Rice: Is It Gluten Free?

If you’ve been living the gluten-free lifestyle for some time, it’s not a surprise to hear that rice is, indeed, gluten free. In fact, rice is the most widely-eaten cereal grain on the planet with more than 3 billion people – that’s half the world’s population – relying on the grain each day.

Inexpensive, nutritious, and versatile: The reasons for adding more rice to your plate are plentiful. It’s often a go-to ingredient for many pre-packaged gluten-free products. Also, rice flour is a staple in many gluten-free kitchens.

While unprocessed rice is gluten free, including white, brown, jasmine, and many, many more (there are more than 40,000 varieties), there are some things to consider when shopping or eating out.

Be sure to carefully check the label on rice that is sold prepackaged with spices or sauces. There’ a chance that the ingredients in the spices or sauces may not be gluten free. One common product to watch out for is rice pilaf, traditionally made with orzo, a pasta, which is definitely not gluten free.

Another, perhaps less obvious, concern is cross-contamination. Unless the rice your purchase is certified or labeled gluten free there’s a chance it may have been contaminated with barley or wheat during processing. One thing to definitely avoid is purchasing rice from a bulk bin in the supermarket. It’s all too easy for shoppers to use the same scoop for gluten-filled grains and gluten-free rice. When eating out, be sure to ask waitstaff about how the kitchen prepares the rice and make sure nothing’s been added that would contaminate your meal with gluten.

Gluten-free rice recipes 

Whether it’s basmati, aborrio, wild, brown, short grain or long grain rice, there is a perfect side dish for every meal. If you’re getting hungry, check out these gluten-free recipes that use rice in a variety of delicious ways.

Stonyfield Organic Introduces New Probiotic, Gluten-Free Yogurt

Gluten free and looking for a probiotic fix? Stonyfield Organic now has you covered.

On Jan. 15, the organic yogurt maker announced the launch of Daily Probiotics, a probiotic yogurt drink designed to support both immune and digestive health. Available in two flavors, Blueberry Pomegranate and Strawberry Acai, the new Daily Probiotics include real fruit and organic low-fat milk.

According to Stonyfield, the move follows increasing interest in preventive daily healthcare, which is fueling demand for convenient products made with probiotics. The global probiotics market is predicted to reach nearly 80 billion dollars by 2025.

“Beyond the standard cultures that are required, you may be surprised to learn that many yogurts actually do not contain the probiotic cultures that help support your immune system health,” said Maya Feller, RD. “Studies have shown that eating yogurt rich in probiotics can help foster the beneficial gut bacteria that support an improved immune system by possibly increasing white blood cell counts, so it’s important to look for yogurts that include these specific strains.”

Daily Probiotics shots are USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified and gluten-free. Daily Probiotics shots are available in the yogurt aisle of retailers nationwide in a 3.1oz. 6-pack format for a suggested retail price of $4.49. For more information visit stonyfield.com.

It’s Not Gluten-Free Land Over Here: Kardashian Kids Party Sparks ‘Food Fight’

If you haven’t been keeping up with the Kardashians lately, the reality-TV superstars got into some gluten-free drama Gluten-Free Living readers may find relatable. For those who actively avoid the celebrity family, it’s best to stop reading now. If you’re curious to see what the drama was and how it unfolded, we’ve got a brief recap.

It all started over a children’s birthday party.

The theme? Candy Land. The problem? Kourtney Kardashian insisting that there would be “too much candy” and not enough healthful options for kids. The party, thrown by Kim and Kourtney for their daughters North and Penelope, sparked a debate those living the gluten-free lifestyle may find all too familiar.

In the episode, Kourtney, who has tried several different diets through the years, including keto, intermittent fasting, and gluten free, was appalled there wouldn’t be some healthful choices at the party.

“Everyone’s gonna come to this party and everything is gonna be disgusting chemicals? We need to have some healthy options,” she told her younger sister.

The suggestion was not taken well.

“It’s a Candy Land themed party! Yes! That’s, like, what the party is about: Candy Land. It’s not gluten-free land over here,” Kim said.

Ouch. How many of you have heard some variation of: “It’s not gluten-free land over here”?

The drama unfolded further on Twitter where Kourtney clarified what she was trying to get across.

“I never said NO candy. I said not all junk food, let’s have some salads etc, and @KimKardashian said she wanted the ice cream truck and I suggested organic ice cream with some non dairy options. Moderation.”

If you’re wondering – yes, there was plenty of candy at the party.

Is the Keto Diet Gluten Free?

Within the past five years or so, the gluten free and ketogenic, or “keto,” diets have made the jump from medical necessities to mainstream menus as many, many people all over the world have reduced or eliminated grains.

Both diets have been trendy for some time now. Whether that’s a good thing is up for debate, but both have been around much longer than many might realize. The keto diet was first discovered in the 1920s by a doctor who found that the diet was an effective treatment for children with epilepsy. In the 1940s, it was proved that eliminating gluten from the diets of those with celiac also eliminated symptoms associated with the disease.

