Rise Buddy

Some of my readers know that I am the Lead Chef at Camp Celiac every summer. One important part of that role is to spend time finding great products to have at camp that campers will love and may not be aware of. I was recently approached by Rise Buddy to try an outstanding snack product.

Rise Buddy is a healthy snack option when your looking for something salty, savory and fun. Its easy to find gluten free crackers on the market but hard to find one that comes in fun flavors and shapes. They taste similar to a normal cracker but are made from whole grain 100% brown rice. They come in four great flavors including sea salt, BBQ, Sour Cream and Onion and my favorite PIZZA!!

Rise Buddy Healthy Snacks Have it ALL:
Gluten-Free
Trans-Fat Free
Over Baked, Not Fried
Education Smart Snack Approved
Whole Grain from Brown Rice

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La Brea Bakery Bread

A good, sliced gluten-free bread is the hardest thing to find in the gluten-free world. Many of us just stick to one of the few name brands we see in stores but most of them are never that great. I recently received samples from La Brea Bakery. This is an outstanding product and available to buy online!

 La Brea Bakery is the #1 selling artisan bread company in the country. La Brea Bakery created award-winning gluten free breads that taste different than most other options available.

They offer two outstanding flavors.  A classic white that is soft with a thin crust. Also a multi-grain that is soft on the inside with a nutty crust. You can find more about each option here . 

I have sampled a great number of gluten free sliced bread and this product clearly stands out. Has all the characters a gluten-free eater is looking for. The flavor of both option is spot on tasting clean and full of fresh baked flavor. Quality is spot on, clearly coming from an artisan company and not a mass produced item. Slice size is nice, not to big or small, great for toast or sandwich. No air holes in the slices which is always important and hard to find. Both options have an actual crust that has its own character and is part of the loaf. Texture soft, smooth, fluffy and not chewy at all. Toast’s up great and hold’s up to anything I have put on it yet. 

Where to buy:

Amazon Fresh 

Find Store Locations Here

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Teasia Tea

I always love to review new products, but practical products are always my favorite to sample. K-cup machine’s have become staple in many households. Easy to use, easy to clean and always ready when you need it. K-cup machines are not just for coffee anymore they make a great cup of tea. I was recently sent a case of k-cups from the Teasia company. It included a wonderful mix of both decaf and caffeinated tea’s. No need to mess with the teabag or with looseleaf teas, just brew a k-cup just like you would coffee. The best part is k-cups can be reused so that they each make 2 great cups of tea.

Teasia Tea makes a line of natural teas from the highest quality ingredients with no artificial additives or chemicals. Teasia strives for purity, integrity, and authenticity in all teas with a goal to create a healthy alternative beverage to enjoy guilt-free in the most convenient form.

Check them all out here http://www.teasia.com/index.aspx

The flavors are all wonderful. Each is nice and smooth with a full flavor profile. I would have to say my favorite was the Chamomile Mint and Rose Black.
Do you want to win a mix of some of these great teas? All you need to do is leave a comment on this post or Facebook of why you would like to try Teasia and then follow them at one the social media links below:

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Below are the prizes for 3 winners for the giveaway! Giveaway Dates 12/1- 12/20

1 box Jasmine Green Tea (36 count)

1 box Chamomile Mint Tea (36 count)

1 box Floral Variety ( Jasmine Green Tea, Rose Black Tea, Rooibos Lemongrass Tea, Chamomile Mint Tea) 36 Count

U.S. Winners Only, One Per Household, Winner will be Chosen at andom

 


Type of Tea Caffeine Level*
Black Tea 60-90 mg
Rose Tea 60-90 mg
Roasted Oolong Tea 55-80mg
Oolong Tea 50-75mg
Jasmine Green Tea 14-60 mg
Green Tea 35-70 mg
Rooibos Lemongrass Tea -None
Chamomile Mint Tea- None


General estimates of caffeine per 8 oz cup. Second brew will naturally have lower caffeine levels.

Loeb’s Crunch

Who does not love something crunchy? A crunchy snack, crunchy coating on meat, crunchy salad or sandwich topping. Finding gluten-free options can be limited. Well Loeb’s Crunch has done it! They have created a line of gluten-free ingredients / toppings that will take your next meal to a whole a new level.

I recently sampled three of Leob’s Crunch gluten-free all-natural products including quinoa crunch, onion crunch and jalapeno crunch. The onion crunch reminded me instantly of green bean casserole on thanksgiving. The jalapeno crunch was my husbands favorite topped on gluten-free quinoa mac&cheese and zesty guacamole. My favorite of them all was the quinoa crunch. I have salads everyday and a handful of these little puff balls make any salad something special. I found myself snacking on them all week. Croutons tend to be greasy, dense and lack flavor but quinoa crunch was light, crunchy, full of flavor and fun to eat.

Pick a bag up at a store near you. Loeb’s crunch can be found at Walmart, Shoprite, ACME, HEB and many more stores. Find them near you at: http://loebscrunch.com/store-locator

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Visit the site: http://loebscrunch.com/ to learn more.

First Fresh Chicken Sausage Review

I am always happy to review new gluten-free product that are something special. Recently, I received a sample of  delicious Chicken Sausage.

Sausage is one of those items that can have hidden gluten. Between the seasoning, flavors and outer casing it is important to read labels and ask questions. The family that created this product has experience with Celiac Disease first hand and have created a product that is both completely gluten-free and healthy. Chicken sausage has 78% less fat then the tradition products on the market. Made with a short list of real ingredients:

Ingredients: Chicken breast filet, chicken skin, water, contains less than 2% of: salt, spices, natural flavorings, dextrose, sodium citrate, sodium diacetate, packed into a collagen casing.

