Tuesday, April 12, 2016

I Ain't Afraid of No Gluten: Van's Pasta

Although Edible Skinny wasn’t able to make it to the Natural Products Expo this year in Anaheim, we were still able to experience some of the products offered there via the good old fashioned postal service!  Hooray!!!

One such product was Van’s, based in Southern California, which offers delicious nutrient-dense foods that focus on the growing need for expanding dietary options, including gluten-free allergy-friendly, non-GMO kosher whole grain and more.  With the tagline “Gluten Free Goodness,” Van’s products are certified gluten free by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization (with their seal of approval stamped on every box).  Their synthetic and artificial flavor free products include frozen breakfasts, snack food and pastas available at grocery stores, mass merchandise stores, and natural food retailers nationwide. 
Now I’m not one for carbohydrates (don’t get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE to eat them, it’s the result I don’t adore…) but when I do turn to the dark side of carbs I usually try to make it gluten free.   That’s why I LOVEd experiencing Van’s gluten free boxed pasta meals: simple, gluten free, and yummy.  These prepackaged pastas are craveable gluten free varieties that can be prepared on the stovetop in just 10 minutes.  Easy peasy nice and breezy!!!

Van’s Creamy Herb & Garlic is the fancy pants version of Kraft Mac & Cheese (and healthier!).   Boil the pasta, drain, create the sauce with butter, milk, and their cheese packet, combine, and enjoy.   The result is a deliciously sophisticated savory taste with 11 grams of protein and 28 grams of whole grains per serving.

But if the classic Kraft Mac & Cheese is what you crave, Van’s also offers The Ultimate Cheddar Penne, a bright orange pasta meal that will totally bring you back to late night cram sessions for Biology 101.  Or if you’re looking for something on the tomato end of the pasta spectrum then the Rotini & Red Sauce is a simple fun gluten free option.

So if you’re avoiding the dark side known as wheat and gluten and you’re looking for the perfect boxed pasta for that quick meal or late night trip down college memory lane than Van’s might just be the way to go.
Here’s to life being delicious and having the force be strong with you (even if you indulge in gluten free carbs from time to time..)!

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