At first glance, the diets appear similar. Going gluten free requires ditching all forms of gluten and the keto diet calls for a dramatic reduction of carbohydrates while increasing the amount of dietary fat one eats.

Essentially, the keto diet is not strictly gluten free. Generally, those following the diet limit carb intake to 50g per day. Those carbs could come from grains, however, many following the diet opt for fresh fruits and vegetables to reach that limit. Whether or not someone should go keto while living the gluten-free lifestyle is a decision that should be made carefully.

When followed properly, the keto diet drastically limits the number of carbs a person eats each day. The keto diet calls for making fat 75% of a diet, protein 20% and carbs 5%. Following the diet sends the body into a state of ketosis, which forces it to burn fats instead of carbohydrates for fuel. Several studies show that the diet does help people lose weight, keep it off, and lower risk factors for disease.

It’s important to do some research before adopting the keto diet, though. And since the diet causes a drastic physiological change it’s critical to consult a doctor before adopting the diet, especially if you remain gluten free.

“Keto flu” often appears soon after the diet is started. Symptoms include nausea, fatigue, brain fog, and hunger. These symptoms are temporary and should disappear once the body starts burning fat instead of carbohydrates. Minor side effects may also include bad breath, leg cramps, and an elevated heart rate.

For some people, the keto diet is not appropriate. Patients who have the following conditions in their medical history should discuss the keto diet with their doctor before starting: pancreatitis, gallbladder disease, impaired liver function, gastric bypass, kidney failure and more. Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also consult with a doctor.

All that said, the diet’s restriction on all grains makes it an easy transition for those already eating gluten free. So, if you have celiac disease the keto diet may be a smart option for weight loss. But it’s critical to do some research before taking the plunge.

Gluten-Free Living Taste Test: Ian’s Fish Sticks, Cappello’s Pizza, and More!

Every two weeks or so, we sample new – and new-to-you – gluten-free snacks, meals, and sometimes drinks on Gluten-Free Living‘s live taste test. On Jan. 9, our panel of tasters shared their first impressions on offerings from Ian’s Gluten-Free Fish Sticks, Cappello’s Grain Free Pasta, Just the Cheese and more! See below for the video and more info on all of the products featured. 

Ian’s Gluten-Free Fish Sticks

 

These fish sticks are cut from whole fillets of certified sustainable Alaska pollock, then lightly breaded with crunchy corn breading. Also, there’s no wheat, milk, casein, eggs, nuts, or soy.

Retail: $9.79

 

Pepperidge Farm Announces its First Ever Gluten-Free Cookie

Later this month, those living the gluten-free lifestyle will be able to enjoy the latest offering from Pepperidge Farm.

On Wednesday, USA Today reported that the company, founded in 1937, is releasing its first-ever gluten-free product. Pepperidge Farm’s gluten-free Farmhouse Thin & Crispy Milk Chocolate Chip and Butter Crisp cookies will be available in Target, Albertsons, Publix and select grocery stores across the United States.

Look for the cookies in the same aisle where Pepperidge Farm products are sold. The suggested retail price is $3.89, USA Today reports.

Last year, the Girl Scouts of America also jumped into the gluten-free market, releasing its first gluten-free cookie. Read more about that here. 

7 Crowd-Pleasing Gluten-Free Game Day Recipes

Whether you’re a football fanatic or not, delightful dips, hot wings and cold drinks will make any game day memorable. In fact, the Big Game, set for Sunday, Feb. 7, is the second biggest day for food consumption in the United States. What’s the first? That would be Thanksgiving. No matter who you’re rooting for these crowd-pleasing recipes will keep any group of fans satisfied – gluten-free or not.

Need to grab a gluten-free brew to enjoy with these snacks? Download our free gluten-free beer roundup with information on more than 65 gluten-free beers!

If junk food is more your style, check out our Top 10 Gluten-Free Junk Foods for some indulgent options.

Spicy Cauliflower Wings

7. Gluten-Free Spicy Cauliflower Wings

If you have yet to try cauliflower wings, this recipe is a must. These “wings” are covered with a gluten-free flour batter to give a delicious crunch with that perfect kick of spice. While others are enjoying deep-fried chicken wings (in fact, more than 1.3 billion wings are expected to be eaten during the championship), you can get the same crunch and flavor without the guilt. Get the recipe.

New For You: Step Up Your Gluten Free Game

Put a spring in your step with these fresh gluten-free picks from Gluten-Free Living. Whether you’re craving something sweet, savory or scrumptious this list has you covered.  

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Bee Raw Honey

Let’s get buzzy 

Brooklyn’s Bee Raw sells honey as nature intended—straight from the hive. Working toward sustainable practices and bee health, Bee Raw offers a myriad of honey and honey-related products, such as wax poured candles, pairing utensils and more. Raw honey’s enzymes and antioxidants are especially good for putting a spring in your step this time of year.   

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The Gluten Free Kid: A Child-Friendly Glimpse into Growing Up with Celiac

“The Gluten Free Kid” is a delightful children’s picture book by Hayley O’Connor, with illustrations by Anthony Corrigan. This charming tale follows Sid – the story’s young protagonist – after he discovers that he has celiac disease.

