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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?

Jul 22 2014

Freschetta Now Offering Gluten-Free Pizza

Gluten-free pizza is getting easier and easier to find. Not only in pizzerias across the US, but in grocery stores, too. Freschetta is the latest pizza company to debut gluten-free pizza. I know I was a bit concerned when I first heard this, as the first thing that came to my mind is cross-contamination. I was put at ease when I visited the website and saw the Celiac Sprue Association Seal of Approval.

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The new Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza comes in two different varieties:

Thin & Crispy Four Cheese – We cover it edge-to-edge with 100% real Mozzarella, savory asiago, rich fontina and hearty parmesan. When they melt, it’s pizza perfection the whole family can enjoy.

Thin & Crispy Pepperoni - Premium Pepperoni and real mozzarella cheese cover our extra thin crust from edge-to-edge. Gluten Free has met delicious with our Gluten Free Signature Pepperoni Pizza.

Look for Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza in select grocery stores across the US. I have been on the look out for them for a while now, but clearly I am not looking in the right place. I see now that select Kroger stores in the Columbus area carry them.

Have you tried the new Freschetta Gluten-Free Pizza? What did you think?