Happy Friday, dear friends!
Today I have three new-to-me food products to share with you.
Before we get to the reviews, a bit of background: over the past ten years or so, I have dabbled in trying a wheat-free diet. Some times are more strict, others more lenient - it’s been pretty sporadic. Overall, the trend for me is that a diet high in gluten containing products (ie anything wheat-based) does adversely affect my system. How? For me, lots of gluten consumption (cereals, bagels, bread, pasta, baked treats) brings on:
- gassiness (sure you wanted to know that one!)
- general digestive unhappiness
In the past, I’ve noticed much relief in sticking with corn, oat or rice based products. For example, let’s talk about cereal since it’s a subject near and dear to my heart! Corn Flakes, Rice Krispies, even sugared cereals like Cap’n Crunch and Frosted Flakes go down much easier than either Shreddies or All-Bran – those two are no bueno, as Gina (Fitnessista) would say!
For the past couple of weeks, then, I’ve made three dietary swaps:
1) OUT with Quaker 100% whole grain oatmeal and IN with Only Oats Quick Oats (manufactured by Avena foods in Regina, Saskatchewan).
[Sidenote: until a few months ago, I was under the impression that oatmeal was gluten free (GF). However...
"What about oats?...The problem is possible contamination of oats with other gluten-containing grains." (source)
Many thanks to Dorry who also discusses a gluten-free diet on her blog, today! That's where I found the information, above].
First Impression: love the dainty flakes! much smaller in size than Quaker oats.
Price: I was paying $3.69 at Valumart for a box of 12 x individual Quaker 100% oats sachets. My GF bag cost $3.99. At first, I thought that was a bit expensive; however, now I realize just how many servings I am getting out of the bag, and it’s turned out to be more economical by far than the way I was purchasing Quaker.
Taste: the very same as Quaker
Digestability: awesome: no bloating, gas or rumbles
Rating Overall: A+
Try Again? Definitely. Permanent switch predicted.
2) OUT with wheat-based cereals, IN with GF cereals
I’ve tried a number of specifically GF cereals in the past, particularly corn flakes, as well as other varieties picked up at health food stores. But I had never tried:
First Impression: these look like Kix! (a product not found in Canada, but that I just enjoyed in Aruba last week). The sweet coating (from sugar cane juice, primarily) reminds me of a less-sugared Corn Pops cereal.
Price: $5.39 for a 284 g box – not cheap, but breakfast cereals in general are not that economical a purchase.
Taste: nice…but they don’t rock my world. I do like the crunch factor.
Digestability: wonderful: no bloating, gas or rumbles
Rating Overall: B
Try Again? likely not
3) OUT with whole wheat bread or bagels and IN with GF white rice bread:
First Impression: these slices are TINY!!
Price: $4.99 and there are 13 slices in my loaf; definitely more cher than regular bread
Taste: absolutely wonderful – the bread is soft, the taste is mild, the texture is delightfully palatable (I’m keeping it in the freezer to stay fresh).
Digestability: divine: no bloating, gas or rumbles
Rating Overall: A- (the size factor is the only knock against this product)
Try Again? yes
Final Thoughts: I will continue to branch out into picking up more GF products, given the positive personal results experienced with switching to the oatmeal, cereal, and bread listed above. I do not plan to devote myself to seeking out a 100% GF diet at this time. A cookie here, a bowl of Kashi Go Lean Crunch there…a serving or two of gluten-containing products per day does not seem to affect me too negatively. I’m eager to do more experimentation, and try some more new-to-me items.
And a future step could include baking GF! Anyone up for gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, hehe?!!
Tonight’s project: ripping back the front neckline on A’s sweater:
Given that the neckband is a separate braid that you knit and then attach, I think the neck area needs to be slightly larger. Luckily, this is not a major fix – all in an evening’s work!
Any exciting Friday plans for you? Do enjoy!
Tomorrow is going to be Fashion Saturday!