Our Favorite Snacks

I haven’t updated my shopping lists for a while, and there have been a lot of new foods added to the market since then, so I thought I’d list a few of our favorites as of late.  Seems like it changes every few months with my kids.  Some of these aren’t listed in Feingold’s shopping guide, probably because they are too new, but they read clean and my kids seem to be OK with them.

Angie’s Kettle Corn (Classic) – This is awesome popcorn!  I’m sure it has a lot of sugar though because it is SO good.  I usually get this when it goes on sale for 2 for $4 at Woodman’s or Whole Foods, or you can get a big bag at Costco.  I like getting that when we get out to Costco because I can eat a whole bag of this stuff! It does have a lot of hard kernels in it though, so chew carefully!  My son ended up in the nurse’s office because he bit down on one really hard at school.  I must mention though that he frequents the nurse’s office often (for every reason under the sun).  ðŸ™‚ We’ve also tried the Caramel flavor.  My daughter likes it but it is WAY too sweet so I won’t let her get it anymore.  There must be an obscene amount of sugar in it.  I didn’t like it.  We’ve also tried the Lite, and it has no flavor, so we just stick with the Classic.  I’m not sure if these are more local (we’re in Chicago), but when we went to Orlando, I couldn’t find these anywhere.

Trader Joe’s Baked Onion Rings – We call these Funyons because they look and taste like Funyons.  These are really good too but both of these snacks are bad for your teeth I’ve found!  Just make sure you floss.  These are GFCF, but I’m sure these have cross contamination issues, but we seem to be OK with them. 

Tings – These are a GFCF version of Cheetos (or at least the closest you’ll find). ðŸ™‚ These are good but sometimes hard to find.  I get them at Woodman’s, or I’ve ordered a case online at Amazon.  These are Feingold, stage 1, however, my younger kids get a little crazy with these, either from the corn, or from cross contamination issues, but my older son likes them, and so do I. 

Stacy’s Pita Chips (Simply Naked or Cinnamon Sugar) – (not gluten free) – My son loves these.  They go on sale at Whole Foods for $2 sometimes and I’ve come across 75 cent off coupons on occassion.  They do have a big bag at Costco, but those are the Baked which are really thick, and my son didn’t like them.

Pretzel Crisps Original – (Snack Factory brand – not gluten free) These go on sale at Whole Foods for 2 for $4 sometimes too, but we get the big bags at Costco.   We put these out for parties sometimes and everybody loves them. 

Back to Nature Crispy Wheat Crackers (like Wheat Thins) – This company won’t fill out forms for Feingold, but they seem OK.  My son eats these every day. 

Ian’s Onion Rings – GFCF version.  They have a regular version too, but strangely my mom tried them, and she said they were awful, but she liked the GF ones.  I’m addicted to these, but they give you a skimpy amount.  It’s only enough for 1 to 2 people.  Save the UPC’s from any of your Ian’s products.  You can mail them in, and for every 15 UPC’s, they’ll mail you a coupon for a free Ian’s product (worth about $5).  Check their web site for the address. 

Applegate Wheat Free Corn Dogs.  I’m not sure if these are new, but our Whole Foods just started carrying them.  These are GFCF but they do have soy. 

Applegate chicken nuggets.  These are expensive though and the chicken nuggets are tiny.  They have a gluten free version and a regular version.  Both taste similar. 

Homemade popcorn – I got a stovetop popcorn popper that makes awesome popcorn.  If you google Whirly Pop stainless steel popper, you can see a better picture, but I didn’t get that brand after reading reviews.  I think I ended up getting mine from www.overstock.com.  The top of mine says “Country Popcorn.”  I paid about $40 for it, but we’ve gotten our monies worth.  My kids have to have popcorn to watch any movie.  We were using a hot air popper that I got from Wal-Mart, but I always thought it made the popcorn taste chewy, plus I dont’ like all the plastic.  This one is stainless steel and it has a crank that turns the kernels so the ones on the bottom don’t burn.  The popcorn tastes similar to movie theater popcorn, without all the chemicals.  We use 3 TB of coconut oil to cook the popcorn, then top with your butter of choice.  We use soy free Earth Balance.  We use organic popcorn kernels.  Most non-organic corn is genetically modified. 

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