Monday, October 10, 2011

Annie's Goes Gluten Free & a Giveaway!

Annie's Homegrown and I go way back. At home my mother wouldn't dare let Kraft Mac n' Cheese or Ranch dressing in the house. Annie's White Cheddar Mac n' Cheese was a lunchtime staple and who doesn't love Goddess dressing? With that adorable bunny Bernie and their commitment to Organic, GMO free, no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, natural whole foods, what could you not love?

So when they asked me if I would like to try some of their new gluten-free products, I said of course!

First a note on Gluten-free: October is Celiac Awareness month. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder affecting 1 in 133 Americans today, where your body is not able to digest gluten-found in wheat, barley and rye. Treatment for Celiac disease is elimination of gluten from the diet-for life. Some people are also gluten-intolerant or sensitive, and some people turn to gluten free foods as a type of fad diet. If you think you may be gluten sensitive, see a registered dietitian to help you navigate a gluten-free world and eliminate some of your symptoms.
Only 5 years ago trying to eliminate gluten from your diet seemed like a death sentence of rice and beans for the rest of your life. Millet, buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth, nut flours, and spelt are "safe" foods, as are oats that are processed in gluten-free facilities. But the food industry has embraced gluten-free and now more than 2.6 billion dollars worth of products are sold each year. You can now find gluten-free breads, muffins, cookies, crackers, and scones in almost all grocery stores. Betty Crocker and Bisquick have even jumped on the wagon with GF cake mixes and pancake mixes. Just because something is labeled gluten-free doesn't mean it's healthy, but a great number of gluten free items are delicious and nutritious whether you stick to a strict GF diet or not!

Speaking of delicious gluten free items... back to Annie's! I received a little package that just made my night!

Annie's Bunny Cookies (think gluten free teddy grahams) don't stand a chance in my house. I love those little bunnies! Yes the first ingredient is still sugar so they're not the healthiest things in the world but you get 27 cookies for 120 calories. Instead off wheat flour they use rice and corn flours.

Organic Orchard Fruit Bites have no added sweeteners and are made just with fruit juice. Try to find another fruit snack on the market that can beat that! Each pouch has 1 serving of fruit. They are also certified organic, gluten free and gelatin free.

I tried grape and pink lemonade Organic bunny fruit snacks. They make a great pre-run energy boosts instead of gu-s. These would also make a great Halloween treat for trick-o-treaters.

For Mac and Cheese lovers Annie's also offers two gluten free mac & cheese options - Gluten Free Rice Pasta & Cheddar and new Deluxe Rice Pasta with Extra Cheesy Cheddar. The gluten free noodles (made of white and brown rice flour) are some of the best wheat-free noodles I've ever tasted.

I love Annie's commitment to reducing their carbon footprint. All the boxes are 100% recycled paperboard and they also use renewable energy sources.You can find Annie's products in most grocery stores, and they also shop free from their online store where you will also see that all their gluten free options are on sale this month!

But I couldn't keep all this glutenfree deliciousness to myself. Annie's has graciously offered to giveaway a box of Bunny Cookies and Organic Orchard Fruit Bites to one of my readers

Rules:
  • Open only to US residents
  • Leave a comment below telling me whether or not you've tried any Annie's Gluten-free products and what you'd like to try the most.
  • For an extra entry tweet: "Enter @Elizabetheats giveaway of @Annieshomegrown gluten-free treats http://tinyurl.com/3uk7tge"
  • Giveaway will close on October 16th, 2011 at noon.
Good Luck!

16 comments:

carlenesfigments said...

I have tried a few Annie's products before-one or two of the boxed pastas, but I'm super excited to know they have fruit snacks. Yes, I'll admit, I'm a big fan fruit snacks, but to know they are preservative free is a big plus!

Charna said...

I was always a huge fan of all Annie's products before finding out I was gluten intolerant. I've tried their GF mac & cheese, and it's definitely the best boxed pasta option available. I would love to try to the Bunny Cookies, and honestly anything GF that Annie's has to offer! Everything looks so yummy!

Janet said...

Like Chandra, I have had annie's bunnies prior to knowing I was gluten intolerant. I have heard that annie's has gluten free products now but haven't had the chance to try them yet. I would love to try the cookies :)

Melissa said...

I'm not gluten free, but my best friend and roommate is so I've tried quite a few GF products. Including Annie's mac & cheese (both kinds) and the cookies- the mac & cheese is great especially the deluxe one, nice and cheesey. I would love to try the fruit snacks.

Tanya @ Dine, Dash, and Deadlift said...

Are the gluten-free products still manufactured in the same facility as the wheat products? A few family members have Celiac and they tend to have issues when gluten-free products are processed in the same facility with wheat products, due to contamination of the GF foods with wheat. I would like to suggest these to my relatives, but knowing all of the problems they have had in the past with supposedly GF foods, I am now very cautious about what products I mention to them!

Thanks!

Alysa said...

I loved the bunnies before I was diagnosed with celiac. I haven't seen the gluten-free version, but would love to try them!!

Alysa said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/InspiredRD/status/123964392277671936

Nicole @WholeHealthRD said...

I tried the fruits snacks at FNCE and loved them! I'd like to try the Mac 'N Cheese.

Katherine said...

I've honestly never tried them, but the mac and cheese sounds great!

katherinedibello (at) gmail (dot) com

Super Squash said...

I've never tried Annie's gluten free products but I love everything else that they make! The whole wheat cheddar bunnies are soooo delicious!

proudpatriot07 said...

I've tried a few Annie's products, I really like the macaroni and cheese and also the bunny graham crackers.

But I haven't tried any gluten free ones yet (guess they don't have them in our stores?), and I would love to! I think I'd like to try the fruit bites.

Also I tweeted (@ProudPatriot07)

Amy Lauren
proudpatriot2007(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I've tried the dairy-free and gluten free cheddar mac & cheese. I added some mushrooms and peas, it was delish!

twitter handle: carepeltier

oatsnbows.com said...

I had NO IDEA that october was celiac awareness month! I'm GF and I LOVE annies :)

Tanya @ Dine, Dash, Deadlift said...

I haven't tried any of the GF Annie's products. I most want to try the Fruit Bites!

Anonymous said...

thanks

Darlene Minsie said...

I am not a fan of mac and cheese but I love gluten free pasta. Maybe I will buy two boxes of Annie’s Deluxe Rice Pasta with Extra Cheesy Cheddar for my cousin’s birthday.