Last Sunday I grabbed my passport and headed to Schaumburg to
the Gluten and
Allergen Free Expo. My friend Kendra Peterson from Drizzle
Kitchen and I drove in together. We had a mission to find clean
and healthy gluten-free products. And we indulged a little too.
I was looking for the cleanest ingredients out in the allergy
free market. I like my products to be free of gluten, soy, dairy
and corn at the very least. Why corn? I find corn to be a cheap
filler, often high in GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). I also
look for the hidden corn in baking powder or Xanthan Gum. You have
to ask if there is corn, or in this case it was labeled at the expo
what each product contained, whew! And, often
gluten and corn sensitivity can overlap in terms
Free mixes are pretty darn good. When in a bind during
the holidays I have fallen back on their sugar cookie mix and it
was excellent. What is exciting they are making their pancake mix
and a couple of mixes free of sugar so you can sweeten it yourself
with your preferred "sugar." I like any product I can control the
amount of sugar I use when I bake.
Namaste Gluten Free
Foods: The reason I buy their gluten free pancake and
waffle mix is that is it free of all sugars. It is also nut and
peanut free. We stuck some Sunbutter on my son's pancakes to help
give it a boost of protein and that will last him all morning.
Their chocolate cake mix is my favorite go to when I am in a bind.
They just launched a new coating mix line including Homestyle (for
fried chicken), BBQ and Hot 'n Spicy… I see crockpot wings coming
up this summer.
The only healthy cracker by my standard I found was by
Crunchmaster and that was their
7 Ancient Grains with a hint of sea salt. No corn
or dairy unlike some of their other brands, and anything made with
ancient grains is a win-win for me.
Free Foods: Sweet Bella the Italian Chef with Celiac
disease has an all purpose baking mix I am eager to try as well as
her focaccia/pizza mix for our Friday Night pizza and movie night.
I remember when she launched last year and loved how clean it
tasted. She says, "no corn in my products!" with such pride.
Canadian Based company, Allergic
Solutions has a whole line of mixes that is out. Their
allergy guidelines are more strict than ours here in the United
States so I trust their line a lot more. Their yeast-free bread was
moist and had a nice fluff to it, which can be hard to do when
making gluten free breads.
One of my favorite packaged food finds was Cybele's Free to
Eat new cookie line. Her chocolate chip cookie took me
immediately back to my childhood when I loved the soft and chewy
chocolate chip cookies by the Keebler Elves. Her cookbook has been
a go to for me for quite a few years. I have had to reformulate a
few recipes to make them egg and corn free, some with success and
some that were not so successful. That is the trial and error of
gluten free and allergy free baking.
The gluten free frozen pizza market is going to get better later
this spring with Smart Flour
pizza. They have a premade crust you can buy and make at home (and
I hear some local pizza companies may buy into their crusts so we
can eat out as well). Definitely buy this brand for something
different and does not use rice or potato based flours, they use
Looking for a lollipop that will give you an energy boost of
Vitamin B12? Revitapop is your
answer. They actually use the true form of B12 called
Methylcobalamin and not the synthetic form of B12 called
cyanocobalamin. If you want to know what the big difference is,
article. (Yes, go check your vitamin labels now).
And no corn or high fructose corn syrup in here either, made with
organic brown rice syrup for a slow release in the system.
My favorite raw vegan gluten free find was Hail Merry
Macaroons. I mean holy goodness that I felt like the
calories did not count because it was made with such wholesome
yumminess. Their new strawberry macaroons were fabulous and their
chocolate ones definitely satisfied my chocolate cravings with less
guilt of course!
If you want to learn more on some local finds, check out my
Chicago Family Health Examiner on supporting local
gluten free companies.
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