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Every once in a while, I post about getting a win for gluten intolerance. Some wins are more exciting than others, but the bottom line is that the more wins we get, the easier living with gluten intolerance gets. In this particular situation, we get a small, but exciting win.
Glutino Gluten Free Breakfast Bars taste just like you would hope. I was never a huge fan of this type of cereal-replacing NutriGrain-style snack, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to substitute a bar for a meal once in a while. As for nutrition, you won’t be upset with yourself after eating one of these. If you are struggling to keep carbs out of your diet, you might want to steer clear, but for those of us simply looking for a gluten free breakfast replacement option, these are great.
The blueberry filling (my favorite flavor) is moist and the outside is chewy and flavorful. The serving size, as is usually the case with Glutino products, is spot on. Also as usual, this Glutino product is produced in a gluten free facility, so any fears of cross contamination can be put to rest.
Glutino has managed to produce a portable, tasty and most of all gluten free breakfast product that should find a home in your office desk drawer or kitchen cabinet. They are available at local Jewel stores in Chicagoland and I would assume they are easy to find in the rest of the country as well. Give them a shot and let us know what you think in the comments area.
I have never been a fan of frozen entrees. Mushy pasta, chewy chicken, tough vegetables…gross. There are benefits to frozen dinners. They save money over going out for food every day. They cook quickly in the microwave. The packaging is usually somewhat flashy and you feel pretty good about yourself when you pull it out of the office freezer. The problem is that the dish you pull out of the microwave generally looks nothing like the one on the package. Even if it does, the smell and taste hardly ever live up to the high hopes of the graphics on the box. I’ve tried to like them. I really have. Now I can say that I’ve found one that lives up to the hype.
I never noticed anything on my local grocer’s shelves that said Amy’s before. I know now that there are cans of soup, frozen dinners and other stuff. I came across Amy’s frozen entrees one day while desperately combing the frozen department looking for anything I could eat. I hadn’t been gluten intolerant that long, but was going crazy eating the same things day in and day out. I was hesitant to pick up any of them. I had lost a lot of faith in any kind of frozen entree, but I picked up a few of them. My initial reaction was that these were different. Organic ingredients and unique flavors combined for a more tasteful dining experience. Many of the meals left me feeling a bit bloated and uncomfortable, but that has always seemed like a trademark of microwave meals to me. There was one product that stood out above the rest.
The macaroni and cheese is awesome. I am not a macaroni and cheese fan. In fact, I hardly ate the stuff for years. But this is one frozen meal that lives up to all of the hype on the box. It tastes great, it looks like the image on the box and it doesn’t give you that feeling all afternoon that you’ve done something terrible to your body. As far as my office habits go, I keep one of these dishes in the freezer at all times. Knowing that I have a comfortably-filling, quick and easy meal just moments away helps to keep me sane on those really busy days. This mac and cheese also makes a nice side dish for two. Use it to complement grilled sausage for dinner. Easy, quick, delicious, gluten free. What could be better? Got a favorite gluten free frozen dish? Post it in the comments.