It’s Friday, and that can only mean one thing: Gluten Free Friday. There are a lot of gluten and allergy free products out there now, and it can be hard to know which ones are worth the money. Every Friday, we feature five gluten free and allergy friendly products here on Simply Southern Mom. Yep, we try them so you don’t have to. Let’s get started.
1. Blount Organic Soups
Soup is one of those sneaky foods that hides gluten. I mean, it’s a liquid, it shouldn’t need gluten, right? Gluten is most often found in soups as a thickener or as pasta. Blount Fine Foods understands that us celiacs need comfort food too, and offer a variety of frozen and refrigerated gluten free products ranging from mashed sweet potatoes to clam chowder. We tried the Organic Tomato Bisque and the Organic Broccoli Cheddar Soup. The tomato bisque went perfectly with a grilled cheese sandwich for a quick lunch, and the broccoli cheddar soup was thick and creamy. There are more flavors of soup that we want to try, so we’ll be picking up more soon!
Contains: varies by product
Good for: work lunch, quick meal, eating for one
2. Sunday Cats Nothing says summer like an ice pop, or a freezie, or whatever you call them. Unfortunately, these frozen treats aren’t generally the healthiest. They’re just frozen sugar water. Sunday Cats is changing the name of the game with their gluten free, vegan ice pops made of coconut water and real fruit juice. They contain natural electrolytes, making them a perfect choice for cooling down in the heat. They come in pineapple, watermelon, and strawberry lemonade flavors. Our favorite is the strawberry lemonade.
Good for: kids, sick days, summer cookouts
3. Earth’s Best Cookies makes organic foods for babies, toddlers, and kids. From formula to frozen foods, Earth’s Best has something for everyone. We received the KidSafe Cookies in several flavors to try out. The KidSafe cookies are gluten and nut free, making them an acceptable school snack at most places. They do have a slight aftertaste, but when we ran them by the kid’s taste testing crew that we found, they asked if we could bring more next time.
Contains: soy, oats
Good for:school or work lunches, snack, kid’s dessert, a sweet treat, picnics
4. Good Health Pretzels Good Health Snacks makes a variety of foods for the discerning snacker. We tried the gluten free pretzels, which are also free of hydrogenated oils, trans fats, and artificial colors. The pretzels were crunchy, salty, and perfect for having as a side to our favorite sandwiches. Even the gluten-eaters in our family ate them willingly! If pretzels aren’t your thing, Good Health also makes other gluten free snacks.
Contains: no top 8 allergens noted
Good for: snacking, packing in lunch boxes, making chocolate pretzel bark or party mixes, general recipes, topping or coating mixes.
5. Explore Cuisine Pasta makes pulse, bean, and rice pastas. Explore Cuisine pastas are gluten free, organic, parve, vegan, and non-gmo. Explore Cuisine is also dedicated to sustainability and fair trade. We received several varieties of Explore pasta to try, including the edamame flavor. We have used Explore Cuisine pastas in the past, especially the black bean pasta, which is one of our favorites.
Contains: Soybean and Edamame flavors contain soy.
Good for: pasta dishes, casseroles, salads
6. Munk Pack You’ve seen those fruit squeeze pouches before. But have you seen an oatmeal squeeze pouch? Munk Pack offers five flavors of oatmeal right in a convenient squeeze pouch. No more waiting for your oatmeal to cook, just grab a pouch and head out the door! Munk Packs are not only gluten free, they are also Vegan and non-gmo. The first bite of Munk Pack can be a little off-putting because of the texture. The flavor makes up for the fact that you’re sucking oats out of a pouch, and you adapt pretty quick.
Good for: on the go, camping, lunch boxes, snacking
So, that’s all we have this week. Which of these gluten free products would you want to try first?