Monday, February 3, 2014

Van's Natural Foods Treat Yourself Review & Giveaway






Recent events have me yet again realizing that, among the many things that work to effect my health in one way or another, there are a select few of those things that not only effect it a little, but effect it a LOT. Food most definitely being among those select few that have a significant daily impact on my health in a good, or a bad way. 

When consumed, wheat and gluten for example wreak havoc on my body. Not only do those two elevate my pain level nearly immediately after eating, but I also sometimes get a violent emotional reaction including anxiety attacks, bouts of anger, shaking, hyperventilating, etc. My mom and I both notice being significantly depressed after eating wheat and gluten as well, and that can last from hours to days afterword.

And those are only a few things!

This is exactly why I refrain from eating wheat and gluten as much as I can and why I seek out gluten free companies and products like Van's Natural Foods.





A little about Van's Natural Foods:

"It all started back in the 1970s at the original Van’s restaurant. It was there, inspired by our California beachside roots, that we first dished up whole grain and gluten free hot ’n toasty waffles. By the late 1980s, we decided it was time to bring our tasty waffles to a whole new group of customers – right in their local grocery stores."

Since then, Van's has worked throughout the years to add to their line of nutritious and healthy gluten-free breakfast options, which include gluten-free pancakes, waffles, french toast sticks, and cereals. They've also expanded beyond breakfast offerings to snack foods, all of which are still gluten free, as well as free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, and preservatives!

As if that wasn't wonderful enough, Van's breakfast and snack lines are also made with healthy whole grains which offer a portion of your daily protein and fiber.

Van's was kind enough to send me a 'Treat Yourself' gluten free care package that consisted of several of their downright yummy products in their newest launched snack line, along with some coupons to purchase their famous gluten free multigrain waffles and an adorable decorative plate that details a person's relationship with food beautifully: "People who love to eat healthy are always the happiest people."




Nacho, Nacho Man! & Mighty Good BBQ!

Usually when the mention of 'gluten free' is bantered about, people automatically assume it's going to taste different. Let's be honest with ourselves, most people think it's going to be flavorless and not up to par with the rest of the chemically altered food on the shelves.

With Van's new snack line, I can guarantee that's 110% false!

Starting with their newest Nacho, Nacho Man! and Mighty Good BBQ! multigrain chips which are loaded with 18 grams of whole grains and at a mere 130 calories per serving, these delicious and extremely flavorful alternative to your run-of-the-mill potato chips are extraordinary! If you don't believe me, you can ask both of my parents who raved over both of the newest flavors.

In fact, I had to hide both bags because my dad is a notorious chip fiend!

It was such a hard decision choosing a favorite between the two; both are extremely light in texture, very flavorful, and enjoyably health-conscious, but I found myself noshing on the Mighty Good BBQ more so than the Nacho, Nacho Man. The funny thing about that being I've never liked BBQ chips.





Van's PB&J Strawberry & Blueberry Sandwich Bars

I'm a BIG bar snob. Whether it be snack bars, nutrition bars, or energy bars, you name it and I probably will and/or do love it! Bars are such an easy way to get you your nutrition while giving you certain boosts throughout the day. Of course the bars that I indulge in have to be as healthy for my body as they are nutritious.

Included in their 2013 product launch you'll find Van's gluten free PB&J Strawberry and Blueberry Sandwich Bars which feature 10 grams of whole grains per serving (1 bar). A combination of peanut butter and natural fruit spreads, these bars are perfect for any occasion, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack, or even dessert!

Again, when you taste one of these bars nothing in the taste nor consistency immediately makes you think 'Wait, these are gluten free.' They're downright delicious! Not only are you getting your whole grains in, you feel like you're indulging in a treat when in reality, you're just being kind to your body by eating healthy :)


Connect: 




{The Giveaway} 


1 lucky winner will get 4 free product coupons for Van's Natural Foods products (2 for dry snacks and 2 for frozen line)! 



{The Rules}


1. You MUST use the name and email you want to be contacted with in the Rafflecopter.

 2. NEW RULE--You MUST leave a 1 to 3 sentence comment on my post in order to be eligible for the giveaway. Short, one to two word answers will be deleted from the post and entries associated will be deleted from the giveaway.

3. Contest will run from Monday, February 3rd, 2014 until Monday, February 17th, 2014.

4. Open to individuals 18 years or older.

5. Open to US residents only--Sorry everyone else!




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That's 2 mandatory entries + 56 possible extra entries which = 58 entries total!