O’Connor’s drew inspiration for the book from her daughters, who are 1 and 4. With her and her husband both having celiac disease, she says the chances of one of her daughters developing celiac is high. She says she wanted to write a book that both kids and parents would enjoy.   

“Having celiac disease shouldn’t make you feel different and excluded from the world,” she says. “My hope is that my book will help every child understand the condition.”

O’Connor spoke with Gluten-Free Living about the book, what it’s like growing up with celiac disease and how parents can make their kids feel included in a gluten-filled world.

The Gluten Free Kid is available for purchase here.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Q. We haven’t seen many kids’ books that explain celiac disease. What’s the inspiration for “The Gluten-Free Kid”?

 

A. I created the book to remove fear around the condition but explain it in realistic terms. Children are very accepting and if you can explain a condition in a non-patronizing way they will just accept it. When trying to explain the condition to a child, I feel you just spend a lot of time saying “I can’t eat that” or “make sure your food doesn’t come close to my food” and I just felt like I was almost creating fear around it and without any “real” explanation. This was not what I wanted so I decided to do something about it.

I wanted my eldest daughter to really understand what it meant. Our daughters (Alannah, 4, and Madison, 1) have a very high chance of developing the condition with both their parents being celiac. If we can educate them from a young age this will prevent fear and create an understanding of how to stay healthy. Even if my daughters never develop the condition, it’s hereditary – if they go on to have children of their own it’s possible that their children could develop it. Awareness and understanding are key but unfortunately, we need others to understand the condition too. This book is for every child, not just celiacs.

One of my American customers told me of how his niece has to sit on her own every day at lunch because she is a celiac. If the school chose to educate her peers and how to keep their lunch in their own space and no sharing of food, they would know that exclusion isn’t necessary. I’m sure this is not the case in every school, but this broke my heart to hear. Having celiac disease shouldn’t make you feel different and excluded from the world. My hope is that my book will help every child understand the condition.

Q. How long have you been writing for and how did you get started?

 

A. The Gluten Free Kid is my first published book, but I’ve been writing for years. I’ve always had an active imagination. I’m an only child. My parents divorced when I was four and I grew up with a parent who suffers from depression. I think my imagination allowed me to escape from my reality and a difficult home. It was during my teenage years that I decided to explore the world of writing, but I still kept it a secret for many years and only revealed it to my husband Eoin last year.

After my husband’s encouragement, I decided to take my writing more seriously. I knew straight away children’s books was exactly the genre I wanted to focus on – creating books about “difficult” or “out of the ordinary” topics was my focus. The other children’s books I have written have varied topics – type 1 diabetes, divorce, ADHD, explaining a parent’s depression and being unique.

I suppose I created these books so no other child can or will experience the loneliness I felt as a child. If you can see yourself in a book and relate to that character, you know you’re not alone in the world. I never found this when I was young and if I can just help one child then I’ve done my job. I hope to have the rest of these titles out in the next few years.

Q. Tell us about the positive responses you’ve received about the book. It seems like people are enjoying having a kid-friendly way to explain celiac.

 

A. Yes! It’s been incredible and even overwhelming at times. I never thought that I could help so many families. At a recent event, I had parents come over to thank me for my book! They love my simplistic approach to explaining the condition. I think my use of rhyme creates fun and softness to the book while still being educational.

I’ve also had children tell me how they love bringing my book to school! They feel the book is all about them as they might be the only gluten-free kid in their class. It’s an amazing feeling knowing that the book is helping to make them feel special rather than different from their peers.

Q. We love the illustrations! What’s the story with the illustrator?

 

A. Anthony Corrigan was my illustrator. An Irish man from County Louth. He was absolutely incredible to work with. I’ve never worked with Anthony before, but he came highly recommended by the publisher. I spoke to many other illustrators but the reason I chose to go with Anthony was his classic style. He has a natural rawness to his art. A lot of books these days I feel are loud and with a very computerized look and it was actually very hard to find somebody who could offer me the style I wanted – so I was delighted to get in contact with Anthony.

The book has a serious topic and I felt having the classic softness would complement the seriousness and give it that beautiful balance. Anthony listened to everything that I wanted and helped bring “Sid”, The Gluten Free Kid, to life.

Q. Can you speak to the book’s central message, that celiac is serious and definitely not part of a fad diet?

 

A. This is something I feel very strongly about – it is far from a fad diet! It’s an autoimmune disease.

Unfortunately, I feel being “gluten-free” has almost been glamorized in recent years and is seen as a wonderful diet. Plenty of times I had people say. “you must be so healthy eating gluten-free foods.” It’s hard to explain that our alternative foods are not necessarily “more healthy”. These foods are probably more heavily processed and I’ve noticed generally have a higher sugar content, and as a celiac, we have a slightly increased chance of developing type 1 diabetes, so this is not ideal. A gluten-free diet is not optional to a celiac, it’s necessary.

