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!
- 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.