Product Review: Ian's Natural Foods
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May 25 2010

Product Review: Ian's Natural Foods

Ian’s Natural Foods has a line of foods that is specifically targeted towards kids. Ian’s has a line of 17 gluten-free all-natural & organic foods in addition to some that do contain gluten. It is hard enough to get children to eat healthy foods, let alone throwing in the complication of having to avoid gluten or another allergen. Ian’s products are made with:

  • No hydrogenated oils
  • No refined sugars
  • No hormones or antibiotics
  • No bleached flours
  • No chicken skin
  • No Tripolyphosphates
  • Less fat & more protein
  • Great taste

There are a great variety of gluten-free products offered by Ian’s. The products include:

  • Alphatots (tater tots)
  • Cereal bars
  • Cookie buttons
  • Wafflewiches
  • Animal Crackers
  • Chicken fingers, nuggets, patties & kids meal
  • Fish sticks
  • French bread pizza
  • French toast sticks
  • Battered fish
  • Mac & meat sauce
  • Mac & no cheese (dairy-free cheese)
  • Turkey corn dogs

We have had the pleasure of trying several of the above items. The animal crackers have a nice vanilla flavor and are great for little ones or big kids (and adults), too. The crackers come in a resealable zipper bag and are great for on-the-go days.

The French toast sticks are a nice breakfast treat. These come out best when they are made in the oven. We love to make pancakes on the weekend, but these work great for during the week mornings.

The Wafflewiches ranked high on our list. Jon really enjoyed these. These can be made in the microwave or oven, but work much better in the oven. They do require roughly 30 minutes in the oven, so maybe not the best weekday breakfast option.

Ian’s products can be found in many grocery stores throughout the US. I can’t think of a grocery store here in Columbus that I haven’t seen their products in. Having these products so readily available makes traveling much easier. It is nice to know that in a pinch I can run in to a larger grocery chain and most likely find something gluten-free made by Ian’s.

Ian’s has a resources page with links to tips for picky eaters, raising kids with food allergies and to the Children’s Hospital Boston – Celiac Disease Program.

Have you tried any of Ian’s products? How did you like them? Any favorites?

***A big thanks to Mambo Sprouts for the samples of Ian’s products.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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Comments

  1. So the oven is the trick with the wafflewich….thanks for the tip! I found the one I tried to be inedible, but did think young kids would enjoy them. There is some flavor in that product line that I don’t care for, but I’m not sure what it is. It’s a great option for people who have to eat food that is free of pretty much all allergens.

  2. Kim says:

    Yes, Jon had a hard time with the microwaved one, but he cooked it, so it is possible that he over-cooked.

    It is nice that these are available free of most allergens.

  3. Mike says:

    Children do become adults!!!!

    WOW! Ian I feel like I have my life back. I am allergic to wheat, dairy, and vitamin C. I break out in hives anytime I ingest those normal everyday products. However with your gluten free, dairy free, and 0% vitamin C products…I feel I have my life back. I do not have to wait until my death bed to enjoy pizza, mac an (no) cheese, even a simple waffle. I love it too, that I do not have to go far to buy your products. The local Target carries them all! Thanks again for giving me back a non restrictive life! Now if only you make beer. :)

  4. Cara says:

    I’m not on a gluten free diet, but I sometimes have a gluten sensitivity and I thought the IANS french toast sticks were amazing (just don’t microwave- be patient and use the oven) They were super chewy and fresh and didn’t have that grainy taste the gluten free foods often have. Such a great snack or dessert too!

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