I suppose the positive to this “glamourizing” is that gluten-free food has become more readily available and a wider variety are on the shelves, but it definitely makes eating out scarier. Yes, gluten-free options will be on most menus but what sort of cross-contamination policy will they have in place? Something may be gluten-free but not necessarily celiac friendly and explaining this, is still where the battle lies. I don’t think people realize that as little as one crumb can cause internal damage. So far, we have no medication to treat it, but following a strict diet will stop the body from attacking itself. If you’re not a celiac, gluten isn’t harmful – there is no need to remove it from your diet. It wouldn’t have any health benefit, and this is something I wish people would realize.

Cookbook Corner: The Autoimmune Protocol Cookbook

This cookbook by Michelle Hoover, NTP, revisits comfort foods we all love but adds a healing twist. The recipes are autoimmune protocol compliant, free of gluten, grains, eggs, dairy, nightshades, legumes, seeds and refined sugars. The Autoimmune Protocol Comfort Food Cookbook has more than 100 scrumptious dishes that fulfill your cravings while being kind to your body. 

Reprinted with permission from The Autoimmune Protocol Comfort Food Cookbook by Michelle Hoover, Fair Winds Press, 2019.

 

Blueberry Waffles

There’s nothing quite like waffles on the weekend, right? You don’t need to buy a box of frozen waffles or go to a diner. All you need is a waffle maker and the ingredients following to make this classic comforting AIP-compliant breakfast.

4 Sweet, Savory and Easy Gluten-Free Breakfast Recipes

Start your morning off on the right foot with these savory and sweet breakfast recipes. Warm-up this winter with gluten-free recipes for a heaping stack of Blueberry Waffles or tasty Southwest Egg Cups. Looking for something light and easy? We’ve got you covered with recipes for Overnight Oats Three Ways and Pineapple Apricot Granola.

4. Blueberry Waffles 

There’s nothing quite like waffles on the weekend, right? You don’t need to buy a box of frozen waffles or eat out. All you need is a waffle maker and a few ingredients to make this classic, comforting breakfast.

Gluten-Free Southwest Egg Cups

3. Southwest Egg Cups 

Loaded with spinach and salsa, these Southwest Egg Cups make for a tasty and easy gluten-free breakfast or snack. Serving a crowd or on-the-go? Don’t sweat it! This recipe makes portion control manageable.

2. Overnight Oats Three Ways

These overnight oats are a quick and simple breakfast you can prepare the night before. Ideal for those who struggle to get out of bed or who don’t have time in the morning to prepare a morning meal.

1. Pineapple Apricot Granola 

For a sweet, well-textured breakfast, make this crunchy granola to top your favorite creamy yogurt with honey. Bananas, coconut, and apricots add a medley of nutrient-rich sweetness.

Oprah Has a New Recipe for the ‘Best’ Gluten-Free Pancakes

Oprah Winfrey is getting ready to share a gluten-free recipe that she says makes “the best pancake I’ve ever had.”

The talk-show titan is currently in the middle of a 30-day challenge to eat one “plant-based meal” each day. She’s accepted the challenge posed in the book One Meal A Day by Suzy Amis.

On Insta Stories Winfrey said the recipe was inspired by a friend.

“We created this pancake because a friend of mine, Larry Gordon…has celiac disease,” she said in the story. Gordon is best known as a film producer whose credits include Die Hard, Field of Dreams and more.

The recipe is gluten-free, egg-free, and dairy-free, says Winfrey, adding that it has “banana, flaxseed and a little bit of Earth Balance to hold it together.”

Check out the recipe in the next issue of Oprah’s O Magazine.

Looking for a great gluten-free pancake recipe in the meantime? Here’s a recipe for Grain-Free Silver Dollar Pancakes. from Gluten-Free Living. These tiny pancakes pack a big flavor punch!

Hershey’s, Mars, and More! 27 Gluten-Free Halloween Goodies

Halloween is almost here! This is one major holiday where there’s a surprising number of gluten-free goodies available. Many of the major manufacturer’s best-known products are already gluten free (yes, even candy corn). There’s a good chance your favorite is on our list. Please note: This is not a list of every gluten-free goodie out there. For a more comprehensive list, click here for this guide from the Celiac Disease Foundation. Be sure to remember to read labels to verify that all ingredients are gluten-free, as manufacturing practices may change. Before unwrapping, you are advised to verify ingredients directly with the manufacturer if you’re ever in doubt.

See below for a list of some Halloween classics along with some dedicated gluten-free offerings. Tell us what your favorite is on Gluten-Free Living’s Facebook page!

Mars Candy

 

1. M&M’s

(Note: There is a cross-contamination risk on pretzel-flavored M&M’s and some of the brand’s other special flavors.)

Gluten-Free Halloween Candy
M&M’s

 

2. Three Musketeers Bars

(This is our second favorite candy. Keep reading to see our personal fave.)  

Gluten-Free Halloween Candy
3 Musketeers Bars

 

 

3. Milky Way Midnight Bar

(We love the dark chocolate. Try this future classic.) 

