Trending on Facebook: Most Mentioned Gluten-Free Hot Products, Sunday September 14

By | Sep 15, 2014

As always, there were lots of great gluten-free finds shared on the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) Facebook page this weekend. It seems like a lot of people spent their weekends baking delicious-looking gluten-free treats.  Some folks were even kind enough to share their gluten-free recipes, so if you’re looking for inspiration, be sure to check out the “What was your best gluten-free find this weekend?” post on our page from Sunday, September 14.

Here’s the weekly run-down of most-mentioned gluten-free products:

Talk to you all on Sunday at 7:45 p.m. EDT!

 

Trending on Facebook: Most Mentioned Gluten-Free Hot Products, Sunday September 7

By | Sep 10, 2014

Here’s your weekly run down of the most mentioned gluten-free products on NFCA’s Facebook page!

In no particular order…

See you guys on Sunday at 7:45 p.m. ET on Facebook!  Can’t wait for the next round of gluten-free finds!

- Alicia, NFCA Communications Assistant

Ginny Bakes Chocolate Chip Love

By | Sep 3, 2014

Gluten-free cookies are fairly easy to come by these days, but I still get excited to try the latest cookies to hit the market – 1) because who doesn’t love cookies? and 2) it’s fun to taste them as they evolve and become closer to the traditional gluten-containing cookies you remember (and maybe still crave).

Ginny Bakes Chocolate Chip Love Cookies

Ginny Bakes Chocolate Chip Love Cookies (photo courtesy of Ginny Bakes)

Ginny Bakes Chocolate Chip Love cookies are certified gluten-free, organic and kosher, but they do contain dairy, egg and soy.  The cookies have a smooth chocolate-y taste and are made with dark chocolate chips, which I think gives them a deliciously unique flavor.  The cookies are a tad on the crumbly side, so they would be perfect crumbled on top of an ice cream sundae or used in place of graham crackers in an ice box cake (I have no idea if ice box cake is a thing outside of my own family, but it’s basically layers of pudding separated by graham crackers).

You can check out Ginny Bakes Chocolate Chip Love cookies here.  Have you tried any of the Ginny Bakes cookies? What did you think?

 

Trending on Facebook: Most Mentioned Gluten-Free Hot Products

By | Sep 2, 2014

Last week, we shared the top 5 products that were mentioned multiple times on our Sunday Facebook post that asked, “What was your best gluten-free find this weekend?”  We received lots of requests to keep this recap going, so here it is!

And, the most-mentioned gluten-free products were…

Also worth mentioning is Walmart’s new gluten-free line, certified by the NFCA-endorsed Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP). Seems like our community members are finding new places to shop for the gluten-free grocery list items!

See you next week!

Maya Kaimal Chickpea Chips

By | Aug 28, 2014

The new Maya Kaimal Chickpea Chips disappeared quickly from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) kitchen.  I find that many of the potato chip alternatives made from veggies and other healthier ingredients still tend to maintain that potato chip taste.  These chips weren’t similar to traditional potato chips, but once I stopped expecting them to be, I really enjoyed the flavor.

As you can tell by the name, the chips do have a strong chickpea taste.  If you’re not into chickpeas, these probably aren’t the chips for you.  I, on the other hand, love chickpeas (I usually toss them into a salad), so after a few chips, I decided that I liked the chickpea chips too.

Maya Kaimal Chickpea Chips: 3 Varieties

Photo credit: MayaKaimal.com

These chips come in three varieties: Sweet Chili, Lightly Salted and Seeded Multigrain.  The Sweet Chili was by far my favorite. They lived up to their name; the first few bites were sweet and tasty, followed by a slow-developing heat.  You can do more than just snack on these chips as-is (although, that’s great too!).  They were thick enough to hold the weight of cheese slices from Cabot Creamery and I’m sure they could handle a thick salsa or guacamole dip, too.

Maya Kaimal Chickpea Chips are certified gluten-free and are also vegan.  You can learn more about the chips and order online here.

Trending on Facebook: Gluten-Free Hot Products

By | Aug 26, 2014

Every Sunday, the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) tosses out a question to our Facebook community: What was your best gluten-free find this weekend?  And, every weekend without fail, we get loads of responses from people who are finding new products or experimenting with their own recipes in the kitchen.  If you don’t have time to read through the whopping 350+ comments, don’t worry!  We’re bringing you the 5 most commonly mentioned products from Sunday, August 24, 2014.

And now, the products! In no particular order…

Like NFCA on Facebook and be sure to keep an eye out for our post every Sunday.  We know you’ll find some new favorites!

