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Nov 18 2015

Review: Viki’s Granola

I love granola. I love to eat it straight out of the bag. I love to eat it in a bowl with almond milk poured over it. I love to eat it over ice cream or yogurt. I’m not sure I have met a granola I don’t like. The most important thing about granola for those with Celiac Disease is the oats. Are the oats gluten-free? There are some products on the market these days that use oats that aren’t technically gluten-free. What I mean by this is the oats may be contaminated by gluten containing grains during the harvest/manufacturing process.

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Viki’s Granola is one of those granolas that uses gluten-free oats. More about Viki’s Granola:

Viki’s Granola is a nutritious, delicious gluten-free granola made with 100% ALL NATURAL ingredients (the original flavor only contains Organic Oats, Honey, Almonds, Sunflower Seeds, Oil, Coconut, Pecans, that’s it!!)  Unlike other granolas on the market that have harder textures and clusters, Viki’s Granola boasts a fresh, soft, chewy texture with ingredients you can pronounce and no artificial aftertaste.

There are five different varieties of Viki’s Granola:

  • Original
  • Maple Cranberry
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Blueberry Almond
  • Banana Walnut

I had to opportunity to sample the Original, Maple Cranberry, and Apple Cinnamon. I really enjoyed them all, but the Apple Cinnamon is my favorite. I love the big pieces of pecans and golden raisins throughout the granola. Viki’s Granola can be purchased online directly from their website.

*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. 

Nov 16 2015

Thanksgiving Turkey Talk

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so it is time to purchase the turkey. Turkey itself is gluten-free, but always make sure to check the gravy packet and other ingredients or seasonings that may have been added. Additionally, if you are attending Thanksgiving dinner someplace else, make sure the turkey wasn’t cooked with the stuffing inside. Unless the stuffing is gluten-free, the turkey won’t be gluten-free if the stuffing is cooked inside.

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Jennie-O conveniently offers an Oven Ready Whole Turkey that goes from freezer to oven. No thawing needed! Product features:

  • Gluten-free
  • Preseasoned
  • Comes sealed in our Fool-Proof cooking bag
  • Gravy packet included


Solution Ingredients: Water, Seasoning (Maltodextrin, Dehydrated Turkey Broth, Onion Powder, Salt, Yeast Extract, Carrot Powder, Dextrose, Natural Flavors, Garic Powder, Annatto (color)), Sodium Phosphate, Salt, Sugar. Rubbed with: Salt, Maltodextrin, Sugar, Dextrose, Onion Powder, Spices, Carrot Powder, Garlic Powder, Paprika (Color), Extractive of Turmeric (Color). Gravy Ingredients: Water, Gravy Seasoning (Detrose, Modified Food Starch, Rice Flour, Maltodextrin, Hydrolyzed Corn Protein, Rendered Chicken Fat, Salt, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Dehydrated Turkey Broth, Dehydrated Cooked Turkey, Xanthan Gum, Natural Flavors (Contains Torula Yeast), Spice, Disodium Inosinate, Disodium Guanylate).

The back of the package even says, “no gluten” right under the ingredient list.

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We made this turkey last year for Thanksgiving and were very impressed. I had a lot of skeptical friends and family before I made this. No one believed it went right from the freezer to the oven. It was flavorful and moist and could not have been simpler to make. If you are short on time or don’t like messing with a raw turkey, this is the way to go! Jennie-O Oven Ready Whole Turkeys can be found at Walmart. Check the location finder to make sure the store closest to you carries it.

*The product mentioned in this post was 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.

Nov 13 2015

gfJules Thanksgiving e-Book Deal – Limited Time Offer!

Thanksgiving is now less than two weeks away. Are you ready? Will you be sticking with your traditional fare or trying something new? Are you scrambling for recipes to make old favorites gluten-free and maybe even dairy-free? Jules Shepard of gfJules has an amazing Thanksgiving e-Book covering all things Thanksgiving and she has graciously offered to give it to our readers for free for a limited time. Starting today, Friday, November 13 – Friday, November 20 you can access the Thanksgiving e-Book (normally $12.95) for free.


