Friday, April 18, 2014

Grocery Shopping Gluten Free and Normal

Are you like me? Do you run from store to store to complete your grocery shopping? Do you have favorite brands and products you prefer to feed your family?

I recently discovered Ultra Foods part of the Strack & Van Til family and I have to say it is truly amazing!  They have everything and I mean everything from organic produce to about 1000 gluten products in stock daily.

I had the pleasure of getting a tour of the local Prospect Hts store and I have found home.  I will no longer be spending a day traveling to 3 different stores to safely feed my family.  Not only do they have organic produce but they have a huge selection and it is fresh.  In speaking with the store manager I learned they do their own butchering in house; make sausage on site along with ground beef.  You know what this means?… No pink slim or additives in your beef.  Only fresh ground, done right.  They also make sushi on site fresh daily from 8 am to 8 pm.

Their deli carries 2 brands of gluten free meat including Dietz & Watson which is a premium choice.  Speaking of on-site and doing it the right way, they fry fresh donuts every morning and even have a great space to sit with your cup of specialty coffee just like Starbucks.

As for the gluten free aisle it is expansive and full of choices.  I even found myself looking at other brands for pasta because for once there was an actual selection to choose from.

The dairy area carries so much, I was in awe and excited.  From your standard soy milk to dairy free coffee creamer, lactose free yogurt and a full freezer section of gluten free bread to choose from.

Today I opened Evernote and checked everything off my list except for 1 tiny little item.  The store manager assured me that next time the missing item will be available on their shelves.  I can honestly say I found all my favorite brands and more with one trip to one store instead of miles one-way to 3 stores.  I am excited to be able to shop in one location for our family without sacrificing healthy and safe options.

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The hubby was excited because we even saved 25% on our groceries.  I will say I tend to be a value shopper but will not scarified our health or taste for cost; for instance I found ham hocks, bison, kale, grass fed butter, lactose free cheese and gluten free flours.  Ultra Foods allowed me to achieve my goal of providing safe healthy meals and provided time and cost savings.

For you, my dear readers Ultra Foods and Strack & Van Til have provided a bag of groceries and a gift card, which itself could be another bag of groceries.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Succeed at Living Gluten Free with Pam Jordan

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When I first started reading Pam from I'm A Celiac new book I immediately wanted to mail a copy to a few people who recently are struggling with being gluten free.  The information provided in the 65 tip list is easy to read and understand.  

The book includes great tips from eating out gluten free to traveling and even tips for a shared kitchen.  This book is a must have for anyone living a gluten free life, but a necessity for those just starting out.  I personally am ordering a copy to send to a special person in my life.  

I recommend Pam's new book for parents raising a gluten free child as it breaks the gluten free life down into small manageable sections you can read and understand.  One thing I really like is that, if your child has a question, you can quickly direct them to a tip in Succeed at Living Gluten Free and they can read it on their own.

I love tip #49 about gluten free bread.  As a newbie to the gluten free world finding bread is like trying to find buried treasure and Pam's tips are the map with X marks the spot.

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Thank you Pam and I'm a Celiac for sharing your new book with me.  I really loved reading it.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

See you tomorrow at the GFAF Expo!

I can not stop bouncing around, I am super excited to meet you all tomorrow at the GFAF Expo in Chicago.  Doors open at 9am tomorrow and I will be smiling and dancing till 3pm.  Make sure to stop by and get your cookbook signed.  Don't have one no problem you can purchase your own copy and I will personalize it just for you!

I wanted to share with you my tips for having a successful day at the expo

1. Wear flats or tennis shoes

2. Wear deodorant, not perfume or cologne

3. Bring some cash or debit card

4. Bring an extra reusable grocery bag for samples

5. Bring a pen for making notes

6. Bring you camera or smart phone to snap quick shot of your fans

7. Make sure to grab coupons from your favorite brands

8. Bring a water bottle

9. Bring your appetite for snacking

10. Bring your smile and patience, the expo is sold out and will be packed

11. Sunday is family day, no strollers on Saturday

12. Stop by the author area to talk to your favorites (like me) to get extra tips

I personally am excited to visit a few of my fans like Red Apple Lipstick, Namaste Flour, Against the Grain Pizza, Canyon Oats and more.

Did you know when you visit Red Apple Lipstick you can try out a new color?  How fun is that, I
found my go to gloss in San Fran with Andrea at RAL.

Against The Grain will be sampling pizza, yum!

At Canyon Oats you can purchase oat cups for on the go, a favorite of my girls.

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Learn how to eat gluten free on a budget

How do you stay on a budget eating gluten free?  I get asked this question lots of times or people say isn't eating gluten free more expensive.  Well the honest truth is gluten free food does cost more, but if you plan and shop from your list you can stay within your budget too.

I love to use the menu planner combined with the shopping list to plan out our meals for the week and then the corresponding grocery shopping list.

Watch this quick video for more tips

Here is an example of our menu for the next 2 weeks.

Friday 4/4 - Pizza
Saturday 4/5 - BLT sammies
Sunday 4/6 - chicken bites & rice
Monday 4/7 - chicken nuggets & fries
Tuesday 4/8 - pork tacos
Wednesday 4/9 - chicken bites & rice
Thursday 4/10 - hamburgers & fries
Friday 4/11- Pizza
Saturday 4/12 - tacos
Sunday 4/13 - burgers & mac n cheese
Monday 4/14 - roasted chicken & veggies
Tuesday 4/15 - buffalo chicken bites & fries
Wednesday 4/16 - chicken fried pork and mashies
Thursday 4/17 - left overs
Friday 4/18 - Pizza

You can find the recipes for the above dishes in my cookbooks.  Pick up a copy of Celebrates Heritage and get your grocery bill back on budget.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Teeccino Review and Giveaway

Gluten Free Super Energy Breakfast
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Teeccino makes a coffee that is not actually a coffee.  Kinda makes you stop and think a minute… coffee that is not coffee.. how?

The answer is chicory it provides the bold and deep flavor of coffee to a herbal tea.  The company offers 3 categories of tea Mediterranean with 7 flavors available including mocha, Maya with 3 flavors available including chocolate, and Dandelion with 4 flavors available including my personal favorite dandelion caramel nut.  The dandelion caramel nut taste like a caramel coffee and you can add a little milk to give it a latte flavor.  

The girls tried the cereal which is made from chia, flax, quinoa, amaranth, ramon, and pumpkin seeds, plus certified gluten free rolled oats.  It smelled delicious like a hot blueberry muffin.  Lillie said it was 'nummy' and wanted more.  TeeChia energy cereal boast 6g fiber, 6g protein, 1200mg omega 3 fats, 28g whole grains, and antioxidant rich seeds and fruits.  This cereal is sure to leave you satisfied with lasting energy. 

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