Friday, 20 June 2014

Natural Foods from Glutenfreeda

There are people who eat gluten free just because it seems like the new thing to do, people who have an actual allergy, and then there are people like Emily and I who just notice a huge difference in digestion. For me, living with IBS, it is important to pay attention to what bothers my stomach and what helps it.

I came across Glutenfreeda Foods on my search for natural products available here in Canada. All of Glutenfreeda products are made in a 100% gluten free facility using all natural ingredients, no GMO's, dyes or trans fat, and are certified kosher.

The assortment of oatmeal, and granola in particular jumped out at me.  The variety of flavours was quite nice and they all sounded appealing, especially the Strawberries Brown Sugar and Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal. I was kindly offered the choice of what I would like to try, to work with our dietary needs. I decided to go with the Apple Almond Cinnamon Granola, the Cranberry Cashew Granola, and since I couldn't choose between all of the oatmeal flavours, I had to go with the variety pack.

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The package arrived quickly. Emily was with me when I opened it and she automatically grabbed for a box of granola. We tried the Cranberry Cashew Honey flavour first. I loved that it could be eaten as is, with a bit of milk, or on top of yogurt for a quick breakfast or snack.. The granola came in four individual packages, which helped maintain freshness, and made for easy portion control. I found there was a fair amount of cashews and cranberries in each package. It had a good balance of savoury and sweet. We both liked it.

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Next, we tried the Apple Almond Honey flavour. This one was even better for me. I enjoyed the apple more than I did the cranberries (probably why I overlooked getting a picture). I loved the combination of apple and almonds together along with the granola. This is a granola that I would buy again and again, and would be especially great for camping, hiking trips, or to take with you when you are on the go, in general.

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Pictured: One package from start to finish, Banana Maple with Flax flavour.
Last on our list to try was the variety pack of the instant oatmeal. This box had 6 packets inside, 2 each of Banana Maple with Flax, Apple Cinnamon with Flax, and Banana Maple with Flax. I haven't seen a Banana Maple instant oatmeal anywhere else, but thought it was delicious. The maple raisin was yummy too, but I would have liked to see more raisins. And my favourite, the Apple Cinnamon. This is a pretty typical flavour, and I was happy to see it because it has always been my favourite! There was a good amount of apples in there, though I did have to add a bit of brown sugar.  I appreciated that none of them were overly sweet and that the addition of flax didn't stand out. I didn't even bite into any pesky seeds. :)

The directions called for 1/2 cup of boiling water for preparation using the method I chose, but I found that I didn't need the full amount. My advice would be to add the water slowly until you get the desired consistency.

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Emily likes it too! Complete with a blueberry stained, soy-milk mustache.
Overall, I am happy to have found this brand, and most importantly, it has earned Emily's seal of approval. Not only do they have some fantastic products that I have tried, they have several more that I look forward to trying in the future. The website itself is a great resource for those dealing with gluten allergies, and has some delicious sounding recipes (many of which I'd like to try myself). I would recommend these products to anyone who eats gluten free, prefers natural products, other moms, and any campers out there. 

Glutenfreeda products can be found in natural food stores across the US and Canada, major stores in the US and on Amazon.com/Amazon.ca.

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Do you try to eat gluten free? Which flavour sounds best to you?
 
I receive sample products in order to conduct my reviews. Opinions are always 100% honest and my own.

48 comments:

  1. I do follow a gluten free diet, except every once in a while I have something when I am out socially. The banana maple sounds like it would be delicious.

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  2. I try to eat gluten free. I think the Cranberry Cashew Honey flavour sounds yummy.

    Narathip Wall

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  3. I eat gluten free, I have celiacs- the apple cinnamon sounds good

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  4. I don't eat gluten free but my husband does and the banana maple sounds yummy

    RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

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  5. Eliminating grains makes a great improvement in my digestion...I'd like to try these products from Glutenfreeda because I do miss bread etc.

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  6. I do try to eat gluten free and the apple cinnamon sounds yummy.

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  7. I don't currently have a gluten free diet but it's something I've been thinking about. There are a lot more choices now that are gluten free. The Apple Almond Honey flavour sounds good to me!

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  8. I incorporate some GF foods into my diet, and the apple cinnamon with flax flavour sounds delicious!

