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Feb 27 2015

NFCA Webinar: Gluten-Free Travel: Making Your Own Rules for the Road

Does traveling gluten-free make you nervous? Do you pack your own food or do you depend on restaurants for gluten-free meals? I know I get very nervous when I travel and have to depend on unfamiliar restaurants, even if they are part of a national chain. The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) is hosting an upcoming webinar that talks specifically about traveling gluten-free. 

More about the upcoming webinar:

Gluten-Free Travel: Making Your Own Rules for the Road

Thursday, March 19, 2015

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to 6 p.m. PST 

Traveling is stressful enough as it is, but add in the extra worry of safely eating gluten-free away from home, and travel can seem downright impossible. Here at NFCA, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to live life to the fullest, and that includes travel! Anna Sonnenberg, of the blog Gluten-Free Jet Set, and Erin Smith, of the blog Gluten-Free Globetrotter, will join us on March 19th to give their best tips for gluten-free travel. Learn what to pack in case you find yourself in a pinch, how to work with hotels and airlines to get gluten-free accommodations, and much more! Whether you’re someone who likes to plan out every detail or wing it, this free webinar is for you! Tune in, and see what adventures await.

All webinars are free of charge. The only requirement is a working internet connection. Register for the webinar here and follow the instructions you receive via email. If you aren’t able to attend, archived webinars are posted online within 72 hours and can be viewed here

Feb 25 2015

Review: Eggo Gluten-Free Waffles

There are lots of new gluten-free products hitting the shelves these days. One in particular that both Jon and I were excited about were the Eggo Gluten-Free Waffles I first learned about in December. After checking my local grocery store weekly, I finally found the new Eggo Gluten-Free Waffles. They were right with the regular waffles in the frozen aisle of my Meijer grocery store and were priced at $3.49 for a box of 8 waffles. 

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These waffles are some of the best frozen gluten-free waffles we have tried. They don’t taste “gluten-free” and they have a wonderful texture. I was able to snap a quick photo before Jon inhaled his breakfast.

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It is important to note that these do contain oat flour. It is not specified on the box if the oats themselves are certified gluten-free, but according to the FDA ruling, foods that carry the “gluten-free” claim must contain below 20ppm of gluten. There have been a lot of questions about some of these newer mainstream products that are labeled gluten-free and use oats that may not be from a certified pure source. You can read more about the use of oats in foods on the Gluten-Free Watchdog Blog (scroll down towards the middle of the page and you will find several entries). Each individual must decide what is best for their own personal needs and whether or not they choose to eat products that contain oats. Jon and I had no issues with the Eggo Gluten-Free Waffles and we both tend to be on the sensitive side when it comes to gluten. 

Have you spotted or tried the new Eggo Gluten-Free Waffles? 

Feb 23 2015

Review: Girl Scouts Toffee-Tastic Gluten-Free Cookies

Ever since I heard about the Girls Scouts debuting a new gluten-free cookie in December, I have been excited to sample them. Last week we received our Girl Scout cookie order complete with two boxes of the new Toffee-Tastic Cookies. I don’t think the front door was even shut all the way when I dug into the box, which just happened to be as I finished dinner. 

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While these cookies cost the same as the regular Girl Scout Cookies, they only have one sleeve per box, so you get about half of the amount of cookies. The cookies are phenomenal, though, so I really don’t care about the number of cookies. They remind me of Pecan Sandies, but with toffee pieces in place of the pecans. Jon agreed that these cookies were fantastic and asked me to find some more. 

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As you can see above, the cookies do contain milk and soy ingredients. 

I have heard that these cookies are no longer available, as in they are sold out, so I hope that sends a message to the Girl Scouts to bring them back on an even bigger scale next year. In addition to bringing them back, I would love to see them in every market and have all varieties of the gluten-free cookies available in every market. We didn’t have access to the other gluten-free variety here in Columbus this year. 

Did you have the opportunity to try either of the Girl Scouts gluten-free cookie varieties? What did you think?

