Sunday, December 16, 2012

Red Robin Shout Out

I had a great meal at Red Robin in Gurnee Illinois yesterday.  They provided me with gluten free fries made in a dedicated fryer, my turkey burger came out in a special yellow basket, and it even had a gluten free bun!  I was so excited, if you ask its unlimited fries too, had to enjoy it, I rarely eat fries.

Make sure to give them a try, it is a bit of  noisy atmosphere, so great place for kids, and I did see other yellow baskets, so very popular.

Here is a link to the menu, every location may be different.

Red Robin Menu

Friday, December 14, 2012

Riega Foods Review

Thanks to the kind people at Riega Foods I was able to sample some of their great food.

From their website

A passion for food and a dedication to our customer's satisfaction.  That is Riega Foods.  Our products focus on dietary health with a special emphasis on gastro-intestinal health as manifested with gluten intolerance, diabetes and a fiber deficient diet.

They have a variety of cheese packs so you can make your own mac and cheese, yeah!  We like the white cheddar and the flavor was good, I really enjoyed it, these are great to take along for trips too.  I added some broccoli and had a meal.

There are four different flavors to try, I prefer the cheddar.

They also make three different crispbreads which are dairy, GMO, and gluten free.  They suggest trying them with your favorite meat or cheeses.

I liked the chestnut flavor the best, and tried it with almond butter, a great midday snack.

They also carry buckwheat and quiona, these are 100 percent natural

I did see the cheese packets at my local grocery store

Here is the website to check more details and to find these near you


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Allergies in Beer and Wine

click on the link to read more on this article from Living Without

hidden additives

Colbys Kettle Corn Giveaway

First 5 people to email at or post their favorite holiday treat will get a 5 dollar gift certificate to Colby's Kettle Corn


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

Gluten Free Dairy Free Pumpkin Pie

From Living Without Magazine

Makes Its Own Crust

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pie

This quick, easy recipe doesn’t need a crust. The flour settles to the bottom, forming a natural crust. It can be made two days ahead and stored in the refrigerator.
1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin purée
¾ cup milk or dairy-free vanilla-flavor milk of choice
¾ cup cream or dairy-free liquid vanilla creamer
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract
4 tablespoons bourbon (use only if using
    egg replacer)
½ cup Jules’ Flour Blend or gluten-free all-purpose flour blend of choice*
¼ cup buckwheat flour
½ cup brown sugar, packed
¼ cup granulated cane sugar
1 tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer powder, not reconstituted (or use 2 whole large eggs and
    no bourbon)
2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg + ¼ teaspoon ground cloves)
1. Preheat oven to 450ºF. Butter or spray with cooking oil a 10-inch pie plate and one ramekin.
2. Mix together all liquid ingredients in one bowl and whisk together the dry ingredients in another. Slowly pour the dry ingredients into the liquid bowl while stirring. Beat until totally combined.
3. Pour batter into prepared pie plate, leaving at least ¼ inch between the batter and the rim of the pie plate. Pour any remaining batter into prepared ramekin(s). Smooth the top of the pie with a rubber spatula.
4. Place pie in preheated over and bake for 15 minutes. Then reduce heat to 375ºF and bake for 30 more minutes or until a knife inserted into the pie comes out clean.
Each serving (made with eggs, no bourbon) contains 272 calories, 13g total fat, 6g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 80mg cholesterol, 306mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 4g protein.
*TIP If using a commercial all-purpose flour blend that does not contain xanthan gum, add ½ teaspoon xanthan gum to the dry ingredients. Results may vary, depending on flour blend.
Jules’ Homemade Flour Blend
1 cup arrowroot powder (or tapioca starch)
1 cup potato starch (or tapioca starch or arrowroot powder)
1 cup very fine white rice flour (or sorghum flour or millet flour)
½ cup buckwheat flour (or millet flour, sorghum flour, or brown rice flour)
½ cup tapioca starch (or cornstarch)
4 teaspoons xanthan gum (may be corn based) or guar gum
Whisk all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Or pour it into a large zip-top bag and shake until thoroughly mixed.
Each cup contains 522 calories, 1g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 6mg sodium, 123g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 4g protein.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Happy Halloween Candy List

Make sure you have this list for Trick or Treat


Monday, October 15, 2012

A New Bread in Town

I have been hearing about a new bread called "Goodbye Gluten", I came across it in Metro Market this past week and had to try it.  I actually grabbed another well known bread that was on sale for 5.49. and saw this later on the end cap for the same price.  It was not in the freezer, fresh bread, yeah!

As soon as I got home I tried it with some almond butter, I have to say it was delicious, I got the multigrain one.  It was moist and didnt fall apart.  Since the bread lasts me a while I put it in the freezer a few days later to keep it fresh.  I do have to say after toasting it did come apart a bit, so maybe better to warm in the microwave or out on the counter.

