Gluten Free Product Recommendations

by Carol Kicinski on August 15, 2010

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I first found SunButter® creamy spread when my sister asked me to come up with an alternative to use in my yummy gluten-free peanut butter cookies for her son Kelton.  Kelton is severly allegic to peanuts.  We are talking shot carrying, anaphylactic shock inducing, scare the heck out of you allergic.

He is also gorgeous, brilliant and charming and has the effect of making me want to do anything I can to make him happy.  And he is a picky eater.  (I can’t blame him, who wants to eats something that doesn’t taste good?)

SunButter turned out to be the answer.  SunButter products are completely peanut free, tree nut free and gluten free.  The products are processed in a facilty that does not process any tree nuts or gluten and are made with roasted sunflower seeds making them lower in fat (by a lot!) higher in fiber and iron than peanut butter and a great source of protein.

But all the nutritional info in the world means nothing to a three year old!  Kelton is concerned with one thing and one thing only when it comes to food – is it yummy?  This is where SunButter gets the big thumbs up!  He loves it.  Turns out I love it too as does my husband.

SunButter makes creamy, crunchy, organic unsweetened and natural peanut butter alternatives and they have just recently come out with SunButter On The Go Snack Packs!  What a great way to take a delicious and healthy snack on the road.

SunButter products have been residing in our home and are now a part of our “family” as well.  Please welcome SunButter to the Simply…Gluten-free family as one of our gluten-free partners.

Kay's Naturals

Now here’s a company that is really taking nutritious snacks, cookies and cereals to-the-next-level!! Developed by a Doctor with the science of nutrition at the forefront of his thought process – these yummy Snacks, Cereals and Cookies by Kay’s Naturals are Better Balance – and are a REAL solution to gluten intolerance, obesity and diabetic concerns as they provide Protein and Fiber to sustain energy, manage weight loss and stabilize blood sugar levels. Here is a REAL solution for the kids who want (and we need to provide them with) good-for-you snacks, cereals and cookies!!

ALL of Kay’s Naturals products are Gluten Free!! The French Vanilla Protein Cereal tastes totally awesome – no trans fats – only 3gs sugar – only 100 calories – and 9 grams of Protein per bag!! I couldn’t put the Crispy Parmesan Protein Chips down once I started to taste them – total yammers!! And only 110 calories – no sugar – AND 10 grams of Protein per serving!!!

With Kay’s whole line of products which includes differant flavored Pretzel Sticks, Protein Chips, Protein+ Cookie Bites, and great tasting Protein Cereals you finally have a gluten free, high protein snack – yes, even the cereals make for a great snack – you can toss in the kids lunch boxes and know they are getting a quailty treat at school or as my husband did – snack away between dinner and going-to-bed, while watching his favorite TV show!

Gluten Free AND – High in Protein – Low Calorie – Low Carb – Zero Cholesterol – and a good source of Fiber!! Daaahhhhh!

A lot of science and dedicated work went into the making of this line of products – I strongly encourage you to utilize it and fully enjoy them for the whole family!!

You will find Kay’s Naturals Better Balance in Health Food stores or you can order assortments from Kay’s Naturals by clicking HERE.

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - BOUBouillon cubes were all the rage back in the day and were one of those convenient food items that became a tried and true staple in households all across America. They continue to be a staple in many home kitchens, but they needed a bit of a makeover.

Luckily, a company stepped in to do just that! BOU (pronounced boo) is a new bouillon cube brand that uses better-for-you ingredients and 30 percent less salt!

If you’re wondering why no one has done this before, it’s because it’s rather difficult. One of the main ingredients that makes bouillon hold together and have such a concentrated amount of flavor in a small cube is the use of quite a bit of salt (about 59 to 72 percent of a bouillon cube consists of salt). To make such a high-flavor cube, there needed to be a great deal of innovation and effort that it seemed no one was willing to make, until now.

BOU bouillon cubes are available in chicken, beef, and vegetable; gravy cubes (not gluten-free currently, but perhaps in the future); miso broth cubes; and soup cups (three out of four varieties are gluten-free). BOU’s products are all made with natural, non-GMO ingredients and contain no artificial flavors or added MSG. The bouillon cubes are all gluten-free, made in a gluten-free facility, and contain 30 percent less salt than leading brands.

If you gave up cooking with bouillon cubes because of the high salt content or if you continued to cook with them but want a healthier option, I highly recommend trying BOU!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - CoziWhen I was raising my boys, I didn’t have an app to help our family stay organized. There were rules like “come home when the street lights come on” and lists of chores posted to the refrigerator. But nowadays, nearly everyone has a cell phone, including younger kids. So, why not use them to help your family stay organized? With the Cozi App you can get all your family members on one calendar, color coded for each person’s schedule. You can set reminders for appointments, create to-do lists for chores and other tasks, and more.

