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Apr 22 2014

Crunchmaster Introduces Popped Edamame Chips

Crunchmaster Crackers are a big hit in our house with both the gluten-free and non-gluten-free crowd. On top of being delicious crackers, they are easy to find in stores across the US, including Costco. Now Crunchmaster is introducing Popped Edamame Chips.

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More about the chips:

Try a snack that combines natural, non-GMO ingredients with the nutritious, delicious taste of edamame. These light, crispy, air-popped chips are not just a great tasting snack, they’re the ideal pairing with dips or sandwiches. Best of all, these chips are cholesterol and saturated fat FREE. Whether you’re following a gluten free diet or not, you’ll love the taste of Crunchmaster’s Popped Edamame Chips.

There are two different kinds of Popped Edamame Chips:

  • Wasabi Soy 
  • Sea Salt

More about Crunchmaster:

It’s not so much what’s inside our crackers as what’s not inside. At Crunchmaster, we believe in keeping our products down-to-earth and easy to understand. We don’t put in any artificial flavors, preservatives or other icky stuff. 
Our products are only made with simple ingredients like pure, California grown rice, sesame, quinoa, amaranth and flax seeds.

Have you tried any of the Crunchmaster crackers or chips? Do you have a favorite?

Apr 21 2014

Luna Adds New Flavors to Protein Bar Line-Up

I can’t believe it has been almost three years since I first tried Luna Protein Bars! The bars are a tasty way to refuel after a hard workout. Now Luna has added two new varieties to the line-up.

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Lemon Vanilla - Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Inulin (Chicory Extract), Vegetable Glycerin, Palm Kernel Oil, Macadamia Nut Butter, Natural Flavors, Whey Protein Concentrate, Organic Lemon Juice Concentrate, Nonfat Dry Milk, Organic Glucose Syrup, Water, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Organic Vanilla Extract, Citric Acid, Sodium Bicarbonate.

Chocolate Coconut Almond -Soy Protein Isolate, Organic Cane Syrup, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Vegetable Glycerin, Palm Kernel Oil, Inulin (Chicory Extract), Organic Toasted Coconut, Almonds, Cocoa, Almond Butter, Whey Protein Concentrate, Natural Flavors, Water, Tapioca Starch, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Organic Vanilla Extract.

The Lemon Vanilla variety is Luna’s first non-chocolate protein bar. It is full of zesty lemon flavor and has a creamy finish. The Chocolate Coconut Almond is like a decadent treat and the perfect way to end a hard workout. Both bars are gluten-free, have 12 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber.

The bars can be found in select stores across the US and online. Have you tried any of the Luna Protein Bars? Do you have a favorite flavor? What do you think of a non-chocolate variety? 

*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 19 2014

What Gives, Udi’s?

I have been eating Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread for many years now. I was overjoyed when I discovered the commercial size loaves available at Jason’s Deli, and then Costco. That’s really the only way I eat sandwiches and PB & J now; I feel lost without my “normal” size bread.

Last year I did notice a couple of the loaves I purchased had holes going right through the center. I returned those loaves and I haven’t seen any issues again until the other day.


What gives? While this may not be a big deal with deli meat and cheese, it is with PB & J. Talk about a mess! I truly hope that this is an isolated incident and not something that I will find in every loaf I buy.

Have you noticed any issues with Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread? Do you buy the commercial size or the regular size?

Apr 18 2014

Melt Bar & Grilled Gluten-Options

Melt Bar & Grilled specializes in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. The variety ranges from simple to extravagant, like the one I just read about with shrimp and grits. If you aren’t a grilled cheese person, no worries, there are salads and burgers to choose from as well.

One might think that a restaurant that serves grilled cheese is the last place someone who follows the gluten-free diet would want to eat. Melt Bar & Grilled offers gluten-free bread for an extra $2.00. They take caution to use clean surfaces to prepare and cook the sandwiches and clean utensils to slice. As with any restaurant that isn’t 100% gluten-free, make sure to ask the appropriate questions and exercise caution.

Melt Bar & Grilled has five locations in Ohio…four in the Cleveland area and the newest one in Columbus. I am excited to give them a try in the near future. Have you dined at any of the Melt Bar & Grilled locations? 

Apr 17 2014

Is Cricket Flour Gluten-Free?

There are many things that those who follow a gluten-free diet must avoid, but cricket flour is not one of them. Cricket flour is gluten-free and exactly what you think it is…flour made from ground crickets. Why crickets? Read on…

Insects are exceptionally nutritious. They are high in protein and low in saturated fats and sugars. They are a complete protein, containing all the essential amino acids, and are also high in micronutrients such as iron, calcium and B-vitamins. Crickets, for example, contain substantially more iron than beef.

Insects have marginal environmental impact. They produce virtually no methane, reproduce extremely quickly, and require minimal feed, water and space.It is estimated that crickets are 20x more efficient to raise for protein than cattle.

Exo created three different protein bars that contain roughly 40 crickets per bar. At first thought, this creeped me right the heck out, but I kept an open mind and read more about the process.

We work with a couple of domestic cricket farms to change their traditional rearing practices for human consumption. Our crickets are raised in specially designated areas and are currently fed a Certified Organic grain-based diet. We are constantly focused on optimizing the feed and are experimenting with various options including organic matter like orange peels and cornhusks.

After cleaning the crickets, we dry them to remove the moisture and mill them into fine flour. The result is slightly nutty tasting flour that is high in protein and micronutrients.

My brain initially stopped at the word “crickets” and I didn’t even think about how they would be processed for consumption. I had visions of someone chasing crickets around in the woods and then immediately grinding them up into a bar. Obviously, that is not the case, just as we don’t eat other protein sources straight from the field or barnyard.

The different varieties of Exo bars are:

  • Cashew Ginger
  • PB & J
  • Cacao Nut

Each bar contains 10 grams of protein and is free of soy, dairy and gluten. The Cashew Ginger and Cacao Nut are also free of grains, but the PB & J contains gluten-free oats. The bars can be purchased online. It is important to note that those with shellfish allergies may be allergic to crickets as well.

Would you consider trying Exo bars made with cricket flour? At first I thought that there was no way I would try them, but after reading through the website, I am game. Who knows…they may become my favorite protein bar!