Garden Fresh Gourmet’s Gluten Free Lineup

Going Gluten Free

I was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease. My doctor called me one Wednesday morning with the news. Initially, I was upset, mourning the loss of pasta, pizza and freshly baked cupcakes. I even had a “farewell to gluten” weekend, savoring my favorite dishes one last time.

And then, I embraced it.

With sunshine in my heart and a skip in my step, I full-heartedly embraced my diagnosis. Finding delicious, gluten free foods became an exciting treasure hunt. I’d spend an entire afternoon in the supermarket, reading labels and familiarizing myself again with the store. I started eating better, introducing more fruits and vegetables into my diet. My husband, Davey, and I began cooking at home, experimenting with new foods and recipes while sipping Cabernet and listening to Jack Johnson. The kitchen transformed itself into something magical and it was all in the name of gluten. Or lack thereof.

And Garden Fresh got even sweeter.

Our Gluten Free Cast

Garden Fresh Peach Pineapple Salsa | Gluten FreeOnly a sheer moment of terror rocked my body when I first learned of having Celiac. What about all of my Garden Fresh faves?! My kitchen counter was teeming with brightly colored bags of tortilla chips and my fridge was stocked to the gills with salsa, hummus, dips and guacamole.

My panic quickly turned to delight: our all-star lineup of Garden Fresh goodies is gluten free. Everything but our pita chips. Glory, glory, hallelujah!

So What is Gluten?

The word “gluten” is an umbrella term for proteins found inside many grains including wheat, rye, and barley. Although most of these foodstuffs are considered a mainstay of the human diet, not everyone can digest them. The immune system sees gluten as a bacteria or virus and mounts a full-scale war, producing an arsenal of antibodies to launch against whatever gluten has been ingested, even if it’s only a trace amount.

Lucky for me and millions of others, Garden Fresh chips and salsa are gluten free!

If you’re interesting in learning more about gluten intolerance and Celiac disease, Gluten Freely and celiac.com have a lot of helpful information.