I have two favorite parts of this app. My second-favorite part of the app is the ability to create shopping lists that each family member can see and add items to. The list is separated by category, like dairy or produce. And my absolute favorite part is the recipe box feature. This lets you import recipes you find online into the Cozi app and then the app creates a grocery list for the recipe and allows you to drag and drop the recipe into whatever day of the week you want, so that you can create custom meal plans that the whole family can see. Plus, you can put the app in Cooking Mode so that your screen stays lit while you prepare your meal, that way you don’t have to touch the device with messy kitchen hands!

Another great thing about this app is that it has both a free and paid version. If you want to try it out for a little while to see just how much use you’d get out of it and if the rest of your family members will use it, get the free version. This version has all the features I mentioned above, but it comes with ads. The paid version comes with everything I mentioned above but without ads and with a few bonus features: month-view of calendar, calendar search function, multiple reminders, change of notifications, shopping mode (a convenient addition to the shopping lists that prioritizes items on your list while you shop), contacts, and a birthday tracker.

Cozi is a wonderful way to get the family organized and on track for simple, more efficient day-to-day life.

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - Rule BreakerI love when foods are healthier than they appear. It makes eating well delicious and fun and feel much less like a sacrifice than eating, say, a bowl of raw spinach. Rule Breaker is the newest snack/treat company I’ve discovered that makes healthy eating look like a piece of cake … or a brownie, to be more precise!

Rule Breaker was developed by Nancy Kalish, a former health journalist and certified health coach who had an undying love for sweets but wanted to eat healthy. After trying and failing at making black bean brownies actually taste like something other than black beans, Nancy decided to give chickpeas a try. And just like that, she broke all the rules that you’d have thought desserts should follow. Rule Breaker’s first ingredient is chickpeas and it contains no flour, eggs or butter!

Rule Breaker snacks not only break the norm of “traditional” desserts by being fabulously delicious and healthy, but they are also free from the top 8 allergens and are vegan, non-GMO, and kosher. These snacks are great for children to take to school or to share with friends and are or course are great for adults, too! I love the Deep Chocolate Brownies the best because what could be better than regular chocolate but DEEP CHOCOLATE! Yum!

Time to break the rules and give your body the healthy ingredients it needs with the sweetness your mind craves!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - bbbWhen’s the last time you were able to have a Hostess-style cupcake? Or chocolate-covered cake balls? It’s been a while, right? Being gluten-free often means having to forgo the sweets of your past … but not anymore, thanks to Better Bites Bakery.

Better Bites Bakery makes a-ma-zing cake balls in chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry; chocolate chip cookie dough bites; cupcakes that resemble the taste and texture of Hostess cupcakes; chocolate chip-studded brownie; and a one-of-a-kind chocolate layer cake. ALL of which are gluten-free! They are made in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen and certified by the GFCO. Not just that, but all of their products are free of multiple food allergens, including dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, and most tree nuts (some products contain coconut which is classified as a tree nut). All products except those with sprinkles are corn-free, as well.

When I love most about these products is that they taste like those sweet treats we all probably had (and loved!) as children, but they use high-quality ingredients, no GMOs, and as I mentioned, they are very allergy friendly. These are the kinds of treats you could feed to your children and their friends and it would help your children not feel so “different” because of their food allergies. It would feel like a “normal” treat for the non-allergic kids and they wouldn’t even notice that they are allergen-free.

In fact, inclusion is part of the reason this company started. The founder, Leah Lopez, strives to make foods that are just as good, if not better, than the “real” thing after her son, Gabriel, was diagnosed with anaphylactic allergies to chicken, eggs, and dairy. It’s always the people with a personal reason for starting an allergen-free company that make the best products … and that is proven with Better Bites Bakery!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - hcfAnyone who has followed by blog long enough knows that I’m all about organic and pasture-raised eggs, which means it should be no surprise when I tell you that’s how I like my chicken, too! I buy organic chicken for my own home cooking and when my family comes over for dinner I make them organic food, as well. So, when I have my grandkids over for the weekend and I want simple foods I know they will eat that won’t take long to prepare (ever witness a 5-year-old who is hangry?), I turn to Hip Chick Farms.

Hip Chick Farms makes chicken meatballs in two varieties that are gluten-free and organic, so I can make my grandkids a quick lunch. They also make gluten-free and organic chicken breakfast sausage in three varieties, so I can give the kids a protein-rich breakfast in a snap!

The chicken and turkey in all the Hip Chick Farms products are humanely certified, free range, natural and organic poultry that are raised without antibiotics, added hormones or GMOs. Hip Chick Farms sources their chickens from farmers across the country who meet their high standards for treatment and high-quality diet

The products themselves are free of fillers, preservatives, or unnecessary ingredients. They are products that you can feel good about feeding to your kids and they’re so delicious that anyone will enjoy them, from the children who are picky eaters to the adults with a sophisticated palette.

