Van’s Natural Foods
If you have read some of my posts about my health, then you know that I have Crohn’s Disease for over 20 years now. My Dr. has suggested that I go Gluten Free to give it a try and see if it helps. It’s hard finding products that are gluten free and it takes a lot of research. But, one of those products is Van’s Natural Foods. A lot of their products are gluten free but some are not. I have tried some other gluten free products and they just plain and simple taste like cardboard. So, I am always afraid to try something new.
Luckily, I was able to contact Van’s Natural Foods and ask if I would be able to review some of their products. I have seen their waffles and pancakes in the freezer section, but I didn’t realize that they had so many other products available. Things like Snack Bars, Crackers and Cereals. I was looking for the French Toast Sticks but my supermarket didn’t have it so I went to the store locater to find them. The closest store to me is Whole Foods and it’s a little bit of ride. But the next time I’m heading that way, I will pick them up.
Van’s Natural Foods: What they are
Van’s Natural Foods are just what they say they are. Natural and some are gluten free. Natural is always better for us, especially when made with no preservatives.
Let’s start with the waffles.
- gluten free
- whole grain
- sweetened with 100% fruit juice
- dairy and egg free, so they are good if you are lactose intolerant too
- 23 g. nutrient rich whole grains
- no artificial ingredients
- no hydrogenated oil
- no GMO oil
- no high fructose or corn syrup
- gluten free
- wheat free
- dairy and egg free
- no preservatives
- all natural
Van’s Natural Food: The importance of breakfast
I’m sure you have heard many times over that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. That’s one thing that I have learned at Weight Watchers. You need to take in food in order to fuel your body. Energy in…Energy out! I never used to eat breakfast and I couldn’t figure out why I wasn’t losing weight. Because I wasn’t fueling my body for the day.
Breakfast also helps kids to learn better at school. I know it helps them to think better so breakfast is the one meal I do try to make sure I do right every morning!
Everyone is in such a hurry these days and practically runs out the door in the mornings. It takes less than 5 minutes to pop a waffle in the toaster or a pancake in the microwave. You can do it while you are getting dressed. Or even take a second to grab a Snack Bar or French Toast Stick. Something, anything, just to fuel your body.
According to a recent article on Yahoo! Health, skipping breakfast can lead to weight gain, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome, and women who skip even once a week are 20 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
As I said before, I never used to eat breakfast. I have high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes! The next time you think about skipping breakfast….think of me!
Van’s Natural Foods: Overall
I thought that Van’s Natural Foods pancakes and waffles tasted just like any other brand. I am really excited to try out all their other products that I didn’t realize they had. I feel confident in trying them now, knowing that they taste good. The best part is that my husband likes them too. I hate it when I have to buy separate food for me and him. It can be annoying.
Van’s Natural Foods: Where to buy
You can check for a store near you that carries Van’s Natural Products. Be sure to sign up for their e-club to receive special offers and news. Connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest and follow along on their blog.