Van’s has been cooking up tasty, good-for-you waffles for almost a half century. It all started back in the 1970s at the original Van’s restaurant. It was there, inspired by their California beachside roots, that they first dished up whole grain and gluten free hot ’n toasty waffles. By the late 1980s, they decided it was time to bring their tasty waffles to a whole new group of customers – right in their local grocery stores.
That same passion for seriously healthy, seriously tasty foods lives on at Van’s today. They value artisanal quality and they cook their products in small, minimally processed batches with always-fresh ingredients. And since they want everyone to be able to enjoy their waffles, they offer gluten free waffles along with organic, mini and their signature 8 Whole Grain varieties.
The original Van’s restaurant may no longer be dishing out waffles on the beach, but they still pack the same sunny Southern California spirit into every product they make.
We were sent the products in the image above to try out – along with some coupons for free products. We loved them all. My personal favorites are the peanut butter and jelly bars. Even as an adult I never tire of a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich. These bars remind me of the consistency of a nutrigrain bar but the flavor of peanut butter and jelly and of course gluten free and natural. These are great to keep in my purse for when the kids are screaming that they are starving at the most inconvenient times.
Van’s PB&J Sandwich Bars (MSRP: $3.99 – $4.49), a delicious, classic blend of real peanut butter and fruit jelly, sandwiched between two whole grain, gluten-free bars. This sweet, chewy delight, available in Blueberry and Strawberry, is perfect for a quick, healthy breakfast, lunchtime treat, snack or dessert featuring 10 grams of whole grains. 1bar/160 calories.
The multigrain chips are awesome too. My kids love chips and I am definitely much happier giving them access to a multigrain option that is also gluten free. With their special needs anything I can do to give them healthier diet options is sure to help.
Van’s Multigrain Chips (MSRP: $3.29-$3.49) in Nacho, Nacho, Man! and Mighty Good BBQ! are loaded with 18 grams of whole grains and just 130 calories per serving. Made with gluten-free oats, brown rice, millet, quinoa and amaranth, Van’s Multigrain Chips are crispy, crunchy and bursting with flavor. These guilt-free treats keep it real, containing no high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients, hydrogenated oils or GMO oils, and they’re great for dipping or enjoying right out of the bag. 15 chips/130 calories.
I wasn’t sent the waffles to review but you can bet I will definitely be getting some with my coupons. Here is a little bit more about their awesome waffles.
Van’s Love Your Heart Waffles (MSRP: $3.49). These Non-GMO Project-certified waffles feature 1 gram of heart-healthy soluble fiber, 34 grams of whole grains and is made from a mix of whole grains including whole wheat, barley, oats and more. Warm, yummy and deliciously heart healthy—talk about a loving way to start the day.
Where can you find Van’s? Use their Store Locator to check in your area. In my area they are at Whole Foods but in the area in Maine that we stay at for a good portion of the year, we can find them at the local Walmart SuperCenter.
Van’s Natural Foods has agreed to give TSOS readers a chance to win 5 coupons for FREE Van’s Natural Foods Coupons:
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