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Jul 22 2014

Review: Pro Bar Core Protein Bars

I feel like I am constantly looking for protein bars that taste good and have ingredients that agree with my persnickety stomach/GI system. There are a few that I rotate between, but it is nice to change things up every once in a while. The other day after a hot run, my friend shared half of her Pro Bar Core Protein Bar with me. I was uber impressed and the bar was tolerated well by my system, so I wanted to share with you guys.

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The Pro Bar Core Bars contain 20 grams of protein per bar (that’s roughly double what the bars I have been eating contain). The bars are plant-based, using soy protein as the protein source. More about the bars:

  • 4-6g fiber
  • Gluten-Free
  • 20g Protein
  • Chia and Flax Seeds
  • Organic
  • Non-GMO Verified
  • Recognizable Ingredients

There are four different varieties of the Core protein bars:

  • Mint Chocolate <—think Thin Mint cookies
  • Brownie Crisp
  • Cookie Dough
  • Peanut Butter Chocolate

If the other varieties are half as delicious as the Mint Chocolate…wow!  The bars are available in select stores across the US or online. *Please note that not all of the Pro Bar varieties are gluten-free.

Have you tried Pro Bar Core Protein Bars? What did you think?

Jul 22 2014

Freschetta Now Offering Gluten-Free Pizza

Gluten-free pizza is getting easier and easier to find. Not only in pizzerias across the US, but in grocery stores, too. Freschetta is the latest pizza company to debut gluten-free pizza. I know I was a bit concerned when I first heard this, as the first thing that came to my mind is cross-contamination. I was put at ease when I visited the website and saw the Celiac Sprue Association Seal of Approval.

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The new Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza comes in two different varieties:

Thin & Crispy Four Cheese – We cover it edge-to-edge with 100% real Mozzarella, savory asiago, rich fontina and hearty parmesan. When they melt, it’s pizza perfection the whole family can enjoy.

Thin & Crispy Pepperoni - Premium Pepperoni and real mozzarella cheese cover our extra thin crust from edge-to-edge. Gluten Free has met delicious with our Gluten Free Signature Pepperoni Pizza.

Look for Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza in select grocery stores across the US. I have been on the look out for them for a while now, but clearly I am not looking in the right place. I see now that select Kroger stores in the Columbus area carry them.

Have you tried the new Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza? What did you think?

Jul 21 2014

Review: Sushi En

I had the pleasure of spending some girly time with a good friend on Saturday. Our time consisted of a much-needed pedicure and a sushi and wine lunch when we were done. Sushi En, an award-winning restaurant, is located right next to the nail salon we went to, so it was a convenient choice.

Sushi En doesn’t have a printed gluten-free menu, but they are knowledgable about what gluten is, what foods contain gluten and offer a plethora of gluten-free choices, including gluten-free soy sauce. After taking some time to peruse the menu, I settled on the Caterpillar Roll.

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It was out of this world! The roll consists of spicy tuna wrapped in avocado and is supposed to be topped with masago, but I was told that it contained gluten. I had never really heard that before, so I asked them to leave it off and did some investigating when I got home. Turns out that while the masago (roe) is gluten-free, the solution it is cured in may not be depending on what is used.

Speaking of things to watch out for when dining in Japanese restaurants, I have included some of those below.

  • Miso
  • Imitation crab (can contain wheat)
  • Masago
  • Buckwheat noodles (may not be 100% buckwheat)
  • Tempura
  • Soy sauce (may be brewed with wheat)
  • Sauces (may be made with soy sauce that isn’t gluten-free, so ask)
  • Panko

When in doubt, leave it out. Ask questions, be polite. If you don’t feel comfortable with the answers you receive, don’t take any chances.

Sushi En is located 1051 Gemini Place, Columbus, Ohio 43240, right next to the Rave Motion Pictures theater.

Jul 19 2014

Walmart Now Offering Store Brand Gluten-Free Products

Many grocery store chains are beginning to offer their own brand gluten-free product lines, which makes shopping and eating gluten-free much easier. It doesn’t just make shopping easy for the family, but for extended family and friends too. Walmart is the latest store to add gluten-free store brand products to their line-up. I don’t normally shop at Walmart because I can usually find what I need all at one grocery store where we shop, but I made a point to run in this week to check out the new products. IMG 2758

These are the products I purchased.

  • Penne Pasta
  • Shortbread Cookies
  • Vanilla Sandwich Cookies
  • Cocoa Sandwich Cookies
  • Pretzel Twists and Pretzel Twists
  • Rice Pasta & Cheddar Cheese (aka Mac & Cheese)

Some of the products I didn’t purchase:

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  • Rice Pasta & Sauce Mix – Cheeseburger
  • Rice Pasta & Sauce Mix – Beef Stroganoff

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Granola Bars:

  • Fruit Mix
  • Trail Mix
  • Dark Chocolate

All products are certified gluten-free by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Gluten-Free Certification Program. We had the chance to try the Rice Pasta & Cheddar Cheese yesterday and it was awesome! What is even more awesome is the price…$1.23/box.

Walmart has locations across the US – check here for the location closest to you. Have you tried any of the Walmart brand gluten-free products? Make sure to check back for reviews on some of the other products as we work through them.

Jul 18 2014

Review: Red Lobster Gluten-Free

We went on a short road trip yesterday to Cleveland to see my grandmother and have lunch with her. One of my grandmother’s favorite restaurants is Red Lobster, so we picked her up and away we went. Having previously written about the gluten-free at Red Lobster, I knew there would be plenty of options for me to choose from and I was especially excited about dessert.

The gluten-free menu at Red Lobster is updated on a regular basis and has the dates that it’s valid for listed at the top of the page. Frequently updated allergen menus are important as suppliers and ingredients can change. After browsing the menu I finally settled on the Wood-Grilled Salmon with Baked Potato & Green Beans (dry). The dish also came with broccoli.

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My salmon was cooked perfectly, as were the vegetables. I hate mushy broccoli, so I was thrilled when it came out perfectly. I thought the grilled lemon was a nice touch. Dessert, NY Style Cheesecake with Strawberries, was on my mind from the time I walked in the door, though I wondered how the cheesecake would be gluten-free with the crust. Turns out there is no crust!

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I don’t think I can put into words how wonderful this cheesecake was! It was creamy, rich, dense, full of flavor and I didn’t miss the crust one bit. Now that I know that this dessert is as phenomenal as it is, I see frequent stops by my local Red Lobster, which happens to be less than 10 minutes from my house. To-go cheesecake, anyone? It is a good thing I am training for a marathon this fall! Red Lobster has locations across the US and has a restaurant locator on the top left of their home page.

Have you eaten gluten-free at Red Lobster? Did you try the NY Style Cheesecake?