This post is sponsored by Walmart on behalf of Sverve. All opinions are my own.
My friend’s son has a severe allergy to gluten, among other foods. We spend a lot of time together, and I’m always at a loss when it comes time to prepare foods that he can eat.
Learning about gluten-free foods and cooking is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, so I was excited to attend Walmart’s gluten-free event this past weekend!
Before I went, I decided to do a little research.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat and other grains, including barley and rye. It gives elasticity to dough and a chewy texture to bread. It’s often hidden in other foods, too – which makes avoiding it tricky – and it can even be found in cosmetics, hair products, and other personal care items.
There are a few reasons someone might avoid gluten. First, a gluten-free diet is used to treat celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder. Gluten causes inflammation in the small intestines of people with celiac disease, and eating a gluten-free diet helps them control symptoms and prevent complications. Even people without celiac disease sometimes experience gluten sensitivities, and other people choose gluten-free diets as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Eating a gluten-free diet can be challenging, so I was ready to start learning about gluten-free foods offered by Walmart.
There were a number of booths set up for the gluten-free event, all with various samples. The people staffing the booths were not only sweet enough to share info on the products, but also to let me snap a few pictures of them, too.
I can never say to a free sample! First, I tried a delicious Luna bars. I wish I had grabbed one of those Glutino Cookies, too … don’t they look good?
After I was done sampling, I stopped by the gluten-free aisle to check out all products Walmart carries. There was everything from snacks to condiments to meal ingredients (pasta, flours, etc.), and it was really impressive to see such a huge variety.
For those days when I just can’t stop for a meal, I love carrying an energy bar or two in my bag, so I decided to purchase some Clif Mojo Bars. I found these near the pharmacy, thanks to a helpful employee.
You guys, these bars are so good! I’ve already eaten the whole box! I’m planning to buy more, and I’ll be sharing an easy meal solution using these bars in another post, plus some tips on gluten-free meal prep.
Make sure to visit Walmart’s gluten-free webpage to get some recipes and to learn more about the products they carry.
Do you follow a gluten-free diet or have you tried any of these foods? I’d love to learn more, so please share your tips and recipes!