Gluten-Free Halloween Candy
Milky Way Midnight Bar

 

4. Snickers

(Chocolate, peanuts, caramel, and nougat: A winning combo.)

Gluten-Free Halloween Candy
Snickers bars

 

Gluten-Free Living Taste Testers Munch on Bean Chips, Keto Cookies and More!

Every two weeks, Gluten-Free Living taste testers sample a batch of new gluten-free foods and beverages and share their first impressions on Facebook Live.  During the latest Facebook Live event, they sampled a grab-bag of gluten-free offerings including several ones designed for those following the Keto diet. 

The tasters tried Beanfields Bean Chips, Lebby Chickpea Snacks, Fat Snax Cookies and many others. For more on the products, see below.  Stay tuned on Gluten-Free Living social media for more live product tasting events!

 

 

Life’s Grape

 

Life’s Grape motto is “raisins revamped.” The company’s grapes are dried on the vine soaking up sun and nutrients. If you’re craving some California sunshine enjoy them on a salad, in your favorite recipe or all by themselves. They are gluten-free and non-GMO.  

 

New Treatment May Reverse Celiac Disease: Clinical Trial

Bread could someday be back on the menu for people with celiac disease following a potentially major treatment advancement.

On Oct. 22, a research team from Chicago’s Northwestern University shared findings from a phase 2 clinical trial in a late-breaking presentation during a medical conference in Spain.

Phase 2 trials are used to determine the effectiveness of a drug or treatment, as opposed to Phase 1 trials where a treatment’s safety is considered. In this case, researchers tested a new technology developed in the lab of Dr. Stephen Miller, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Miller has spent decades refining a biodegradable nanoparticle with potential to treat a host of other diseases in addition to celiac, such as multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, peanut allergy and more.

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About 1% of the population has celiac disease, a serious autoimmune disease where eating gluten leads to damage in the small intestine. When people with celiac disease eat gluten (a protein found in wheat), their body mounts an immune response that attacks the small intestine.

Nanoparticles are microscopic particles that have been studied intensively over the past few years. Recent advances have shown the potential for major applications in the field of bio-medicine.

The nanoparticle developed by Miller’s team contains gluten. When ingested it teaches a person’s immune system that the allergen is, in fact, safe. According to Northwestern University: “The nanoparticle acts like a Trojan horse, hiding the allergen in a friendly shell, to convince the immune system not to attack it.”

This is potentially exciting news for people with celiac.

It’s the first time the technology has been demonstrated to work in patients. Essentially, the study found that after treatment, patients in the study could ingest gluten with a substantial reduction in inflammation. The results also revealed a trend where patients’ small intestines were protected from gluten exposure.

Specifically, the treatment is called CNP-101/TAK-101. In the study, the nanoparticles were administered to celiac patients intravenously on the first and eighth days. After a week, they consumed gluten for 14 days, and their reactions to the gluten were then tested. The trial showed that those who received the treatment showed 90% less immune inflammation response to gluten compared to a group who received a placebo (inactive treatment). The study included 34 participants, six of whom did not complete the trial in light of gluten-related symptoms.

According to Northwestern: “Autoimmune diseases generally can only be treated with immune suppressants that provide some relief, but undermine the immune system and lead to toxic side-effects. CNP-101 does not suppress the immune system but reverses the course of disease.”

“Celiac disease is unlike many other autoimmune disorders because the offending antigen (environmental trigger) is well known – gluten in the diet,” said Dr. Ciaran Kelly, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, in a press release. “This makes celiac disease a perfect condition to address using this exciting nanoparticle induced immune tolerance approach.”

Recently, a Japanese pharmaceutical company, Takeda, purchased the license to use the technology specifically to treat celiac disease. Miller and the company he co-founded, COUR Pharmaceutical Development Company, retains ownership of the technology.

Currently, there is no treatment for celiac disease, a gluten-free diet being the most effective way to avoid symptoms.

While the results show some promise for new treatment options, it’s important to note that it’s too soon to expect a cure until further studies are completed.

The Gluten-Free Taste Testers Sample Target’s New Good & Gather Line

Every two weeks, Gluten-Free Living taste testers sample a batch of new gluten-free foods and beverages and share their first impressions on Facebook Live.  During the latest Facebook Live event, they sampled gluten-free offerings Target rolled out earlier this fall as part of its new Good & Gather line. The tasters tried a variety of items, including chips, dried fruit and more. For more on the products, see below.  Stay tuned on Gluten-Free Living social media for more live product tasting events!

 

 

Freeze-dried cinnamon apple slices– $3.49

 

 

These are real freeze-dried apple slices that are Kosher and Non-GMO Project Verified. They come in a 1.25 oz resealable pouch, which is perfect for snacking at work or on the go.

 

 

Kettle Cooked potato chips – $2.19

 

 

Great for lunches, parties, barbecues and afternoon snacks. Kettle cooked for a crispy-crunchy texture and they have 50 percent less fat than the leading brand’s potato chips. 