If you want to feed your family organic foods but have had trouble finding quick or kid-friendly options, Hip Chick Farms now makes it possible!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - pproI’ve had all kinds of protein powder in my day: the kind that tastes delicious; the kind that feels like sawdust and tastes like sand; protein powders made from whey, soy, hemp, peas; and so many others. Protein powder is a go-to for traveling and is a staple in my diet when I’m in a routine of going to the gym. Despite all the protein powders I’ve tried, up until recently I had never had one made of beef.

Yes, that’s right. A protein powder made from beef! Paleo Pro arrived at my doorstep and I had to do a double take at the label … grass-fed beef in a powder form? Basically, the company slow cooks high-quality, grass-fed beef until it becomes a nutritious beef broth. They then take that broth, which is high in protein, collagen (my fave!), and amino acids, and they spray-dry the moisture out of it using hot air. What’s left is a clean protein powder that mixes beautifully in liquid to create a perfect protein shake.

What makes this Paleo-approved is that it is extremely clean and produces without chemicals, solvents, abrasive processes and is overall very minimally processed. And unlike whey protein, it is dairy-free, making it great for anyone who is Paleo, lactose intolerant, or casein intolerant.

The company also offers a vegan protein powder called Paleo Greens Powder and that contains hemp protein, kale, alfalfa greens and spirulina. This is a great formula for people who are both Paleo and vegan, which can sometimes be a difficult combination for which to find “convenience foods” like protein powders.

If you’re ready for a change in protein powder, give Paleo Pro a try and feel the difference!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - WC
Sometimes you just need to snack! Whether I’m binge-watching a show or hard at work, I like to be able to have some snacks on hand to get me to dinner without getting hangry (hungry + angry).

If you’re like me and you want snacks but don’t want to ruin your healthy diet or mindlessly munch on junk food, I’ve got a delicious new snack you’ll love!

Invented by Phil Kosak, a guy with a Ph.D. in food science and microbiology who worked for some of the biggest chip makers in the world, Wicked Crisps are unlike any other chip you’ve tried. They are made with non-GMO vegetables and seasonings and are a surprisingly healthful snack with an irresistible taste. They are chock full of nutrition and flavor from veggies, herbs, and spices.

Wicked Crisps are available in seven delicious flavors like Cheesy Cheese Pizza, Spinach Parmesan, Spring Vegetable Medley, Sweet Potato Soufflé and Red Curry Hummus, that combine the protein and goodness from vegetables in a crisp that is formulated without GMOs, gluten or non-organic ingredients.

My favorite when I’m craving savory is the Roasted Garlic and Asiago Cheese and when I’m craving a hint of sweet is the Sweet Potato Souffle. These are light, crispy and something you can feel good about snacking on. Next time you’re in the mood to snack, grab a bag of Wicked Crisps!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - GLGIf you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that over the past year I’ve become more and more dedicated to using collagen daily. I typically start my day with a cup of coffee with a scoop of collagen stirred in – it’s easy, doesn’t change the taste, and ensures I get my daily dose of collagen. One of my favorite collagen brands is Great Lakes Gelatin.

Collagen is a form of gelatin – hence the name Great Lakes Gelatin. Collagen is found naturally in bones, skin and cartilage and begins to decrease as you age. Great Lakes Gelatin offers collagen and gelatin products that are sourced from pasture-raised, grass-fed cattle in Argentina and Brazil and are free of chemical or pesticide residue. Their collagen contains a distinctive group of amino acids that makes it 95% bioavailable (the body can absorb it) in the human body and easily digestible.

What I love about Great Lakes Gelatin’s collagen hydrolysate is that it dissolves easily, has a neutral taste and they offer both a container and a single-serve pack option, which is a great buy for those who want to take collagen on-the-go when traveling or in their purse to work.

Great Lakes Gelatin also offers Collagen Endurance, which is a blend of collagen, protein isolate, B vitamins, and other good-for-you ingredients. This blend is great for pre and post workout to give you natural energy and replenish the nutrients in your body.

If you have yet to follow my lead of daily collagen consumption, Great Lakes Gelatin may be the reason you start!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - CBDIf you haven’t heard of CBD oil or if you automatically think CBD means you’re going to get high, then it’s time for some CBD 101!

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a phytocannabinoid. A phytocannabinoid is a naturally occurring chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. These compounds use the human body’s endocannabinoid system to “talk” to just about every major organ in the body, helping to restore balance and homeostasis in the body despite fluctuations in the external environment. CBD is not the same as THC (the part of the cannabis plant that produces feelings of euphoria).

Whew! I got through the scientific explanation! So, CBD helps to bring balance and it has also been known to help with a variety of health issues and pain. Although the company itself cannot make any specific claims as to the benefits of CBD, the benefits of hemp are well documented and there are many testimonials and stories about people being helped by CBD oil. For example, I had a terrible pain in my foot so I took a couple of the CBD capsules and the pain was gone in 15 minutes. My son has said that it works really well for him. It took away a lot of pain that is due to inflammation in his joints. After about 2 weeks of taking the Gold Formula, he noticed a huge difference.

