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Gluten Free: It’s A Snap!

Posted January 05, 2017 by Eileen Acello in The Gluten Free Professor

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Wow, we have come a long way since I found out about my gluten intolerance. I have seen GF departments added into grocery stores, menu items with GF next to them and now an entire store with prepared GF meals. Yes, a store that allows you to choose from breakfast to dinner options and everything in between. This is store is called Snap Kitchen and they have 7 locations in the Philadelphia area including Malvern (near Panera & Wegmans).

Snap Kitchen was founded in 2009 in Austin, TX. They have a total of 45 locations including: Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Chicago & Philadelphia. My experience going into this store was one of hesitation because I usually cannot eat most of the items on the shelf but here ALL of them were available to me. Now, I actually had to make some choices and there was quite a variety. What I was really impressed with was the fact that you can go on the site www.snapkitchen.com in the morning to find out what is available at your location by simply putting in your zip code. A “sold out” sign will be posted if they are out of what you are looking for but it is easy to move on to another option because they have many rotating favorites. The portions come in small, medium or large and prices can range from $7.00-$14.00 depending on the size. The large could easily be split into 2 meals.

These meals are made daily and delivered to the location, so we are talking about fresh food! I was impressed not only with the taste of the product but the healthy options along with easy “grab and go.” I actually ate my lunch at the store where there are tables available. Each meal is clearly labeled with microwave cooking times, ingredients, calories, etc.

I was excited to find that they are on trend with many of the latest food options available in the non-GF world from plant based proteins, breakfast all day, all types of bowl offerings and interesting spices. After doing some research I found that Snap Kitchen has joined forces with another Austin, TX based company—Whole Foods. They have kiosks with Snap Kitchen products available therefore giving customers with GF allergies options. I think this is a great idea because this allows Whole Foods to pass the responsibility of any cross contamination over to Snap Kitchen. I know this is a big concern for retailers so this idea is a win-win for all.

So, when you don’t feel like cooking or everyone else is picking up a prepared food item so can you! Remember the Gluten Free Professor strongly suggests that you do your homework and be your best advocate as you seek out GF options. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions ejacello@gmail.com.

Eileen Acello - The Gluten Free Professor

Eileen is the Director of Development and Recruiting for the Academy of Food Marketing at St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA.  Through her various food industry experiences,  Eileen is called upon to advise food product manufacturers and retailers in the specific area of marketing to consumers affected by gluten allergies and Celiac Disease.  Eileen was diagnosed with Gluten Sensitivity in 2006 and since then Eileen has become a thought leader in this fast growing nutritional category.   Eileen has recently published research on the topic of Gluten Free in food trade publications and guest speaks at industry conferences. Eileen cureently teaches as an adjunct faculty in Marketing  at West Chester University in West Chester, PA and has taught at St. Joseph’s University's Food Marketing Department in Philadelphia, PA, Cheyney University as well as Immaculata University in Immaculata, PA and various community colleges in the Southwest. You can reach Eileen at ejacello@gmail.com

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