Feb 20 2015

Review: Wild Planet Tuna + Recipe

I have always been a huge fan of tuna, even when I was a child. It didn’t matter if it was in the form of tuna salad, tuna casserole, creamed tuna over muffins or a tuna melt. Recently I received some samples of tuna from Wild Planet Foods and had a lot of fun figuring out ways to eat and enjoy them.

Wild Planet Foods boasts sustainably caught wild seafood. More about Wild Planet:

Here at Wild Planet, we are serious about what we sell. Since 2004 we have been selecting only the finest quality, 100% sustainably caught seafood for all of our packaged products. We source our tuna exclusively from pole and troll catch fisheries, never using purse seine or long-line gear. Pole and troll fishing has been rated the best catch method for sustainability by a consensus of eco-organizations including The Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch ® Program, Greenpeace and Fishwise. It is our goal to provide market driven change in global harvest practices as well as impact consumer choices in seafood consumption through education.

Wild Planet Foods offers a wide variety of products, all of which are gluten-free.

I received samples of the tuna, both in the can and pouch. I enjoyed the tuna in salads and gluten-free pasta and have decided I am never going back to my old tuna brand. I loved the taste and texture of Wild Planet tuna, in addition to feeling good about how the tuna are caught and canned. There is no extra water or oil added to the cans…just tuna! Wild Planet products can be purchased at stores across the US.

Before I let you go, check out these recipe from Wild Planet Foods that is just perfect for a spring picnic once the weather gets a little nicer outside.


Wild Planet Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Makes about 4 servings


  • 2 cans (5oz each) Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna, undrained
  • 1 jar (6oz) marinated artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped
  • 1 can (15.5oz) chick peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata or other olives, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil or oregano, or 1 tsp dried
  • 3 Tbsp capers, drainedJuice of one lemon
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


Place Wild Planet Wild Albacore Tuna and juices from the cans into a large bowl. Flake with a fork to separate tuna into bite size pieces. Add artichoke hearts, chick peas, red bell pepper, olives, red onion, parsley, carrots, basil or oregano, capers and lemon juice to tuna in bowl. Mix gently to combine all ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil and vinegar; season with sea salt and pepper. Pour over tuna salad and stir to combine.

Have a nice weekend! 

*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.

Feb 18 2015

NFCA Webinar: The GREAT (Kitchens) Solution to Eating Out

How often do you dine out? Have you reduced the number of times per week that you eat out since you began the gluten-free diet? When I first began the gluten-free diet in January 2006, I immediately stopped eating out. I was terrified that I was going to be “glutened” by a restaurant, especially since there weren’t nearly as many options nine years ago. Fortunately our options are much more plentiful these days, though that doesn’t always mean they are safe. Organizations like the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) are going to great lengths to help ensure those establishments that are serving gluten-free patrons are doing so correctly. 

Next week the NFCA is offering a webinar with some great information about their GREAT Kitchens program and how it can help keep you safe when dining out. More about the upcoming webinar:

The GREAT (Kitchens) Solution to Eating Out

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

8 p.m. to 9 p.m. EST/5 p.m. to 6 p.m. PST 

We’ve all been there – you go to a restaurant that you think can accommodate your gluten-free needs, only to realize hours later that mistakes in handling your food were made.GREAT Kitchens is here to help!Learn how this gluten-free training program can serve as the answer to your dining out dilemmas from NFCA’s Director of GREAT Kitchens, Beckee Moreland. Bob Strate, owner of GREAT Kitchens accredited TaMolly’s Mexican Restaurants located in Texas, will talk about the difference GREAT Kitchens has made in the chain’s ability to serve safe gluten-free food, and keep their customers happy and healthy. Get all the GREAT facts so that you can advocate for your dietary needs and help us expand the gluten-free community’s safe dining options!

All you need to attend this webinar is a working internet connection and to register here.  Once you are registered, you will receive an email with instructions to access the webinar. If you are unable to attend the webinar, you should be able to access it within 72 hours on the NFCA Webinars archive page.