Plus CBD Oil comes in capsules, softgels, oil drops and oral applicators for consumption and a balm for topical application.

If you have pain or other health issues that CBD may be able to help with, I highly recommend you check out Plus CBD Oil.

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - GFNSome of the best gluten free brands are those created by people who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity or who have a family member who does. They’re in the kitchen often, working with gluten free ingredients, and they end up being the ones who can put together an amazing line of GF products. One such example of this is Gluten Free Nation, a company that produces breads, buns, muffins, pecan pie, and cookies that are all Certified Gluten Free and made in a dedicated gluten free facility.

The owner of Gluten Free Nation, Randi Markowitz, spent six years perfecting her gluten free bakery items before they hit the shelves. They are now in many popular retail stores like HEB, Safeway, Kroger and Albertsons and are available online.

My favorite product is the popover dinner rolls, which taste amazing and are great for dinner parties where you may have guests who are skeptical of gluten free foods (they’ll change their minds, trust me!). I also love their lemon pound cake, and their gluten- and dairy-free hot dog and hamburger buns are top notch! The flavor and texture of all the Gluten Free Nation products that I’ve tried are superior and you can definitely get a sense of the love and attention that went into creating each and every product.

Another great thing about Gluten Free Nation is the fact that they do food service, meaning their products are available in schools, retirement communities, assisted living facilities, restaurants, hotels, hospitals and more. When there are brands that you know and trust in public places and private businesses, it helps to create a sense of security for those who must eat gluten free, and I applaud Gluten Free Nation for making their products available in this way.

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - BlueiceDespite popular belief, vodka is not typically made from potatoes. In fact, only about 1 to 3 percent of vodka consumed in the U.S. is made from potatoes. Most vodkas are made grains – corn and wheat usually.

Because of the distillation process, any gluten in the final alcohol is said to be removed, but if other flavorings or ingredients are added to the product before packaging, it could potentially contaminate it. That’s why I like to stick with vodka that is in fact made from potatoes. If it starts gluten-free, it’s much more likely to end that way!

One of my go-to vodkas is Blue Ice Handcrafted American Potato Vodka, made of Idaho Russet Potatoes and naturally filtered fresh water from the Rocky Mountains. Talk about refreshing!

I love the smoothness of this vodka and how well it goes with something as simple as tonic water and fresh squeezed lime. Knowing where the water comes from and how the entire production process is all controlled under one roof is also a bonus – it gives you great reassurance that you’re drinking a good product. Plus, did I mention they are certified gluten-free? Yep! In fact, Blue Ice Potato Vodka was the first vodka to become certified gluten-free by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau in 2013.

If you’re looking for a dependable vodka to turn to when you want a cocktail, I highly suggest Blue Ice Vodka! Cheers!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - CBHWant to know how to make the gluten-free community sad? Give us tiny bread slices. Unfortunately, many commercial brands of gluten-free bread are itty-bitty, which makes for perfectly fine bread cubes or bread crumbs but makes for less-than-appealing sandwiches. Luckily, Canyon Bakehouse wants to see us happy … so they’ve created larger loaves!

Much like what some of us were used to eating prior to going gluten-free, Canyon Bakehouse’s Heritage Style loaves offer sliced bread with greater surface area than most other GF loaves. This is great news for those wanting full-size sandwiches!

While the Heritage Style loaves are just one of the many lines they offer, all of their products are free of gluten, dairy, nuts, sesame, corn, and soy. (They do use eggs.) Plus, they were featured in Runner’s World for Best Packaged Foods for Runners, Prevention’s 100 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards, and Delicious Living’s Best Bite Awards.

They offer hot dog and hamburger buns, bagels, bread loaves in multiple varieties such as Hawaiian Sweet Bread, focaccia, and even brownie bites. This company seriously brings a whole new level to gluten-free breads and their offerings just keep surprising me!

If you want to give Canyon Bakehouse a try, they’re available in more than 10,000 retailers nationwide, making them easily accessible. And to up their awesomeness, they even offer a coupon here:

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - ParmCrispsSometimes I just CRAVE cheese! Don’t you? The people over at That’s How We Roll get me. They understand cheese cravings and their product, ParmCrisps, proves that.

ParmCrisps are exactly as they sound – Parmesan cheese crisps. They are simple yet fancy, contain few ingredients yet are complex in flavor, and are rBST hormone-free, naturally gluten-free, Paleo-friendly (for those who eat dairy), trans fat free, sugar free, low in calories and carbs, and the list goes on and on.

ParmCrisps are the perfect go-to when you’re craving cheese but also want something crunchy, like crackers or chips. They come in a variety of flavors – Original, Basil Pesto, Italian Herb, Jalapeno, Rosemary, Sesame, Everything, and now are available in Trios packets (Original, Tropical, and Mediterranean) which are snack packs that include ParmCrisps, fruits, and nuts for the ultimate “cheese platter” on the go!