 

 

Veggie-flavored corn tortilla chips –$2.99

 

 

These tortilla chips are made without preservatives, they’re also Kosher and Non-GMO Project Verified.

 

 

 

Caramel coconut chips – $2.99

 

 

These are good for on-the-go snacking or topping dishes. They’re also Non-GMO Project Verified and don’t have any artificial flavors.  

 

 

 

Freeze dried strawberry slices – $3.49

 

 

Dried strawberry slices are great for oatmeal, salads and more. Each pouch contains 4 servings of fruit. These are Kosher and Non-GMO Project Verified.

 

 

Unsweetened dried cherries –  $4.99

 

 

These cherries are free from GMOs, added sulfites and artificial flavors. Mix into yogurt or cereal for a touch of sweetness.

 

 

 

Sweetened dried cranberries – $2.79

 

These USDA organic cranberries are Non-GMO Project Verified and are free from artificial flavors and sulfites. The 1-ounce package is perfect for on-the-go snacking.

5 Gluten-Free Bedtime Snacks for a Better Night’s Sleep

We all know sleep is important, but too few of us actually get enough of it. Relaxation techniques, modern mattresses and soothing sounds can all go a long way in improving sleep, but diet is often overlooked as an impactful factor. Certain gluten-free foods, however, contain nutrients that can make it much easier to fall asleep. Below are five gluten-free bedtime snacks to enjoy for a better night’s sleep.

1. Bananas

Bananas hold a ton of magnesium, the mineral partially responsible for stress-relief, relaxation and sleepiness. In fact, one medium banana typically contains 32 grams of magnesium, nearly four times the amount in a carrot or apple. Try spreading some almond butter on a banana to fill up while reaping some sleep benefits before bed.

2. Walnuts

Walnuts help produce melatonin, the hormone responsible for feeling tired or awake. Eating a handful of walnuts or other tree nuts can reset your internal clock and improve your sleep/wake cycle. Try them in granola and yogurt or on their own, toasted with salt or honey for a delicious and nutritious bedtime snack.

3. String cheese

Like nuts, cheese supports the production of melatonin. Its calcium helps the brain partner with sleep-promoting tryptophan to create the sleepy time hormone. String cheese, in particular, provides the perfect serving size to fill you without causing sleep disruptions like indigestion. Opt for a low-fat cheddar or fat-free mozzarella for a healthy, but still tasty, option.

4. Sweet potato

The complex carbs and potassium in sweet potatoes promote sleep while relaxing your muscles. Most of the beneficial nutrients are in the skins of the potato, however, so make sure you’re including them in your bedtime snack. Baked into chips, or sauteed into a tasty hash, there are a lot of healthy ways to enjoy sweet potatoes before climbing into bed to reap their sleep benefits.

5. Oatmeal

Oatmeal contains grains that naturally raise blood sugar levels while making you feel relaxed and sleepy. Just make sure the oats you’re using are raw. Many popular pre-packaged oatmeal brands are processed near glutinous products and may be contaminated. Instead, use gluten-free oats to be sure you’re safe. Consider adding in some fresh fruit and chopped almonds for more taste and an added nutrient boost, or try Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Oatmeal, which contains walnuts for an added sleep benefit.

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Product Roundup: Gluten-Free Breakfast Products

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Looking for something new to mix up for breakfast? This roundup of breakfast products will make sure your most important meal of the day is also the most delicious.


Follow Your Heart Rocket Cakes

When Follow Your Heart set the goal of creating the tastiest, healthiest pourable, ready-to-heat pancake batter, Rocket Cakes was born. And, best of all, the fluffy pancakes and decadent waffles produced by this easy heat-and-eat batter are gluten free. Just add your child’s favorite toppings and you’ll be the hit of breakfast— or breakfast for dinner! Check it out here.

 


Happy Tot Super Morning Oatmeal Bowls

With 3 grams of fiber and zero added sugar, these Super Morning Oatmeal Bowls for toddlers are an easy, nutritious breakfast option on busy mornings. Available in two kid-pleasing flavors, Organic Bananas & Strawberries and Organic Apples & Blueberries, these bowls contain a blend of quinoa, gluten-free oats and super chia seeds and can be warmed to your child’s liking, which is especially nice on chilly winter mornings. Check it out here.


The Gluten Free Bar’s GFB Power Breakfast

This new breakfast food line, GFB Power Breakfast, is not only a great way to start your day, but super portable, ready in 90 seconds and environmentally friendly to boot. The unique award-winning package pops open to create a bowl that can be microwaved and then recycled when you’re finished.

Check out the price on Amazon.


Soozy’s muffins

The team at Soozy’s found a way to produce light and fluffy baked goods containing clean, whole ingredients. In fact, they are free of not only gluten, but grains, dairy, peanuts and soy. The frozen muffins come in packages of four and are available in six delish flavors— wild blueberry, double chocolate, sweet potato, coffee cake, banana chocolate and matcha green tea. Check it out here.


