Food Allergies - What Can I eat? Alternatives

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Soy-Free Nut-Free Grain-Free Vegan Oh My?

By:
Silvia Atsma

Avoiding foods for allergy or dietary reasons can be overwhelming and frustrating.  We understand., In fact many of our staff members avoid certain foods for health reasons. So don't hesitate to ask our staff members, as they are a good source of information as they personally use many of the products in our stores. If you are new to avoiding certain foods, we would be glad to give you a guided store tour to show you options available at Harvest Health Foods.  **

Dairy-Free?  Milks, yogurts, cheeses, and certainly ice cream have excellent alternative choices. You'll find milks, yogurts and frozen desserts made from almond, coconut, rice and organic soy. Missing cheese on your tacos or your grilled cheese sandwich? Do not fret as there are slices, spreads, chunks and shreds that will replace dairy cheese.

Gluten-Free?  If you are avoiding wheat or gluten, you'll find delicious options in every aisle of Harvest Health Foods. You will not find a small dedicated gluten-free section in our stores because they are available in every aisle of our store, look for the tags.  We have gluten-free options from your breakfast pop tart to your midnight snack of milk and cookies.  All of our groceries, including gluten-free products, have to meet our product guidelines. We believe if you are avoiding certain foods for your health, that's no reason to trade for inferior ingredients.  While other stores may carry one variety of a particular brand we have the ability to carry a wide variety within each brand.  Looking for something special?  Or need help finding a substitute our staff is knowledgeable and willing to help. Ask Us.    

 

Peanut-Free? With the increase of nut allergies, that lunch time staple of a PB&J sadly disappeared.  No worries, we can help you enjoy that sandwich again.  We have  no nut options from Sneaky Chef or Wow Butter.  If you are able to tolerate almonds another brand you can trust is Barney Butter. An almond butter company that is peanut free. Enjoy Life brand products can be your go-to brand as they are dedicated that all of their products are free from the top eight allergens: wheat/gluten, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish.  Learn more about Enjoy Life foods. 

Grain-Free? One of newest category of foods that customers are looking to avoid are grains.  While the best way to avoid grains is to seek foods from the produce department, dairy and meat/protein sources. You'll also be pleased to find grain-free wraps made from coconut, and Paleo breads by Julian Bakery.*   You can find grain free options for your morning granola or cereals, protein bars made from nuts and seeds or grass-fed meats.

Vegan or Vegetarian? Avoiding animal products is easy with our large selection of vegetarian and vegan options.  Meat alternatives no longer look like mutant forms of tofu, but you'll find delicious options from Beyond Meat, Jackfruit Company and veggie burgers from a wide variety of brands.  This also carries into our supplement lines; you'll find supplements specifically designed for plant based lifestyles. 

Essential Food Allergy Substitution Guide from Super Healthy Kids'

Other Resources:

Gluten-Free Flour Guide from Living Without

 

* selections may vary at each location.  Let us know what you are looking for and we can always transfer to a location that is convenient for you.  Let us help you find what you need.

** Our staff has a wide range of food knowledge, but they are not registered dietitians and are unable to diagnose or suggest treatments for any food allergies.