I love the Original and Everything varieties most, and I really like how versatile these products are. You can coat chicken or fish, sprinkle them on top of a casserole like bread crumbs, use them like croutons in salad, and of course use them as a cracker to put spreads on top of or to dip.

What’s really interesting about ParmCrisps is that, because they’re made with 100% Parmesan cheese rather than a blend of cheeses, they contain no lactose. Certain cheeses, such as Parmesan, brie, and Gruyère, are aged to the point that the lactose changes to lactic acid and only trace amounts of lactose are left – about 0.1 to 1 percent. This means ParmCrisps are generally well-tolerated by people with a lactose intolerance. How cool is that?!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - ANI know there’s been some hype lately about bone broth and collagen, but I’ve been consuming both those things for years! Admittedly though, I’ve been using them a lot more lately.

Both collagen and bone broth have the ability to strengthen your body’s joints, cartilage, and tissues, making them excellent additions to the diet for both young people who are athletes or who are trying to prevent future damage from aging, and for mature adults who already have some joint pain. Because collagen is found in bone broth, you can actually do double-duty by primarily using bone broth. And, if you want a boost of protein or a convenient way to consume the broth, rather than boiling bones all day, you can use a bone broth protein powder! Yes, this really exists, and it’s amazing!

Ancient Nutrition is a brand that offers regular and organic bone broth powders. They have Bone Broth Protein, Bone Broth Collagen, and Bone Broth Meal, as well as a few athlete-centered items like a pre-workout and muscle building formula. My favorites are the protein powder and collagen powder. I like to use the protein after I workout in the mornings, as a shake, and I use the collagen powder in my coffee (you can’t taste it and it mixes into hot coffee effortlessly!).

The company’s products are available in eight delicious flavors, like French Vanilla and Cinnamon Apple. Plus, they are gluten-free (of course) and Paleo-friendly.

If you’re looking for a protein powder that isn’t whey-based, or if you want to give bone broth a try but have been apprehensive to drink it the traditional way, Ancient Nutrition is the solution.

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - GK
What if I told you that you could keep your health and weight loss goals and eat pasta, too?! You wouldn’t believe me, would you? Well, here’s the proof!

Gabriella’s Kitchen offers skinnypasta, a delicious and nutrient rich pasta that is microwavable for a convenient, go-to meal. It is made with ingredients like butternut squash, potatoes, and pea protein, and the Superfood varieties are made with teff and other healthy ingredients. The company also offers gabbypasta, a kid-friendly, smaller portioned version.

skinnypasta is a great standalone meal that contains as much as 25 grams of protein! Or, you can make some sautéed veggies and chicken and add it to the cooked pasta for a combination of home-cooked and ready-to-eat dishes.

What I like most about these pastas is that they aren’t real heavy, yet they fill you up. They are also very versatile and are low in calories and carbs. They are non-GMO and free of preservatives, additives, corn, rice, soy, and other not-so-good-for-you things!

And if you want more proof that this product is great for those trying to maintain a healthy diet, check out the brand ambassadors on their website. There are many body builders, athletes, coaches, and trainers who all stand behind the product, which makes me wonder if I eat skinnypasta, will I look like that, too?

Either way, if you want a convenient yet healthy meal, give Gabriella’s Kitchen a try. Buon appetito!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - Bodyecology
If you have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, chances are you understand a little more about the digestive system than other people. Because gluten can wreak havoc on our digestive systems, many of us have become acquainted with remedies, diets, preventive techniques, and all sorts of tricks to keep us balanced or to help restore our systems when we’ve been “glutened.”

One such technique is to eat/drink/take probiotics and fermented foods and drinks to maintain the good bacteria and fight off the bad bacteria. Body Ecology is a brand that helps you do this. Their products are centered around digestive health and incorporate probiotics and gut healthy ingredients in unique ways.

For example, they offer a probiotic protein powder, which features organic, fermented pea protein and rice protein, Bacillus bacteria for gut health, algae trace minerals for essential fatty acids, and nutrient-dense vegetables that are fermented to remove oxalates. What this all means is that this shake not only provides you with protein, but with the nutrients and probiotics you need to help heal your gut – whether from leaky gut, recent illness, or to get back on track after being glutened. Best of all – it tastes great!

Another unique product they offer is CocoBiotic, an organic, non-GMO coconut water beverage enriched with probiotics (lactobacillus acidophilus and lactobacillus delbreukii). Because CocoBiotic is a fermented liquid, rather than a probiotic capsule, its probiotic properties are better available for the body to absorb and use. It also contains prebiotics, plus it tastes great!

Body Ecology has tons of other products and it would take much more space here to cover them all – so go check out their site and see how they can help put your digestive system on track!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - OWYN
I don’t know about you, but I’ve tasted some rather unpleasant protein drinks in my day. From gritty textures to bland tastes, some drinks just aren’t up to par with the average person’s palate, let alone someone like myself who tastes a bunch of products each week from new companies and who tastes several recipes a day in my own studio. Not only is taste an issue, but some of the ingredients in protein drinks are simply unpronounceable, unrecognizable, and downright unnecessary.

