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Jul 29 2014

Grocery Shopping, Shelf Labels & More

I did our weekly grocery shopping yesterday evening, fully intending to get right in and right out. I don’t know why, but that never seems to happen. If I would just go down the aisles that have the items I need, I could probably cut 10-15 minutes off of my trip. I think part of the reason I “wander” is that I like to discover new gluten-free products, as the gluten-free section seems to be continuously growing. As I was browsing the gluten-free section yesterday I noticed the following:

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At first I thought Annie’s changed their box/label, but upon closer inspection, I saw “wheat flour” on the label. Not only does the shelf label below clearly say “GF” and “micro mac”, but this is part of a huge gluten-free section.

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Obviously, this is a mistake and whomever stocked the shelves wasn’t paying attention. So what does one do in this situation? I considered moving all of the boxes to the proper section of the store, about 6 aisles away, but decided against that. I have tracked down store employees in the past only to have them look at me like I am crazy, not understand what the problem is, promise to talk to the person in charge of that department and the product remains in the incorrect location. Finding and talking to the store manager is probably the best way to solve the problem quickly.

What I really want to impress upon you is this…read labels each and every time you buy and eat a product that could potentially contain gluten (or any other ingredient you must avoid). It is unfortunate that we have to do this, but mistakes happen and you are responsible for your diet, or the diet of your gluten-free child.


Jul 28 2014

Review: Great Value Gluten-Free Cookies

Just a little over a week ago I purchased several of the new Walmart brand, Great Value, gluten-free products. We have been working our way through them and today’s review will focus on the cookies. There are three different varieties of gluten-free cookies in the Great Value line-up:

  • Shortbread Cookies
  • Vanilla Sandwich Cookies
  • Cocoa Sandwich Cookies
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The sandwich cookies are just like their non-gluten-free counterparts…they taste great, have a wonderful texture and are great to dip in milk (especially vanilla almond milk!). The Shortbread Cookies are very good, however 2/3 of the package was crumbled or broken. I am not sure if that was in isolated incident or a problem with that cookie. If it turns out to be an ongoing problem, they would still be good as ice cream toppers or used as a crust for a pie or cheesecake.

All products are certified gluten-free by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness Gluten-Free Certification Program. 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? 


Jul 26 2014

Review: Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza

Success! I found the Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza I mentioned the other day in this post and made it for dinner last night for Jon. I checked the store locator to make sure the Kroger store I was planning on going to did indeed carry the line, as not all Kroger stores do. I needed to pick up some Lara ALT Bars as they have the best selection and are often 10 for $10. Freschetta makes two different varieties of gluten-free pizza, but the Kroger I went to only offered the 4 Cheese Medley variety. The pizza was $9.99 and was not included in the sale that did include the other Freschetta Pizza varieties.

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The pizza is easy to cook…heat the oven to 450 degrees and place pizza on a baking sheet. It was done in roughly 10 minutes. The crust is thin, so it is important to keep a very close eye on the pizza so that it doesn’t burn. The instructions recommend taking it out once the cheese is melted and that is exactly what I did.

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This pizza is full of flavor and the crust has a great texture. Jon made quick work of it and it was gone before I knew it. As far as size goes, the pizza box said there are 4 servings in the pizza. I would venture to say more like 2-3. I would absolutely buy this again!

Have you tried the new Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza?


Jul 25 2014

Sam Mills Adds Pretzels & Chips to Gluten-Free Product Line

Gluten-free product lines across the board are growing in size. It is awesome to have so many gluten-free choices and by having multiple options, the prices have come down over the years. Sam Mills became the leader in the corn milling market after starting as a Romanian profile company over 20 years ago.  The product line has expanded over the years, including a wide range of gluten-free products that are distributed in over 50 countries.

Some of the new products to join the gluten-free line-up include:

  • Pretzel Twists
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Tortilla Nacho Cheese Chips
  • Tortilla Salted Chips
  • Tortilla Chili Chips

Sam Mills products can found in stores across the US and world or ordered online. They frequently test their products for gluten, using the ELISA method, with a precision of 3ppm.

I shop at 3-4 different mainstream grocery stores in the Columbus area, with Meijer being the one I frequent the most. I have spotted Sam Mills products in all of those stores, some carrying more variety than others. I noticed last week that Walmart is carrying a wide variety, including these quick meal solutions in the freezer section for under $4.00/each.

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While not everyone is a fan of frozen or processed foods, each individual must make choices that work for them. It is nice to have choices available should we want or need them in a pinch. I can remember when I first started the gluten-free diet in 2006 having very few options like this available.

Have you tried any of the Sam Mills product line? What about the new gluten-free snacks? 


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?