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Dec 20 2014

Review: Laughing Giraffe Organics Snakaroons

I met some friends for coffee this morning after our weekly Saturday run. While we went to Starbucks to get coffee and chat, none of us purchased any of the baked goods or snacks, as we brought our own. One of the snacks that was being passed around was made by Laughing Giraffe Organics and I like it so much I wanted to make sure you guys heard about it.

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Laughing Giraffe Snakaroons are out of this world! We had the Goji Cacao & Maca variety and I could have eaten the whole bag! Ingredients include:

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All ingredients are non-GMO verified, certified organic, vegan, raw and certified gluten-free. There are several other varieties if Goji Cacao & Maca is not your thing:

  • Chocolate
  • Lemon
  • Pineapple
  • Banana
  • Vanilla

Laughing Giraffe Organics Snakaroons can be purchased online or in select local heath food stores. My friend found them at Marshall’s. These would make a great stocking stuffer! 

Have you tried Laughing Giraffe Organics Snakaroons? 


Dec 19 2014

Udi’s Gluten-Free #EatDrinkBeMerry Holiday Giveaway

Udi’s Gluten-Free has a holiday giveaway running right now that you will want to make sure you enter. The #EatDrinkBeMerry Giveaway winners will win one of the following:

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The prize packs contain a sampling of some of Udi’s Gluten-Free new and favorite products. We received a similar package to sample and enjoy during the holidays. Some of those new products include the newer Udi’s Gluten-Free Breakfast Burritos.

The burritos are great for those mornings when you are in a hurry and things are hectic. They are cooked in the microwave and are ready in less than 3 minutes. Jon really enjoys eating these before he heads out the door to work in the morning.

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We also enjoy Udi’s Gluten-Free Bagels for a quick breakfast either topped with butter or almond butter. Both the burritos and bagels are great for Christmas morning so the kids don’t have to wait too long to open their gifts.

If you are looking for inspiration for the holiday season, whether it has to do with food, drink or celebrating, check out the following Pinterest pages for all kinds of help.

Favorite EAT, DRINK, & BE MERRY ideas.

How will you #EatDrinkBeMerry this season?

*The products mentioned in this post were sent to us free of charge for review purposes. The thoughts and opinions shared here are ours and haven’t been influenced by anyone or anything.


Dec 18 2014

Review: Moondance Desserts Holiday Cookies

I am a huge fan of Moondance Desserts, so when I spotted some Holiday Iced Cookies made by them at Earth Fare yesterday, I had to pick them up. I had a hard time not buying a couple of the other varieties, but stuck with the just the Holiday Iced Cookies this time. Moondance Desserts has a wide variety of desserts that includes cheesecakes, brownies and cookies. Moondance Desserts was founded by Shelley Ritchie after discovering that finding tasty gluten-free treats was not an easy task. 

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When Jon saw these sitting on the island in our kitchen, he immediately took a picture and texted it to me asking if he could open the box and eat some of the cookies. I appreciate that he asked me, as I may not have gotten to try them otherwise! We both fell in love with these cookies and agree that we haven’t tasted anything like them since going gluten-free, unless we made our own, homemade versions. While there was a time a few years back that I was really into gluten-free baking, I haven’t had much time to do so lately. 

Moondance Desserts are made in a gluten-free facility to avoid any chance of cross-contamination, but there are nuts present in the facility, so those with nut allergies should be cautious. The desserts can be found in over 200 stores across the US, including Whole Foods and Earth Fare. 

Have you tried Moondance Desserts? Don’t miss out if you get a chance to try any of their products! I promise you won’t be disappointed.


Dec 17 2014

Gluten Free Bar Holiday Gift Sets

Eight days until Christmas, but who’s counting, right? Right. It’s time to finalize last minute gift purchases, so if you find yourself stumped, consider these awesome Holiday Gift Sets from Gluten Free Bar.

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I am a huge fan of Gluten Free Bar, especially the new varieties, though the originals are pretty darn good, too. More about the Holiday Gift Sets:

For the holiday season, the Gluten Free Bar has a sampler gift set containing six bars and three bites available for $28 and a deluxe gift containing 12 bars and six bites for $52, each with free shipping. These are available online and ideal for last minute gift giving.