Luckily, there are companies out there – like OWYN – that don’t want consumers to have to “power through” their protein drinks and that care about the ingredients used.

OWYN (an acronym for Only What You Need) makes ready-to-drink protein shakes in 3 delicious flavors – Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, and Cold Brew Coffee. They are 100% plant-based, made with pea, pumpkin, and flax – covering all essential amino acids just like a traditional whey protein would do – minus the dairy! Not only are they plant-based and dairy-free, but also free of the top 8 allergens and gluten-free. They contain 20 grams of protein, only 4 grams of sugar (organic cane sugar and no sugar alcohols), and are free of synthetic ingredients and fillers. They also contain organic greens like kale, spinach, and broccoli, for an added boost of nutrients.

In my opinion, there is no longer a need to “power through” your protein shakes when there are options like OWYN available on the market. And for those who prefer protein powder to ready-made shakes, OWYN also has a line of powders that include probiotics and trace minerals.

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - gardenlites
Did you know that only about 1 in 10 Americans eat the recommended daily amount of vegetables? Wow!

Why is it so difficult for us? One reason is convenience. We have to wash and prep veggies before eating them, you typically wouldn’t carry a bag of lettuce in your purse as a snack, and many fast and convenient foods simply do not contain vegetables. Another reason? We just prefer chocolate over veggies … plain and simple.

So, what if I told you that I could get you to eat more veggies in a more convenient way? And there’s even a chocolate option!

I’m talking about Garden Lites. This company want you to eat your vegetables, which is why veggies are the first and primary ingredient in all their products – from Superfood Mac & Cheese to Veggies Chili & Cornbread to Superfood Veggie Cakes to muffins (including Chocolate, Banana Chocolate Chip, Blueberry Oat, and more).

Their #1 product is the Superfood Veggie Cakes, which are full of kale and cauliflower and are free of gluten, dairy, nuts, and soy. These are delicious as a grab-and-go breakfast for busy mornings.

Another favorite is their muffins – specifically their chocolate ones. I’m a huge fan of chocolate, so when I found out that nearly 1/3 of their chocolate muffins are made of vegetables, it gave me more of a reason to love these chocolate muffins.

All Garden Lites products are gluten-free and many are also free of dairy, nuts, and soy. They are non-GMO and made of clean, simple ingredients. I recommend these to anyone needing a boost in vegetables in your diet, or for those wanting a healthier option to favorite snacks like muffins.

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - casa
I’ve always liked granola – a simple and healthy way to start the day. However, granola can be tasteless and make eating healthier a bit more of a challenge. I didn’t think it was possible to fall in love with granola all over again until I tried Casa de Sante’s Oat Free Granola. This incredible granola is almost addictive! I found myself reaching for the packet again and again. Casa de Sante offers exotic and unique flavors like Golden Turmeric, Indian Spicy Hot, and Tuscan Herb, but even the plain granola packs a particularly delicious taste! You can eat this granola in milk, yogurt, or just eat it as-is. It also goes great on top of cereal.

Casa de Sante was founded by Onyx Adebgola, MD PhD, a physician scientist and former pharmaceutical executive. Casa de Sante’s products offer an excellent list of health benefits. The granola has no additives, no preservatives, no fillers and is gluten-free, vegan, cholesterol-free and FODMAP approved.

“What is a FODMAP diet?” you may ask. FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols (what a mouthful!). These fancy words are scientific names for four types of carbohydrates. The diet is designed to limit foods that contain carbohydrate molecules, in order to reduce abdominal symptoms and IBS. As a mother of triplets, Dr. Adegbola has seen the effectiveness of a low FODMAP diet firsthand. Low FODMAP foods like Casa de Sante’s granola snacks can help those who are healing after a celiac diagnosis or those still having digestive troubles after going gluten-free.

Casa de Sante is a fantastic and healthy company to nurture your affection for gluten-free products. This artisanal granola is sweet, savory and everything in between!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - simplekneads
It’s no secret that some gluten-free breads can be underwhelming. They can be dry and crumble at a single touch, leaving you unsatisfied.

Be unsatisfied no more! Simple Kneads makes gluten-free bread look and taste wonderful! Simple Kneads bread owns its gluten-free status instead of trying to imitate wheat bread. Not only is the bread gluten-free, but it’s baked with whole food ingredients, no starches and no gums. This makes the bread one-of-a-kind.

The bread is especially moist and dense, packing a lot of substance into a single bite that most gluten-free breads lack. Simple Kneads artisanal bread is perfect for table bread, sandwiches, toast, and more. This high-quality, gluten-free bread will even have your non-gluten-free friends asking for more!