 

 

 

 

Walmart’s Great Value Gluten-Free Products

By | Aug 6, 2014

By Jennifer North, Vice President of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA)

As someone who strives for balance, I’d like to start this blog post off by describing how I started my day last Sunday. I woke up at 7 am and worked in my yard for about two hours. Then I walked around Walmart for another hour. (It’s a Superstore, so there was a lot to look at!) I came home and made myself gazpacho for lunch using freshly picked tomatoes and cucumbers from my friend’s garden, organic bell peppers and parsley that I got from Walmart and tomato juice.  Sounds like a good start, right? Well, the reason I spent the first half of my day burning calories is because I knew I would be spending my afternoon finding as many ways as possible to pair Walmart’s new Great Value gluten-free products, which bear NFCA’s certification trademark (see www.gf-cert.org to learn more) with ice cream!

gfcp seal on walmart cookies

Look for the NFCA-endorsed certification logo on gluten-free products for that added level of comfort.

gfcp seal on walmart cookies

This seal means a product has passed rigorous testing requirements.

The perfect summer treat, I created more than a dozen combinations using the following ingredients:

 

Walmart Great Value Gluten-Free Products: Cocktail Cups and Toppings

All of the delicious gluten-free fixings

 

Walmart Great Value Gluten-Free Products: Ice cream with pretzels

Have you ever added pecans to your sundae? If you haven’t – you definitely should!

Walmart Great Value Gluten-Free Products: Ice cream with M&Ms

Crushed cookies on the bottom and M&Ms on top – yum!

How on Earth did I taste all of these combinations? I used a 3 oz. cocktail glass and a very tiny spoon. I started with the vanilla ice cream. My favorite combinations were:

I then moved onto the chocolate lactose-free ice cream, which I am so thankful that Walmart carries. Try this on for size: chocolate ice cream, crushed chocolate sandwich cookie, mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, whipped cream and salted caramel drizzle. I just love the sweet salty combo. Heavenly.

Ice cream with granola bars

My new favorite way to enjoy granola

The best part about the experience is that I got everything I needed in one spot, was easily able to verify gluten-free status of the items I wasn’t sure about (I already knew the ice cream and candy were gluten-free) and the whole experience didn’t break the bank.

Walmart Great Value Gluten-Free Products: Gluten-Free Label

No sundae is complete without the (gluten-free) chocolate syrup!

I skipped dinner that evening (although I did snack on a fair amount of snow peas) and was gratified to think about how this no-compromise option is now available to thousands of gluten-free children who can go through life feeling “normal” and included.

Dough Buddies Gluten-Free Donut Holes

By | Jul 30, 2014

By Katie Chiappini—NFCA Research Analyst and Healthcare Communications Intern

I can’t remember the last time I had a doughnut, so when I had the chance to make Dough Buddies Gluten-Free Donut Holes, I was all in! I consider myself to be a decent baker, but I’ve never attempted doughnuts so I knew that this would be a fun challenge.

Dough Buddies Gluten-Free Donut Holes: Package

The back of the package for those interested in learning more about the product!

The Dough Buddies Gluten-Free Donut Mix tests less to than 10 ppm on the Elisa Gluten Assay test, meaning that the mix meets the FDA’s standard for a gluten-free item! The Dough Buddies Gluten-Free Donut Mix is manufactured in a gluten-free facility.

After reviewing the ingredients, I noticed that the recipe contains powdered cultured buttermilk (cultured skim milk) and therefore may not be the sweet treat for you if you have a milk allergy or experience a dairy intolerance. Also, the Dough Buddies Gluten-Free Donut Mix is made on equipment that also produces products containing soy and tree nuts.

Dough Buddies Gluten-Free Donut Holes: Plain Doughnut Holes

Before adding powdered sugar

I’ve never fried anything in my life, so it took a few attempts to make a doughnut hole that was not crispy and burnt. But, when I did finally master the frying process, they turned out to be the most delicious doughnut holes I have ever had! The texture reminded me of a traditional gluten-containing doughnut you would buy from a bakery.

Dough Buddies Gluten-Free Donut Holes: Powdered Sugar

Add a little powdered sugar…

 

Dough Buddies Gluten-Free Donut Holes: Powdered Sugar

… and they taste just like funnel cake!

I highly recommend sprinkling powdered sugar over your freshly fried/baked doughnut holes. This addition made the doughnut holes taste exactly like funnel cake!

You can check out the doughnut recipe on the Dough Buddies website.

