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Apr 27 2015

Gluten-Free Snack Options at CVS

CVS has a brand named “Gold Emblem Abound” that offers affordable healthier snack options. It is nice to see that there are more than just junk food options available there, as I know I have fallen into that trap when I just run in to pick up a prescription. Not all of those products in the line are gluten-free, but there are several in the line-up that are. We received four different products from the line to sample and review.

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  • Barbecue Flavored Rice Crisps
  • Sea Salt Flavored Baked Rice Thins
  • Lime & Black Pepper Flavored Rice Thins
  • Cranberry Almond Rice Pop Clusters

In addition to being certified gluten-free, these products are also low in cholesterol or cholesterol free and low in saturated fat or low sodium. While each and every one of the products is tasty, the Cranberry Almond Rice Pop Clusters are my favorite. Look for Gold Emblem Abound products in CVS stores across the US. You can find a coupon for $1.00 off here.

Have you tried any of the Gold Emblem Abound Products? If so, which ones? What did you think? I love that there are options like this available.

*These products 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.


Apr 24 2015

Not All Gluten-Free Created Equal

Following a gluten-free diet doesn’t mean that whatever food you choose that is gluten-free is going to be healthy. Some gluten-free specialty food items may be healthy and contain good ingredients, while others may contain higher amounts of sugar, fat and ingredients you can’t pronounce. It is important to get whole grains in your diet and that can be more difficult with the gluten-free diet, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of gluten-free whole grains to choose from and many companies are now using them in their gluten-free products. 

Van’s International Foods, Inc has been a great source for gluten-free breakfast items for years now. They have a commitment to simple, high-quality, wholesome ingredients, making their gluten-free products a smart choice. Below you can find some tips from Van’s on what to look for when choosing products in the grocery store. 

  • Gluten-free certification from the Gluten-Free Certification Organization. This program of the Gluten Intolerance Group requires a higher standard for gluten-free products than the guidelines recently set by the Food and Drug Administration. The GFCO combines the process of stringent supplier and ingredient audits with regular on-site monitoring and inspections to ensure standards are met and to provide consumers added assurance about manufacturer compliance.   
  • Whole Grain Stamp. People following a gluten-free diet can still enjoy the recommended 48 grams or more per day of healthy whole grains such as quinoa, amaranth, teff, millet, brown rice and gluten-free oats. The Whole Grains Council educates consumers and provides ease at the shelf for consumers who are looking for good whole-grain options with its official stamp that clearly shows how many grams of whole grains a product contains.   
  • Simple ingredients. Gluten-free foods should be tasty and nutritious in their own right, without artificial flavors or ingredients often used to make up for lack of gluten. Look for simple, wholesome ingredients like flavorful whole grains and fruit juice for sweetness.   
  • Other dietary callouts. Some people with gluten sensitivities may have other special dietary needs as well. Look for symbols that indicate if a product is dairy-free, egg-free or corn-free. Other callouts may include kosher or vegan.

Van’s has a wide variety of gluten-free products to choose from. They started out with just gluten-free waffles and have expanded the line to include French toast sticks, pancakes, crackers, cereal, chips, pasta and snack bars. Look for Van’s Gluten-Free products in health food and grocery stores across the US


Apr 22 2015

Review: Free for All Kitchen GF Brownie Thins

Mother’s Day, graduation parties and Memorial Day are right around the corner. This means get togethers, parties and cookouts and navigating foods that are safe for the gluten-free diet. If you are attending a function where they are serving food, offer to bring a dish to share that is gluten-free. If you are hosting, make the entire menu or spread gluten-free to solve cross contamination issues. 

Free for All Gluten-Free Brownie Thins are perfect for any celebration. They can be served alone or with a dip. Dress them up by spreading them with strawberry cream cheese and then topping with a sliced strawberry. 

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Ingredients: Cassava flour, cane sugar, buttermilk (cultured low fat milk, sodium citrate, salt, vitamin A, palmitate, vitamin D3), butter (cream, salt), cocoa powder, five whole grain gluten-free flour (amaranth, quinoa, millet, sorghum, teff) expeller pressed non-GMO canola oil, unsweetened chocolate, potato starch, kosher salt, vanilla extract, sea salt, vinegar, cinnamon, baking soda

As much as I wanted to try these Brownie Thins, I am now dairy-free in addition to gluten-free, so I couldn’t. Jon and a trusted friend of mine gladly did the “dirty” work for me. Both Jon and Sue enjoyed the thins and said they tasted like chocolate crackers. Sue suggested dipping them in whipped cream, while Jon continued to eat his straight out of the bag. 

