GFAF Expo Chicago– Top Finds!

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not great at live-streaming anything, regardless of the social media platform. I get wrapped up in talking, eating, looking around, and the photos/videos/tweets/snapchats, etc.  just sorta fall by the wayside. Despite lack of visual evidence, I have some fantastic finds and old favorites that I gobbled down last weekend at the Gluten Free & Allergy Friendly Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois to share with you.

{Needless to say, the blood sugar day was a nightmare between all the eating and being on a CGM vacation, but one day a year–absolutely worth it to me.}

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Let’s start with the go-to favorites that I was munching on last weekend:

Smart Flour Foods Pizza {review here}, Whole Note Crepes {review here},  San-J Sauces {review here; they sponsored the bloggers this year!}, Allie’s Gluten Free Goodies {review here}, Sweet Note Bakery {currently revising recipes and rebranding, but previous review here}, Path of Life {review here}, Simple Mills {absolutely loving the new crackers; review here}, and of course the big player favorites like Glutino (oh those animal crackers!), Enjoy Life Foods (chocolate chips and crunchy cookies are my favorites!), Canyon Bakehouse (hello everything bagels), and Chebe Bread (fun to make into shapes!)

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Finally met CMO of Enjoy Life, Joel!

How about the favorites that I’m yet to review on ADSG? I couldn’t stop eating Beanfields Chips {I love the nacho flavor!}, Glutenfreeda products {purity protocol oats! And more than just oatmeal now!}, MyBread {that pita…yum.}, Three Bakers {some of the best bread for toast, in my opinion}, and plenty more I’m probably forgetting!

And for the new ones to me and/or the gluten free scene that I enjoyed sampling:

  • Freedom Foods: Yes, I know this one has been around the block a few times, but I rarely can find safe cereal that is also relatively low carb (21g/1 cup; also purity protocol oats!). This company did it! Check it out here.
  • Isola Imports: Definitely a top find at the Expo for me. They have delicious flavored butters {that taste like cheeses, but less lactose=happier stomach!}, gorgeous balsamic vinegars, and brand new gluten free gnocchi that was to die for! Look out for an opportunity to hear more about them and perhaps even get some for yourself!
  • Jovial: A curious brand to me, as they have a full and successful gluten line as well as a safe gluten free line. I did finally get my hands on some bow tie pasta (can I get a heck yes for gluten free pasta shapes?! Where were these in my childhood?!) that I’m looking forward to making.
  • Kiki’s Gluten Free: This company actually won several awards for innovation in food as they’ve created a pouch that their delectable deep dish pizza can be delivered in to larger universities/restaurants/etc to keep it 100% safe and away from cross contamination!
  • La Brea Bakery: Apparently well-known for their gluten breads {I had no clue, of course!}, they’ve begun a gluten free bread line in a separate facility. Their loaves are counter stable for an entire 7-10 days and the most squishy, pliable gluten free bread I’ve found yet. Loved it.
  • Milton’s: With an entire line of crackers and a line of chips, this booth was happenin’. They were kind enough to provide me with lots of different flavors to try, and I’ve been enjoying tasting them all!
  • Osteobroth: Just getting myself onto the bone broth trend a little late–and still hating the name of the category, so I’ll call it broth from now on–the individuals with Osteobroth were excited and kind and their broth was delicious! Though hard to believe, a warm cup of it was so refreshing after all the samples I’d had on the floor so far that day.
  • Sun Krunch Granola: A local small business, this couple is producing the most flavorful, simple, and low carb granola I’ve ever had! Working on getting some bags sent to me ASAP!

 

Phew, there you have it. GFAF Expo Schaumburg in a nutshell. What’s your long-time favorite brand? What product do you wish would hit the market in a gluten free/allergy friendly form?

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Take it easy, but take it.

Brianna

 

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Disclaimer: I was a sponsored press blogger for the GFAF Expo, meaning I was asked to write a pre- and post-event blog piece and was given extra product from vendors/the blog sponsor, San-J. All opinions are my own.

Brianna

The girl behind A Different Survival Guide. Known on social as breezygfreezy.

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