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Top 20: Gluten-free and Dairy-free Products Finds at Expo West 2015

Coconut cream pops Expo West

Coconut cream pops Expo West

Expo West is simply the best and the largest natural foods event in the United States. Each year the event grows in exhibitors and attendees and shows no signs of slowing down. One of the trends noted this year was the surge of vegan/gluten-free products, like bread, cheese, cheesecake, cookies, frozen desserts, macaroni and cheese, salad dressings, yogurt, etc.

Here are this Examiner’s top 20 gluten, dairy, and vegan product finds:

  • CoYo’s coconut milk yogurt hails from Australia and is made from coconut cream and natural flavors in four varieties: Natural, Mango, Mixed Berry, and Raw Chocolate. The berry and mango are incredibly creamy without a funny taste or texture and taste fantastic. This product debuted at Expo West 2014, but this was my first time trying it and color me impressed. Availability: In stores
  • Cosmo’s Dairy-Free Spicy Ranch is thick, rich, and mildly spicy. Made from coconuts, it works as a salad dressing, dip, and sandwich spread adding a nice kick to what would be ordinary. It does contain eggs, but is soy and nut free. Availability: Online for now
  • Daiya Foods, Inc. gets a nod for their new Cheezecakes and Cheezy Mac kits that are soy free and vegan. Available in three flavors, Deluxe Alfredo, Deluxe Cheddar, and Deluxe White Cheddar Veggie Medley, each kit comes with a bag of liquid cheezy sauce ready to be combined with cooked brown rice pasta.Their cheezecakes are also available in four flavors: New York, Chocolate, Key Lime, and Strawberry. Availability: Rolling into stores now

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Top Gluten-Free Picks from Expo West 2013

daiya-expo-west-2013There was definitely a lot to take in at Expo West in Anaheim, CA. This year’s event saw record attendance of 63,000 industry members and 2,428 exhibiting companies. Needless to say, that is a lot of ground to cover in three days, but I did my best.

I thought this year I would let you know about my favorite products found at the event, and then follow up with a more thorough article of all of the notable gluten-free products. Here are my top gluten-free picks in alphabetical order: Read More »

Trader Joe’s Gluten-free Macaroni & Cheese a Hit

Trader Joe’s has a nice variety of gluten-free products available.  These products range from frozen waffles, to granola, Lara bars, brownie mix and bread.  One of the favorites for kids is the boxed macaroni & cheese. 

Trader Joe’s gluten-free macaroni & cheese is very easy to make.  Similar to the Kraft macaroni & cheese, the pasta is added to boiling water and cooked for 10 – 12 minutes.  While the pasta is cooking, the cheese mix is mixed with 1/4 cup of low-fat milk and stirred.  Once the pasta Read More »

Traditional Passover Food Find

Yesterday was the start of Passover. Although I am a catholic girl, and quite honestly know next to nothing about this Jewish holiday, I do know one thing. This is the time of year where you can often find matzo stocked on the shelves of supermarkets.

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In elementary school we would always learn about the various traditions of each holiday, and I always looked forward to when my mom would bring home matzo for my brother and me. We would eat it plain, with butter, or my mom’s personal favorite with Read More »

Treat your sweet tooth to some chocolate from Sweet Riot

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With Valentine’s Day just a few short weeks away, why not treat your loved one (or yourself for that matter) to some delicious chocolate from Sweet Riot?

sweet-riot-cocoa-nibsSweet Riot is not only tasty chocolate, it’s chocolate with a purpose. All of their chocolate “peaces” are made from all-natural ingredients, and the company has a strong commitment to fair trade and ethical business practices. You can learn more about their mission statement here. Read More »

Tropical Foods Introduces Gluten Free, All Natural Croutons to My Salad Bar Line

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tropical Foods, a food manufacturer that specializes in raw and roasted nuts, dried fruit and snack mixes, has launched a new addition to their My Salad Bar line with gluten free, all natural croutons.

“Gluten causes some people serious health problems. Our new gluten free croutons will help these people enjoy the flavor without the gluten health hazards”

Tropical’s new Gluten Free, All Natural Croutons are bursting with the flavors of Honey Mustard or Italian. The croutons are low calorie, fat free, cholesterol free and have very low sodium. Read More »

Trying Out An Old Favorite with Pete & Gerry’s Eggs

When I was little I loved American Girl dolls. It seems like yesterday that I was picking out my first doll, after my “Twin Doll” sadly lost her head four times. I can remember my mom suggesting I get Samantha because she was the one that looked closest to me. However, the doll I chose was Molly because she had glasses just like me. I loved that doll, I read all the books which went along with her; even dressed up as Molly for Halloween one year.

One year we threw a birthday party for Molly. My mom being the creative person she is went all out! We made homemade headbands; an idea from one of my American Girl Magazines and ate dishes of food that Molly would have enjoy during the era in which she lived. It’s one of those childhood memories I won’t forget.

Over break I received eggs from Pete & Gerry’s Organic Eggs; a company I met at this year’s summer Food Fete. My brother laughed when he asked what was in the package and I excitedly responded Read More »

Udi’s Bread: What’s UP with All the Holes??

I asked a few celiac friends if they had noticed a change in Udi’s bread. They all answered with the same statement; “Yes, it’s full of holes!”  I emailed Udi’s a few times, but never heard back from them. So I did what all good little bloggers do and posted a picture on my blog.

Udi's Gluten Free BreadI have no idea how many people have complained to Udi’s about their hollow bread, or if they are taking measures to correct it. They certainly have not asked for my two cents (imagine that!). But as a celiac with a nutrition and food science background I know that if you add too much yeast or baking powder in relationship to the flour; or you Read More »

Udi’s Gluten Free Buns and Ancient Grain Breads

Udi’s Gluten Free is launching their NEW line of Hamburger Buns, Hot Dog Buns and two varieties of Ancient Grains Breads this month… just in time for your summer BBQs!  I have been waiting for what seems like a very long time for Udi’s Gluten Free to make buns; I figured that since their bread is soft, delicious and doesn’t need toasting that their buns would be superior to others on the market.  I was right.

My family sampled Udi’s new gluten free buns and Udi’s new gluten free Ancient Grain Breads and they were a hit!  My daughter enthusiastically announced “I love Udi’s Hamburger Buns” at the dinner table; I especially liked them toasted on the grill.  I was impressed by how Read More »

Unique Gluten-free Finds at Expo West 2012 – Part 1 of 4

Gluten Free Works Jennifer Harris

Gluten-free Finds at Expo West 2012

This was my second time attending Expo West and this time I attended as a member of the press for Examiner.com.  I have been writing for Examiner.com as their Atlanta Gluten-free Examiner since 2009, so it was very exciting to receive press credentials and attend.

Attending as a member of the press means I had access to the press room to review materials, I was able to talk with the public relations specialist for companies and I got to chat with other journalist to see what they thought of the show.  Overwhelmingly they all commented on the increased number of gluten-free products at this year’s event.

Last year I was completely overwhelmed by the experience, so this year I was more prepared.  I spent the majority of my time in Room E, which housed those vendors with new products.  The room was full of gluten-free products and after four hours of combing the room I still had not seen all of them.  The best part was a large percentage of the new gluten-free products had Read More »

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