I was glad to try a new bread, here is some more information on it, it is one of my new favorites


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gorge Delights Just Fruit Bar Review

I was happy to be sent samples of these great fruit bars.

JustFruit Bars - 30ct Bulk Bags
Gorge Delights JustFruit bars are simple, healthy snacks, made from 100% fruit, and contain no additives, preservatives or added sugars. JustFruit bars are naturally wheat, dairy, nut and gluten free!

They contain nothing but fruit and fruit concentrate

My favorite is the pear strawberry. They make eight different varieties. These were a great treat to take along on my hike today.

They are available in two different sizes and easily fit in your purse or bag, or great for a snack at work. They also have a two year shelf life.

To find out where you can get these bars check out the website at

Just Fruit Bars

Feel free to join them on facebook too


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bare Fruit Snacks

Thanks to Bare Fruit I got to try their yummy apple snacks, one word Delicious.  And 100 percent organic!  My two year old was also enjoying them, he kept asking for more.

Only ingredients are

equals healthy

There are two servings of fruit in every bag, Great for hiking, work, car trips, etc

To get more information on what other products they carry and to find where you can buy the products got to


Friday, September 7, 2012

And The Winner is...

Casandra!  congrats on winning the four pack from Paleo People.  Enjoy


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Colby's Kettle Corn Review and Gift Certificates

 Colby's has a variety of gluten free Kettle corn that is very tasty!

Including Butter Salt, Salty Sweet, Cinnamon Sugar, and Chili Cheese.

Variety 2211 <br>(6-pack)Yummy!

My favorite has to be the Salty Sweet, and second the Cinnamon Sugar.  I also like that these two are Dairy Free and Gluten free.

My son prefers the Butter Salt Craving.

These come in a generous size bag at around at 4 dollars a bag.

A great snack for school lunches too.

A bit on the company:

No other company has the passion for quality like Colby's Kettle Corn. "To make a superior product, you cannot cut corners. No matter how large we get, we will always go through the extra time and expense to hand sift every batch. We will only use the very best ingredients, even if they cost 10 times more. Our personnel will always be the elite caliber that takes pride in their work. I will make certain we maintain stringent quality control, to ensure that every costumer that tries our product will never switch to another. People aren't going to purchase our product because we are the most affordable, or because they see a celebrity advertising it. They are going to purchase our product because they won't settle for anything but the very best!"

A good source of fiber and protein.

The product is available online or possibly at a store near you, check online, you can also get a coupon off the website for first orders.

I also have ten gift certificates to give away, so the first ten people to email me at with name and address will receive a 15 dollar coupon, dont delay!


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Enter the Giveaway Today! Free 4 pack of Paleo

Dont forget to leave a comment here or shoot me an email of what flavor Paleo you would love to try.  I will be picking randomly next week!


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sally's Cocoa Crackles Costco

Found a new item at Costco yesterday, decided to give them a try and make some Rice Krispy treats for the kiddos and me, yum! All Natural with no High Fructose Corn Syrup, yeah!

Look for them at your local Costco


Paleo People Review, Coupon, and Giveaway!

Thanks to the great folks at Paleo People, I am able to review all four great flavors, and you can too if you enter my giveaway and win!

Paleo is like a gourmet granola.  It comes in four flavors.

Banana Nut Crunch

Apple Crisp

Cacao Nut Gourmet

Cappuccino Crunch Gourmet

These are all great flavors, they are soft and moist clusters or small pieces.  Nice to bite into, unlike some of the harder granolas.  My personal favorite is the Banana Nut.  If you are a coffee lover you will love the Cappuccino Crunch Gourmet.

Great by itself, or mix ins for yogurt, ice cream, salads, or even in a bowl with some almond milk, very tasty!

These are great on the go bags, for work, school, hiking, trips.  They have a nice seal on top to zip closed and stay fresh.

A bit on the Company:

What Ingredients make it Paleo

Our ancestors had the secret. They gathered nuts, seeds, berries, fruits, spices and natural sweeteners - these ingredients inspired my first line of Paleo diet snacks.

Putting it all together

I began to create my recipes and started the tasting experience in my CrossFit Facility. Since The Paleo People launch date of March 2010 (formerly Paleo Women Snacks & Granolas), the testimonials kept pouring in on how tasty all the flavors were. You can purchase online now!! I am also working with food brokers to bring the paleo granolas into Natural Foods Stores across the USA. If there is a store you would like to carry The Paleo People Brand, simply present it to the grocery manager - every bit helps get Paleo out there!

Who Loves Paleo People Snacks?