Kinnikinnick soft donuts

Think prepackaged gluten-free donuts have to be dense and heavy? Think again. These soft donuts from Kinnikinnick are soft and light, not to mention free of nuts and dairy. And, as you know, the best part of a donut is always the icing. These scrumptious delights come with glaze packs, so you can add as much icing as you want. Check it out here.

 

 


Swapples

They make look like waffles, but Swapples offer a grain-free option made with fruits, vegetables and spices. Yucca root creates a crispy-soft crust-like texture that works for all five sweet and savory flavor combinations. Free of dairy, eggs, nuts and soy, eat them any time of day for an extra serving of fruits and vegetables. Check it out here.


Bob’s Red Mill Muesli Cups

These single-serving cups are ideal for those resolving to save time and eat better in the new year. Available in original, tropical and Paleo varieties, these unprocessed cereals can be enjoyed hot or cold, with milk or yogurt. Along with being versatile, these cups are quick to prepare and perfect to take on the go.

Check out the price on Amazon. 


Barbara’s Berry Burst Protein Puffins Cereal

This yummy cereal containing naturally sweet grains provides a burst of protein in every bite. The whole family will clamor for the hearty crunchy goodness of this vegan and non-GMO cereal made with wholesome ingredients.

Check out the price on Amazon. 


Birch Benders Pumpkin Spice Paleo Pancake Mix

You can’t go wrong with this couldn’t-be-simpler mix that combines two of our favorite things—pumpkin spice and pancakes! Just add water and satisfy your pumpkin craving with fantastically fluffy pancakes made with good-for-you ingredients including pure pumpkin, buttermilk brown sugar and freshly ground spices.

Check out the price on Amazon.


Just Egg

Made from mung beans, Just Egg scrambles and tastes just like eggs, and is free of antibiotics and cholesterol. Formulated without eggs, dairy or gluten, you can enjoy Just Egg on its own, use it to make French toast or even add it to fried rice. Check it out here.

 

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And for those days when you are craving a homemade breakfast dish, check out our collection of scrumptious breakfast recipes!

10 Gluten-Free Spirits to Stock Up On This Holiday

Looking for gluten-free gifts for your party host or hostess, a cocktail ingredient or want to treat yourself to spirits this season? Stay warm with a bottle of gin, rum, vodka or liqueur!

Although a great deal of controversy is still stirring in the gluten-free community about the safety of spirits made from wheat grains, science has proven that the distillation process leaves behind the “mash” of glutinous grains and delivers a safe and tasty product. For those who remain concerned, many types of vodka are made from potatoes, buckwheat and corn, at least one brand of whiskey is made from sorghum, and rum is made from sugar cane. So kick back, relax and check out our recommendations for distinctive, gluten-free booze.

1. Rather than potatoes, BET Vodka‘s base is sugar beets, the white-tan root vegetable— not to be confused with the deep-red garden variety. Crisp and smooth with hints of vanilla, this is a spirit meant to be savored and best when shared with friends.

It’s a smooth vodka, fantastic for sipping by itself, but BET Vodka also provides plenty of cocktail recipes on their website so you can mix up whatever you like.

 

 

2. Looking for a clean drink to clink when the clock strikes midnight this new year? Your search is over. Empower Cosmopolitan Martini is a refreshing cocktail that contains sweet potato-based vodka, triple sec, white cranberry and lime. Just pour and garnish for a party in your glass.

 

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3. Spend part of your holiday vacation making homemade gin in just 36 hours with the Gin Kit by W&P Design.

This six-piece set contains a hand-selected blend of juniper berries, botanicals, spices and aromatics, along with all the hardware needed to produce two bottles of small-batch gin—that’s right, you could keep one of the finished bottles and gift the other.

 

Boozy gifts Mocktails4. Impress friends with your cocktail-making abilities using Mocktails Brand’s non-alcoholic beverages. The mixers come packaged in reusable glass shaker bottles, so add ice, shake and pour over the alcohol of choice for a perfect cocktail every time.

Flavors include Karma Sucra Cosmopolitan, Vida Loca Margarita, Sevilla Red Sangria and Scottish Lemonade Whiskey Sour.  The mixers contain no high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, or artificial flavors or colors, and they taste fresh thanks to the clean and simple ingredients list.

Boozy gifts Almondaire5. Almondaire liquor is a blend of chocolate, vanilla and almond flavors that delivers a smooth and creamy experience. Made with corn grain to ensure the product is naturally gluten free and almond paste that has no dairy, it is an amazing vegan alternative to traditional cream liqueur.

Use it to create spiked sweets and mixed drinks, or serve it over ice for a dessert cocktail.

 

 

Boozy gifts Deep Eddy Ruby Red6. Deep Eddy’s line of flavored vodka is the real deal. Distilled from corn in a state-of-the-art column still, premium juices, essential oils, natural sweeteners and honey combine to create five smooth, clean-tasting vodka flavors: Ruby Red (their best seller), Sweet Tea, cranberry, lemon and peach. Real ingredients make all the difference in this small-batch vodka produced in Austin, Texas.

