My daughter has a friend in school who has Celiac Disease and can’t eat anything with gluten in it. On the outside, this means her mom brings her own pizza and cupcake to birthday parties, she can’t eat any school lunches and she brings her own snacks to playdates. My kids, who seem to have stomachs of steel, eat anything and everything in their path, and unfortunately, I’m pretty ignorant to the restrictions that come with a gluten-free diet. When my daughter has her friend over, I am constantly asking her “Are you sure you can eat this?” and her response has been things like “Yes, it’s fruit.” My husband once in error bought a gluten-free frozen pizza from the supermarket and although I did eat it, it tasted like cardboard. My friend said “My poor daughter, she always eats cardboard pizza.”
Awhile back, one of our contributors, Jenny, had reviewed some of Udi’s Gluten Free Foods‘ offerings and definitely enjoyed them. I think that at the time, I chalked it up to her being a healthy eater, although I love the title of her blog, Gluten Free No Longer Equals Gross.
When Udi’s Gluten Free Foods approached me for a second time about trying some of their latest products for review, I said yes while simultaneously trying to formulate a post in my mind that was a mix of honesty and tact. My second thought was then maybe while I would be able to tolerate the food they sent, there was no way my kids were going to go near it with a 10-foot pole.
Here’s what came out of the box we received.
I just had to refuse my daughter a second helping of Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites and Maple Pecan Chocolate Chip Cookies. The brownies were as good as any gluten-full brownie I had ever had, and the cookies had a hint of maple syrup mixed with the taste of pecan that I love. At this point, I definitely agree with Jenny’s assessment – gluten free no longer equals gross!
People will avoid gluten for a number of reasons, and it is said to have many health benefits, even for those without a diagnosed condition. A friend of mine stopped eating gluten because she was constantly getting migraines and they disappeared. Another friend gave it up and within a few weeks felt like she had been given a brand new digestive system. Many similar health benefits have been recorded and there are many people who live with gluten sensitivities and just don’t know it. This school year, we decided to make small food changes to eat healthier, and will definitely be incorporating some of Udi’s Gluten Free Foods into our diets.
Visit www.udisglutenfree.com to learn more about their products, living gluten-free and join the gluten-free community online.