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Aug 25 2014

Kinnikinnick: Two New Soft Breads

Kinninkinnick is introducing two new soft breads to their already impressive line-up. The new breads join a wide variety of soft and frozen breads, rolls, bagels and buns. I remember buying Kinnikinnick bread, bagels and pizza crusts on my first gluten-free grocery store shopping visit. I wasn’t sure what I was going to eat, but Kinnikinnick came through for me and has been a staple in our house ever since.


More about the soft Whole Grain bread:

Made with Brown Rice, Quinoa and Teff, our Whole Grain Bread is our first product to carry the Whole Grain Council Stamp which indicates that a serving contains at least 8g of whole grains per serving.

Other nutritional highlights (per 2 slice 63g serving):

  • 5g Fiber
  • 0 Cholesterol
  • Only 2g Sugar
  • 3g Protein
  • Fortified with vitamins and minerals

Our new Whole Grain is different from our Multigrain bread in that it doesn’t have seeds so it’s perfect for kids and those who don’t like “crunchy bits” in their bread. Like all our soft breads, you don’t need to heat or toast it but if you do want toast or grilled cheese it toasts just like regular bread.


More about the soft Cinnamon Raisin bread:

Our Cinnamon Raisin Bread is a true raisin bread, with raisins being 50% of the weight of the dry flour blend. Translation: Lots of plump raisins! With a touch of molasses and a pinch of cinnamon, this is the perfect breakfast bread. It is fantastic toasted and makes an amazing French Toast. But just because this bread is a bit on the fun side, doesn’t mean that we haven’t made it as nutritionally sound as possible.

Nutritional highlights (per 2 slice 70g serving):

  • 4g Fiber
  • 0 Cholesterol
  • 4g Protein
  • Fortified with vitamins and minerals

Both breads are made with non-GMO ingredients and can be purchased now from the Kinnikinnick website. They should be available shortly in your local retailers, but you can download this form to give to store manager to get the products in your local stores. I am really looking forward to getting my hands on the soft Cinnamon Raisin bread.

Aug 23 2014

Gluten-Free Puff Pastry is Here!

I have to admit that I never thought I would see the day when there would be gluten-free puff pastry on the market. I know that some very experienced chefs and bakers may have had successes at home with it, but I have never gone down that path. As I was browsing Twitter the other day I came across a new gluten-free company called, “GeeFree” that is making gluten-free puff pastry.

Inside package spanakopita


More about GeeFree:

The story of GeeFree began when Susan visited with friends when traveling overseas.

The family needed to avoid gluten and Susan was served the most delicious puff pastries. A long-time food professional, Susan had never had anything quite like these crispy .yet tender, tasty treats.

Excited, she wasted no time calling master baker and friend Steve. “We have to find a way to bring this to the United States!”, she said. When distribution proved too complex, Susan and Steve worked to recreate and perfect what Susan knew would be a sensational hit.

There are three products in the GeeFree line:

  • Spanakopita
  • Franks in a blanket
  • Chicken Pot Pie

These new gluten-free products are available online or print the PDF at the bottom of this page to get the products into your local store.


Aug 22 2014

Back to School with Jules – Free eBook

It’s that time of year again…the kids are heading back-to-school. Sending your gluten-free child(ren) to school can be stressful, as you worry about how they will eat safely, yet not feel like they are missing out. Jules Shepard, of GFJules, has graciously offered our readers a free copy of her “Back to School with Jules” eBook. This offer is only valid for a limited time, so don’t wait to download now. 


More about the eBook:

My new Back-to-School e-book will help allay the fears of sending a child off to school, and will guide college students setting off to fend for themselves on campus. I’ve added an extensive section on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and how it could apply to protect your student. I’ve also added recipes and new links to updated resources to make the transition to school as easy as possible.

If you haven’t had the chance to check out some of the recipes from gfJules, now is your chance to get a whole collection put together with all kinds of wonderful tips. Remember, the free eBook is only available for a limited time. After that time is up, the price will go up to $10.95 (after 3PM Friday).

Aug 21 2014

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest Coming to Columbus!

Living Without’s Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest is like a huge party celebrating living gluten-free. The nationwide series is well underway for 2014 and will expand to seven cities in 2015. In addition to sampling tons of gluten-free, allergy-friendly foods, you will meet others who live the same way you do and learn from experts in the community.

There are still two events on the schedule for 2014:

  • Indianapolis, Indiana – August 23rd, 24th
  • Portland, Oregon – September 6th, 7th

The following locations are planned for 2015 (subject to change):

  • Austin, Texas
  • Lakeland/Tampa, Florida
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • San Diego, California
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Indianapolis, Indiana

Living in Columbus, Ohio has many benefits, and now that will include the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest coming to town. More about the Columbus event:

April 25-26, 2015

Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Sunday: 10am to 4pm

The plans are still being finalized, but check back often or sign up for updates to make sure you don’t miss anything. To check out what the event will be like, visit a 2 minute video with scenes from one of the other events.

Aug 20 2014

Review: Simple Truth Gluten-Free Animal Crackers

Even though my kids are “too old” for animal crackers, when I found a bag of Simple Truth Gluten-Free Animal Crackers last week at Kroger, I couldn’t help but pick them up. They were on sale, 2 for $4.00, so it was really a no-brainer. I figured at the very least if the kids wouldn’t eat them, I would. I have tried a few other gluten-free items from the Simple Truth gluten-free product line, so I figured these would be pretty darn tasty.

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Ingredients: Gluten-free flour blend (corn flour, soy flour, potato flour, corn starch, rice flour, potato starch, xanthan gum), dehydrated cane sugar, canola oil, arrowroot flour, butter (may contain annatto), corn starch, honey, natural flavor, egg powder, soy lecithin, baking soda, sea salt.

The animal crackers are awesome and have a slight buttery, vanilla taste. The texture is very much like that of non-gluten-free animal crackers and is sure to please even the pickiest child. In addition to being gluten-free, these crackers are also free of artificial preservatives and ingredients, including high fructose corn syrup. Look for Simple Truth products exclusively at the Kroger Company family of stores.