Release Your Inner Artist
Color Garden’s food dyes use red cabbage juice, beet juice, purple carrot juice and turmeric to create a rainbow of colors that are safe for food-sensitive bakers and their families. Turn your creative genius loose and make pretty baked goods sporting gorgeous hues. No garish, iridescent frostings here. These all-natural food dyes are available in special assortments—for the holidays, Halloween and spring/summer—as well as in individual color boxes. They’re fun to use and, above all, safe.
colorgarden.net (retail price about $9.75)
Tea With Benefits
We know that cold tea is refreshing, hot is comforting. But Organic Choice Teas goes beyond all that to target health issues. Boost energy, focus mental ability, help digestion, detox your liver, help your heart, the list goes on. Certified fair trade and organic using unbleached, natural-fiber tea bags, these wellness teas come in a variety of amazing flavors and blends.
choiceorganicteas.com (retail price about $4.99)
Morning Power Play
Here’s a healthy way to rise and shine. Boost your breakfast smoothie with NoGii Protein. NoGii’s nutritionally complete dietary protein comes from whey and quinoa, providing a full line of amino acids. Rich and creamy, your smoothie never tasted so good or offered so much. Giving you better energy and a satisfied feeling, it’s a noteworthy addition (gluten-free and so easy!) to your morning.
nogii.com (retail price about $49.99 for a 1½-pound tub)
We love Canyon Bakehouse for its solid history of recreating wheat bread favorites into tasty loaves and rolls that are safe for those who eat gluten-free. They’ve done it again with the launch of their Everything Bagel. This gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, soy-free bagel toasts up aromatic and delicious with its outside jam-packed with “everything”—garlic, onion, sesame seeds and poppy seeds. These bagels are worthy of Sunday brunch and ideal for breakfast at the office. (Use a safe toaster!)
canyonbakehouse.com (retail price about $5.49)
Take Your Pick
Nate’s Mediterranean Bites are a fun, nutritious addition to your menu. Whether served as a snack, a side or a main dish, these falafels with tzatziki sauce are a gluten-free treat that’s convenient and healthy. Available in four varieties—Kale, Southwestern, Garlic Pesto and Sweet Potato—they go from freezer to plate in just minutes. They’re made with wholesome garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas), packing plenty of protein and fiber without a lot of calories.
natesmeatless.com (retail price about $4.99)
2 Good 2B True
A rich, creamy, ready-made cheesecake that’s dairy-, gluten- and soy-free! Is this a dream? No, it’s Daiya’s new allergy-friendly Cheezecake, available in your grocery freezer section in four fabulous flavors—New York, Strawberry, Key Lime and Chocolate. These desserts are good. Really good. The light, luscious cream cheese-like filling nestles in a gluten-free crust that tastes just like real graham crackers. You won’t miss the dairy, gluten or soy.
us.daiyafoods.com (retail price about $8.99)
Pack a Snack
Are you out and about and getting hungry? Wild Garden’s Snack Box to Go to the rescue! This gluten-free product line is super-convenient and great tasting. Shelf-stable snack boxes combine hummus (Roasted Garlic or Traditional) with your choice of Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Veggie Chips or Sea Salt Quinoa Chips for a tasty, low-cal snack that delivers a good measure of protein. Stash some in your purse, briefcase or lunchbox for whenever hunger strikes.
wildgardenhummus.com (retail price about $1.99–$2.39)
Introduce your family to a delicious new concept of fast food, fresh from your oven. Blake’s All Natural Foods now offers frozen Chicken Pot Pie (white meat, veggies, cornbread crust) and Shepherd’s Pie (ground beef, corn, potatoes) that are organic and gluten-free. This fourth-generation family business claims to make every pie from scratch in small batches. It sure tastes that way! A quick, no-fuss way to put a comforting meal on the table.
blakesallnatural.com (retail price $3.99–$5.99)
Bakery On Main just launched a new snack. Nut Crunch snacks combine gluten-free oats, honey, cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans and sometimes bits of fruit and chocolate. There are six filling varieties, including Original and Blueberry Cobbler, our top two favorites. (Chocolate Peppermint will certainly be a hit at holiday parties.) These snacks come in resealable packages, perfect for on-the-go food for car, work and travel. All six flavors are gluten-free certified, dairy-free and non-GMO.
bakeryonmain.com ($5.99 for a 4-ounce bag)