Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest 2015: 5 NEW Fantastic Products
Favorite gluten quotes:
“Gluten would be easier to live with if it wasn’t so full of itself.”
“Giving up gluten is like leaving an unhealthy relationship.”
I attended my first “gluten free expo” event on March 1 in my hometown of Austin, Texas. I was blown away by the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest for its depth and breadth of gluten free health providers, cookbook authors and bloggers + household and food products companies.
While I aspire to be a DIYer more like the WellnessMama (also a Katie!), the reality is that I’m very much a beginning cook, I still don’t consider my energy anywhere near where it was pre-autoimmune, and I would rather spend my extra time meditating than making homemade snack bars for gluten free school lunches. Less than ideal, but honest.
So I will admit my goal for the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest: to find new brands of packaged gluten free snacks to insert more variety to my kids’ lunches (and keep the lunch-making process to under 5 minutes).
Here are my five favorite NEW products, as seen at Austin’s Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest. Note that none of these turned out to be lunch snacks, but they keep us healthy and taste good.
Note that many of these companies are small and working on their distribution, so check their websites for where to buy.
Bisogno. Gluten free pasta with 19 grams of protein. I have hypoglycemia so I’ve had to give up pasta unless I have a huge helping of protein with it. My doctor wants me to aim for 20 grams of protein per meal, which is harder than it seems. So when I find a pasta that tastes good and also has protein that’s GMO free and not derived from dairy or eggs (it’s from garbanzo beans, spinach and split moong beans)? Sold.
My Magic Mud. Natural whitening tooth powder that removes stains and toxins and also rebalances the pH balance of the mouth. I have been using it for a week and can already tell a difference in my teeth and mouth.
Freedom Foods. Amazing tasting gluten free cereals from Australia, an entirely GMO country (so GMO free is real). Actual kid quote: “This is my favorite cereal in the world.” Soooo good. They’ve also got a Nutella replacement that is nut and dairy free called SMUDGE that looks awesome for sandwiches.
gfJules.com. Gluten free flour, pancake, muffin, brownie, cornbread mixes. Website has tons of recipes and help for making the jump to gluten free. I sampled the gluten free bread and it was outstanding, way better than the three-letter brand that I normally buy. It tasted like normal bread – perfect texture and homemade taste.
Crafted Gluten Free. This family-owned business travels the country to farmer’s markets and food trade shows to curate the best new gluten free products that are packaged up into themed boxes. Personal favorite was the Kids’ Overnight Box to help the mom who doesn’t have gluten free in the house but still wants to kindly host your gluten free kid. Pricey but fun. The boxes are sold on subscription or by the box. You can also buy favorite products from their Store tab on their website.
Did we miss some awesome new gluten free products? Add ‘em in the comments. The list should always keep growing.
And I do recommend attending a Gluten Free Expo – there are several different ones. There are tons of free samples and it’s so nice to be able to eat anything you want. Plus it’s just nice to be among lots of people who are also gluten free if you’re usually the only one who’s gluten free in your group.
About the Author
Katie Cleary is founder of AutoimmuneMom.com. She lives with three autoimmune conditions, her husband, kids and mini labradoodle dog in Austin, Texas.
This blog post was originally published by AutoimmuneMom.com, written by Katie Cleary, and first published on Mar 10, 2015.
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