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Jul 10 2014

Brazi Bites Giveaway

I have some fun and exciting news for you guys today…a giveaway! Brazi Bites are cheese bread snacks commonly known as Brazilian cheese bread or Pao de Queijo. We first tried Brazi Bites a couple of years ago and immediately fell in love. The Bacon version is out-of-this-world! Brazi Bites are certified gluten-free and can be found in the freezer section of many grocery stores across the US.

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More about Brazi Bites:

Original – Ingredients: tapioca starch, eggs, milk, parmesan cheese (part skim milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), safflower oil and/or soybean oil, cheddar cheese (cultured milk, salt, enzymes), water, salt.

Bacon – Ingredients: tapioca starch, eggs, milk, parmesan cheese (part skim milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), safflower oil and/or soybean oil, cheddar cheese (cultured milk, salt, enzymes), all-natural nitrate-free bacon (pork, water, sea salt, turbinado sugar, celery powder), water, salt.

Jalapeño - Ingredients: tapioca starch, eggs, milk, parmesan cheese (part skim milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), safflower oil and/or soybean oil, cheddar cheese (cultured milk, salt, enzymes), fire-roasted jalapeño (jalapeño peppers, water, citric acid, salt), water, salt.

Brazi Bites has generously offered to give one lucky reader a bag of each variety. All you have to do to enter to win is tell me below which variety you would most like to try. Giveaway will run until 11:59PM EST on Monday, July 14, 2014. *Only one entry per household. US residents only. 

*Product for giveaway being suppled by Brazi Bites. The thoughts and opinions in this blog are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything. 


Jul 9 2014

Summer Snacking with Glutino

Summer fun is in full swing. I look at summer as being two parts…the time between when school gets out until July 4th is part 1; the time between July 4th and when school begins is part 2. Whether you are enjoying time at the pool, beach, camping, cooking out or cooling off in the A/C, Glutino has the perfect snack to bring along.

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Gluten-free Potato Crisps will surely satisfy any craving for salty, crispy goodness. There are three different flavors available:

  • Simply Salted
  • BBQ
  • Sour Cream & Onion

We love all three varieties! They have a wonderful crisp and spot-on flavor. If snacking isn’t your thing, get creative with cooking and use crushed chips as a coating for baked chicken. By choosing Glutino Baked Potato Crisps you are choosing a product produced by a company that gets “gluten-free”. Deciphering labels is no fun and when you choose some other brands of flavored chips, there is often a very long ingredient list. Glutino products can be found in mainstream and specialty grocery stores across the US and online.

What is your favorite salty snack?

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


Jul 8 2014

Mikey’s Muffins

Many people have to avoid more than just gluten in their diets, so when I find a product that is also free of more than just gluten, I make sure to share it with you guys. Mikey’s Muffins have only six ingredients and are free of gluten, soy, dairy and grains. They are also Paleo-friendly.

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More about Mikey’s Muffins:

Mikey’s Muffins are a paleo friendly, low calorie, multi-purpose english muffin for those who cannot or choose not to eat gluten, dairy, soy, or grain products. By utilizing almonds for their rich flavor and incredible versatility, we were able to create a tastable english muffin with great taste and texture that fits all of our criteria. At Mikey’s Muffins we believe that we have broken the mold and given people with certain food allergies or health restrictions a delicious option to reintroduce a clean bread product in their daily lives.

There are three different varieties of Mikey’s Muffins:

  • Original – Eggs, almond flour, purified water, coconut flour, baking soda, kosher salt
  • Toasted Onion - Eggs, almond flour, purified water, coconut flour, toasted onion flakes, baking soda, kosher salt
  • Cinnamon Raisin – Eggs, almond flour, purified water, coconut flour, raisins, cinnamon, baking soda, kosher salt

Mikey’s Muffins can be purchased online or in select stores across the US. My local health food store has all three varieties in the gluten-free freezer section for $7.49/box of 4.

Have you tried Mikey’s Muffins? I plan on picking up a package of the plain and cinnamon raisin the next time I am at the store.


Jul 7 2014

Meijer Adds Store Brand Gluten-Free Pasta

I do most of our family grocery shopping at Meijer with the occasional trip to Costco, Earth Fare or Raisin Rack for specialty items. Meijer’s gluten-free product list has grown over the past few years with most stores having a 4 to 8 foot section specifically for gluten-free products. This list includes many of the most popular brands and their own store brand. The latest product in the Meijer store brand gluten-free line up is gluten-free pasta.

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The new gluten-free pasta from Meijer is made of non-GMO corn flour and comes in a wide variety of shapes. The retail price is $1.99/package, but was on sale this week for 2 for $3.00. We haven’t tried the pasta yet, as I had plenty at home, but will make sure to update this post once we have tried it.

In addition to foods, Meijer also maintains a gluten-free medication list. Many of the Meijer brand medications that are gluten-free have a “GF” right on the box.Meijer has stores in in Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois.  Click here to find the location closest to you.


Jul 5 2014

NFCA Webinar: Understanding the FDA’s Gluten-Free Labeling Rule Part 2: Focusing on Compliance

Last summer the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness ran a webinar on understanding the FDA’s gluten-free labeling rule. This summer they are following that up with a second part titled, “Understanding the FDA’s Gluten-Free Labeling Rule Part 2: Focusing on Compliance”. More about the upcoming webinar:

Join the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) as we conclude our two-part Webinar series breaking down the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) rule on gluten-free labeling. Building on the first Webinar’s explanation of what the rule means for people with celiac disease and other gluten-free consumers, this second Webinar will focus on questions about rule compliance and the consumer’s role in the process. Featuring Suzanne M. Wolcoff, MS, RD, Senior Regulatory Review Officer, Labeling Regulations and Implementation Team, ONLDS/CFSAN/FDA.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST. The webinar is free and a computer and working internet connection is the only requirement. Register here and follow the instructions that will be sent to you via email. If you miss the webinar, all webinars are stored on the NFCA website in the webinar archives.