Free for all Kitchen Gluten-Free Brownie Thins are made by Partners Crackers. They make a wide variety of crackers, including several other gluten-free varieties. Look for these products in many stores across the US or online

**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. 


Apr 20 2015

Rudi’s Gluten-Free Now Offering Texas Toast

Welcome to Monday! I have some exciting news for you guys today…Rudi’s Gluten-Free is now offering a gluten-free version of Texas Toast. I have heard from many readers about this being one of the items they would love to see on the market, so I have no doubts that it will be a huge hit. 

More about the new Gluten-Free Toast from Rudi’s Gluten-Free:

If you’re ready to kick dinner up a notch, look no further than our flavorful Gluten-Free Heat & Serve Toast. Each box packs four hearty slices of the Rudi’s gluten-free bread you love loaded with real, simple ingredients in two tempting varieties: Garlic Toast and Cheesy Toast. They’re ready in minutes and have 5g of fiber per slice, so come and get it!

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Cheesy Toast – Potato extract, water, canola oil, rice starch, rice flour, evaporated cane syrup, organic inulin, bamboo fiber, organic honey, molasses, sea salt, egg whites, xanthan gum, yeast, organic distilled vinegar, natural enzymes. Spread: Margarine (palm oil, canola oil, water, salt, natural flavor, beta-carotene [for color], vitamin A palmitate), cheddar cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes, annatto [for color]), gouda cheese (pasteurized milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes, beta-carotene [for color]), garlic powder, onion powder, spices. CONTAINS: Milk and Egg

Garlic Toast – Potato extract, water, canola oil, rice starch, rice flour, evaporated cane syrup, organic inulin, bamboo fiber, organic honey, molasses, sea salt, egg whites, xanthan gum, yeast, organic distilled vinegar, natural enzymes. Spread: Margarine (palm oil, canola oil, water, salt, natural flavor, beta carotene [for color], vitamin A palmitate), parmesan cheese (pasteurized part-skim milk, cheese cultures, salt, enzymes), garlic powder, onion powder, spices.CONTAINS: Milk and Egg

Both varieties are GMO-free, soy-free, nut-free, kosher and contains no HFCS. Look for the new Rudi’s Gluten-Free Cheesy Toast and Garlic Toast in the freezer at health food and grocery stores across the US.


Apr 17 2015

Review: Amy’s Rice Macaroni with Dairy-Free Cheeze

Giving up gluten is hard. Giving up an additional food makes it even harder, especially when it is one you really like, like dairy. Milk wasn’t a big issue since I haven’t drunk it in years, but cheese…oh, my cheese! I know there are many decent dairy-free cheese options out there now, so when I spotted Amy’s Rice Macaroni with Dairy-Free Cheeze at the store on Sunday, I picked it up.

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I don’t like to eat a lot of frozen meals, but it is nice to have something like this on hand for those busy evenings.

Ingredients: No Trans Fat/No Added MSG/No Preservatives (Vegan) Organic rice pasta (organic rice flour, water), filtered water, DaiyaTM Vegan Cheddar-Style Cheeze (filtered water, tapioca and/or arrowroot flour, expeller pressed high oleic safflower oil, coconut oil, pea protein, salt, inactive yeast, vegan natural flavors, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, citric acid, annatto), organic expeller pressed safflower and/or sunflower oil, organic sweet rice flour, sea salt, nutritional yeast, mustard powder.

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The meal was simple to prepare in the microwave, but can be prepared in the oven, if you prefer that method. I was worried that this wouldn’t be enough food for me, but paired with some sugar snap peas, it was perfect! I really enjoyed  this meal and I might not have even known it was dairy-free had I not been the one to purchase it. The flavor and texture was fantastic and it was tummy-friendly! I can definitely see buying this again in the future.

Amy’s has a wonderful selection of gluten-free products ranging from pizzas, to frozen meals, to soups, to desserts. Look for these foods in your local grocery or health food store.

Have you tried any of Amy’s gluten-free products? What about the Rice Macaroni with Dairy-Free Cheeze?