Recently the Gluten Free RN received a large sample of gluten free pasta and cookies from Jovial Foods. Jovial Foods is a company that offers both gluten containing products and a line of gluten free products. They believe that “eating gluten free should feel like a pleasure not a sacrifice”. Their gluten free line includes several varieties of brown rice pasta, and three different types of gluten free cookies.

The brown rice pasta only contains two ingredients, organic brown rice, and water. All of the pasta is made in a dedicated facility that is free of gluten, casein, eggs, tree nuts, and peanuts. Additionally, the pasta is a certified gluten free product and is tested to less than 10PPM.

Spaghetti is a popular meal in our home, so I was happy to take home a few samples and give the pasta a try. I love that the pasta is organic and certified gluten free. It cooked well, wasn’t mushy, and the texture was great. Finding good quality safe gluten free pasta can be a challenge but overall we were really happy with Jovial. We will definitely keep using it for future dinners!

Jovial sent us two different types of cookies; chocolate cream filled and fig fruit filled. The cookies are made in a facility that was “specifically designed to ensure an absolutely safe product but not dedicated gluten free”. Jovial notes that they bake their cookies on dedicated equipment on separate production days. They also test each batch for gluten at less than 10PPM

The cookies were great and from what I can remember are very similar to Fig Newton’s. They had a great texture, and were not too hard or mushy. Although cookies are not a daily occurrence for me these would be a great snack to add to an occasional lunch or to take on a trip. I loved how the cookies were packaged, and I would definitely purchase more in the future.

Thanks Jovial for providing safe delicious gluten free options! If you want to learn more about Jovial Foods visit them at http://www.jovialfoods.com/gluten-free.html

Posted by Nadine Grzeskowiak, RN

Nadine is a 'food is medicine’ activist and is very proud of her work to educate all people about the power of food in health and wellness. Nadine is an expert consultant, professional speaker with over 1500 lectures to date, author of DOUGH NATION: A Nurse's Memoir of Celiac Disease From Missed Diagnosis to Food and Health Activism, podcaster, mom and former emergency/trauma/critical care nurse. Nadine is co-authoring her next book on the science of celiac disease.

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