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Aug 3 2015

Review: Chex Clusters Cereal

Chex Cereal has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember. I became an even bigger fan several years back when they made many of their varieties gluten-free and now continue to expand the line. The latest additions to the line-up include Chex Clusters and Gluten-Free Chex Granola Mix. Today I am going to share my thoughts on the Chex Clusters.

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Chex Clusters combines real fruit pieces, rice crisps and rolled oats together. More about the new cereal:

  • Whole Grain Rice as the first ingredient
  • Gluten Free
  • No Colors from Artificial Sources
  • No Artificial Flavors
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • A 1 cup serving contains 200 calories. If a ½ cup of skim milk is added to your serving, it’s 240 calories.

I first tried Chex Clusters right out of the box. Then I poured a bowl and added some almonds (extra protein) and almond milk. There really isn’t a bad way to eat this cereal, as it tastes phenomenal any way you choose. Look for Chex Clusters, and the rest of the Chex family of cereals, on the shelves of mainstream grocery stores across the US.

I feel it is our duty to note that while the Chex Clusters box does say, “gluten-free” on the front, they are not certified gluten-free and do contain “whole grain oats”. All products that carry the “gluten-free” label must adhere to the FDA’s ruling, which says the product must contain less than 20ppm gluten. Here is the specific language directly from the FDA:

Do oats have to be certified as gluten-free to be labeled gluten-free? No. However, as with any other non-gluten-containing grain, oats that are labeled gluten-free must contain less than 20 ppm gluten.

Choosing to eat gluten-free products that are not certified gluten-free is a personal choice. I eat them, as does our son, as it is our personal choice.

Have you tried the new Chex Clusters? What are your thoughts?

Aug 1 2015

Thank You To Our August 2015 Sponsor!

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Jul 31 2015

Review: Enjoy Life Blueberry Muffin Mix

I have been a long-time fan of Enjoy Life Foods products, so when I heard they were debuting baking mixes, I was thrilled! There are five different mixes, and while it was hard to decide which one to try first, I settled on the blueberry muffins. 

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One of my favorite things about these mixes is they only require the addition of water and oil. Simply mix and then pop into the oven. More about the new mixes:

The Baking Mixes are also free from the top eight food allergens, identified as wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish and shellfish, and are Certified Gluten-Free, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher and Halal Certified. 

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Jon and I both fell in love with these muffins! They were moist, flavorful and tasted like they had come from a gourmet bakery. The box said the mix made 9 muffins, but we ended up with 12 muffins. Enjoy Life Foods mixes can be found in grocery and health food stores across the US and online

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

Jul 29 2015

The Gluten-Free Bar Introduces New Bites

Towards the end of last year (2014) I reviewed The Gluten Free Bar Bites. They have become one of my favorite snacks and I have placed many orders while I patiently wait for them to become available in stores close by me. I got word a few weeks back that The Gluten Free Bar added a few new flavors to the Bites line-up. I have since received samples and wasted no time digging and (and sharing them with friends).

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The new varieties include:

  • Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly
  • Dark Chocolate Hazelnut

More about the Bites:

  • Packed with a complete source of protein derived from brown rice and pea protein (10-12 grams!)
  • High in fiber and made with all-natural (70% organic) and GMO-free ingredients
  • Certified gluten-free, vegan, and Kosher (made in-house at GFB’s dedicated facility)
  • Free of fillers, additives, wheat, soy, cholesterol, trans fat, casein and dairy
  • Sweetened with low-glycemic agave nectar, brown rice syrup, and dates instead of added sugar

So, what did I think? While Dark Chocolate Coconut is still my favorite variety, the new flavors are spectacular! These are great for on-the-go as there is nothing in them to melt! I keep a bag in my car for those times when I just can’t wait to get home to eat and the “bite-size” makes them that much easier to eat.The Gluten Free Bites are available online and at select retailers nationwide for an SRP of $4.99 – $5.99 per 4oz re-sealable bag.

Have you tried any of The Gluten Free Bar Bites flavors?

*The products mentioned in this post were 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.

Jul 27 2015

Review: Tony Roma’s Ready-to-Eat Meat Entrees

A few weeks back we received some samples from Tony Roma’s. Tony Roma’s has a line of ready-to-eat meat entrees that are free of gluten and artificial ingredients. We received the Signature Pulled Pork and St. Louis Style Pork Ribs and they couldn’t have come at a better time. We had company in for the week and we planned on having the Tony Roma’s entrees for dinner one night.

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All we had to do is make some side dishes and heat up the meat. Both the pulled pork and the ribs took less than 30 minutes to prepare. The pulled pork heated up quickly in the microwave, while the ribs heated for about 20 minutes in the oven. We are huge fans of pulled pork and ribs in this house, so when I tell you that we were very impressed with these products, you know where I am coming from. The pulled pork was moist and flavorful and tasted very similar to the pork I make that takes 8-10 hours in the crockpot. The ribs were equally as tasty, but not quite as tender. These products make a great option if you are looking for a convenient meal that tastes like you spent hours cooking it.

Below is a recipe for pizza using the pulled pork. Man, I was drooling just looking at that picture!


Tony Roma’s Kansas City Style BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza (Gluten Free)

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 25 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings


  • Gluten-free pizza crust of choice
  • 1 pkg. (2 cups) Tony Roma’s KC Style Sweet Hickory Pulled Pork
  • 1/2 cup gluten free tomato sauce
  • 4 scallions (white and green parts), thinly sliced
  • 1½  cups mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup red onions, sliced
  • 2 Tbs. gluten free barbeque sauce
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Preheat grill to 450°F and lightly oil the grate.

Heat Tony Roma’s Pulled Pork as per package instructions.

Lay pizza crust down flat on the grate. Close the lid and cook for three minutes, or until bottom of crust starts to become lightly browned.

Transfer crust from grill to a baking sheet, grilled side up and close the grill.

Layer crust with marinara sauce, followed by pulled pork, onions and scallions. Top with cheese.

Season with kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste.

Place crust back on the grill over indirect heat with the lid open.

Cook 8-10 minutes or until the cheese is completely melted and the bottom is browned.

Remove from grill and barbeque sauce. Slice and serve!

Look for Tony Roma’s Ready-to-Eat Meat Entrees in grocery stores across the US. Have you tried any of Tony Roma’s products?

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