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How easy is it to avoid soy at Whole Foods? Whole Foods is known for having high quality food, but what about the ingredients?
Whole Food’s own brand, 365, and other items on Whole Foods’ shelves tend to have fewer ingredients overall and can be a great place to find soy-free options! These products tend to be organic and less processed (they are also a little more wallet-friendly). As we would expect, this leads to fewer items that contain soy! Some things still have soy (I’m looking at you saltine crackers!), but there are plenty of soy-free options available. Whole Foods can be a great place to find soy-free items, and with a little searching it is possible to find them at fairly reasonable prices, too. It’s also worth noting that 365 items that do contain soy are clearly identified, even if they only contain soy lecithin. Here are 5 of our favorite soy-free products at Whole Foods:
Enjoy Life Mini Chips: These chocolate chips are soy, nut, and dairy free. Soy-free chocolate chips can be difficult to find (we most often use Nestle Dark Chocolate Morsels), and it is even harder to find a combination soy-free, dairy-free option. Soy-free chocolate frequently uses cocoa butter as an emulsifier, potentially introducing dairy to the chocolate. Since a soy intolerance, allergy, or sensitivity doesn’t have to come on its own, this can prohibit someone with both soy and dairy concerns from enjoying almost all chocolate. These chocolate chips are perfect for accommodating multiple food sensitivity concerns.
Cheddar Bunnies: Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies are the goldfish that Ashley has always wanted but can never seem to find. They fill the niche snack market as a perfect, soy-free substitute for goldfish crackers. Cheddar Bunnies are perfect for a day out of the house or even just as a mid-afternoon snack. Ashley loves them!
Frozen Pizza: Some 365 brand frozen pizza varieties are soy-free! We definitely don’t eat a lot of frozen pizza (instead, we prefer to make our own pizza dough and keep some in the freezer), but it can be very nice to have a backup meal in the freezer. Be sure to check the ingredient list as not all varieties are soy-free, but there should be at least a few options to choose from. Enjoy this one—a soy-free frozen pizza is a rare find in any store!
Golden Round Crackers: These 365 Golden Round Crackers are great substitutes for Ritz Crackers (which contain soy). We love to snack on them on their own or with gourmet cheese. Soy-free Ritz crackers (or equivalent) are hard to find, so we always go to Whole Foods when we need to find them. We love eating these crackers during Wine & Cheese Wednesdays or just as a snack.
Rice Pilaf: All Rice-a-Roni brands contain soy, but these similar boxed side dishes from Whole Foods are soy-free! Before we knew that Ashley was soy intolerant, Rice-a-Roni was a common meal in our house. We’ve given it up completely due to the presence of soy, but this 365 Rice Pilaf is practically the same thing! This is a quick-to-make side dish that mirrors the ease and versatility of Rice-a-Roni. Our favorite way to enjoy it is by mixing in chunks of cooked chicken. This Rice Pilaf is a great addition to our meals!
Soy-free products can be easy to find at Whole Foods, and they don’t have to break the bank! If you are struggling to find something soy-free, or are tired of visiting the grocery store where tons of products are processed and full of soy, make a trip to Whole Foods. You won’t be disappointed!