I was pleasantly surprised to run into Udi’s Gluten Free Foods at the Cheap Sally party at BlogHer ‘11 earlier this month in San Diego. Not only are they one of my favorite gluten free brands, Udi’s is also one of my fave local food companies as they’re based here in Colorado.
I’ve been buying Udi’s gluten free breads and pastries for my mother-in-law for several years now. I always make sure to have their cinnamon rolls or cookies for her when she visits. (She folds my laundry when she’s here and deserves a nice treat!) My children, who are not gluten free, love stealing Udi’s goodies from their grandma all the time. I have to yell at them to leave Nana’s gluten free treats alone!
Of course the kids were thrilled that I brought home a a package of Udi’s chocolate chip cookies in my party swag bag. Needless to say, the cookies didn’t survive until my mother-in-law’s next visit. The three of us (yes, I’m guilty, too) plowed through the cookies in a couple of days. Gluten free doesn’t mean tasteless. Udi’s chocolate chip cookies are awesome and better than many non-gluten free, store made cookies.
Back to school with Udi’s
Udi’s makes going back to school much easier for gluten free kids and their parents. Here’s why:
Breakfast – Along with cinnamon rolls, Udi’s sells three types of muffins - Lemon Streusel Muffins, Double Chocolate Muffins, and Blueberry Muffins. These are great grab and go treats to eat in the car on the way to school or during the morning rush at home. If you have a little more time, serve the kids Udi’s Gluten Free Granola or toast up some gluten free bagels. Just add some fruit and a glass of milk or juice, and you have a well rounded breakfast.
Lunch – The nice thing about Udi’s products is that gluten free kids don’t stand out by having weird food. They can have yummy sandwiches, subs, cookies and snacks, too, just like the rest of the kids.
Udi’s gluten free breads, as well as their bagels, are great for making sandwiches. Use their gluten free hot dog buns to make a mini-sub sandwich. If your child has access to a microwave in the cafeteria, put sloppy joe meat in a microwaveable container, pack a gluten free hamburger bun separately, and have them assemble the sandwich at school.
Snack time – Personally I love toasted Udi’s Cinnamon Raisin Bread covered in melting buttery spread as a snack. For kids who aren’t so easily pleased, try Udi’s cookies and a glass of milk. Or you can make personal pizzas for them using Udi’s premade Pizza Crusts, shredded low fat mozzarella, a little tomato or spaghetti sauce, sliced vegetables, and maybe some ham or sausage. Cook it according to the directions on the package.
Connect with Udi’s and get a coupon
You can find more about Udi’s products at their udisglutenfree.com. While you’re there, sign up for their enewsletter and receive a $1 off coupon on any of Udi’s products. Check out their Gluten Free Toolkit, too.
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What’s your favorite Udi’s gluten free product?
Disclosure: I received a package of Udi’s cookies at the Cheap Sally party. All opinions are my own.