This weekend I was lucky enough to attend Nourished Festival- the USAs Largest Gluten Free and Specialty Diet Festival. They had everything covered, from gluten and nut-free to paleo! It was so great to see brands making a conscious effort to be suitable for people riddled with allergies like myself. These were a few brands that I came across that really stood out to me.
Banza I’ve mentioned how much I love Banza before so I was delighted to see them set up in the gluten free area. Banza's chickpea pastas have almost half the carbs of a regular gluten free pasta and are loaded in fiber and protein so far more substantial too. Plus, they're delicious!! A lot of gluten free pastas can often be soggy, sticky or fall apart. The Banza brand has their gluten free pasta texture bang on. You can get a variety case of all their different types of pasta by clicking here.
Biena Snacks Another chickpea based food I loved was Biena Snacks chickpea puffs. If you've read any of my other posts you may have realised by now that I have zero chill when it comes to crisps/chips/puffs. I'm not going to have 'one serving', I'll have the entire share pack. For those of you who are the same, Biena snacks is a good option. The Aged White Cheddar (my fave) have 40% fewer carbs, grain free, gluten free, non GMO and vegetarian!! You can click here to purchase a pack to try out for yourself.
I already love a bagel, but The Greater Knead's cinnamon raisin bagel exceeded all of my bagel expectations. This brand is a godsend for anyone with allergies or a gluten intolerance as they really go above and beyond to ensure that their products are suitable for everyone. They are free from wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, soy, egg, fish, shellfish, sesame, and mustard. If that wasn't enough, they're also oat free due to the cross-reactivity oats can trigger in some individuals like coeliacs. Not impressed yet? They manufacture all of their products to ensure that they have total allergen control in our facility!! You can get a variety pack of their bagels, including plain, everything and cinnamon right here.
Farmwise To be honest, I'm normally suspicious of brands that claim they have transformed a regular junk food into a vegetable source. More often than not the 'veggie' based product contains 1% of vegetable powder and is simply a bland version of the junk food we know and love. So, when I came across Farmwise's Veggie Fries, Tots and Rings, I was pleasantly surprised. Each of their products have at least 27% of non-potato vegetables and legumes, with 9 vegetable servings in every bag. Plus I can genuinely say they were far from bland. I will most definitely be adding this brand to my weekly food shop.
I don't know the taste of actual peanut butter as nuts have been deathly to me since I was born. When I tried wowbutter- the peanut butter without peanuts, I absolutely loved it but presumed that it surely wasn't the same. I took some samples home for my non-allergic friends to test it out. Even those who normally detest my allergen friendly alternatives said that it was outrageously similar to the actual thing!! So, if peanuts are something you've had to recently cut out of your diet and you're desperately craving peanut butter, this is for you.
A brand I simply couldn't ignore is Beth's Bakes. It is run by a woman called Elizabeth who began making gluten free crackers when her daughter was diagnosed as a coeliac. I was so impressed with the extensive knowledge she had about each healthy ingredient in the crackers. To read more about the gluten-free, vegan, nut-free, soy-free, non-GMO and nutritious whole grains that the crackers are made from you can click here. I love carrying a pack of crackers around in my bag to nibble on throughout the day and these tasted absolutely divine!
Although there were so many fantastic brands at this festival these were the ones that really stood out to me. I would truly recommend to check them out. Also, a massive thank you to nourished festival for having me!
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