 

 

 

7. Dixie Vodka‘s citrus varietal blend is a combination of lemon, lime and tangerine distilled from corn. Produced by Grain & Barrel Spirits in Charleston, South Carolina, the 80-proof spirit’s all-natural ingredients create a well-rounded and crisp finish designed to kick up club soda a couple of notches or mix a refreshing craft cocktail.

 

 

Boozy gifts Sorghum Whiskey8. Sorghum Whiskey by New Southern Revival is made by High Wire Distilling Company in South Carolina. This smooth whiskey features notes of maple syrup, cashew and vanilla with a long, clean finish. Sip it neat or over ice, or use it to make a cocktail like an Old Fashioned, a Dark & Stormy or a Manhattan.

 

 

 

 

9. Stolichnaya (known as Stoli) has been distilling vodka in Russia from gluten grains for Boozy gifts Stolimore than 80 years, but that all changed in 2016 when it introduced Stoli Gluten Free, distilled from corn and buckwheat. Made from a combination of 88 percent corn and 12 percent buckwheat, this vodka is just as smooth as its counterpart, if not more so. Pour it over ice with a squeeze or two of fresh lime and enjoy.

 

 

 

 

Boozy gifts Titos10. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is made with corn instead of potatoes and certified gluten free by the Gluten Intolerance Group. According to founder and owner Tito Beveridge, “some producers add a little bit of mash back into the spirit after distillation, which would add gluten content into an otherwise gluten-free distillate [if using wheat as the base], but I don’t do that regardless.” Made in batches using old-fashioned pot stills, Tito’s sold its first case in 1997 and is now one of the best-selling vodkas in the U.S.

Calling All Green Bean Casserole Lovers: ALDI has Gluten-Free Fried Onions

Just in time for green bean casserole season, ALDI is selling gluten-free French fried onions under their liveGfree brand.

French fried onion rings in the traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas green bean casserole recipe have always been problematic for those who are gluten free. There are many ways to make them yourself, but this is the first ready-made product we are aware of.

A gluten-free condensed cream of mushroom soup was launched a few years ago by Pacific Naturals, giving gluten-free cooks a convenient option for the other gluten-containing ingredient in the beloved recipe.

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Bargain shoppers, take note: The French fried onion rings are on sale this week.

ALDI’s liveGfree gluten-free stuffing mix is also on sale, so it might be worth your while to start your Thanksgiving shopping early.

Aldi’s last year launched gluten-free products under it’s store brand name, liveGfree. They typically have a lower price than most specialty gluten-free brands.

While we are happy to announced the addition of the onion rings, we suspect the liveGfree cheesecake is no longer available as we’ve not seen it in the Aldi’s freezer case for some time. The company did say when it launched the brand that some products would be available in limited quantities. If you’ve seen the cheesecake in your Aldi’s, let us know. We’d be happy to hear it is still around in some locations.

Michael Savett, who blogs at glutenfreephilly.com, was the first to report news of the onion rings on Twitter and Instagram. We’ve said it before – he’s a great product sleuth.

 

 

 

New Quaker Gluten-Free Instant Oatmeal

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Photo credit Michael Savett

Quaker has launched a gluten-free instant oatmeal that uses mechanically processed oats. Quaker is the second large, mainstream company to introduce an oat-based product using regular oats that have been cleaned to remove gluten.

Michael Savett of GlutenFreePhilly.com posted pictures on his blog’s Facebook page of the new product. Savett reports that the products are now in stores.

 

A photo of the back of the product gives some information about Quaker’s process for handling the oats.

 

 

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Photo credit Michael Savett

 

 

“Oats are naturally gluten-free, but stray wheat, rye, or barley can be introduced during the harvesting and transportation. At Quaker, we’ve used our 139 years of expertise to design a proprietary method for removing stray grains. Then we rigorously test our high-quality oats to meet gluten-free standards and provide your family with satisfaction in every bowl,” says the product description.

Mechanically processed oats are controversial in the gluten-free community. Prior to passage of the Food and Drug Administration’s gluten-free labeling rules only oats specially grown and processed to be gluten free were allowed in products with a gluten-free label. But the FDA does not require the use of these “pure oats” and allows the use of oats in a product labeled gluten free as long as the finished food contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten, the level identified as safe by the FDA.

General Mills Cheerios were the first large mainstream product to use mechanically processed oats in a gluten-free product. Cheerios have been under fire, especially after General Mills had to recall 1.8 million boxes of the cereal after oat flour was mistakenly transported in trucks that had previously carried wheat flour, according to the company. As a result cereal made at the plant for a two-week period was not really gluten free.

Meanwhile FDA testing triggered by consumers who complained about getting sick after eating Cheerios found one sample out of 36 that tested above the FDA standard for gluten-free labeling. That sample, the FDA says, came from the plant where the wheat flour cross-contamination occurred.

 

The Quaker oatmeal is hitting the market not long after General Mills announced that it was discontinuing its Chex oatmeal due to poor sales.

Gluten-Free Living will provide more details about Quaker oatmeal as they become available.

 

 

 

 

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