I did get a chance to squeeze in a haircut and head to the Gluten Free Allergy Free Expo on Saturday. I won tickets thru SunButter and my eyes are now WIDE OPEN! If there is one near you, I highly recommend it! The best thing about these fairs is being able to try products that you normally wouldn't find in a store near you.
The fair happened at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and was held Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. I was recently diagnosed with a moderate wheat allergy and a mild peanut allergy so this fair was perfect for me!
So I am going to walk you through my experience at the fair and highlight my favorites.
And read all the way through for the GIVEAWAY at the end.
They had goody bags for every single attendee. (Single day tickets started at $15 for adults)
And a photo booth...of course!
My first stop and my newest peanut free love - SunButter!
I met the super awesome Juli at the booth. Which means - GIVEAWAY coming soon!
Have you ever tried SunButter? It tastes just like peanut butter except a little saltier. Ever since we replaced peanut butter in our house, the kids have LOVED it and ask for it even when PB is an option. (Both my kids' best friends have peanut allergies and they have to have an alternative if they want to sit with them at lunch)
This time it is pumpkin seeds and not sunflower seeds. I tasted these SuperSeedz for the first time after the Phoenix Marathon. I think back then they had three flavors. Now they have a ton including Tomato Italiano. Great alternative to eating nuts. They are gluten and tree nut free.
I buy mine at Sprouts but they are available on Amazon.
One of the things I miss most about being wheat free is soy sauce. And with soy sauce comes my favorite - Chinese food! I miss pot stickers and egg rolls. No worries any more!
How good do these look? And the veggie versions are vegan too!
These are not new but they are delicious. When you need a snack or a delicious crunch, these are awesome. They have 6 grams of fiber and 5grams of protein. They are vegan and gluten free.
Lots of fun flavors including Pico De Gallo, Nacho and Salt & Pepper. (I am a sucker for salt & pepper anything!)
This isn't really a peanut or wheat substitute but it is a healthy alternative to soda. Kombucha is a fermented average which means it has tons of good gut bacteria in there. LIVE makes their kombucha taste like soda and makes different flavors including my three favorites - Cola, Ginger and Root Beer.
And yes, they taste like their soda counterparts. I get mine locally at Jimbo's.
6. SAN-J Tamari
Remember when I aid I miss Chinese food? Well, I am so thankful for San-J's tamarin based products including their Tamari (wheat free soy sauce - side note: traditional soy sauce is wheat based. Check your labels!). We use the Tamari Ginger or Tamari Sesame at least 1-2 times a week. Their sauces are delicious and gluten free.
They are also peanut free with the exception of the Tamari Peanut. I buy them locally at Ralph's Grocery.
Of course the food that every newly minted Gluten Free person misses is Pizza! Well, Smart Flour was my favorite of the three different pizzas we tried at the Expo. They use a blend of amaranth, teff and sorghum to create a pretty darn good facsimile of pizza.
My favorite flavor was by far the Tuscan Two Meat. It had peppercinis in it! It is available locally at Sprouts, Bristol Farms and Ralphs.
So during really long runs, Jenn likes to eat pretzels. And before I was diagnosed I would always beg her for some. A salty carby snack while running is key! Thanks to Glutino's I won't have to go without pretzels.
This was one of the foods I ate where I was surprised they were gluten free. "These don't taste gluten free." Whatever that means! These are available locally pretty much anywhere.
This was probably the best savory new thing I tasted at the Expo. Holy YUM! You couldn't tell it was gluten free at all. Really good flavor, cheesy and delicious.
I couldn't get a picture of the actual food because there was a crowd around the booth but suffice it to say that the food looked and tasted better than it looks on the package. I get mine locally at Target.
Carrot Cake. Don't let them fool you and call this a loaf. It is cake and it is delicious and all the words that cake should be. Yes, like MOIST!
This one is available locally at Whole Foods but there isn't one real close. Luckily, they do an online sales too!
I have loved these forever and I have been DYING to try their gluten free version. And yes, they are every bot as delicious as their regular variety. I think their maple flavor is my favorite.
I like to have 1/2 a waffle about 1 hour before I work out and the other 1/2 at the halfway point of a super long run over 20 miles.
These are amazing! When I was in law school, we went to a bar called Nick's in Pacific Beach and they had these amazing potato quesadillas. That is what these taste like except no cheese and gluten free. A little healthier and made out of potatoes and garbanzo bean flour. So more protein than a regular tortilla.
They are a local San Diego company and I love them. The people are super nice and their tortillas make me want to cry with joy! They even have a sweet potato version. You can find them locally at Jimbos and Sprouts!
There were so many other awesome products there. I wish I could go back again and again to make sure I give each booth fair time. But I think I tasted everything once and the above 12 are my favorite takeaways. BUT WAIT! A little tiny story about Nuttzo.
For 2014-2015, I was lucky enough to call myself a Nuttzo Ambassador. Unfortunately, since I was diagnosed with my peanut allergy, I had to step down. Not fair to promote a brand that I couldn't eat. (Yes, Nuttzo has a peanut free version made in a completely peanut free facility!).
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So tell me about your weekend? Are you tapering? Have you found any wheat or peanut free products you want to share with me? Have you tried any of the above? What is your favorite Nuttzo flavor?
As always, I wish you Happy Feet,