving of fruit. Improved beverage options:
- Drinks with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are being removed from the Kid’s Meal beverage choices. Children’s drink choices now include one-percent milk, 100 percent apple juice and freshly squeezed lemonade (30 percent DV vitamin C).
While in PA over the holidays, we stop by my grandparents for dinner. My aunt spent time before scouring the grocery stores of Pittsburgh in search of gluten-free snacks. While she did not know of all the mainstream snacks (Frito Lay brands) being gluten free, she finally found Snikiddy Mac n’ Cheese Puffs. We reviewed Snikiddy snacks in the past (click here), we had yet to try their puffs.
The girls (and other people there for dinner) definitely enjoyed these puffs. Just like similar puffs, with a good cheese taste, and without turning their fingers neon orange. So nice, even though they do not need to, to see how family rallies around Celiac for our girls!
Soft, Tasty, and Gluten FreeGluten Free!
We mentioned Snyder’s of Berlin in the past, not to be confused with Snyder’s of Hanover. Snyder’s of Berlin (click here) is a smaller company in Pennsylvania that makes a variety of snack chips.
Anyway, while in PA for the holidays, we picked up some hulless puff’n corn. Think popcorn without the hard parts, just the soft parts. It actually even melts in your mouth. The girls loved it, and of course, it was clearly marked gluten free. You may be able to pick it up in North Carolina at local Sheetz stores.
Finally--A GF Label!
Girls received a couple Starburst banks over the holidays. Of course they fill them up with Starburst first, then once they eat the candy, they could use it as a bank.
The bigger news is that Starburst actually put gluten free on the label. I do not recall seeing a GF label before, even though we had been buying them based on the ingredient list. Now we know for sure!
GF Gingerbread Men!
Over the holidays, we found gingerbread shaped cookies at Whole Foods from Mi-Del. Mi-Del makes a variety of cookies (http://www.raleighcelkids.com/?s=mi-del), and this latest is another in a long line of them.
We mentioned many times the importance of finding things like this, decorated for holidays, to a Celiac child. When they see all the advertising and publicity for other products receiving their holiday ‘dressing,’ brands like Mi-Del help our children share in that holiday spirit. Hopefully we will see more products like this next Christmas.
Yummy White Sandwich
While many good varieties of gluten free bread exist, we have yet to find a bread close enough to wheat bread, with the light, airy feel and taste. Enter the Whole Foods White we found recently. As my daughter Lucy put it:
It was different from the other breads. It looked like it was bigger than the other bread. It tasted like regular bread.
Plus she further added that it looks like the bread her friends have in their lunches. Hopefully we will get to sample some at the upcoming Whole Foods Bakehouse tour!
Lemon For DrinksYup, Gluten Free!
Everyone likes a nice, refreshing glass of lemonade, or a spot of lemon in their water. Often, with Celiac, you do need to watch things like lemon juice and drink mixes for extra gluten they put in with the product to keep it from clumping or for thickening.
Not so with True Lemon. True Lemon comes in small packets that you can put in your drinks quickly, stash in a bag, and have your lemon. It clearly is marked gluten free on each packet.