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Sep 1 2014

Costco Now Carrying Additional Udi’s Gluten-Free Products

We re-joined Costco earlier this year after learning about a number of gluten-free products that we buy, and keep as staples in the house, were available at much lower prices. The money we have saved since joining has more than paid for our membership. The main gluten-free staple I purchase at Costco is Udi’s Gluten-Free Whole Grain Bread. This bread is the commercial size loaf, so it is almost double in size (width and length of loaf) when compared to their standard gluten-free loaf.

When I ran into Costco last week to pick up Jon’s new glasses and contacts, I ran over to the frozen foods area to pick up some bread. When I was walking down the aisle, I discovered two new Udi’s Gluten-Free products in the area. One of those happens to be a 2-pack of their Gluten-Free Uncured Pepperoni Pizza (which we have had and is very good), the other is a new product that I had never seen or heard of before, Gluten-Free Chicken Burritos.

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The 2-pack of Gluten-Free Uncured Pepperoni Pizza costs $13.69 or $6.85/pizza.

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I really wanted to grab these and try them, but they had onions in them and I can’t eat onions. The box of 8 burritos costs $10.79 or $1.35/each.

Costco has locations across the US. Have you seen or tried either of the Udi’s Gluten-free Products listed above? If so, please share your thoughts below. 

Aug 30 2014

Gluten-Free College: A Peek Inside the Ohio University Gluten-Free Program

Hello, my name is Jon and I have been gluten-free for over 7 years. This year is my freshman year at Ohio University and I am studying in the business field. Over the next few Saturdays, I’m going to talk about my personal experience with Ohio University’s Gluten Free program.

I have been here for about a week and so far I have been pretty impressed. The food is pretty good for being gluten-free and there are a lot of choices.  The best part, by far, is the speed of getting your meal/food. One hour before I eat, I call the dining hall and place an order for there (sit-down) or to-go. The person who answers the phone puts in the order and tells you when to be there for meal. About five minutes before I’m supposed to pick up my food, I head over to the dining hall, Usually the line to swipe my meal card to get in is not that long, but the very best part is after I scan my card I don’t have to wait in any of the really really long lines; I just go to where they tell  to go and my food is either ready in a to-go box or on a tray, depending on how I ordered it.

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The first meal I’m going to review is the Noodles with White Sauce and a Chocolate Chip Cookie. I got this meal to-go and the first thing i noticed was how much pasta they give you. This one meal served me for lunch and dinner. The Noodles with the White Sauce are very good and probably one of my favorite meals so far. After the pasta I ate the Chocolate Chip Cookie and was pretty impressed. Overall the first meal at OU was better than I expected.

Note: Each dorm room is equipped with a microwave and small refrigerator so that meals can be stored and reheated.

Aug 29 2014

Review: Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins

I haven’t had much time to shop at Trader Joe’s this summer, so when I was in the vicinity yesterday, I ran in to see if I could pick up some almond butter. Much to my surprise, my local Trader Joe’s is expanding and making room for more yummy goodness! While on my way through the store, I discovered a new product in the bread aisle…Gluten-Free Blueberry Muffins.

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I knew exactly when I was going to dig into these…this morning after a running with my friend (also gluten-free).

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These muffins are spectacular! They are moist and full of flavor and not lacking in blueberries. After seeing applesauce as the second ingredient, I knew why the muffins were so moist.

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Perfect refueling snack for after a morning run. Kudos to Trader Joe’s for adding another great product to their gluten-free line-up.

Have you tried the new muffins from Trader Joe’s?

Aug 28 2014

thinkThin Debuts New Lean Protein & Fiber Bars

thinkThin has been making gluten-free protein bars for years now. These bars serve as a quick, nutritious way to fuel your body when you are on-the-go. Now thinkThin is debuting a new bar in their line-up: Lean Protein & Fiber Bars.

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The new bars are only 150 calories, but have 10 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber to give you energy and help keep you satisfied until your next meal. All of the bars are gluten-free, have no refined sugar and are made from non-GMO ingredients. There are five varieties in the new line:

  • Cinnamon Bun White Chocolate
  • Chocolate Almond Brownie
  • Honey Drizzle Peanut
  • Salted Caramel
  • Chunky Chocolate Peanut

I spotted the new bars at Target yesterday, but check to see where thinkThin products can be found in stores close to you. They can also be purchased online. Take advantage of this Labor Day special by entering “think10” for 10% off of your order.

Aug 27 2014

Aldi Live Gfree Brand is Back for Good

I have wonderful news to share with you guys…the Aldi gluten-free product line, Live Gfree, is now back in stores everyday! We had the wonderful opportunity to sample many products in this line earlier this year only to have them disappear from our local store a short time later. I will absolutely be making a stop at Aldi later this week.

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The Live Gfree line has a wide variety of products:

  • Gluten-Free Chewy Bars
  • Gluten-Free Granola Crunch
  • Gluten-Free Yellow Cake or Cookie Mix
  • Gluten-Free Rice Pasta & Cheddar
  • Gluten-Free Pizza Crust or Cornbread Mix
  • Gluten-Free Pepperoni or Cheese Pizza
  • Gluten-Free Brownie or Baking Mix
  • Gluten-free Stuffed Sandwiches
  • Gluten-Free Brown Rice Spaghetti
  • Gluten-Free Corn Pasta
  • Gluten-Free Wraps
  • Gluten-Free Multi-Seed Crackers
  • Gluten-Free Cheese Ravioli or Lasagna
  • Gluten-Free Pancakes
  • Gluten-Free Soft Baked Cookies

There are many Live Gfree products in stores now, with several more coming soon. The line is very reasonably priced compared to similar products on the market. There are also many naturally gluten-free foods at Aldi, including the ones on this list. Aldi has 1300 locations in 32 states…click here to find the location closest to you.