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I Love the Red Mango

July 24th, 2013

Red Mango Frozen Yogurt

So summer is here and I have been feeling the heat. My son and I love to cool off with a nice frozen treat. What would summer be without ice cream, slushies and popsicles? The conundrum comes when trying to find reasonably healthy and allergen friendly options. Individuals that suffer from Fibromyalgia, Lyme and Lupus can often reap health benefits by avoiding sugar, artificial sweeteners, and gluten. That doesn’t leave many options for the quintessential summer pastime of kicking back with an ice cream cone.

Sundae Toppings

This year it seems that a self-serve frozen yogurt fad is taking over my town. There is an Urban Swirl, Orange Leaf, Pink Walrus, and Red Mango; a tantalizing treat on every corner. Fro-Yo places are springing up all over the place. So many flavors of yogurt — so many toppings to choose from. But is it safe to indulge?

Some of these fro-yo places make it difficult to tell what allergens are contained in each flavor. Most of them are have yogurt that is loaded with high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and flavors. If you are following a strict gluten free diet, The Red Mango is the only chain that I know of that has every flavor of frozen yogurt certified gluten free. Plus their yogurt has the benefits of having probiotics added for your digestive health which means it is extremely beneficial for Lyme patients and those individuals with Celiac Disease.

At the Red Mango, the yogurt tastes like yogurt. The flavors are tart, not overly sweet. I love to pair my fro-yo with the fresh fruit toppings on the sundae bar. Fruit is always gluten free! If you have severe allergies, you will need to ask about the toppings as they very from store to store. The clerks will also cut your fruit fresh in the back if you are concerned about cross contamination.

We absolutely love the Red Mango. Give it a try and maybe it will become your new obsession!

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Gluten Free Gifts for Your Sweetheart

January 31st, 2013

Katz Gluten Free Cookie Gift Box

Katz Gluten Free Cookie Gift Box

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you may be struggling with what to give your gluten free sweetie. You and your loved one may just be learning the ropes of the gluten free lifestyle. The last thing you want to do is make your loved one sick on one of the most romantic days of the year, so here are some affordable and delicious recommendations from trusted gluten free vendors.

Assorted Cookie Box by Katz
The Assorted Cookie Box by Katz includes a delightful assortment of their best cookies. Share a gift of sprinkle cookies, chocolate chip cookies, and raspberry tart’s that come packaged in an elegantly presented box. Estimated 25-28 cookies per box at a cost of only $20 plus shipping. See Other Katz Gluten Free Gift Boxes

Sweet Pete's Valentine
Chocolate Box by Sweet Pete’s
Sweet Pete’s gift box is filled with delicious, all natural, gluten free, vegan sweets. The sweet box consists of: Dark Chocolate Sandwich Cookies, Dark Chocolate Pretzels, Dark Chocolate Potato Chips, Pecan Chocolate Bar, Sweet Pete’s Vegan Gummy Bears, Hand Pulled Taffy. At a cost of $26 plus shipping, this would be a delicious and affordable gift. I absolutely love the the caramels and the chocolate dipped Kinnikinnick cookies. See My Sweet Pete’s Review

More Gifts from Sweet Pete’s
Vegan Valentine’s Chocolate Heart Box (Medium- 12 Pieces) $20.00
Valentine’s Chocolate Heart Box (Large 28 Pieces) $40.00
Chocolate Dipped Sandwich Cookies (White Chocolate) $13.50
Valentine’s Sweets Gift Tower $45.00
Valentine’s Chocolate & Candy Basket (Large)$60.00

Giovanni's Chocolate Factory
Chocolates by Giovanni’s Chocolate Factory
This beautiful heart shape box is the perfect way to say I love you. The box holds 12 or more of Giovanni’s finest chocolates and truffles. Available for $15 plus shipping.

More Gift Boxes from Giovanni’s
Gourmet Chocolate Truffle Assortment – 16 pc $16.00
Velvet Heart Box of Assorted Chocolates $17.00
Gourmet Chocolates and Truffles (48 pc) in a Jewelry Box $60.00
Golden Gourmet Chocolate Gift Box – 4 Tier (64 pc) $70.00

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Gluten Free Menu Options at Chuck E. Cheese

January 21st, 2013

Chuck E CheeseI remember when my son turned four years old we had his birthday at Chuck E. Cheese. Everyone was happily eating their pizza while I sat and watched. I have gluten sensitivity and with the limited menu items available at Chuck E. Cheese, I would always eat before taking my son there to play. I was so happy to find out this past week that the restaurant is now offering a couple of guaranteed gluten free options. They seem to be taking cross contamination very seriously. The individual sized gluten free cheese pizza is baked in a sealed parchment bag and brought to the table sealed with a disposable pizza cutter. They also now offer a gluten free chocolate cupcake. These new menu options are available at over 500 locations.

Learn more at the Chuck E. Cheese Website

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Lentil Chips: A Healthy Gluten Free Snack

January 12th, 2013

Plentils by Enjoy Life

Lentil Chips by Enjoy Life

Are you looking for a healthier snack option this new year? Of course fruits and vegetables are always a good gluten free option, but what can you do to satisfy that craving for a crunchy potato chip? Besides being a fatty food, many flavored potato chips contain seasoning that has MSG, and other additives or preservatives. While walking the aisle of my local health food store, searching for a new snack to fill my crunch addiction I came across a fairly new product by Enjoy Life. Plentils!

Enjoy Life Plentils Garlic Parmesan Flavor

Enjoy Life Plentils Garlic Parmesan Flavor

Plentils come in four yummy flavors including light sea salt, dill and sour cream, garlic and parmesan and margherita pizza. The first sample I tasted was the dill and sour cream variety. I found the flavor to be quite tasty and the texture airy and crunchy. They reminded me a bit of Funyuns without the grease. Of course Funyuns are gluten free, but they contain MSG, soy flour and ferrous sulfate. I have bad reactions to those three ingredients, but I can happily eat Plentils. They are free of the top 8 allergens including gluten, corn & soy.

A thinner, slightly denser snack option is made by Mediterranean Snacks. Available flavors include cucumber dill, parmesan garlic, sea salt, rosemary, cracked pepper, and roasted pepper. With 110 calories per serving and 70% less fat than potato chips, these lentil chips make for a healthy snack option.

Mediterranean Snacks Lentil Chips

Mediterranean Snacks Baked Lentil Chips
Cucumber Dill Flavor

Lentils are a superfood. Not only are they a great source of protein and fiber, but they can also help lower your cholesterol. They are a complex carbohydrate that provides a slow burning energy source to fuel your body. They are also a great source of iron, which is often found to be deficient in Lupus patients that have developed anemia1. So power up and eat your lentil crisps!

When comparing flavor, I preferred the seasoning of the Mediterranean Snacks lentil chip brand slightly better than the Enjoy Life Plentils. However the texture of the Enjoy Life brand makes them nice crunchy, airy crisp that is fun to eat. If you were looking for a crisp to dip, I would go with the Mediterranean Snacks brand. Give them a try.

Mediterranean Lentil Chips

Mediterranean Lentil Chips

Download Enjoy Life Plentils Coupon

Download Mediterranean Snacks Coupon

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