Simple Kneads is an artisanal gluten-free bread company that was started by a parent for their gluten-free child, and that love shines through in this wholesome bread. Founder Tristaun LeClaire discovered his 2-year-old son had a severe intolerance to gluten and was disappointed by the gluten-free breads he found. With a background in natural food, LeClaire came up with his own recipe to give his son the best tasting gluten-free life, and fortunately shared his recipe with the rest of us.

The artisan bread company remains close to its humble roots and prepares every pumpernickel, sourdough, and quinoa power-grain loaf by the hand of a craftsman, putting the artisan back in artisanal bread.

Simple Kneads is a fabulous, wholesome, gluten-free bread bakery that I would highly recommend to anyone gluten-free!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - depumas

Mama Mia! Who doesn’t love pasta? When it comes to gluten-free DePuma’s Gluten Free Pasta has taken pasta to a whole new level with products such as Three Cheese Tortelloni, Wild Mushroom Ravioli, and Cheese Manicotti. The taste and texture of their pasta is unbeatable and the flavors are sophisticated.

The start of DePuma’s Gluten Free Pasta was in 2007 when Chef John’s wife Gina was diagnosed with celiac disease. Many gluten-free pastas have textures that simply can’t compare to those pastas made with wheat or grains, and Gina spent over 10 years unable to enjoy pasta. That is when John, being a chef by trade, decided to come up with a recipe that would taste and have the same texture of traditional pasta. He developed his own blend of gluten-free flours to create his own pasta dough, and with plenty of trial and error and over a year of perfecting, John has developed a gluten-free pasta recipe that Gina and all others with dietary restrictions can enjoy again!

I love when a company has drive and determination to achieve a goal to help others, and that is exactly what John did when he created his recipe for artisanal hand crafted pastas. DePuma’s places emphasis on high quality ingredients and technique, and strives to provide a wide variety of pastas that other companies do not offer. Some of the most popular pasta flavors include the Wild Mushroom, Sweet Potato, and Butternut Squash, but my personal favorite is the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli made with delicious sautéed spinach, garlic, ricotta and Parmesan cheese. YUM!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - Explore Asian

Every now and then a product comes along that is truly unique. The newest product to really catch my eye is bean pasta, from Explore Asian. Yep, you heard right – bean pasta! It’s the best of both worlds – the warm and hearty comfort of a bowl of pasta with the low-carb and high protein content of beans.

These bean pastas cook up in minutes and are always al dente. They are great for Asian noodle dishes as well as Western dishes.

Explore Asian makes bean pastas in 4 varieties: Black Bean Spaghetti, Mung Bean Fettuchini, Soybean Spaghetti and Adzuki Bean Spaghetti. My favorite is the Black Bean Spaghetti . The noodles are dramatic and it’s a fabulous alternative to squid ink spaghetti – for the true gourmet.

These bean pastas have the taste of pasta with all the benefits of beans. They are gluten-free, organic, sodium free, low fat, low carb, vegan, kosher and high in iron and fiber. Not just that, but they are an excellent source of protein with a whopping 20-25 grams per serving!

A healthier and much more exciting alternative to traditional gluten-free pasta, Explore Asian bean pastas are sure to be a hit with your family!

Simply Gluten Free Recommends - 4C

Breaded foods are often a no-no when it comes to a gluten-free diet. Most restaurants, pre-made foods or even food prepared at a friend or family member’s house will contain gluten if it’s breaded. Luckily, there is a fabulous product on the market that allows you to enjoy crispy breaded foods again – 4C Gluten Free Crumbs.

Bread crumbs have always been a staple in my house. I think it’s useful for everyone to keep a well-stocked pantry for those days when hunger strikes and you’d rather not go on an expedition to the grocery store. Bread crumbs are part of my essential pantry items – because you never know when you’ll get the urge to add some crunch to dinner.

These gluten-free bread crumbs are perfect for coating chicken, fish and pork. Throwing some breaded meat into the oven to bake is a simple yet delicious way to get dinner on the table quickly. And these bread crumbs are just the ticket to get that done!

4C Gluten Free Crumbs are made with rice flour and are certified gluten-free by the GFCO. Available in two delicious varieties – plain and seasoned – these crumbs are great for all sorts of dishes. The seasoned variety is fab! It is a blend of herbs, spices and imported Pecorino Romano cheese.

So if you’re looking for something to make dinner a bit more special, try coating your meats with 4C Gluten Free Crumbs.

Sam Mill Pasta

When I first eyed Sam Mills Gluten Free Corn Pasta, I was skeptical. Years ago I had tried corn pasta and to be honest, I hated it. I was also concerned about GMOs and thought that would be a good reason not to risk having to eat something I might not like. But then I read the packaging and noticed that their pastas are all GMO free and 100% natural. So I tried it and guess what? I liked it. Actually, I didn’t like it, I loved it!

