Natural Product Expo East – The Best-of-the-Best: Kid’s Products (Part I)

At the Natural Product Expo East, that took place in Boston from September 23 – 26th, I discovered many, many new products that the BeFreeForMe member’s just need to hear about!

I was pleasantly surprised at how many “fun” gluten and allergen-free products I found at the show that catered to kids. The marketing and the packaging of these products are outstanding, and for the most part, make gluten and allergen-free products for kid’s mainstream. Following are a few of the phenomenal kid’s products I found:

Ian’s Maple Sausage & Egg Waffle Sandwich: (Wheat, Gluten, Milk, Casein & Nut Free): Although this product is made for the kids – it is delicious and substantial enough for a big kid like me! Ian’s, as always, hit yet another homerun with this product. Quick, easy and microwavable – this delicious & nutritious sandwich quickly becomes a “solution” during those hectic mornings! (P.S. Ian’s has some other awesome products coming up in the near future – I will share more once these new products are available). Get Ian’s coupons here.

Revolution Foods Mashups Squeezable Fruit: This 100% organic unsweetened fruit puree is gluten free and has no trans fats or high fructose syrup. Basically this is squeezable, eatable fruit – that is ideal for the lunchbox or on the go snacking. Cool to eat, and good for you too. At 50-60 calories per pouch – these may be the hippest snacks for the Moms too.

Organic B.R.A.T. Tummy-Soother: (Gluten, Lactose, Soy, Corn and Casein free) This product, which was voted the Most Innovative Product at Natural Product Expo East, is designed to naturally promote electrolyte balance to aid in childrens re-hydration. Packed with calcium and vitamins it helps build strength and promote health. The four flavors are all gluten, corn, soy and preservative free. Although the B.R.A.T. (banana, rice, apples, toast) diet has traditionally been used for when people get sick, this product taste so good, and is nutritious enough to be enjoyed on a regular basis. I think this product would be perfect for those kids that are recently diagnosed with celiac, and have a hard time finding foods that make their tummies feel well.

Peas of Mind: (Gluten, Dairy, Egg, Soy free – plus vegan) These baked crispy French fries made from real vegetables are delicious! The baked carrot fries, cauliflower fries, baked apple fries and the baked broccoli fries are a wonderfully sneaky way to get veggies onto your little ones tummies. Containing all organic ingredients,  these fries are packed with vitamins and nutrients – not oil and sodium like regular French fries. Can I super-size that?

Tasty Baby Frozen Organic Foods for Babies & Kids: These gluten free baby foods, and perfect for the gluten-intolerant. Although they are packaged for babies these products also are great for the whole family in smoothies, recipes and snacks.

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4 Responses to “Natural Product Expo East – The Best-of-the-Best: Kid’s Products (Part I)”

  1. Kim, The Food Allergy Coach Says:

    Kathleen, it was great to see you speak at the NE Celiac Conference – I got lots of great ideas from you! These new products look very interesting, especially the baked veggie fries! Thanks!

  2. Liz Daniels Says:

    Good morning Kathy.

    I’d like to second Kim’s comments. It was great to meet you at the NE Celiac Conference. Your presentation was incredibly informative and above all encouraging and refreshing! I came away with lots of websites for coupons and some fun and affordable recipes for my family to try. Keep up the great work!


  3. Laurel Says:

    The Mashups look like a great idea…but I’m sad they are made in a facility that processes gluten. :o( At least they put that on the label so I know. *sigh* Why must DD be so darn sensitive….??

  4. Carol Asher Says:

    The products sound great. I have a 6 year old grandson on the GF diet, and my GF daughter is always looking for foods he can enjoy.

    If you would like to send some to sample at our Celiac support group, we meet in November, which is our holiday meeting.

    Also, it’s short notice, but if you would like to send a rep to show (and sell) or some products to show, we are having a Celiac Expo (expecting 5,000) this month in the Wausau WI area. If you contact me, I will get you to the right person.

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