Allergy-free Shopping Haul


allergy-free haul
Hey ya’ll !

Thanks for stopping back by…I’ve been crazy busy lately, so I haven’t had time to blog.  BUT, I have had time to shop…(of course).  Now I like to get specific products from specific stores…so, our grocery shopping trip each weekend usually consists of stopping by 5 different stores.  I know…I know… that sounds a little excessive, but trust me, there is a method to my madness!

We usually hit up Whole Foods first during the exhibition, on the way back from there we make a quick stop at BJ’s, then swing by Wal-Mart, another in-and-out stop at Lowe’s, and finish at Food Lion.  I always (well I try to remember to “always”) bring my insulated grocery bags with me to be sure I can keep any frozen/cold foods at the proper temperature, since I know we’ll be stopping at other stores before heading home.  I fill those bags up with ice from the seafood counter at Whole Foods for extra temperature control.  I’m always super worried about cold foods maintaining their safe temperature to inhibit bacteria from starting to grow.  But, I have to admit…sometimes, I forget the bags and I end up having to purchase a new bag once I get to Whole Foods.  My mind!!                 It gets expensive…not to mention all the insulated bags I have collecting in my kitchen cabinet !!! But, hey…I gotta do what I gotta do, right?

Anyway, last weekend’s trip to Whole Foods to get some of our Allergy-free foods resulted in these yummy treats.  So, I thought I’d do a haul, and show what we bought, as well as talk a little about each item.

Van’s Cinnamon Heaven cereal:  My son has been begging for cinnamon toast crunch cereal since he started seeing the commercials for it.  I’m a little hesitant to give it to him because the box has the Kosher-dairy symbol on it, indicating (to me, for food allergy purposes) this product may be cross-contaminated with dairy, even though milk is not an ingredient.  So, I saw this Van’s cereal while at Whole Foods, and since the box clearly is marked dairy-free, I felt pretty confident about purchasing this.  Well….lo and behold, “Operation Cinnamon Heaven” was a no-go.  My son took a few bites and politely requested to have his usual Fruity Cheerios instead.  *sigh*   I know some milk allergic kids eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch with no problems…maybe I’ll work up the nerve to give it a try….someday.

Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Popcorn, Sea Salt Kettle Chips, and Cheddar Squares:   Hooray!!  I FINALLY found the cheddar squares!!  We LOVE Earth Balance products.  And they came through for us again, of course.  The popcorn tastes just like regular buttered popcorn!  Score!   My baby loved it.  The kettle chips are absolutely delish.  Score #2, he loved these as well !  And the cheddar squares were…ok.  It wasn’t a total fail, but he still prefers his usual Saltine minis.

Home- free mini chocolate chip cookies:  We haven’t opened these yet.  Nor, have we ever used this brand of products before.  I will do a product review once we taste these.

Cherrybrook Kitchen Chocolate and Vanilla cake mixes:  Do I really need to say anything?  Just read my dessert posts(*wink*).

Have you guys tried any of these products?  What was your experience?


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