It browned well and was great both on its own and in a simple tomato sauce. The flavor of the herbs and spices really was evident.

Check out there website and find a location to pick some up:

Our Sausage

SUNWARRIOR Review

Shakes have become my healthy meal option on the go. After a good workout or running out the door, my daily routine includes a nutritious shake of some kind. Adding protein to a shake can be difficult since many of the powders on the market are filled with junk and not gluten-free.

Sunwarrior is a clean plant based protein and natural supplement option. Sunwarrior offers a large selection of products with items the are raw, organic or all-natural. Can’t beat an option that is gluten-free, soy free, non-gmo, dairy free and vegan.

Many different options are available:

Classic Protein is made from fermented brown rice. This simple formula is suggested for those with food allergies and our more granola customers.
Warrior Blend is a synergistic combination of pea, goji berry, and hemp proteins with the bonus of medium chain triglycerides from coconut. Warrior Blend has a slightly better amino acid profile and includes the anti-inflammatory power of coconut to speed recovery.

Classic Plus relies on brown rice, pea, quinoa, chia, and amaranth for ancient grain goodness without the gluten or carbs. It has a similar amino acid profile to Warrior Blend, but a slightly different texture and flavor.

Read more about this product or buy online at: https://sunwarrior.com/store/

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Fresh n’ Lean Food

Tons of new meal deliver options continue to pop up. Complete meals, pre-packed and ready to go. Being gluten-free it is hard to take advantage of most of these options. Luckily the need for gluten-free and more healthy options is becoming clear. Fresh n’ Lean Food delivers prepackaged, ready to eat meal directly to your door.

All of Fresh n’ Lean meals are organic, gluten-free, plant based, vegan and all natural. The meals come in containers that food can be heated in.

A convenient and affordable option. $27.99 for a full day of meals. Choose individual meal options or go with a pre-made menu.  Options include granola, oatmeal, pasta, lentils, quinoa, rice dishes and much more. Check it some options here: https://www.freshnlean.com/weekly-menu-2/

To get started visit Fresh n’ Lean online: https://www.freshnlean.com/order-fnl/
   
    
   
 

 

Foster Farm Party Time

I am a huge fan of classic finger foods.  As the Chef of Camp Celiac, I struggle with finding good gluten-free finger foods every summer. This year I was determined to offer a full meal of all the finger foods kids love but kids with Celiac Disease miss out on. This last summer, we had a ton of products for the kids to try.  Most items were pre-made so some things were well received while others were not. I love discovering and reviewing great products and this one is a favorite of mine. I have reviewed Foster Farm’s Corn Dogs before but this product deserves special notice. I would recommend Foster Farm’s Corn Dogs as the the best on the market. The cake outside is slightly sweet, it’s soft and holds up to many forms of heating. The dog inside is juicy, not greasy and most importantly, tastes great! This product is win for all ages, a product I will absolutely bring to our campers next year. 

Recently, I had a bunch of friends get together to celebrate the end of summer with food, drinks and good times. Foster Farm’s Corn Dogs were a great item to share and no one noted that they were gluten-free. I pre-cooked them, wrapped in foil and just reheated on BBQ in the park. As expected, they are were hit! I have also served them as a fun appetizer, similar to pigs in the blanket. It’s an easy-to-make American classic . 

Heat the corn dog as instructed in the oven. When done, gently slide the whole corn dog off the stick. Then, slice the corn dog into 1/2 thick rounds. Serve on a platter with mustard, ketchup and other dipping.

Below is some nutrition information and prep instructions.

NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 1 corn dog 75g
Servings Per Container: Varied.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180
Calories from Fat 80
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 13%
Trans Fat 0
Cholesterol 45mg 15%
Sodium 530mg 22%
Total Carbs 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 6g
Protein 7g
Vitamin A 0%
Calcium 2%
Vitamin C 0%
Iron 6%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie a day diet.

Available in packs of 6, 9, 16, 20 and 36

ALLERGEN INFORMATION

Contains soy, eggs

HOW TO HEAT:

Conventional Oven:

  • Preheat oven to 350° F
  • Frozen heat for 18 minutes
  • Thawed heat for 10 minutes

* Caution: Product will be hot

Microwave: On high

  • Frozen heat for 48 seconds
  • Thawed heat for 30 seconds
  • For best results, flip corn dogs halfway through cooking

* Caution: Product will be hot

Deep Fried:

  • Cook at 350° – 375° F
  • Frozen heat for 9 minutes
  • Thawed heat for 3 minutes

* Caution: Product will be hot

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Book News

Book sales have been great. Interacting with people during different promotional events has made it all worth it. Many people buy the book for loved ones who suffer from Celiac to seize or themselves to learn how to cook new and fun things.

This weekend I’m honored to have another book signing at the famous Fante’s Kitchen Shop in Philadelphia’s Italian Market. I will be following in the footsteps of some of the most famous Chef’s.  It  will be a great weekend to visit the area since it is also the annual Philadelphia Italian Market Festival where people travel from all over to visit the historic market. Stop by to say hi and grab a copy of the book.

Event Info

Location:

Fante’s Kitchen Shop

 1006 S 9th St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

 (800) 44-FANTE

 

In other news, I was recently had a radio interviewed about the book and my story. Check out the link below. My part  is at the very end.

Radio Show

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