Posted on | December 12, 2010 | 2 Comments
This hiatus has been brought to you by Rider University. Luckily, I have time for a short post about one of my favorite products.
The end of the semester brings on the same doubts and fears as midterms. It’s also the time where studying and preparing and perfecting papers becomes more important than your social life, physical appearance (haven’t worn heels in days) and your health. That final stretch towards the finish line is a long one, and I find that food becomes important only as sustenance in order to keep studying and writing and revising. I load up on snacks that I can hoard in my room while working, liked pretzels and hummus, which leads to web-cam shenanigans like this:
As you can see, my brain isn’t exactly functioning too well during this crucial time.
Food has to be quick and accessible to the max now, at the expense of this blog. When food shopping, I wasn’t thinking about what I can make this week like I usually am. I was thinking about what would be easiest, what would fill me and what would keep me alert and functioning
at least a little bit. This, along with the sudden winter cold, led to me buying a decent amount of soup.
I love soup when the frigid air leaves me frozen long after coming indoors. But being gluten free makes it challenging to find great soups that I can just shove in the microwave and enjoy. I used to love Campbell’s broccoli cheese soup, but once I was diagnosed, that went out the window. Wegmans, as per usual, comes to the rescue. I find all of my favorite gluten free products at Wegmans, my crackers, cookies and pretzels, even my hummus. Their frozen section even houses my favorite chicken nuggets, mac and cheese and frozen pizzas all of which define a college student’s diet. But my favorite thing about Wegmans is their soup. Wegmans has a bunch of different flavors, but my favorite is their Broccoli and Vermont White Cheddar soup.
See that little “G” on the left? Wegmans marks their soups with Gluten-free labels along with other allergies when they apply. It’s makes my shopping much easier. I hate looking at soup can after soup can, hoping that there isn’t any wheat flour listed in the ingredients and getting let down over and over again.
Of course, convenience is great, but what good is it if the soup doesn’t taste good? I try to save this soup for the coldest of days because it warms me immediately. Cheese and broccoli is the most genius combination in the world (besides chocolate and potato chips). This soup gives you nice whole pieces of broccoli too, which is really tasty. It’s a warm hearty soup, perfect for the sudden winter chill and the end of semester rush.
I always put some of my favorite Schär table crackers in my soup and let them soak. Yum!
Check out some of Wegmans’ other gluten-free options so that when the winter wind comes howling and final exams are knocking on your door, there’s a quick, easy and delicious way to satisfy your hunger.
Good luck to those of you going through finals right now!