Welcome back to week 3 of Gluten Free Fridays! If you haven’t been here before, let me get you up to speed. Gluten Free Friday is a weekly round-up of gluten and allergy free products. We feature the latest and greatest in allergy friendly food. See, I have celiac, my mom is on low FODMAP, and my daughter has multiple food allergies. Between the three of us, it can be hard to find things we actually enjoy eating! After a discussion about how far gluten and allergy free food has come since I was diagnosed with celiac in 2012, my mom decided to reach out to companies who make allergy friendly foods, allowing us to sample their product and bring the best to you, our readers. Yep, we try it all so we can get you up to speed on all sorts of gluten free food!
This week, we’re featuring five fun foods (and drinks) that are gluten free and allergy friendly. Let’s get started.
1. Kitchen Crafted Sprd is, well, a spread. Available in two flavors, Marinara Mia and Creole Kicker, these spreads are sure to liven up any sandwich. I liked the Creole Kicker on a plain ham sandwich (original, I know), but don’t stop there. Add Marinara Mia and pepperoni to a grilled cheese sandwich to make it into a pizza sandwich that any kid would love. Use Creole Kicker in place of plain mayo when making chicken salad. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination. So, why is the “EA” missing from SPRD? Well, the “EA” stands for “everything artificial,” which is exactly what Kitchen Crafted doesn’t add to their products.
Good For: sandwiches, dipping, as a mix-in
Contains: Eggs and Soy
2. Cheribundi Have you heard about the benefits of tart cherry juice? I hadn’t, but apparently tart cherry juice is a verified superfood. Not only that, but it tastes good too! It is tart- it’s in the name- but it’s become so popular in our family that when I go to grab one from the fridge, sometimes they’ve all disappeared. I like to mix mine with a little bit of sparkling water. Cheribundi packs 50 cherries into a single bottle of cherry juice, which they claim can help with everything from fighting inflammation to aiding muscle recovery. Cheribundi is non-gmo, gluten free, and contains no preservatives. We tried the original tart cherry juice, but Cheribundi offers a variety of flavors for everyone to enjoy.
Good for: Athletes, superfood lovers, juice lovers
Would also be great to use to make mocktails, sparkling juice drinks, smoothies and in cooking. I could see using this to make a delicious ice cream or sorbet.
3. Birch Benders Micro Pancakery Mixes Brunch. Brinner. I am all about breakfast foods…as long as it’s not breakfast time. When we received two bags of Birch Benders pancake mix to try, I was excited to plan a night of breakfast for dinner. We received a Paleo Pancake Mix and a plain Gluten Free Pancake Mix. They make a variety of pancakes for gluten eaters and gluten freers, so you’re sure to find one that suits your fancy. The Paleo pancake mix was made mainly of cassava flour, and were both dairy and soy free. Since they were gluten, dairy, soy, and oat free, everyone in our family could eat them! Even the gluten-lovers in our family raved about these. The Gluten Free pancake mix contains milk, which means the baby can’t eat them, but everyone else in the family is excited to try them. The best part? They’re easy to make. Just add water!
Good For: Kids, Brunch, Special Occasions, Meals, Would be great to use for specialty pancakes (just add fruit or chocolate chips. Or make my favorite, banana cream pancakes.)
Contains: tree nuts, coconut. gluten free version contains milk, paleo version contains egg.
4. Shanti Bar If you follow a special diet, snacks on the go can be hard to find. Shanti Bars takes care of this problem: whether you’re gluten free, vegan, or on a raw diet, these are for you. These bars were created by two women who had a background in sports nutrition and culinary arts. These bars are perfect for packing in your purse or gym bag and eating on the go. Shanti Bars are not only gluten free, they are also vegan, GMO-free, and packed with superfoods. Shanti Bars are also Paleo friendly!
Good For: Vegans, Paleo Diet Followers, People on a Raw Diet, Snackers, On the Go.
Contains: Tree Nuts and Coconut
5. Burt’s Bees Plant-Based Protein Shakes If you’re anything like me, you have a hard time eating breakfast. I mean, seriously, why is it so hard to eat before 10 a.m.? One thing that saves me on busy days is protein shakes. They’re filling, they’re nutritious, and they’re liquid. Way easier to keep down than solids. I’ve been a fan of Burt’s Bee’s for years now. I swear by their chapstick in the winter when my lips are dry. When we found out Burt’s Bee’s was now offering a plant based protein powder, I was intrigued. This Daily Protein does contain honey, so it’s not vegan, but it is dairy, soy, and gluten free. It is also organic and GMO free. Pea protein (the basis of this powder) is a little prone to clumping, so make sure you’re using a blender or shaker to make your protein shake instead of stirring. One serving of this protein shake has 15 grams of protein, which is definitely enough to keep me full until lunch! We got the chocolate and vanilla flavors, and I like the chocolate one. I usually prefer chocolate protein shakes!
Good for: Post-Workout, Breakfast Skippers, anyone who needs more protein in their diet, could be used in smoothies and some desserts.
Contains: No allergy warnings, but always read the label closely and call or email the company if there is any doubt.
The gluten and allergen free food world is growing by the day, so I’m seeing new products all the time. Are any of these products new to you? Which one would you like to try?
If you missed it, be sure to check out Gluten Free Fridays 1 and Gluten Free Fridays 2,
Gluten Free Fridays 4
Gluten Free Fridays 5
We also have a collection of Gluten Free Recipes, including everything from main dishes to desserts.