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  9. The Apple Almond Honey sounds delicious. We do not eat a strict gluten-free diet,however, we have begun to restrict gluten in order to maintain healthier digestion. It is really more that we are trying to diversify our diet
    Mary Beth Elderton

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  10. Yes I try to buy products that are gluten free. I would like to try banana maple with flax.

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  11. I don't currently eat gluten free but have wondered if it would help some symptons I have. The apple cinnamon sounds very good!
    via Rhonda W G.

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  12. I do follow a gluten free diet banana maple with flax.

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  13. I try to eat gluten free and the apple cinnamon sounds really yummy! (Suzi)

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  14. I try to eat as glutin free as I can and as for flavor I would say the best is apple almond honey !

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  15. My mom eats gluten-free, so I do too, most of the time. I think the Banana Maple sounds awesome.

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  16. My fiance and I both have to eat gluten free, the Cranberry Cashew Honey flavour sounds amazing!

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  17. I'd love to try the Banana Maple. I try to eat gluten free, but I allow myself to have gluten sometimes.

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  18. I do not try to eat gluten free but i do eat healthy. The flavor that sounds appealing to me is apple almond honey granola.

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  19. The apple cinnamon looks good.

    We eat almost completely gluten free in our house.

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  20. Thanks for this great review and endorsement by Emily. I have two daughter in laws that have to eat gluten free.

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  21. I don't eat gluten free, but my friend's 13 year old daughter has celiac. The apple cinnamon sounds delicious.

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  22. My daughter would love this:)

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  23. Jonathan Rieksts23 June 2014 at 08:38

    Good Stuff

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  24. I've tried in the past, but didn't plan well so I stopped.
    The apple cinnamon sounds like a nice flavour

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  25. My husband is gluten free and he loves the Apple Cinnamon with Flax

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  26. I try to but it's hard sometimes, and Apple Cinnamon with Flax sounds good to me!

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  27. I don't need to eat gluten free, but I try not to eat it at every meal. The Apple Almond Honey granola sounds great to me.

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  28. I haven't tried goinh gluten free yet. I like the Apple Cinnamon with Flax oatmeal.

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  29. My mom has been advised to go gluten free and let me tell you it's really hard! This would be an awesome win for her...I think she'd love the Banana Maple with Flax.

    Rafflecopter name: Sarah S.

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  30. We don't eat gluten free but we try and get extra fibre in our diets and oatmeal and granola are so tasty and easy. I'd love to try the Cranberry Cashew Honey flavour.

    Thanks for making this giveaway open to Canadians and posting it to my weekly giveaway linky.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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  31. Sometimes I eat gluten free and the apple Almond Honey Granola sounds the best.

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  32. I don't eat gluten free, but I do try to limit it. I think the banana maple sounds good.

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  33. We eat gluten free in our family. Neither my son nor I can tolerate gluten at all. Almond Honey Granola sounds great.

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  34. I eat some gluten free but not all. A lot of my family is completely gluten free. The Apple Almond Honey flavour sounds good.

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  35. These look so yummy and healthy too.

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  36. My daughter is celiac so we are getting used to it. The Cranberry Cashew Honey sounds pretty good and I wouldd like to try that one

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  37. My daughter has celiac. We are gluten free. I would love to try the Apple Almond Honey.

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  38. I haven't bought anything gluten free but would like to try them and see if it makes a difference for me

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  39. The Apple Almond Honey flavour sounds wonderful to me.
    I don't specifically try to eat gluten free, but I have siblings that do.

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  40. no,I haven`t tried to eat gluten free yet.The Cranberry Cashew Granola sounds the best to me.
    (Karla Sceviour)

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  41. I try to eat gluten free, the apple cinnamon sounds great

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  42. I don't always eat gluten free but I enjoy many gluten free products and have family members who have to eat gluten free. The Apple Almond Honey flavour sounds the most appealing to me.

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  43. I eat gluten-free sometimes. I'd like to try the Apple Cinnamon with Flax cereal.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  44. The maple raisin sounds good. I eat gluten free b/c I feel better.

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  45. I have been gf for almost 6 years now - sadly, not a choice for me.... but the Apple almond honey flavour sounds amazing!

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  46. Sounds delicious and nutritious. Haven't really tried a lot of GF products before. The Apple Cinnamon sounds delicious

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  47. Bailey Dexter I have to eat gluten free, so now my family is all gluten free. I make just about everything from scratch. But We love trying to new products. The Apple Almond Honey sounds like a tasty combination!

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