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Aug 29 2014

Review: Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

I haven’t had much time to shop at Trader Joe’s this summer, so when I was in the vicinity yesterday, I ran in to see if I could pick up some almond butter. Much to my surprise, my local Trader Joe’s is expanding and making room for more yummy goodness! While on my way through the store, I discovered a new product in the bread aisle…Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins.

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I knew exactly when I was going to dig into these…this morning after a running with my friend (also gluten-free).

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These muffins are spectacular! They are moist and full of flavor and not lacking in blueberries. After seeing applesauce as the second ingredient, I knew why the muffins were so moist.

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Perfect refueling snack for after a morning run. Kudos to Trader Joe’s for adding another great product to their gluten-free line-up.

Have you tried the new muffins from Trader Joe’s


Aug 28 2014

thinkThin Debuts New Lean Protein & Fiber Bars

thinkThin has been making gluten-free protein bars for years now. These bars serve as a quick, nutritious way to fuel your body when you are on-the-go. Now thinkThin is debuting a new bar in their line-up: Lean Protein & Fiber Bars.

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The new bars are only 150 calories, but have 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber to give you energy and help keep you satisfied until your next meal. All of the bars are gluten-free, have no refined sugar and are made from non-GMO ingredients. There are five varieties in the new line:

  • Cinnamon Bun White Chocolate
  • Chocolate Almond Brownie
  • Honey Drizzle Peanut
  • Salted Caramel
  • Chunky Chocolate Peanut

I spotted the new bars at Target yesterday, but check to see where thinkThin products can be found in stores close to you. They can also be purchased online. Take advantage of this Labor Day special by entering “think10” for 10% off of your order.


Aug 27 2014

Aldi Live Gfree Brand is Back for Good

I have wonderful news to share with you guys…the Aldi gluten-free product line, Live Gfree, is now back in stores everyday! We had the wonderful opportunity to sample many products in this line earlier this year only to have them disappear from our local store a short time later. I will absolutely be making a stop at Aldi later this week.

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The Live Gfree line has a wide variety of products:

  • Gluten-Free Chewy Bars
  • Gluten-Free Granola Crunch
  • Gluten-Free Yellow Cake or Cookie Mix
  • Gluten-Free Rice Pasta & Cheddar
  • Gluten-Free Pizza Crust or Cornbread Mix
  • Gluten-Free Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza
  • Gluten-Free Brownie or Baking Mix
  • Gluten-free Stuffed Sandwiches
  • Gluten-Free Brown Rice Spaghetti
  • Gluten-Free Corn Pasta
  • Gluten-Free Wraps
  • Gluten-Free Multi-Seed Crackers
  • Gluten-Free Cheese Ravioli or Lasagna
  • Gluten-Free Pancakes
  • Gluten-Free Soft Baked Cookies

There are many Live Gfree products in stores now, with several more coming soon. The line is very reasonably priced compared to similar products on the market. There are also many naturally gluten-free foods at Aldi, including the ones on this list. Aldi has 1300 locations in 32 states…click here to find the location closest to you.


Aug 26 2014

Dr. Praeger’s Introduces Rice-Crusted Fish Products

Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods has been around since 1994 when cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Peter Praeger and his medical partner, Dr. Eric Somberg, helped keep a family business alive. After buying Ungar’s Gelfite Fish, the doctors set out on a mission. The mission is to introduce people to healthy food that tasted great. Today some of those foods include a wide variety of gluten-free products.

Dr. Praeger’s recently upgraded their breading on their gluten-free fish products to a rice-based coating.

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Rice Crusted Fishies for Kids - Minced Alaskan Pollock (wild), rice crust (rice flour, whole amaranth flour, yellow corn meal, corn starch, salt, dextrose, raisin juice concentrate, honey, expeller pressed canola oil, garlic powder, onion powder, yeast extract, spice), potato flakes, potatoes, expeller pressed canola oil, salt, garlic, brown sugar, black pepper.

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Rice Crusted Fish Sticks - Pollock fillets (wild), rice crust (rice flour, whole amaranth flour, yellow corn meal, corn starch, salt, dextrose, raisin juice concentrate, honey, expeller pressed canola oil, garlic powder, onion powder, yeast extract, spice), expeller pressed canola oil.

I haven’t tried any of the Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods line yet, so I look forward to picking up some of them the next time I go to the store. The products can be found in grocery and natural food stores across the US. Make sure to grab this $1.00 off coupon before you head to the store. I like that a lot of the product line comes in shapes that are sure to please even the pickiest child.

Have you tried any of the Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods gluten-free products? If so, please share your thoughts below.


Aug 25 2014

Kinnikinnick: Two New Soft Breads

Kinninkinnick is introducing two new soft breads to their already impressive line-up. The new breads join a wide variety of soft and frozen breads, rolls, bagels and buns. I remember buying Kinnikinnick bread, bagels and pizza crusts on my first gluten-free grocery store shopping visit. I wasn’t sure what I was going to eat, but Kinnikinnick came through for me and has been a staple in our house ever since.

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More about the soft Whole Grain bread:

Made with Brown Rice, Quinoa and Teff, our Whole Grain Bread is our first product to carry the Whole Grain Council Stamp which indicates that a serving contains at least 8g of whole grains per serving.

Other nutritional highlights (per 2 slice 63g serving):

  • 5g Fiber
  • 0 Cholesterol
  • Only 2g Sugar
  • 3g Protein
  • Fortified with vitamins and minerals

Our new Whole Grain is different from our Multigrain bread in that it doesn’t have seeds so it’s perfect for kids and those who don’t like “crunchy bits” in their bread. Like all our soft breads, you don’t need to heat or toast it but if you do want toast or grilled cheese it toasts just like regular bread.

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More about the soft Cinnamon Raisin bread:

Our Cinnamon Raisin Bread is a true raisin bread, with raisins being 50% of the weight of the dry flour blend. Translation: Lots of plump raisins! With a touch of molasses and a pinch of cinnamon, this is the perfect breakfast bread. It is fantastic toasted and makes an amazing French Toast. But just because this bread is a bit on the fun side, doesn’t mean that we haven’t made it as nutritionally sound as possible.

Nutritional highlights (per 2 slice 70g serving):

  • 4g Fiber
  • 0 Cholesterol
  • 4g Protein
  • Fortified with vitamins and minerals

Both breads are made with non-GMO ingredients and can be purchased now from the Kinnikinnick website. They should be available shortly in your local retailers, but you can download this form to give to store manager to get the products in your local stores. I am really looking forward to getting my hands on the soft Cinnamon Raisin bread.