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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Udi's Toast & Oatmeal

Tea, toast, and oatmeal will always always be my favorite breakfast.  

I've had a love affair with oatmeal since day one.  I can't remember a single moment in my life when I didn't love oatmeal.  As a child, it was listed on every grade school paper as my favorite food, I wrote about it in poems, and I doodled about it in art class.

When I was diagnosed with Celiac's - I was terrified that I was no longer going to be able to eat oatmeal... I went almost an entire year without it.  Then I started eating specifically gluten free oatmeal that I bought at a gluten free expo... then I tried regular oatmeal.  It seems I'm one of the lucky few that doesn't have a reaction to oats... as long as I don't eat it too often.  So now it's even more special, just a treat every couple weeks.  

Some like it hot, some like it cold, some like it in a pot nine days old --- I'll honestly eat it any way I can get it... and I'm not fancy, I'll even eat it plain.  When I was studying abroad in Japan (pre-diagnosis), I had taken about 3 full boxes of the individual packages in my luggage and I would mix it into a cold bottle of water because I heard rumors we would have to eat tomatoes for breakfast - no thanks!!  Everyone made fun of me, but I was a happy camper... I had my cold watered down oatmeal :)

But the very best, was breakfast in India (also pre-diagnosis), huge pots of oatmeal, piping hot darjeeling tea, toast, and hot-salted hard boiled eggs.  I could eat that breakfast everyday for the rest of my life - actually I could probably eat that for every meal everyday for the rest of my life and be perfectly happy.  I like to dip my toast in the delicious.

Thankfully Udi's has made this all possible.  I've been eating Udi's bread for the last couple years - it's honestly the only ONLY gluten free bread I will even consider.  It's delicious, the texture is perfect, it's great toasted or un-toasted (which is incredible in the gluten free world), and now it comes in a couple different varieties.  

Up until recently, I had only been eating the white bread... which is great.  But Udi's sent me a sample of the Whole Grain - changed my life holy cow!!  It's everything you could ever want in a bread.  Finally, a gluten free bread with not only the texture of real bread but actually has heafty grain texture (that's probably not the best way to describe it) - it really has a beautiful consistency like whole grain bread you would buy at the farmers market.  It rocked my breakfast!!

The best thing about Udi's bread... you can do anything with it... just like regular bread!!  French toast, bread pudding, toast, sandwiches, eat it plain... and whatever else you use bread for!  

I've started saving my end pieces in the freezer, I plan to cook up some croutons one of these days!

Have you tried Udi's yet??

Locally, you can buy Udi's at Trader Joes and HyVee... maybe other places but those are the only stores I grocery shop.  You can also order most all of their products online for shipping to your home.


Always, J

*I was not paid for this post, but Udi's sent me a sample product to test.  These opinions are completely my own.