Good Luck!









Disclaimer: I received products from Van's Natural Food in order to facilitate this honest review and giveaway on The Eclectic Element. All opinions and expressions are 100% mine and mine alone unless otherwise stated. Please do your own research on a product or service as your results may vary. This giveaway is open to US residents only, 18 years or older and will run from Monday, Febrary 3, 2014 12:00 am central standard time until Monday, February 17, 2014 11:59 pm central standard time. The winner will be chosen through Rafflecopter.com and be contacted within 24 hours of the drawing. You'll then have 48 hours (2 days) to claim your prize and send me all applicable information-If I haven't heard from you within that time frame, I will be forced to choose another winner. The Eclectic Element and all related parties are in no way liable or responsible for unfulfilled prizes.




63 comments:

Katy Rose said...

I am trying to eat better these days, thanks to a 2014 healthy eating resolutions. These look amazing and delicious. I might need to try them for myself. - Katy

Rebekah said...

My dad has a reaction to gluten as well, and I know first hand that some gluten free products do not taste good. I will have to mention this line to him. I bet he would love to try the Buttermilk pancakes.

Shelley Zurek -- Still Blonde after all these YEARS said...

I have had their whole wheat waffles and cereals. Both were great!

Jenna Wood said...

I want to try the whole wheat waffles, I've heard they are delicious! I like to eat gluten free when I can, I usually notice I have more energy.

debbie said...

I would like to try their say cheese crackers. I think that while some people do have medical reasons, there are actually very, very few that actually have it.

Morphine said...

I would like to try the bars, they sound awesome. I think going GF would be difficult at first but doable. Baking GF on the other hand is a whole other creature.

Deals From MS Do said...

I've been GF for almost a decade. Love the Van's Waffles!

Scott @ SahmReviews.com said...

I've seen those PB&J ones on the shelf and have wanted to try them, but was afraid my girls would get to them first!

Jennifer S. said...

I tried them all too and they are SOOOO good! Even Mike likes them and that says a lot. lol Yummy stuff!

Ellen said...

We eat a lot of these because my daughter is gluten intolerant.

Kristin said...

These look very tasty!

A Mom's Take said...

I'd love to try their PB&J sandwich bars! Those would be perfect for an afternoon snack over here. We aren't gluten free, but I'm learning more about it.

QueenB said...

love how many whole grains go into Van's foods! that's awesome. i think i'd like to check out the pbj bars for my kids' lunches :)

AMBER EDWARDS said...

I can't believe I didn't realize that Van's was gluten free foods. I like what I have tried from them before. I would love to try these snack options out.

Kathryn Rawson said...

I'm thankful gluten intolerance is not something that I have to deal with. But sometimes, forgoing gluten is just healthier all the way around. As someone who's had Lap-Band surgery, that's very important to me. I haven't tried Van's, but you've sold me. Those bars look delicious! Great on-the-go food.

Melissa Pezza said...

I want to try their waffles!

Crocheted Little Things said...

Can I just say that those bars look scrumptious?? Lucky lucky you!

Whispered Inspirations said...

They look amazing and delicious. :) I love this brand. :D

Mistee Dawn said...

Yum! Those chips look great. So light and airy. Thanks for the great giveaway.

Melanie said...

Thanks for sharing; I had never heard of these but they look delicious.. will have to find them the next time I'm at the store, soooo want to try them out now.

Nicole B said...

I haven't seen the Van's foods yet. We love bars and those look really good. We'd love to try them.

Kathleen Garber said...

I can totally see why you stick with gluten free! If it made me feel like that I wouldn't have gluten either. I must admit I usually assume gluten free snacks don't taste as good because it's been true of what I've tried but those snacks look YUMMY!

Mama to 5 said...

i like this brand because it's more natural, I bought it before and my kids enjoyed it!

Pam said...

My daughter has celiac and has to eat gluten free, so she is a fan of Van's. She really likes the waffles.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I'd be all over those crunchy chips. They sound so cheesy and flavorful.

Melissa Au said...

The strawberry bars look so yummy!

tammilee said...

I would love to try the cheddar cheese crackers.
We love Van's products. They taste amazing.

Susan S said...

I would love to try the blueberry peanut butter bars, they look yummy!

Marina@EBMR said...

I would have to say the bars and those waffles...yum!!

Michele said...

I have never heard of the Vans brand gluten free foods. I would like to try the crackers or waffles.

