On Tuesday, January 12, 2010 my local Starbucks store will be one of many that will be offering a line of new snack options with 220 calories or less per serving. Out of the list of 9 snacks, 8 of them appear to be gluten-free and allergen friendly! After the Gluten-Free Orange Valencia Cake came and went, I am very happy with Starbucks for trying gluten-free again. I am thrilled to be able to grab something for my GFK while I am fulfilling my weekly caffeine requirements. All of these snacks are pre-packaged and labeled with ingredient lists so there is less chance for cross contamination issues but beware many contain nuts! Starbucks has given us lots of gluten-free variety and they are all affordable. Check out the list below! Let me know if you think Starbucks has finally gotten it right for the gluten-free and food allergic community.
Lucy’s Cookies – the one I am most excited to try!
Lucy’s cookies were created for a child who has to be careful about what he eats by a mom who’s a doctor and thinks everyone deserves something good to snack on. These delicious cookies are baked without wheat, gluten, dairy milk, butter, eggs, casein, peanuts or tree nuts. Available in Chocolate Chip, Sugar and Cinnamon, each variety has just 120-130 calories per serving. Priced at $1.50 U.S. for Grab & Go Packs and $5.95 for a box you can share with friends and family.
When one woman invented yummy Peeled Snacks, she gave us permission to enjoy snacking again. Peeled Snacks use real fruit, bursting with flavor, to make a wholesome treat. With a full serving of fruit and just 130 calories or less per single-serving bag, they’ll give you a nourishing boost that won’t weigh you down. Available in organic much-ado-about-Mango, Apple-2-the-core, and all-natural Cherry-go-round varieties. Priced at $2.00 U.S.
Peter Rabbit Organics
Peter Rabbit Organics Fruit Pouches show kids, and parents too, that real fruit can be fun and delicious. Available in the Apple & Grape and Mango, Banana and Orange varieties, each pouch has 80-85 calories per pouch. Priced at $1.95 U.S.
After two friends hiking up Mt. Rainier found themselves craving a more satisfying snack, they decided to create these gourmet nuts. Sahale Snacks uses whole ingredients in their natural form — such as cashews, almonds, pecans, macadamia nuts, and peanuts — and combines them with dried fruits, then adds fabulous ingredients like organic orange blossom honey, lemongrass, or pure ground Madagascar vanilla beans. Available in Pomegranate Cashew, Soledad Nut Blend, and Barbeque Almonds, a blend created exclusively for Starbucks, each 2 oz. serving has just 140-150 calories. Priced at $2.50 U.S.
Stretch Island Fruit Company
Created by a family determined to make life sweeter for all of us, Stretch Island Fruit Company Original Fruit Leathers are real fruit, plain and simple. Every original Fruit Leather is equal to half a serving of fruit and has just 45 calories. Available at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada in the Harvest Grape, Autumn Apple and Summer Strawberry varieties. Priced at $0.75 U.S.
Two Moms in the Raw
We hope you’re as inspired as we are by the journey one woman made when she (and some other moms) created these granolas. The granola mixes from Two Moms in the Raw are made to be 100% delicious. Available at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada in two gluten-free varieties, Blueberry and Gojiberry, each of which is just 220 calories per serving. Priced at $3.95 U.S.
We love the philosophy behind these distinctive chips: food tastes best when it’s made with quality ingredients and thoughtful preparation. Available in Multigrain, a distinctively nutty flavored chip made with flax, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds, and Sweet Potato, lightly sweetened with cane sugar to enhance the natural nuttiness of a sweet potato in a chip. Both varieties are 210 calories per 1.5 oz. serving size and provide 5g of fiber. Priced at $1.50 U.S.
These bars with wholesome ingredients you can see and pronounce are the perfect grab-and-go snack, and just 170-190 calories. The bars are free of gluten, dairy and wheat. Available at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada in Mango Macadamia, Almond Cashew, Fruit & Nut Delight, and Cranberry & Almond. Priced at $1.95 U.S.