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Apr 6 2015

Review: Lundberg Sweet Dreams Milk Chocolate Rice Cakes

I am a sucker for products on the shelves in the checkout line. I don’t know what it is, but everything looks so much more attractive on the shelves right there when you are waiting in line to check out than it does on the shelf back in the store. I am not talking about candy, but really anything….magazines, Chapstick, dog treats, hand sanitizer, etc. When I was checking out at Earth Fare a week or so ago, I spotted these gems.

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Lundberg Sweet Dreams. You know they had to come home with me. Not only are they gluten-free, but organic and whole grain. 

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I love Lundberg Rice Cakes, so I knew they could only get better with chocolate. I wasn’t wrong…what a nice treat for dessert or afternoon tea. 

Lundberg Sweet Dreams come in two different varieties:

I will be hunting down the Dark Chocolate variety next time I go to Earth Fare. 

Lundberg offers a wide variety of gluten-free products in addition to the Sweet Dreams and Rice Cakes. It is important to note that they do make some products that aren’t gluten-free, so check the package to ensure you are choosing the right product. All of the Lundberg gluten-free products are clearly labeled. 

Apr 3 2015

Dinner-A-Day with gfJules

Meal planning is one of the most important keys to avoiding the pitfalls of the crazy busy lifestyles so many of us lead. I used to be excellent at meal planning and shared my gluten-free meal plans each week on my blog. This really helped me grocery shop and avoid the urge to go out to eat or pick up take-out on the way home. So why don’t I do it anymore? Good question! 

Jules Shepard of gfJules has a brand new eBook, Dinner-A-Day, that contains 15 easy gluten-free recipes to help feed your family without a lot of stress. 

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There are some simple, great recipes in this book. The Calzones, Tuna Noodle Casserole and Ravioli all caught my eye. I can’t wait to give them a try!

This eBook normally costs $7.95, but Jules has offered to give it to our readers for free using the code: FREEDINNER through April 8, 2015. Simply click here, add the book to your cart, enter the coupon code and follow the directions to complete the order and then download onto your computer.  

Apr 1 2015

NFCA Webinar: What Wikipedia Can’t Tell you About Celiac Disease Prevention

The internet can be a useful resource when seeking information on anything and everything. The catch is knowing which resources are reliable and which are not. When my kids are writing papers for school, they mainly use the internet for their research. Back in my day we had to physically go to the library and use the encyclopedia or other books we found on whatever topic we happened to be researching. These days we have information websites like Wikipedia. While Wikipedia can be a useful resource for some facts and information, it can be edited by anyone, so there may be no way to know if the information found there is accurate.

The newest upcoming seminar from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness is “What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You About Celiac Disease Prevention – Hear From the Experts.”  Read below for more information:

It is well known that a diagnosis of celiac disease is followed by a slew of challenges and roadblocks – from a significantly higher grocery bill to associated health concerns to limitations on socializing, travel, dining out and everything in between. What if we could prevent these roadblocks altogether?

Researchers have increasingly been focused on the prevention of celiac disease in recent years, testing many different theories. Learn about these studies and how researchers are working to set a different course for those who are at risk of developing celiac disease. Join experts Alessio Fasano, MD, Carlo Catassi, MD, and Sabine Vriezinga, MD in this very special webinar event as we delve into the latest endeavors in celiac disease prevention research.

When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Where: Your computer

Time: 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST

All you have to do to attend this webinar is register here and follow the directions you receive via email. If you are unable to attend the webinar, you should be able to access it on the NFCA Webinar Archives page within 72 hours.

Mar 30 2015

King Arthur Introduces Almond & Coconut Flours

King Arthur Gluten-Free flours and baking mixes have been around for a few years now and rank highly in my book. I’ll never forget the first time I tried their Chocolate Cake Mix. A friend of mine made me a cake for my birthday and served it to not just me, but other, non-gluten-free friends who couldn’t stop raving about how good the cake was. I am thrilled to see that King Arthur has now added Almond Flour and Coconut Flour to their gluten-free line-up. I spotted the flours on the end cap when I was shopping at Earth Fare last week.

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Almond Flour – Certified gluten-free and super-finely ground.

Coconut Flour – Certified gluten-free, non-GMO and Kosher. 100% organic.

As you can see above, both flours were on sale last week at Earth Fare and the regular price at Earth Fare appears to be less than it is on the King Arthur website. I don’t have a lot of experience baking with either almond or coconut flour, but hope to do some more experimenting in the near future. The King Arthur website lists some great tips for baking on each of the individual product pages linked above. King Arthur Gluten-Free products can be found in grocery and health food stores across the US and online.

Do you bake with almond and/or coconut flours? Have you tried any of the King Arthur Gluten-Free Products? If so, do you have a favorite?

Mar 27 2015

Review: KIND Snacks Healthy Grains Bars

I was thrilled when I received a very cool sample package from KIND Snacks last week with the brand new KIND Healthy Grains Bars inside. There are five new bars in the line-up, joining five current varieties.  I didn’t waste much time working my way through them.

The way the bars were packaged was super cute and creative.

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The bars are a perfect blend of crunchy and chewy, just like a granola bar is supposed to be. Of all the different varieties, I liked the Peanut Butter Berry the best. I keep one of these in my purse at all times for a quick snack or pick-me-up. These new bars will be available in stores nationwide beginning May 1, 2015. The MSRP is $3.99/box of five bars.

Have you tried any of the KIND Healthy Grains Bars? Do you have a favorite? 

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