Four Paw Savings said...

WE are big fans of the gluten free waffles in this house! My husband recently had to go gluten free, and Van's has made that transition much easier.

Dorothy Teel said...

I love Vans frozen waffles, they are good, easy to use and the ancient grains ones are wonderful. I like the crackers also, but the waffles wins here.

Christie said...

I would love to try their waffles. I love love love waffles.

peg42 said...

I'd love to try the Cinnamon French Toast Sticks. I like the way I feel when I'm gluten free.

Rebecca said...

The cinnamon heaven gluten free cereal looks delicious. I love being gluten free because not only does it fix my allergy to wheat I found that it also helps my fibromyalgia.

Kim said...

My father has been recently diagnosed as wheat intolerant, so I am actually learning a lot about it while trying to help my parents change their eating styles. The Peanut Butter Chocolate snack bars sound delicious!
addictedtorodeo at gmail dot com

clc408 said...

I would like to try the French Toast Sticks
Totally Original. I think gluten free foods are important to individuals that have sensitivity to it.

1993wel said...

I would like to try the Nacho Nacho Man chips.

Natalie said...

I would love the pb and j sandwich bars.

SexyBrat said...

I want to try the Gluten Free French Toast Sticks Cinnamon. I think Gluten Free is healthier.

Candice said...

I would try the French Toast sticks. I have never gone gluten free, but would be open to trying it.

Lisa Voyce said...

I want to try the peanut butter chocolate snack bars. I don't have a problem with gluten, so it makes no difference to me.

ufg8trj said...

I would like the gluten free french toast sticks and the blueberry waffles

Erica C. said...

I would like to try their french toast. Gluten free is hard to do!

tina reynolds said...

i think my three kiddos and I would enjoy the french toast sticks

wen budro said...

I want to try the strawberry PB & J bars. Trying to eat less gluten is difficult for me....taste wise.

amanda hardesty said...

I want to try the chocolate chip and peanut butter chocolate snack bars
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Kit-Kat said...

The gluten free chocolate chip snack bars sound really good.

imaclutz89 said...

I like the French Toast Sticks
Totally Original. I would only recommend going gluten free if you are allergic and have celiac disease, otherwise, it can be a health risk. I am not allergic to gluten, therefore i do not eat gluten free.

Anonymous said...

id like the the whole wheat waffles not thinking of going gluten free though

JOSEPH GERSCH

Vikki Billings said...

I would like to try the Gluten Free Multigrain Chips Nacho, Nacho Man and I am gluten free because of Celiac disease.
vikki.billings@yahoo.com

Leslie S. said...

I really want to try the chocolate chip mini waffles.We have been considering going gluten free due to some issues one of my 4 kids have been having.

janet m said...

Id like 2 try the Gluten Free French Toast Sticks in Cinnamon flavor:)
most of my family has some kind of food allergy so these items would be nice 2 try:)

Terri said...

I'd like to try Van's gluten free blueberry and peanut butter snack bars!

Sunnymay said...

Van's Gluten Free Snack Bars is Chocolate Chip look pretty good.
And so do the Cranberry Almond.
My girlfriend is gluten free to help with her eczema.

charity konrath said...

Cinnamon French Toast Sticks look good. i think it's good to have different things in your diet . i buy some gluten free items now and plan to buy more in the future

Sue Hull said...

Im trying to eat better and lose weight so I think eating gluten free will help. Id like to try the pb&j bars. Thank you :)
sue-hull64@ comcast dot net

Valerie Larson said...

i'd love to try the french toast sticks. we aren't gluten free but do eat some of it.

amanda whitley said...

i want to try the nacho nacho man chis and i think gluten free is awesome. my friend gave up gluten and her boy is reacting so good to it.

karmakaytlyn said...

I would love to try the Gluten Free Waffles in the Ancient Grains Original variety. I am always looking for new gf items. I have found over the past year that I have much fewer digestion issues when I abstain from eating gluten. I try an choose gluten free products when available.

terrajunebug said...

I want to try the French Toast Sticks. and any crackers. both are my weaknesses! and I am always on the look for a healthier snack choice.

terra j sweeps
tradewindsbar@hotmail.com

scoop said...

the mulitgrain chips sound very good. we are not gluten free, but i have so many friends who are.

Angie B said...

I would love to try the pancakes. I was just recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and I heard that going gluten free could possibly help the symptoms. I'm trying to learn this world of gluten free