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Oct 7 2015

Bob’s Red Mill Introduces Protein Powders

Bob’s Red Mill recently introduced four new protein powders that are not only gluten-free, but vegan, too! The main source of protein is from pea protein, which is easily digested. The protein powders also have added chia and probiotics as a nutritional booster. 


More about the protein powders:

Get your protein, fiber and probiotics on the go with Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder Nutritional Booster! This unique blend is made from pea protein powder, chicory root fiber, chia seeds, beneficial probiotics, and monk fruit extract for a touch of sweetness. It is gluten free, vegan, a good source of omega-3, excellent source of iron, and high in protein and fiber.

The new varieties are:

Protein & Fiber – Ingredients:Pea Protein Powder, Chicory Root Fiber, Chia Seed, Psyllium Fiber Powder, Probiotic (Organic Inulin, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086) 

Chai Protein – Ingredients:Pea Protein Powder, Chicory Root Fiber, Chia Seed, Natural Vanilla Chai Flavor, Monk Fruit Extract, Probiotic (Organic Inulin, Bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086) 

Chocolate Protein – Ingredients: Pea Protein Powder, Chicory Root Fiber, Chia Seed, Cocoa Powder, Natural Vanilla Powder (Cane Sugar, Cornstarch, Vanilla Oleoresin), Toasted Carob Powder, Monk Fruit Extract, Probiotic (Organic Inulin, Bacillus coagulant GBI-30 6086) 

Vanilla Protein -Ingredients: Pea Protein Powder, Chicory Root Fiber, Chia Seed, Natural Vanilla Powder (Cane Sugar, Cornstarch, Vanilla Oleoresin), Natural Vanilla Flavor, Monk Fruit Extract, Probiotic (Organic Inulin, Bacillus coagulant GBI-30 6086) 

Bob’s Red Mill products can be found in mainstream grocery and health food stores across the US and online. In addition to offering a quality product, Bob’s Red Mill is a brand I know I can trust and find no matter where I am. 

Do you have a favorite Bob’s Red Mill product? Do you use protein powder? I a looking forward to trying the Chai Protein. 

Oct 5 2015

Review: Barbara’s Bakery Pumpkin Puffins

Fall has arrived and it just happens to be my favorite season. I love the cool, crisp sunny days – the ones with the cloudless brilliant blue skies. With the arrival of fall comes all things pumpkin. If you follow the gluten-free diet, this can be depressing because many of the fall pumpkin flavored foods and beverages are not safe for us to eat. Barbara’s Bakery recently launched their brand new, seasonal Pumpkin Puffins

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The new Pumpkin Puffins are:

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegan
  • Non-GMO Verified
  • Low fat
  • Low sugar
  • Contain real pumpkin

When these arrived on my doorstep on Saturday, I immediately opened the box and grabbed a handful. It didn’t matter that I had just finished breakfast! This cereal tastes like fall. It has a wonderful pumpkin flavor without being overwhelming. I love the other gluten-free Puffins varieties, so I knew these would become a new favorite. Thank you for making an outstanding gluten-free pumpkin product! Look for the new Pumpkin Puffins at the stores listed on this page or online

Do you like any of the gluten-free Puffins cereals? Are you interested in the new Pumpkin Puffins?

*The product mentioned in this post was sent to me free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. 

Oct 2 2015

Start Healthy Foods Introduces New GF Breakfast On-The-Go

I think it is awesome how many companies are making gluten-free options these days. It seems with the FDA guidelines in place, more companies are willing to go the extra mile. Of course there is also a lot of money in the gluten-free specialty food industry as well. Whatever the reason, those people who follow the gluten-free diet are the ones benefitting. Eating gluten-free in 2015 is easier than it ever has been in the past.

Start Healthy Foods came together with Sweet Christine’s Bakery recently and created a few gluten-free breakfast sandwich items.


There are four different gluten-free breakfast sandwiches in the line-up:

  • Turkey sausage, egg whites and cheddar cheese on a gluten-free bialy
  • Turkey sausage, egg whites and cheddar cheese on a gluten-free bagel
  • Canadian-style bacon, egg whites and cheddar cheese on a gluten-free bialy
  • Canadian-style bacon, egg whites and cheddar cheese on a gluten-free bagel

Each variety is made with cage-free egg whites, low fat turkey meat, and is certified by the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. Look for the new Start Healthy Gluten-Free Breakfast Sandwiches in select grocery stores across the US.

Sep 30 2015

Recipe: Hello Dolly Bars – Gluten-Free Style

As September comes to an end, I can’t help but begin to think about the upcoming holidays. Halloween is a five weeks away. Thanksgiving is nine weeks away. Christmas is thirteen weeks away. All of those holidays usually mean there will be festive desserts of some sort to add to the celebration. Walker’s Shortbread is a great cookie to keep on hand for impromptu entertaining or to use in a recipe like the Hello Dolly recipe below.


Hello Dolly Bars

*Courtesy of Tasty Eats at Home

·        2 4.9 oz boxes Walkers Gluten-Free Shortbread Rounds
·        3 T butter, melted and cooled
·        1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
·        ½ cup white chocolate chips
·        1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
·        ½ cup chopped pecans
·        1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9″ square baking pan, line with parchment paper, and grease the paper. Set aside.In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, process the cookies into crumbs. Add the butter and process until a dough forms. The dough should be rather dry, but hold together if you press it. Press dough evenly into the bottom of the baking pan.Top the shortbread base with the shredded coconut, spreading evenly. Top with white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips, then pecans. Finally, drizzle the sweetened condensed milk evenly over the top.Bake for 25 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Remove and allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.

Walker’s Gluten-Free Shortbread can be purchased online for $4.99/box directly from the Walker’s website and shipping is free on all orders over $50. Their products can also be found in select grocery stores…our local Giant Eagle stores carry them here in Columbus.

Sep 28 2015

Review: Schar Sch’nacks

I can’t tell you how much I love going shopping and finding new gluten-free products. Lately it seems like every shopping trip results in the purchase of another new (or new to us) gluten-free product. This past weekend was no different. I was looking for my favorite gluten-free protein bars and ran across a new product from Schar that I was sure Jon would fall in love with. 

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Not exactly the protein bars I was looking for, right? No worries, I can’t eat these anyway since they aren’t dairy-free, but I did pick them up for Jon. 

Ingredients – Sugar, vegetable fats and oils (palm, palm kernel, coconut), eggs, corn syrup, rice flour, water, skimmed milk powder, corn starch, skimmed cocoa, milk proteins, corn flour, rice starch, chicory fiber, fruit extracts (carob, apple) mono- and diglycerides, soy lecithon, sorbitol, glucono delta-lactone, baking soda, xanthan gum, carob seed flour, agar, salt, natural, vanilla flavor. 

Jon didn’t waste any time digging in to these gems. He reported back that they were very good and something that he would like to eat regularly. While we don’t recommend eating desserts like this regularly, it is nice that products like this are available. It is nice that kids don’t have to feel left out from their friends at school when they pack lunch or after sports practices when everyone is eating snacks. Each snack cake (10 per package) is individually wrapped making it really easy to transport for an on-the-go snack and costs $5.99/package. Check the Schar store locator to find the location that carries the Sch’nacks closest to you.

Have you tried the new Sch’nacks from Schar? If so, what did you think?