I’m one of those lucky moms who doesn’t have to worry about food allergies. Peanuts, shrimp, strawberries, wheat – throw ’em at this family and we’ll eat. But lately, I’ve started realizing that arrogance is ignorance, as more and more individuals are developing intolerance to foods later in life.
For example, did you know that Celiac Disease, a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy, can develop at any point in life, from infancy to late adulthood? As I munch on my beloved piece of whole wheat toast this morning, I shudder to think I’m not exempt from the wrath of gluten.
Furthermore, 1 in every 133 Canadians suffers from Celiac Disease, and a recent survey disclosed that 71% of Canadians are looking for more gluten free options on grocery store shelves. Does this sound like you?
Chex to the rescue! Now in Canada, Chex offers two delicious options; Honey Nut Chex and Rice Chex Gluten Free Cereal. I’m already planning to make a fabulous, sweet and spicy Chex mix at our next get together, incorporating Rice Chex, roasted soybeans, corn tortilla chips and spices. And I’ll be quite the hero when I announce the snack is gluten, dairy and peanut free!
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Because I’m lucky to be a Life Made Delicious Connector, we received a Chex kit full of goodies (including the cereals to enjoy, of course). Now to be perfectly honest, my family enjoys Chex Gluten Free most simply dry out of the box. It’s absolutely delicious!!! For me, grabbing a handful of Honey Nut Chex is the perfect healthy snack, and Ryder has developed a night time routine:
After his evening bath, he tries to eek out a few extra minutes before bedtime by declaring that he’s hungry. Last week, I decided to entertain his ploy and brought him downstairs, putting a box of Rice Chex Gluten Free before him and instructing him to “eat”. Well, the cereal has now become Ryder’s preferred before-bed snack, and it’s become a tradition for me to sit with him while his hair dries and he snacks on the healthy goodness. Here he is last night, enjoying his “Chetz”…
(Can you tell that his mommy reads box labels? He always makes a show of scanning the box before digging in.) Since Rice Chex Gluten Free is low in sugar and high in iron, I don’t have a problem with him popping a few before retiring for the night.
Next on deck for me: these Favourite Chicken Nuggets (Gluten Free). They look absolutely scrumptious!