Have you attempted to make a gluten-free doughnut? What was your experience like?

Rhythm Superfood Mango Habanero Kale Chips

By | Jun 10, 2014

The following guest post was written by National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) volunteer Alex Shimalla of Healthy Food for a Healthy You.

A few months ago, my mom sent me a care package at college. In this box was a package of kale chips. This snack has now become one of my favorite (healthy) potato chip alternatives ever!

The kale has been baked so each piece is nice and crispy. In just the first bite, you’re hit with the flavor of (surprisingly) a slight cheesy note. I couldn’t imagine kale could taste so good. So, of course, I went for another bite. After I put the second few chips into my mouth, I discovered the habanero.

The heat is definitely there, but—luckily for those who aren’t the biggest fans of hot foods—the heat and flavor are not overwhelming. All in all, the flavors complement each other nicely.

These chips are addictive actually…I ended up eating the entire bag (which is two servings) in a single sitting.

Rhythm Kale Chips

Rhythm Superfood Mango Habanero Kale Chips

Rhythm Superfood has truly outdone itself. Their kale chips are certified gluten-free and organic. Not to mention, their products are made with minimal ingredients, so you can feel good about eating a “chip” from a bag (nothing processed or filled with ingredients you can’t pronounce).

The highlight and star of this snack is obviously kale. This vegetable is amazing! Part of the cabbage family, kale is rich in antioxidants, phyto-nutrients, and carotenoids. PLUS, it’s a great source of Vitamin A, C, K, B6, calcium, manganese, iron, potassium, and fiber. So many nutritional benefits in a single vegetable!

The kale in these chips is picked fresh and tossed with dressings made from organic vegetables, seeds, juices, herbs, and spices. Then it is crisped at a low temperature, instead of baking or frying. This method of cooking keeps the raw living enzymes in the kale, which maximizes the nutritional benefits of this dark, leafy green.

In addition to their Mango Habanero flavor, Rhythm Superfood also has Zesty Nacho, Bombay Curry, Kool Ranch, Texas BBQ, Pineapple Coconut, and Honey Mustard. (I really wish I had a bag of any of these flavors right now!)

Now that you’ve discovered the wonderful snack of kale chips, you’re probably wondering how soon you can get your hands on a bag of these bad boys? You’re in luck. These chips are sold at most health stores. But, if you can’t find them (or you want to buy multiple flavors), just check out their website.

Dine Gluten-Free Mobile App

By | Mar 7, 2014

With so many gluten-free apps on the market, it can be hard to find one that does it all.  Karen Broussard of the GlutenFreeTravelSite has made the app-choosing process easier with the Dine Gluten Free app, available on both iOS and Android.

Dine Gluten Free: App Home Screen

Dine Gluten Free

This free app is simple to use and has a nice, clean look to it.  I had no issues with navigation and found it to be very user-friendly.  You can easily search for gluten-free-friendly restaurants within a mile radius of your choice.  Simply enter a town/city or zip code in the box on the search page. You can even search for places outside the US by choosing that option from the home screen of the app.  Once you find a restaurant you’d consider visiting, you can read user-submitted reviews with just the touch of your screen.  The app doesn’t stop at restaurants; you can find out the gluten-free status of restaurants, bakeries, markets, hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts.

Dine Gluten Free: Search Screen

Searching couldn’t be any easier!

I found the “Chains” section of Dine Gluten Free to be particularly interesting.  To use this section, simply click the “Chains” icon, allow Dine Gluten Free to know your location and a list of chain restaurants across the country will appear in alphabetical order.  Once you make your chain restaurant selection, you’ll see a brief description of the restaurant, its location and a link to the gluten-free menu.  I can see this making dining out easier when you aren’t in control of the restaurant selection.  After visiting a restaurant location, you can even submit a review and share your gluten-free dining experience directly from the app.

Dine Gluten Free: More Options

Just a few of the many things you can do with the Dine Gluten Free app!

Along with the reviews and locations feature, Dine Gluten Free also has sections dedicated to restaurant coupons, a calendar with upcoming events and expos as well as blog posts from the GlutenFreeTravelSite.  Pretty convenient, right?

Before you use any gluten-free dining app, here is an important reminder: Apps and reviews can be helpful in understanding if a restaurant can accommodate your gluten-free needs, but it’s still important to ask lots of questions about ingredients and cooking processes at the restaurant before deciding whether or not you’ll dine at the establishment.  For more tips, download the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness’ (NFCA) Dining Tips Sheet.
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