It's about time this gluten free gal talked about some of the best tasting products on the market, especially knowing that the gluten free industry has topped the billions. Some recent taste testing and summer cravings has allowed for taste testing to happen this summer in this gluten free gal's very own kitchen.
One go to dessert item that has topped this gluten free gal's list is NadaMoo dairy free ice cream, also known as ice cream made with coconut milk. Nadamoo is by way of Austin, Texas and despite the fact it is not easy to find in local Southern California markets, it should be on shelves in every store. So many companies are producing products that include copious amounts of sugar, additives and other unhealthy ingredients, but what is truly needed to produce a good tasting dairy free ice cream has happened from the team at NadaMoo.
NadaMoo does not use cane sugar, but instead uses agave nectar and tapioca syrup which is lower on the glycemic index, according to NadaMoo and other ingredients. This gluten free gal's favorite flavor is the lotta mint chip and the listed ingredients from NadaMoo's website are: "organic coconut milk, fair trade certified organic agave syrup, organic tapioca syrup solids, organic inulin, fair trade certified organic chocolate chips (organic cane sugar, organic cocoa liquor, organic cocoa butter, organic vanilla) organic mint extract, organic guar gum, organic spirulina powder (for color) sea salt, organic locust bean gum. CONTAINS TREE NUTS (COCONUT)."
Next up for new products is Gaslamp popcorn which is a relatively small company that started selling their popcorn in 1998 in San Diego's Gaslamp District and now they are working on national distribution. Their kettle corn is sweet yet not overly salty and truly fresh tasting. The key is to try their popcorn and not eat it all in on sitting. Produced by Rudolph Foods in Riverside, a city about 30 minutes from the Los Angeles border. They currently sell three flavors to include: kettle corn, white cheddar and cinnamon caramel. Lastly they are working a sea salt and olive oil flavor. You can pick up your very own bag of Gaslamp popcorn in California at Safeway or Vons.
Moving on from the sweets for an adult and kid friendly snack is Mamma Chia's very own handy squeeze packs. These packs are great for on the go, whether it be if you are heading to the beach or grabbing the kids to take them to school. Started by Janie Hoffman on a rural farm as she loved everything chia just like this gluten free gal. She starting making various drinks and letting her friends try them when she realizes she was onto something. Janie's chia beverages were an instant hit and not only did chia seeds grow some sprouts, but Mamma Chia gained their chia wings, coining themselves as one of the first chia beverages and companies on the market. Their green magic chia squeeze is easy for on the go travel or just to get some greens and chia in to start your day. Mamma Chia can be found at various retailers nationwide, locally in California at Sprouts, Wholefoods, Costco, Target and various others nationwide. You can locate Mamma Chia on their website on the link for store locator and to see a wide range of other products.