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Trends, Products & Items Of Note In The World Of Specialty Foods

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Archive for Soy-Free

PRODUCT: Ian’s Sausage Pancrepes

Really tasty: Ian’s Sausage Pancrepes. Photo
courtesy Elevation Brands.


More than 10 years ago, a concerned dad learned that his son, Ian, had multiple food allergies. He set off on a journey to develop a line of kids’ favorites, so Ian and other children with allergies wouldn’t have to miss out.

“Can you imagine going through life unable to eat pizza or onion rings or a chocolate chip cookie?” says Chuck Marble, CEO of Elevation Brands? “Imagine sitting down at the dinner table and everyone else gets to eat chicken tenders or fish sticks except you.”

If the rest of the line is as delicious as the Sausage Pancrepes we just demolished, everyone will be scrambling to enjoy the products. Nothing in the very tasty pancakes gave any hint of a dietary restriction. The box front told a different story: NO wheat or gluten, NO milk or casein, NO nuts, NO soy.


But NO here means YES, it’s delicious. The box of four small sausages wrapped in pancakes (9 ounces net weight) was an instant hit, without the need for maple syrup or any other seasoning. They went quickly, and we could only wish for a few dozen more boxes.

Ian’s manufactures approximately 40 allergy-friendly foods for every time of the day: breakfast, entrées, desserts, snacks and sides. There are gluten-, dairy- and soy-free Mac & No Cheese; gluten-free chicken patties and tenders; onion rings and more.

There’s a store locator on the website, and if there’s no store near you, you can email your local retailer’s information to their sales team.

For more information, visit



TRENDS: Eat Hemp & Support Hemp Farming

The second Annual Hemp History Week ended yesterday.

The national grassroots education campaign aims to renew support for hemp farming in the U.S. Although illegal today, hemp was traditionally grown in the U.S. by many farmers—including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper!

In addition to edible hemp seed, hemp has long been used to make fiber for rope and textiles.

The growing of hemp as a food and textile crop was banned in 1957, due to federal confusion over industrial hemp and marijuana.

While there is pending legislation to change the situation, currently no live hemp plant (specifically, leaves and stems) can enter the U.S. But the seeds and end products containing them can be imported.


Shelled hemp seeds are a delicious addition
to salads. Photo by Elinor D. | Wikimedia.


Hemp seeds are one of the most nutritious foods around. Hemp, along with quinoa, is one of the few plant foods that are a complete protein (containing all the essential amino acids). Hemp seed is packed with protein, omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids (the highest levels of any plant source) and magnesium. The flavor is mild, similar to sunflower seeds.

If only hemp were legal, it would add inexpensive protein to our diet. Instead of appearing only in niche health foods, large manufacturers would use it to add protein to cereal, milk and other foods.

Currently, Americans can purchase hemp seed powder to add to smoothies and other foods; shelled hemp seeds to sprinkle on salads, soups, veggies, yogurt and hot and cold breakfast cereals (very tasty!); and hemp seed oil for salads.

Beyond nutrition, an excellent reason to legalize hemp growing is that it can be a salvation to many of America’s farmers.

It is difficult for many American farm families to earn a living from farming. Farmers earn $25/acre for growing corn. Hemp would yield $200/acre, giving them the income they need to keep their family farms.

Now that you know, support hemp farming. Write to your state and federal representatives. Not only does the federal government need to legalize hemp farming, but each state must also legalize it in order to allow its farmers to grow hemp.

Learn more at and follow the link to send a pre-written email, fax or letter to your legislators to let them know how you feel about the status of hemp in the U.S.

And don’t forget to enjoy the benefits of hemp as a high protein nutritional supplement. Start with sprinkling the tiny seeds onto your salads. If you typically eat a low-protein vegetable salad for lunch, it’s just what the doctor (or nutritionist) ordered. Two tablespoons of hemp seed provides 11 grams of protein, as much as a chicken drumstick.

Our favorite hemp food: the hemp bagels from French Meadow Bakery.



TOP PICK OF THE WEEK: Chicken Meatballs

Where’s the beef?

It’s been replaced by chicken, in these tasty meatballs from Coleman Natural, ready to heat and eat.

Coleman Natural’s Gourmet Chicken Meatballs are antibiotic-free, hormone-free, preservative-free and vegetarian-fed. They’re gluten-free and soy-free. They’re better for you than conventional beef or pork meatballs.

See all the different things you can do with chicken meatballs in hors d’oeuvre, appetizers, lunch, dinner and snacks. Learn why chicken meatballs are a better choice than beef or pork meatballs.

And decide which flavor you’d to start with: Buffalo Style Chicken Meatballs; Chipotle Cheddar; Italian Parmesan; Pesto Parmesan; Spinach, Fontina Cheese and Roasted Garlic; or Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Provolone.


Beef? Fuggedaboudit and go for a chicken
meatball hero. Photo by Jill Chen | IST.

  • Read the full review of Coleman Natural Chicken Meatballs.
  • Find recipes and product reviews in our Gourmet Poultry Section.
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