I’ve mentioned before that I have a handful of food allergies. It blows. Sometimes it seems like everything delicious contains at least one ingredient that I’m allergic to. From dairy to gluten to black pepper (wtf, right?!), it can become impossible to find foods that make me forget that I’m having to “substitute” for that which I really desire.
Sometimes I’ll throw caution to the wind (read: deal with the consequences), load myself up with digestive enzymes, and just eat the foods I’m not supposed to. Luckily, as far as I’m aware, I’m not at risk of anaphylaxis. Still, it’s really not in my best interest to “cheat” in this way and I often regret doing so. Thus, when I find foods that stand alone as delicious treats without containing my allergens, I. Become. Elated.
This is what happened to me last week.
I was perusing the aisles for a gluten free breakfast cereal when I saw a special display that transported me back to my childhood. I was all-of-a-sudden standing in a Tops Friendly Market in New York, staring up at the pyramid of Fred Flintstone faces and begging my mother to break her no-more-than-6-grams-of-sugar-per-serving cereal rule. And she did.
I’m not even going to lie. I bought three boxes. Who cares? At $1.99 a box it’s actually one third of what I usually pay for a box of gluten-free cereal. And yeah, I know it’s mostly sugar and artificial colour. But you know what? When I fill a bowl with this stuff and top it with So Delicious Coconut milk, I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything. Not even at all.
Bottoms up, food allergy sufferers! You won’t regret it.