Sam Mills’ Pasta d’oro corn pastas are wheat, gluten, dairy, egg, sugar, yeast soy, nut, sodium and cholesterol free, low in fat, have a low glycemic index and best of all they taste GREAT and remain firm unlike rice pasta which takes some babying to keep from becoming mushy.

My father has never embraced gluten free pasta so I served him some the other day to get a gluten eater’s opinion. I “forgot” to mention the pasta was gluten free and he could not stop thanking me for finally serving him some “regular” pasta. (Let’s just keep that fact that this pasta is gluten free from him, if you don’t mind.)

Sam Mills’ Pasta d’oro corn pastas come in a variety of shapes not usually available in gluten free pasta including Bucatini, Conchiliette, and Lasgne Corte. Of course they also make the regulars such as Spaghetti, Fettucinni, Penne, and Elbows; in fact they make 11 varieties of pasta shapes! They even have a couple kid pastas; alphabet and duck shapes. No longer are we stuck with making do with two or three pasta shapes!

If, like me, you have been feeling limited in your gluten free pasta choices, you will be happy to discover Sam Mills Pasta d’oro corn pastas which are now available all over the country. I think you will love this quick cooking, fuss-free, pasta that truly can be cooked al dente, just like pasta should be!

Sam Mills also produces gluten free corn meal, polenta and corn grits as well as extra virgin, GMP free, unrefined corn oil and a line of pasta sauces. I am so pleased to be able to introduce you to these quality products!

Gluten Free Natures Yoke

Nature’s Yolk eggs are by far the best eggs I have ever eaten or baked with (that’s a huge statement!) – my baked goods are so much richer and more flavorful than with conventional eggs!

Rarely do I get to recommend a food so vital to our good health.

Eggs are one of the least expensive, most complete and readily available sources of protein around. They are convenient, nutritious and delicious. But did you know that not all eggs are “created” equally? They used be, back before the raising of eggs was commercialized, people had hens in the yard – they roamed and nibbled and laid eggs for the family. But not so anymore.

Nature’s Yoke has truly brought back eggs as they should be – nutritious and delicious – and responsibly raised!

I am proud beyond words to HIGHLY RECOMMEND them! They are available at responsible retailers.

Please, for the sake of yours and your families health, continue to read here….

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The slogan for Tillen Farms is “pickled to perfection” and I have to say I agree. Their pickled vegetables, which include asparagus, beans, peppers and carrots, are crispy, gorgeous and packed with flavor. It seems that each vegetable is picked at the exact moment it has achieved the perfect degree of ripeness and then pickled in a way that somehow gives them a great pickled flavor while still retaining the integrity of the vegetable. And did I mention that they are crispy? Seriously? How do they do that? (Secret: When I pressed the owner, I got, “We can’t reveal all our trade secrets but unlike most competitors, we don’t “cook” our products in the jar and we use a “fresh pack” processing method that retains the veggies flavor and crispness.”) It sure works!

The pickled veggies make unique garnishes for cocktails – instead of the typical celery stick in a Bloody Mary, how about a Crispy Asparagus spear or two? Want a new twist on the Dirty Martini? After polishing off a jar of Hot and Spicy Pickled Crispy Beans, save the juice for shaking in with your cocktail – fabulous!

The pickled vegetables are a welcome addition to any antipasto platter and make unique stir-ins that will update classic salads such as potato and gluten free pasta. Tillen Farms also bottles up some of the best sun dried tomatoes you have ever tried.

Their newest addition is the gorgeous Bada Bing Cherries – huge, rich, ripe, Bing Cherries harvested from the Pacific Northwest at the peak of freshness and available all year long thanks to Tillen Farms. Tillen Farms makes Merry Maraschinos – beautiful cherries made without red dye or high fructose corn syrup.

I can highly recommend the products from Tillen Farms – they start with raw ingredients of the highest quality, processed without the use of gluten, sulfites, preservatives, artificial ingredients, corn syrup and dyes. They also happen to be fat and cholesterol free and low calorie foods which makes these delicious snacks just the thing when one wants to maintain a healthy weight or shed a few pounds. Find them in stores every where or order from their website.

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Wanta make your own gluten free Bagels, Potato Bread, English Muffins, Crepes and even Hamburger Buns?! I have found Mina’s Purely Divine! Mina (when you see her big smile, you cannot help but fall in love with her!) is making an All Purpose Flour, a Bread Mix and a Chocolate Cake Mix that works wonderfully well in all these applications.

Gluten free, Wheat, Dairy, Barley, Rye, Oat, Soy, Corn, and Egg FREE!

Mina started out as a chef cook at a spiritual resort, and with wheat and grain allergies herself, developed these wonderful mixes that simply taste and bake up like the real thing! As Mina says, “I considered I had succeeded when the recipes I could make with the 3 mixes gave me the same joy as regular products without any adverse reactions.”

I just love it when someone grows her own idea out of the desire to be healthy herself, into a company that provides for others so much good and real help!! I highly recommend Mina’s!! Her mixes are available on her website!

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