Review: GoPicnic Ready-to-eat Meal (peanut free, gluten free, vegan, tree nut free, Kosher)


While at the GFAF (Gluten & Allergen Free) Expo, one of the companies that caught my eye was GoPicnic.  They have several gluten-free ready-to-eat meals, but I specifically asked if they had any peanut free ones.  Jamie was happy to show me the two varieties that were peanut free.  The first was GoPicnic Turkey Stick & Crunch and the other is Sunbutter & Crackers.  GoPicnic is a healthy, wholesome, good for you version of a Lunchable.  It comes in a package about the same size as a Lunchable, and fits perfect in any lunch bag, and is a shelf stable ready-to-eat meal.  No freezy packs required!  Packing a lunch daily is not only time-consuming, but there are days I run out of ideas, so I tend to fall back on the same foods over and over.  I am sure eating the same thing has to get old for Bean.  If you pack your child’s lunches daily, GoPicnic is a wonderful convenience!  Just pack a drink and lunch is served!

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Bean picked the Turkey Stick & Crunch meal for the first one I packed in her lunch.  It is a balanced meal featuring an Old Wisconsin Turkey Snack Stick, Popchips Barbecue Potato Chips, Sweet Perry Orchards Tropical 100% Peel-A-Part Fruit, Enjoy Life Mountain Mambo Seed and Fuit Mix, and a Professor Zim Zam’s Extraordinary Sweets Dark Chocolate with Rice Crisps.  It contains no artificial flavors or colors, and is gluten-free, peanut free, egg free, and tree nut free!  The Popchips contain milk, and the dark chocolate contain soy, but that’s the only allergens!  I always strive to pack healthy options for my daughter’s lunch, and I was proud to pack this wholesome lunch for her!  All GoPicnic’s ready-to-eat meals are free of trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, added MSG, and artificial flavors and colors. Bean LOVED her lunch! She especially liked the Enjoy Life Mountain Mambo Seed & Fruit Mix.  I am pretty sure it is the closest thing she has ever had to a trail mix!

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The next day we packed the Sunbutter & Crackers meal.  Again super easy, super quick, and a nice healthy, wholesome lunch!  Another balanced meal featuring Sunbutter® Creamy Sunflower seed Spread, Crunchmaster Multi-Grain Sea Salt Crackers, Enjoy Life Seed & Fruit Trail Mix, Sweet Perry Orchards Tropical 100% Fruit Peel-a-Part and an Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Cookie. This meal is all- natural, Kosher, gluten-free, vegan, and free of 7 common allergens, including wheat, dairy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, and egg!  The only allergen is that the Sunbutter is made on equipment that also processes soy.  My daughter also loved this meal!  She has asked for me to begin packing these in her lunch on a regular basis.

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These are healthy meal options that can be taken anywhere, anytime!  No refrigeration required! These would be great to take on outings to the zoo, museums, parks, picnics, or even camping.  I was even thinking these would be great to take on road trips.  No worrying about where to stop for food, and if the food will be safe once we do find a place.  These alleviate having to purchase those overpriced foods sold at public places, and you can be confident that what you are feeding your child (or yourself) is nutritionally balanced and safe!   They have several varieties for people living allergen free, vegan, and gluten-free.  Just throw them in a bag and go!  I found these available in the gluten-free section at my local Meijer. They are also available at Target, Walgreens, Mariano’s Fresh Market, Whole Foods, Regal Cinemas, or they can also be purchased online at http://www.gopicnic.com.  They offer several varieties for specialized diets, plus they have specials and discounts online.

 

Disclaimer: I was given both boxes of GoPicnic meals reviewed above, in exchange for my honest opinions of their products.  I was not financially compensated in any way.  The meals were eaten exclusively by my daughter, Bean.  All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

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About Annie

I have a daughter with a severe peanut allergy. She was diagnosed when she was 2. She is 11 now. I have lived the battles of having a child with food allergies, and feel education and awareness makes all the difference.

Posted on April 24, 2013, in Food Allergies, Food Allergy Awareness, Gluten free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Vegan and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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