As most experienced gluten free eaters will tell you, sandwiches quickly disappear from your lunchbox. Am I right? It certainly is not the first thing on my pack-for-lunch list anymore and it was pre-gf days as it was simple to take, eat anywhere etc. Not so much any more.
Flash forward to this month. I was invited by Udi’s to participate in a blogging event of “Random Acts of … Udi’s” in which they set out boxes of Udi’s goodies for people to share with friends, family and co-workers. (They did not pay for me to write any reviews – nor have they ever – but they did send the products for me to share plus two coupons for a Free Udi’s product of your choice (which I am giving away below). I’ve written about Udi’s before. Personally, I am just going to take credit (HA! False Credit, that is! ahahah!) for this blogging event by Udi’s. At the end of last school year, Udi’s sent out sampler packages of a mind-blowing quantity of goodies. I brought the plethora of carb-goodness to school with me and I shared it with several gluten free (and non-gluten free) students. (Here is that student review of their products/that post, if you are interested.)
When this box arrived, I knew I would be sharing it with the adults at school. In the last couple years, we have had about 25 new staff members come on board – and a surprising number of them are gluten free. (I think there are 6 of us (teachers) who are gluten free now.) Since our mail room and/or the secretaries counters often fill up with treats to be shared that we can’t eat, I thought I would fill that space with the goodies Udi’s sent. (They sent granola, several boxes of cookies, 3 – 4 small tubs of the mini-bites (brownies, etc), bagels and blueberry muffins.) When I was unpacking the box, a colleague of mine (for the last 13 years) told me that she was “going gluten free” as she has noticed some digestive issues for herself. She then asked me (and other GF colleague who was oogling the goodies) what kind of sandwich bread we thought she should try. Needless to say, I handed her an Udi’s bagel. It’s what I use for sandwich bread when I have it on hand. (And I have a gluten-free dedicated toaster in my closet at work…hahahahah.)
We picked out a few goodies to send to the teachers who are gluten free who never would have come to seek out treats in the office. Much like me, they avoid the mail room when it is inundated with baked goods. Not only is it hard to go in when you are hungry, but the aroma is too much. Maybe it is just me, but since I don’t eat “bread” all that often (as I used to), I can really smell baked goods. Can you?
It was awesome to have such yummy gluten free treats for sharing. Gluten-free peeps and non-gluten free eaters alike enjoyed the mini brownie bites, the granola and the blueberry muffins. The cookies were a bit of a gluten-free adventure for the non-GF people, but the sweet taste of cookies was preferred by a few with their morning coffee. Thank you, Melissa @ Udi’s for thinking of me/my colleagues.
I took several pictures of the goodies being gobbled up – but alas, I somehow don’t have them on my phone. Sorry to say that I don’t have the images for Udi’s to verify the goodies being shared, but I’m also certain that the 7AM photos of colleagues munching on muffins and granola by the handfuls are probably not ones that they will miss seeing published online. (Ha!)
Udi’s also sent two coupons for a Free Udi’s item that I would like to share. I wish you lived closer or I would have brought some gluten free goodies to you as well. Instead, please just sign up via the rafflecopter below for the coupons to be mailed to you. I will contact the winners via email to get a mailing address for the coupons. The coupons expire on 2/28/2014 – that is the end of this month – so let’s get to this!
Happy Couponing –