The Gluten Free Bars come in six different varieties:

  • Cranberry Toasted Almond – California grown almonds, dried cranberries, organic brown rice, organic brown rice syrup, dates, organic agave nectar, rice protein, soy protein, whole golden flax seeds, pure vanilla extract, pure almond extract, sea salt.
  • Peanut Butter – organic dry roasted peanuts, organic brown rice syrup, rice protein, dates, organic agave nectar, soy protein, organic brown rice, whole flax seeds, vanilla, sea salt.
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate – organic dry roasted peanuts, organic brown rice syrup, rice protein, dates, organic agave nectar, soy protein, semi-sweet chocolate chips, organic brown rice, whole flax seeds, vanilla, sea salt.
  • Coconut Cashew Crunch -organic brown rice syrup, toasted cashews, complete protein blend (brown rice protein, pea protein), organic agave nectar, toasted coconut, organic crisped brown rice, dates, organic sunflower seeds, golden flaxseed, natural coconut flavor, safflower oil, sea salt. contains cashews.
  • Oatmeal Raisin – organic sunflower seeds, protein blend (brown rice protein, pea protein), organic brown rice syrup, dates, certified gluten-free oats, organic agave nectar, california raisins, organic crisped brown rice, golden flaxseed, vanilla, cinnamon, sea salt.
  • Dark Chocolate Coconut – dates, organic brown rice syrup, complete protein blend (brown rice protein, pea protein), toasted coconut, organic agave nectar, organic dark chocolate (organic chocolate liquor, organic cane sugar, organic cocoa butter, organic cocoa powder), organic crisped brown rice, cocoa powder, vanilla, organic sunflower seeds, natural coconut flavor, golden flaxseed, sea salt.

So in addition to the full size bars, there are new Gluten-Free Bites. Pretty cool, huh? The gift sets can be ordered directly from the Gluten Free Bar website, but don’t wait too long! Shipping may be free, but it’s not magic, so you need to allow enough time for them to arrive at the intended destination.


Dec 16 2014

Gluten-Free Vending Machines

Even with the best of planning I still find myself without a gluten-free snack on occasion when I need one. While I do my best not to end up in these situations, I am human, and am sometimes rushed, which leads me to being forgetful. Finding gluten-free food in a vending machine is a lot like playing a game of seek and find. Sometimes there are several options, sometimes there are none. Rarely are those options ever something “healthy” that will tide me over until my next meal.

What if that were to change? What if said vending machine was stocked with all gluten-free foods? iBGFree is just that!

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iBGFree was founded by Amy after realizing that there was nothing out there that addressed this need. Amy was diagnosed with Celiac Disease a couple of years ago and after she struggled with snack choices as she traveled for her job, she set out to find a way to solve this problem.

Seeking a Gluten-Free Solution

Why hadn’t someone addressed this need? Why couldn’t there be a healthy, gluten-free alternative that is easy to access while on the go? That potential ignited a spark inside me, and provided the initial motivation to launch iBGFree.

I set out to provide quality, gluten-free, on-the-go foods that could be conveniently purchased through vending machines. My vision was to place them in airports, schools, malls and anywhere they could benefit those like me: people with a medical need to eliminate gluten from their diet, as well as those choosing to live gluten free.
However, it’s not just about convenience. It’s also about being part of a social fabric and being able to participate and enjoy the very basic act of breaking bread with others (tough since I can’t eat the bread!). Too often I’ve felt excluded because I am living gluten free. Through iBGFree, I’d like to do my part to end that reality for everyone who is eliminating gluten from their diet.

My goal is simple – to provide good-tasting, healthful, grab-and-go snacks that everyone can enjoy as an alternative to greasy chips or fattening candy.

Amy hand picks the gluten-free products that are sold in the iBGFree vending machines. These products must not only meet strict requirements for being gluten-free (and free from cross-contamination), but they have to taste good, too! A list of the products sold in these vending machines can be viewed here.