Well, let me tell you a few ideas I have: Anyone who is looking for wheat & gluten free paleo diet snacks, CrossFitters & Fitness lovers, Celiacs, Vegetarians, Vegans, Hikers, Bikers, Golfers, Tennis Players, Soccer Players, Kids & those that strive to find wholesome, scrumptious snacks.

At present you can purchase in stores across the USA, Canada and online in Australia, Italy & Sweden. Simply click on the "stores" tab to find a store near you. More stores to come... If purchasing online, I am providing all CrossFit Affiliates, Military, Law Enforcement & Firefighters with the Wholesale Buying Code as well as any retail outlets. Simply email me for the code. As for my loyal customers, there will be coupons coming your way throughout the year. I am very grateful to everyone for your wonderful support since the launch of Paleo People!

Now for the fun stuff

To get a TEN percent discount use code glutenfree10 on all the flavors!  

Check out the website today

And for the giveaway!!

One lucky winner will receive a four pack to try out for yourself, yummy!

To enter leave a comment on this page(or direct email at stating what flavor you would like to try and
like them on facebook

If you arent already like my page on facebook too

Contest ends Friday September 7th, so dont delay!

Make sure to leave your email address so I can contact the winner, done by random drawing

Good luck and


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

Crunchmaster Crackers

Crunchmaster crackers are a nice cracker with a good crunch.  I was lucky to try the Roasted Vegetable MultiGrain and the Cheddar Multigrain.

These are great for a mid afternoon snack, or when the snack craving hits you.  The Roasted Vegetable has a nice spice to it.  You can pair these up with cheese or dip, I like to eat them right out of the bag.  The bag seals for freshness so good for taking to work, or on the go.

  • All Natural
  • Saturated Fat Free
  • Certified Gluten Free
  • Cholesterol Free
  • 21g Whole Grain per Serving
They also make a sea salt version that is dairy free

A little of whats in the crackers.

 It's not so much what's inside our crackers as what's not inside. At Crunchmaster, we believe in keeping our products simple and real. We don’t put in any artificial flavors, preservatives or other icky stuff.

Our products are only made with all natural ingredients like pure, California grown rice, sesame, quinoa, amaranth and flax seeds.

I also tried the multigrain crisps which come in a box.  I put almond butter on, the perfect treat for a late night snack. These are vegan and dairy free.

Go to for printable coupons or more information on these great healthy snacks.  Try some today


Tax Deductions

Tax Deduction for Celiacs

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Monical's Pizza Arbor Vitae, WI (near Minocqua) Gluten Free Pizza

I was searching for a great place to get some gluten free food or a pizza while visiting the Minocqua area this past week.  I was lucky enough to come across Monicals Pizza, a cute little place on the water.   Keep in mind if you come at dinner time there will be a wait, in fact we had to come back the next day, as I had three restless kids that were hungry.  We decided to come half an hour early the next day at 5, on a Friday and we were lucky to get one of the last tables.  If you have older kids there is a game room area to wait in with a bar, just bring change.

Anyway asked the server if they had gluten free crusts in and thank goodnes they did.  It was a 10 inch pizza, I ordered the veggie, which had onions, green peppers, mushrooms, green olives, black olives, and tomatoes.  I skipped the hot peppers, the size was perfect, in fact I think I ate too much as I only left one piece.  The crust was perfectly crisp, and tasted as good as any gluten pizza, a bit crisp on the ends, but overall I really enjoyed it.  I would  return again if in the area.

I also stopped by a place called  .  It was a nice little organic market with gluten free options like granola bars, udis bread, brownies, nuts, and so much more. 

Another place I didnt get a change to try is  . I have read good reviews on it for salads and lighter meals.


Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Two Moms In The Raw Review

Thanks to these gracious people for letting me sample some of their terrific food.

Here is a bit of information on this company

Founded in 2006 by Shari and Marsha (daughter and mom team)…Two Moms in the Raw is a family-owned raw food manufacturer located in Boulder County Colorado. Only Organic, Kosher, Gluten Free, Vegan ingredients are used in the handmade production of our Granola Bars, Nut Bars, Sea Cracker, Truffles and Cereals.  We look forward to hearing from you so please…drop us a note or give us a call!

First I will start with their delicious blueberry bar, this was perfect for my break time at work.  Very filling and delicious, and also good for you, great for travel, even though I am not a huge blueberry fan I really liked this bar, and it wasn't overwhelming at all, love the walnuts, pecans, and almonds combo.

My next favorite is the Cacao Truffles, Wow, these are delicious, come three in a pack, while I only ate two they were so good I could have eaten three of them.   I love that this is all natural and organic, this made a good night time snack for me, when that craving hits you.

I also tried the Tomato Basil Sea Crackers, they have a great crunch to them, great for a mid day craving for something crunchy and satisfying. These were also great in soup, and I am going to try them in my salad next time instead of croutons, yummy!