Gluten-Free Goodness from Healthy Food Startups

October 10, 2015

2:00 pm

For those of us who don’t know, gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, and barley – and happens to be one of the most heavily consumed proteins on earth. But for a small percentage of the US population that lives with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or who have a wheat allergy, just a small dose can trigger reactions powerful enough to cause severe digestive issues, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and even neurologic symptoms (dizziness). If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, a great resource is the Gluten Intolerance Group website.

So with the rise of gluten intolerant communities, there are some creative (and delicious) food startups out there helping people live off of more than just nuts and fruit!

photo 3Emily Robins, the founder of Goldilocks Goodies, discovered that she had a gluten intolerance eight years ago. The only store bought gluten-free options she had were tasteless, and some even questionable. She knew that if she was having trouble finding delicious gluten-free foods, others with her condition did, too!

She founded Goldilocks Goodies 4 years ago, creating an assortment of gluten-free breads and cookies. All products are created with local ingredients sourced from Emily’s hometown of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and baked in the family tradition of her mother, grandmother and the 5 generations of farming women before them.

You can find her products at local restaurants like GCDC and Open City Diner, along with CSA programs like From the Farmer and Washington’s Green Grocer. She also sells directly to consumers from her website.

kb bars tile patternKate Sornik founded Kate Bakes after she had to drastically overhaul her own diet many years ago. She found her gluten-free and vegan options were limited. She started experimenting with some bar recipes and eventually came up with her first bar – Banana Cinnamon Oatmeal!

Needless to say that she has struck gluten-free gold.

The bars are a healthy, convenient and tasty snack option. At 2 ounces each, they are a little bigger than the average protein bar and pack in 7 grams of protein and 4.5 grams of fiber to keep you full longer.

What makes Kate Bakes bars stand out from other leading protein bars is really the texture and taste. They are surprisingly moist for a gluten-free and vegan bar. Kate doesn’t skim on using real fruit and considers herself heavy-handed when adding spices and extracts! She now has 4 delicious flavors with three more coming soon.

You can find Kate Bakes bars at local Washington DC merchants like Glen’s Garden Market and Pleasant Pops, or shop online.

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Vanessa Ferragut, CMP is a Sustainable Event and Meeting Planner in Washington, DC. She is the founder of Ferragut Event Group, LLC, an event planning company that focuses on sustainable meetings and events. Vanessa is also a local foods enthusiast and Founder of Greenease, Inc, a mobile app dedicated to promoting restaurants, cafes and grocers that work with local farms and provide sustainable food options. She is passionate about supporting organizations that embrace sustainability in their business and service practices, promote community activism, and minimize their overall environmental impact in the hospitality sector. You can follow her at @vferragut and @GreeneaseApp.

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