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I’ve posted reviews on Van’s gluten-free products previously, as our son absolutely loves their gluten-free waffles, snack bars and cereals. So when they sent us some new product offerings we were happy to give them a shot. They’ve branched into granola and pre-packaged pastas, which was definitely a bit surprising at first, since most of their other products are snacks and/or sweet breakfast foods. We know they have the sweet area down, but were curious how they handled savory.

Since we’re dairy-free we can only review one of the pastas, but will update this post with friend’s opinions once they share their thoughts on both the mac-n-cheese and creamy herb and garlic. If you want to find them in your local store, check out their store locator on their site. If you’re in Austin, you can find them at most HEBs.

Gluten Free Granolas:

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Van’s gluten-free granola comes in two yummy varieties, Cranberry Almond and Blueberry Walnut.

Both are perfectly balanced sweet and soft bites with 12 grams of nutrient-dense, gluten-free whole grains. We enjoyed them in yogurt, as a cereal with some vanilla almond milk and as a simple grab n go snack option. Our son loved both favors and we ended up mixing both into a snack container for him to take to school. Definitely loving this new granola option, and we found it at our local HEB.

Gluten-free Pastas:

Another new offering from Van’s is their packaged pasta options, which they market as a simple, convenient way to  bring some tasty gluten-free pasta to your dinner routine. We tend to make our own pasta here, and prefer fresh home-made pasta sauces, but if you’re in a pinch these are pretty good options to have on hand.

We love that, as usual with Van’s products, they kept the ingredients list clean and simple, making us feel good about making these for our son.  Since we’re dairy-free we could only try the Rotini, but I can tell you it was much better than expected from a packaged meal, and they’ve done a great job of keeping the ingredients clean without compromising on flavor. If you’re looking for something easy to keep on hand for those short-on-time nights, this is a great option!

Gluten Free Rotini & Red Sauce Pasta

Ingredients: (that we are proud of!)

Gluten Free Penne Pasta (Brown Rice Flour, Red Lentil Flour, Beet Powder, Tomato Powder), Marinara Sauce (Tomatoes [Tomatoes, Tomato Puree, Citric Acid], Water, Tomato Paste, Olive Oil, Onions, Sugar, Basil, Garlic, Salt, Citric Acid, Black Pepper).

Gluten Free Creamy Herb & Garlic Pasta

Ingredients: (that we are proud of!)

Gluten Free Penne Pasta (Brown Rice Flour, Red Lentil Flour, Beet Powder, Tomato Powder), Garlic & Herb Seasoning (Reduced Lactose Whey, Rice Flour, Milk Powder, Parmesan and Romano Cheese [Milk, Salt, Cheese Cultures, Enzymes], Natural Flavors, Salt, Sugar, Spice, Garlic Powder).

Gluten Free Ultimate Cheddar Penne

Ingredients: (that we are proud of!)

Gluten Free Penne Pasta (Brown Rice Flour, White Rice Flour), Aged Cheddar Cheese Seasoning (Cheddar Cheese [Milk, Salt, Cheese Cultures, Enzymes], Nonfat Milk, Salt, Whey, Sugar, Buttermilk, Rice Flour, Natural Flavors, Annatto Extract [For Color]).

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Disclaimer: Van’s sent us their new products to try with a request for a review on the blog. As always, I only share our honest opinions/reviews.

I was excited to see the Today Show sharing some healthy, allergy-free friendly foods on the Today Show. Chloe, of Chloe’s Kitchen is a Vegan chef who shares some Vegan, Dairy-free and Gluten-free options. From creamy Penne ala Vodka, creamed with a homemade cashew cream, to Roasted Veggies and a Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream made of Coconut and Almond milk, Chloe shares some quick and easy recipes.

Love these ideas and the fact that mainstream media is catching on to the need for allergy-free foods. Not to mention that they can be delicious as well as healthy!


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A full serving of daily veggies? Mangia Mangia!

Summt 6 Pasta Sauce: gluten, dairy and soy free pasta sauces that pack more than a day’s recommend serving of veggies into these yummy sauces. Now you can eat your pasta (check out their gluten/grain free recipe here to boot!) and feel good about it!

Recently we were contacted by Summit 6, makers of Summit 6 pasta sauces which are veggie-packed pasta sauces. They were kind enough to send over a sample of each of their delish and healthy pasta sauces, and we were happy to dig in and give them a try! 
 Our review…

Honestly, it’s not hard to get my son to eat gluten free pasta, but I do prefer to make my own sauce whenever possible due to the high levels of sugar, HFCS and preservatives often found in the store-bought ones. SO when I was approached by Summt 6 with a request to review their products, I was happy to oblige. They claimed to have found a way to make a healthy, yummy and ‘sure-fire way to get our kids to eat their 6 servings of veggies daily’ pasta sauce. Bring it on, I thought! 

They were kind enough to send all 3 varieties to us, and we started with the Summt 6 Low Sodium Smooth and Mild sauce.  True to its  name, it  was smooth, but a bit too mild for our taste so we added some spices, and found this to be a good hearty pasta sauce (it also worked well on pizza since it’s a mild base).  Once we finished the Smooth and Mild we moved on to the Thick and Savory which had a bit more flavor and kick to it, and needed less help from our own spices. The third version, aptly titled “Spicy” was the biggest hit on it’s own, but I should preface that by saying we are a family that loves our heat. That said, I really don’t think anyone would complain that its too spicy, and we thoroughly enjoyed it on our pasta and sautéed zucchini. 

All in all, I would suggest the Thick and Savory or Spicy versions over the Mild due to flavor preferences, but the best part was I was able to get my son to eat his veggies without complaining! Kudos to Jennifer Joslin for creating a hearty, healthy, yummy way to get our kiddos to eat their veggies! 


They also passed along a recipe for carb-free pasta which we will add to the site as well.  We will definitely be buying more of these! Thanks Joslin Foods!