Being a blogger is such hard work, especially when a great company sends you a big box of delicious treats to review. (There’s just a hint of sarcasm in that statement. You guys know I can’t turn down good food!)
When I was asked by Udi’s, a gluten free food company, to review their gluten free travel snacks, I couldn’t say no. When we travel, we often pack a small bag of fruit and travel-sized, packaged foods to bring with us so we can have a snack on the train, or eat a little something in our hotel room that isn’t a £5 candy bar. Then, when we’re out for a day of sight-seeing, I normally throw a few snacks into my camera bag so I can avoid those inevitable “hangry” moments that have the potential of ruining my entire day. Travel snacks are lifesavers, I tell you!
These Udi’s snacks that I’m about to share with you are perfect for travelers following a gluten free diet, and even those who aren’t. (They’re so tasty, even non-celiac sufferers will love them!)
Udi’s Gluten Free in the UK
Udi’s is the leading gluten free bread and bakery company in the United States where they’ve been operating since 2008. Just last year, the company expanded and made the jump across the pond to start selling their line of gluten free foods in the UK. (Yay, lucky us!)
Udi’s creates their baked goods in a small bakery in Chester and sells them in Tesco stores across the UK. (If you’re looking for Udi’s in America, you’ll find them at Whole Foods.) They offer a wide range of ready-to-eat snacks as well as an assortment of gluten free breads, rolls, and granola breakfast cereals.
My hamper of goodies arrived beautifully presented, filled with just the sort of snacks we love to eat while traveling – crisps, muffins, breakfast bars, and pastries!
Udi’s Gluten Free Toaster Pastries
If you’ve been reading here for awhile, then you know we’re budget travelers. We try to find hotels that include a free breakfast with the room price, but if that’s not possible, we throw a couple boxes of toaster pastries into our luggage and cross our fingers that they hold us over until lunch-time. It’s not always the most nutritious option, but when we’re traveling we’re normally going for convenience more than anything else.
I loved the strawberry flavor Udi’s Toaster Pastries – they were so soft with the perfect amount of sweet fruit filling. In both appearance and flavor, they reminded me of the homemade Poptarts recipe that was making its way around Pinterest for a while. As for the apple cinnamon flavor, I found it a bit bland, especially in comparison to the strawberry. A little pat of butter on top and a run through the toaster made it considerably tastier, though.
Udi’s Gluten Free Breakfast Bars
Another breakfast option I was given to try was Udi’s Breakfast Bars. Normally when I see something advertised as ‘high fiber’ I expect it to taste a little like cardboard. Not so in this case! I loved the strawberry flavored bars – again, they looked and tasted homemade and had just the right amount of sweetness. There was loads of flavor in the fruit filling, but my favorite part about these was the lightly sweetened breading around the fruit center. Delicious! Lexie’s favorite was the blueberry, but I found them a bit sour for my liking. Each of the breakfast bars and toaster pastries come in individual packages, making them excellent for throwing into your purse or handbag for breakfast on-the-go or mid-day snack emergencies.
Udi’s Gluten Free Crisps
If I had to choose one word to describe the Udi’s Crisps selection I was given, it would be addictive. I literally could not stop eating them until they were gone. Like the other foods I’d tried, I could not tell that these snacks were gluten free. They taste just as good or better than their non-gluten free counterparts.
The Cinnamon & Sugar Bagel Chips taste just like crispy cinnamon toast. The Aged Cheddar Ancient Grains Crisps are so cheesy that I almost licked the bag when I was done, and the Jalapeno Cheddar Ancient Grains Crisps kept getting hotter the more I kept snacking on them. (I like my crisps with a little kick, so these were perfect!) They’re also great dipped in hummus! While not as easy to tote around in a handbag, these would certainly be something handy that we’d bring to snack on in the hotel room in between meals.
Udi’s Gluten Free Muffins
I saved the best for last – Udi’s Chocolate Chip and Toffee Flavored Muffins. They were divine! I can’t even choose a favorite because I loved them both so much. They were both moist and packed full of chocolate chips and toffee fudge cubes. No skimping on ingredients here! Let’s be honest – we all know muffins are just cake masquerading as a breakfast food, but I still can’t think of a better way to start my day than with one of these tasty creations. Hard as I tried, I could not pick out anything about these muffins that made them taste any different than “regular muffins”. They’re a gluten free success!
Besides being suitable for travelers with gluten sensitivities, Udi’s gluten free snacks would also be useful to bring along to the office for a mid-day snack or to throw in kids’ lunch boxes. There wasn’t a single food in my sample box that Lexie didn’t stamp as kid-approved. She loved it all!
I received a complimentary selection of Udi’s Gluten Free Foods for this article, but all opinions and amateur photos are my own.