More about this amazing resource:

The 60-page e-book is full of updated information including brands selling gluten-free turkeys, THIRTY-ONE (31) gluten and dairy-free recipes for the Thanksgiving holiday, count-down checklists to prepare for the big day, ingredient substitution guides, nutritional information and much more. It’s my go-to guide for all things gluten-free and Thanksgiving!

Recipes include:

  • Single and Double-Crust Pies w/ step-by-step photos
  • Green Bean Casserole & Fried Onions
  • Sweet Potato Casseroles
  • Soft Dinner Rolls
  • StuffingCrustless
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie Rolls
  • Cornbread

All you have to do to get the e-book is visit this website, put the book in the cart and enter “FREETGBOOK” at checkout. If you aren’t familiar with Jules Shepard, gluten-free baking mixes, and recipes, make sure to take some time to get to know her. She is a pretty amazing woman! 

Nov 11 2015

New App Helps Shave Time Off Grocery Shopping

Grocery shopping when you are following the gluten-free diet can be quite the challenge. It is easier today than it was several years ago, but there are still certain foods that can be tricky. The labeling laws have come a long way with rules regarding manufacturers using “gluten-free” on packaging, however there isn’t yet any ruling that requires gluten to be called out on the label. The biggest issue here is hidden gluten; Barley, rye or non-gluten-free oats that may be in the product, but not clearly labeled. 

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There is a new app available on both Google Play and the Apple App Store called ipiit. ipiit is a free food ambassador app that can tell you if a food is safe to eat by simply scanning the barcode on the package.  Once you download the free app, you simply select your preferences – the ingredients you want to avoid – and begin scanning. Currently ipiit has 15 food preferences to choose from and over 300,000 products loaded into the database with more being added daily. The 15 food preferences are:

  • Gluten-free
  • Lactose-free
  • Milk protein-free
  • Almond-free
  • Artificial sweetener-free
  • Aspartame-free
  • Azodicarbonamide/ADA-free
  • Celery-free
  • Celluslose-free
  • Corn syrup/HFCS-free
  • Egg-free
  • MSG-free
  • Non-GMO
  • Wheat-free

When a product is scanned, ipiit will display an icon to let the user know if the product is safe or not. If it is not, it will list the offending ingredient.  If it contains an offending ingredient, it will offer product alternatives that may be a better option.

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More about ipiit:

ipiit, the food ambassador, is a free service that provides product information according to user’s preferences, needs and interests. ipiit guides consumers through the jungle of packaged food products available today. ipiit is still evolving additional preference choices, continuously adding products, and developing new features that will debut in future versions of the app.

I have to admit that I spent some considerable time playing with ipiit in the grocery store the other day. I was impressed by how many products I scanned that were in the database. I love that I was able to select more than just “gluten-free” as I also avoid dairy. This app is a wonderful resource for family members and friends of those following the gluten-free diet, those beginning the gluten-free diet, or those trying to avoid any of the 15 ingredients that ipiit currently supports. Go on, give it a try! It’s free! 

Nov 9 2015

Aldi’s Live Gfree Introduces New Seasonal Products

Gluten-free specialty products have come a long way in the past few years. Aldi has been a big part of that with their Live Gfree brand. They have an extensive line of gluten-free products including bread, wraps, cookies, baking mixes, and frozen food items. The only complaint we have with the Live Gfree line is that some of the items are seasonal, meaning they are only available in limited quantities and when they are gone, they are gone. Aldi has some of the most reasonable prices on gluten-free specialty items, making them a top choice in our book.

The new seasonal items in stores now for Thanksgiving include:


French Fried Onions perfect for making Green Bean Casserole. Just make sure you are using a gluten-free cream of mushroom soup. Retail price – $2.69.


Gluten-free Stuffing in Chicken or Turkey varieties. I don’t know about you, but I have had much better luck with stuffing mixes than trying to make traditional stuffing gluten-free. Cornbread stuffing turns out okay, but every time I have used regular gluten-free bread, it is too mushy. Retail price – $2.89.

Aldi has locations across the US. Make sure to keep up on your store’s weekly ads and specials so you don’t miss out on any new gluten-free seasonal items. I hope they have some more coming for Christmas!