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Aug 31 2015

Review: Gluten-Free Cheerios

General Mills and Cheerios have taken a big step…they have made five varieties of the popular cereal gluten-free. This is awesome news, though there are some concerns swirling around the level of gluten in the cereal. The oats (and cereal) are produced in a dedicated facility and are testing (by General Mills) below 15ppm gluten (FDA law specifies below 20ppm). Gluten Free Watchdog has also done testing on the yellow box Gluten-Free Cheerios. The full results can be found on the website by scrolling down to the report on the left hand side, but tested below 10ppm. 

I don’t know who was more excited to get his super-cool package of Gluten-Free Cheerios the other day, me or the kids.

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We received all five varieties of the Gluten-Free Cheerios:

  • Original
  • Frosted
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Honey Nut
  • Multi-Grain

I have done more than one happy dance around my kitchen with a handful of Gluten-Free Cheerios in my hand since these arrived! Hannah has fallen in love with the Apple Cinnamon variety and Jon loves them all. I am also happy to report there have been no upset tummies or symptoms of being glutened. Look for the new Gluten-Free Cheerios on grocery store shelves across the US. If they aren’t in your local stores yet, be patient, they should be by the end of September. 

*Eating gluten-free foods that contain oats is a personal decision, as some people with Celiac Disease do not tolerate oats. 

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

Aug 28 2015

Udi’s Gluten-Free Debuts Breakfast Sandwiches

Udi’s Gluten-Free has been expanding their product line regularly. Their newest addition to their line-up was announced a little over a week ago and is sure to excite many people. These are perfect for those hectic mornings getting out the door for school or work.

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There are four different varieties of Udi’s Breakfast Sandwiches:

All of the varieties are made with a gluten-free biscuit, eggs and cheese. Three of the four varieties contain some kind of meat. The breakfast sandwiches can be found in the freezer section of the grocery story, though maybe not right away. Rumor has it that Kroger and Target are carrying them now. I would love to see a dairy-free version in the future if these do well.

Do you have a favorite Udi’s Gluten-Free Product? Will you try the new Gluten-Free Breakfast Sandwiches?

Aug 26 2015

Review: Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Bagels

I discovered my love of bagels when I was 11 or 12 and living in New Jersey. Of course we lived close to New York City, known for the best bagels. I would choose a bagel over a muffin or other breakfast pastry any day. When I had to begin to follow the gluten-free diet in 2006, I almost felt like I lost a family member. Thankfully, gluten-free baked goods have come a long way and there are many delicious gluten-free bagel options on the market these days. 

Trader Joe’s has always been one of my favorite places to shop for gluten-free groceries. They have a lot of options which include many different gluten-free specialty items. On my latest visit to Trader Joe’s, I picked up their name brand gluten-free bagels. They are priced very reasonably at $3.99/4-pack. 

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I lightly toasted the bagel and made a turkey and avocado sandwich the following day for lunch. These bagels have a great texture and flavor. I also tried them for breakfast on Saturday after my long run topped with peanut butter and jelly and they were equally as tasty that way. 

Trader Joe’s has locations across the US, though not all products are available in all stores, so make sure to consult the gluten-free product list before getting your heart set on a certain product. Have you tried Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Bagels? What is your favorite Trader Joe’s gluten-free product?

Aug 24 2015

Katz Gluten-Free Introduces New “Grab n’ Go” Line

Gluten-free baked goods have come such a long way in the past several years. Katz Gluten-Free has been around for almost 10 years now, which is about how long I have been following the gluten-free diet. I remember the first time I tried their gluten-free products…I thought I had died and gone to heaven! Over the years they have added many products to their line-up. Today I am here to tell you about their new “Grab n’ Go” line, which is perfect for taking along to work/school, lunch, dinner, gym, vacation, etc. “Never feel deprived again!” 


Right now there are four different Katz Gluten-Free products in the Grab n’ Go line:

  • White Bread
  • Small Dinner Rolls
  • Powdered Donuts
  • Chocolate Cupcakes

Are you tired of watching others eat bread and rolls when you go out to dinner? Now you don’t have to! Tired of seeing your child upset because they can’t have cake or cupcakes at a birthday party? Not anymore! The Grab n’ Go products come with 8 individually packaged items that just have to be thawed and then enjoyed. No hassle, no mess, no sad faces. 

Katz Gluten-Free products are manufactured in a dedicated gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free facility. Their products can be found in health food stores across the US and Canada or ordered online. Next day shipping is available for $15 or it is free if your order is over $99, so stock up! 

Have you tried any of the Katz Gluten-Free products? If so, which ones are your favorites? I love the Blueberry Pie, Powdered Donuts, Chocolate Cupcakes and English Muffins. Jon loves it all! 

Aug 21 2015

Review: Gluten-Free at Brio Tuscan Grille

When my mom and step dad visited in July we ate several meals out. We don’t eat out as often as we used to, so it was kind of nice to see some of the changes made to gluten-free menus at places we hadn’t been to in a while. We went to Brio Tuscan Grille on a gorgeous, sunny July afternoon and sat on the patio for an amazing lunch. I was a little concerned about the addition of needing to eat dairy-free in addition to gluten-free, but the server, manager and chef took my needs very seriously.

Brio’s gluten-free menu has several different options, including gluten-free pastas, but I ended up settling on the Salmon Griglia Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette and having them omit the feta cheese.

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The salad is gorgeous, flavorful and fresh! I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to go back and have it again!

Brio does offer one gluten-free dessert, a Creme Brûlée, but it’s obviously not dairy-free, so I didn’t have it. The cold glass of Chardonnay I enjoyed with my salad satisfied me.

Brio Tuscan Grille has locations across the US. Use the location finder on their website to find the location closest to you. Have you dined gluten-free (and dairy-free) at Brio? What did you have? How was your experience?