Archive for the ‘Foods’ Category

 


Whenever asked what product is thought to be missing from the thousands of available gluten-free products, my number one response is always gluten-free pita bread. In my 13 years on the gluten-free diet finding out about GFL Foods, Inc. gluten-free pita bread made my diagnosis. Gluten-free pita bread is one product that this Examiner has truly missed and is thrilled it has become available in the gluten-free market.

Rami Aharon, owner of GFL Foods, Inc., set out to create a gluten-free pita when his son was diagnosed with Celiac Disease. After several attempts, they finally created what they considered to be the ‘best ever gluten-free pita’ and this Examiner agrees. (more…)


Kaitlin Fleming

Katz’s Gluten Free Masters Gluten Free Treats

February 22nd, 2010 by Kaitlin Fleming

 

Finding great tasting gluten free foods can be a struggle. More and more places are popping up all over that are mastering the skill of baking without gluten.

Katz’s Gluten Free from Monroe, NY recently sent me a box full of samples to review. Everything was simply delicious. I tried the chocolate chip cookies, samples of various breads, and their chocolate and cinnamon rugelech. All were beyond my expectations. (more…)

Jen Cafferty

General Mills Offers Pocket Guide of Gluten-free Products

February 22nd, 2010 by Jen Cafferty

Shopping at the mainstream grocery store has just become a little easier with the publication of the General Mills Gluten-Free Pocket Guide. This guide lists all of the current General Mills gluten-free products.

General Mills gluten-free offerings include over 50 products in the following brand lines: Click here to see a complete product list. (more…)

Most members of the gluten free elite are aware of how tasty (and gluten free) Betty Crocker fruit snacks are. Now, here’s a chance to find out how generous they can be! With the introduction of the Win One Give One contest, gluten free eaters in Kansas City have the opportunity to show their generosity as well. (more…)

John Libonati

Whole Foods 365 Brand Gluten-Free Mixes 86′d

February 9th, 2010 by John Libonati

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Whole Foods 365 Brand Gluten-Free Mixes 86′d

Whole Foods Market has decided to discontinue its branded gluten-free baking mixes due to “lack of interest.” Back in 2007, the market introduced their own line of mixes – not to be confused with the Gluten Free Bakehouse ready-made baked goods. The mixes for pizzas, breads, cakes, brownies and the like were part of the store’s 365 Everyday Value line. The products initially were priced slightly less than the comparable Gluten-Free Pantry mixes the house brand largely replaced. The ingredient labels for the Whole Foods products mimicked those of Gluten-Free Pantry’s, although the actual manufacturer of the store-labeled versions was never confirmed by either company.

According to a statement from Whole Foods:

The 365 Gluten Free Baking Mixes have been discontinued and are no longer available through any other outlets. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience. There are many reasons that go into the decision to discontinue a product. Hundreds of new products are presented to us every day; therefore, the mix of products in each category is continually evolving. We evaluate attributes like value, quality, taste and convenience when we make the decision to accept or discontinue a product. Most often a product is discontinued to make room for a new product that offers a better combination of these attributes, or because there is a lack of interest in the product.

A Whole Foods customer service representative confirmed in an e-mail that customers’ lack of interest in the products led to the decision to end distribution. Interestingly, stores are being encouraged to stock Gluten-Free Pantry mixes as a replacement when the existing inventory of store-brand products runs out.

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Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA
Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com.
Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease.
John can be reached by e-mail here.

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Free Kind Bars at Starbucks on February 5th!

February 3rd, 2010 by John Libonati

Try KIND bars for free at Starbucks on February 5th!

Kind bars are one of my favorite gluten-free snacks. They taste phenomenal and are gluten-free, dairy-free and cane sugar-free.

On February 5th. Starbucks will sample KIND bars at all of their 7,000 stores across the country! Drop in to try one of the two delicious flavors selling at your local Starbucks: Fruit & Nut Delight and Cranberry Almond+Antioxidants. Click HERE to find a Starbucks near you.

Almond Cashew + Omega 3 now available at Starbucks

Last week Starbucks added Almond Cashew + Omega 3 to its existing superstar lineup of KIND flavors: Fruit & Nut Delight, Cranberry Almond + Antioxidants and Mango Macadamia + Calcium. Almond Cashew is only 150 calories and packed with 500mg of Omega 3 Fatty Acids (ALA), which helps support a healthy heart and immune system. Almond Cashew + OMEGA 3 is a snack that you can feel good munching on.

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“Author Information: John Libonati, Philadelphia, PA
Publisher, Glutenfreeworks.com.
Editor & Publisher, Recognizing Celiac Disease.
John can be reached at john.libonati@glutenfreeworks.com.”

Wow, was that a good food show! The NASFT’s Winter Fancy Food Show was held Jan 17-19 in San Francisco, CA. This food show highlights specialty foods, snacks and beverages from better name brands like Jelly Belly and Annie Chun’s to Coco Chocolates from the UK and 479º Popcorn from San Francisco. One of the big trends is definitely gluten-free which is excellent news for anyone on a gluten-free diet. It was great being able to sample so many delicious gluten-free products from dips, crackers and pizza to cookies, cakes and granola. (more…)

Allison Hecht

Treat your sweet tooth to some chocolate from Sweet Riot

January 26th, 2010 by Allison Hecht

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With Valentine’s Day just a few short weeks away, why not treat your loved one (or yourself for that matter) to some delicious chocolate from Sweet Riot?

sweet-riot-cocoa-nibsSweet Riot is not only tasty chocolate, it’s chocolate with a purpose. All of their chocolate “peaces” are made from all-natural ingredients, and the company has a strong commitment to fair trade and ethical business practices. You can learn more about their mission statement here. (more…)

Anne Steib

Review of Udi’s Gluten-free Sandwich Bread

January 11th, 2010 by Anne Steib

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I kept hearing numerous accolades about Udi’s Bakery in Denver, CO and their gluten-free foods. I would hear of people placing large orders with them and claiming their bread was the best of the gluten-free breads. So, I had to try this myself to see if the bread lived up to the hype.

UdiThankfully, I recently discovered they carry Udi’s at Woodman’s, who have an extremely large gluten-free section, and decided to try a loaf. Udi’s bread is handcrafted in their dedicated gluten-free facility in Denver, CO, their gluten-free foods are also dairy-, soy-, and nut-free. (more…)

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It is New Years and the season for top ten lists. Here is a list of the top ten gluten-free items that every gluten intolerant person needs in their pantry.

1. A good general gluten-free flour blend. Highly recommended: Better Batter Flour, Meister’s Flour, Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Flour Blend.

2. Xanthan gum or guar gum for your baked recipes.

3. Quality flavored olive oils and vinegars. Make sure these are gluten-free and you can whip up a marinade or salad dressing in no time.

4. Quinoa. Buy pre-rinsed quinoa from a company such as Ancient Harvest and save yourself a few minutes in the kitchen.

5. Great gluten-free bread such as Udi’s or Katz’s. Keep it in the freezer for those times when you need to make a sandwich on something that tastes like the “real” thing. (more…)