Ever attended a FODMAP expo? Eating and living a FODMAP diet can be expensive! And part of that requires living a gluten free diet. If you are just starting out eating FODMAP, saving money is going to be crucial.
You will want to check out our guide "Five Ways to Save Money on Gluten Free Foods." One of the ways I talk about whether you have eaten a FODMAP diet for many years or are just starting out is to attend a gluten free expo. I attended this years gluten free expo in Salt Lake City Utah and found it to be the perfect FODMAP expo as several vendors were familiar with the FODMAP diet.
These expos are fantastic because you can try and eat products, talk to a variety of different companies about their products and receive high value coupons.
Currently, there are no dedicated in person FODMAP expos. There were two that I found that were similar:
- The Monash website offers an online virtual show each year that includes education sessions hosted by lead FODMAP researchers, information about irritable bowel syndrome and FODMAP's, recipes and articles, and cooking demonstrations and Q&A sessions. More information can be found at monashfoodmap.com/events/
- The Food and Nutrition conference in the past has offered gluten free and FODMAP friendly food samples and information.
Gluten Free Expo Utah
I attended the next best thing to a FODMAP expo--a gluten free expo! This year I was able to attend the Gluten Free Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was held in October and I was thrilled by the vendors that offered gluten free and dairy free offerings. I also loved those who knew what FODMAP was and were familiar with it!
I'll mention some of my favorites!
- Vivian's: I got to meet the owner herself and chat for a minute. She is so sweet and spends most of her time off line and off social media making some of the best gluten and dairy free soups! I use her gluten free dairy free cream of mushroom soup and cream of chicken soup for substitutions in recipes calling for a can of cream of mushroom or cream of chicken.
- Citrus Pear: If you are looking for a FODMAP meal delivery service, you will want to read the full review of Citrus Pear here. I found out at the expo that they offer FODMAP friendly meals when you ask and work with a dietician!
- Nairn's: They offered some gluten free products. We even recreated Will and Kate's wedding cake in a gluten and dairy free version of their product.
- Chuhoo's: OMG gluten free churros. They have gluten free churros.
- Redstone Olive Oil: Ask them to mix some of their oils together for one amazing gluten free and FODMAP friendly meal!
- Rustic Scoop: Offers some FODMAP and gluten free dairy free food storage options! With all the emergencies nowadays it's important to have food on hand!
For those of you who couldn't attend OF COURSE I'm saving the best for last--the discounts! Many of these are available online for you. some of these codes may be expired.