In a whirlwind, December has come and gone and left us with the bright, shiny hope of a new year filled with new possibilities. While not one to dwell in the past, one of my last blogs of 2014 is my month-end round-up of gluten and dairy free products that caught my eye.
While I discover and showcase new products throughout the year, the ease of access to my favorite grocers such as Whole Foods, Fresh Market as well as local stores such as Hoover’s Market has greatly improved during my hiatus from collegiate life over the holidays.
This round-up, while longer than usual, has some great products that I am very excited to showcase. Sweets, breakfast foods, and nuts caught my eye this month leaving a little something for everyone.
Cereal (Not the Podcast!)
Freedom Foods, a company that caught my eye at Expo East with their ancient grain flakes, enticed me once more with their corn flakes which are free from the top eight allergens and have an ingredients list that is pared down pronounceable, non GMO ingredients. I loved the golden, barely-sweetened taste of the flakes and the satisfying crunch they delivered despite being doused in almondmilk. In addition, they are vegan/vegetarian friendly, low in salt, and high in fiber. I have found Freedom Foods’ cereals at Hoover’s Market in Altamonte as well as Sustain Natural Market in Apopka. They also can be found on Amazon. For more information on the company and their full range of products, click here.
Nature’s Path earned their spot with their Mesa sunrise multigrain flakes featuring the combined forces of corn, flax, quinoa, and amaranth. Just as with Freedom Foods’ flakes, the cereal maintained its crunch despite a dousing of almond milk and featured a nice minimally sweetened whole grain flavor. This cereal has earned gluten-free certification from the Gluten Intolerance Group and additionally non-GMO certified and USDA organic. I have found this cereal at Whole Foods and Hoover’s Market and they can be found online at Amazon. For more information on Nature’s Path, check out their website.
Nuts for Nuts
Kirkland Signature, Costco’s generic brand, won me over with their dark chocolate almonds which are every bit as indulgent as one would hope they would be. Dangerously decadent and addicting, I must exercise every ounce of restraint to not gobble up half the bag in one sitting!
Trader Joe’s cinnamon almonds more closely corner the sweet cinnamon flavor I was seeking. Crunchy, Christmas-y, and not too sweet, these nuts powered me through finals week with flying colors.
Waffling in Pumpkin Spice
Disclaimer: This review is current to the original publication date. Updates will be noted. Ingredients and manufacturing processes can change without notice. Each product should be reviewed for individual nutritional needs. Feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments. I purchased all of the items featured in this post independently and it is a reflection of my personal opinion. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.