Gluten Free Foodies
Celebrate the foods that you can eat!
Are you traveling to Portland, Oregon any time soon? If so, you must take note and put this on your Gluten Free Pdx list. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to find the most delicious Gluten Free Tapas at Pollo Bravo Tapas Bar located in the Pine Street Market.
If you are like me it is all about the experience. We like to visit the latest and greatest with everything we do. Pine Street Market is one of the hot new trends in food experiences which expands beyond just one restaurant or cafe. Pine Street Market is a food hall with multiple restaurant food booths styled as a market place or piazza in southwest area of downtown.
The minute we walked into the Pine Street Market, I felt a rush of culinary excitement. We could see shared tables in the center and vendor booths along the perimeter. Additionally, some of the booths offer more intimate bar style seating. While we continued to be drawn in and walk a few more steps, I could hear music and laughter in the background. People were having a really good time. It is fun to see this vibrant energy created while the chefs and servers rush about preparing freshly made food and drinks. There is nothing virtual about Pine Street Market, this is real-time entertainment for your senses.
I continued to look around, I knew I had to have a real taste experience as well. The hunt was on and I had to see if any of the vendors offered Gluten Free food. So I kept my fingers crossed and ventured around to a Spanish Tapas Bar called Pollo Bravo. I asked the staff behind the bar if they offered Gluten Free tapas. The servers were so incredibly sweet and excited to say, “Yes! we have a variety of Gluten Free Tapas”. I was hooked, so of course we gratefully sat down at one of the tall tables.
Our server asked what we liked and offered us some Gluten Free Tapas ideas from the menu. I asked the server asked about ingredients and she kindly explained most of the tapas are naturally Gluten Free. The chef came over at one point and asked if I had any other questions. It was so wonderful to know that the chefs and staff knew all about preparing and serving for Gluten Free Foodies like me! We ordered …
Pollo Bravo was beyond good it was perfecto! The chicken was masterfully moist and flavorful. We couldn’t wait to dive into the Romesco sauce, which is made with crushed almonds, garlic and peppers. I was smitten with the first bite … encore, encore!
The big pillowy Papas Bravas are lightly fried and served with Saffron Aioli. After a day of walking, we just needed the comfort of potatoes while sipped on a cool drink and recapped our adventures of the day.
As a result, it only seemed fitting to wrap up my tapas with Bacon Wrapped Dates dressed in Almond Honey sauce. I savored my sweet and spicy treat and considered ordering more. The menu offers the dates one per order but you can order as many as you want. I was good and treated myself to just one.
Most of all, I know the next time I visit Pollo Bravo I will get their flan. In addition there are more Gluten Free Tapas on the menu that you can see on their website. Pollo Bravo has a variety of locations throughout the Portland area so be sure to swing by when you are in Portland.
I insist that you visit the Pine Street Market and Pollo Bravo when you visit Portland. The Market is open daily from 7 AM – 11 PM and is a great place to run in and grab a bite or a drink anytime of day or night. There is something for everyone at the Pine Street Market and Pollo Bravo.
I can’t wait to go back to Pollo Bravo. I know you will feel the same too!
Come a little closer, I want to introduce you to my new favorite, Sonoma Gluten Free Flatbread Pizza! Now you can enjoy real honest to goodness flatbread pizza that is made without artificial ingredients, preservatives or colors. The best part is that it is Certified Gluten Free!
Did you know that May is Celiac Awareness month? Well I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to pick up some Gluten Free Flatbread Pizza and have a party! I was so excited when I discovered this new certified Gluten Free Sonoma Flatbread Four Cheese pizza, I invited my friends over for a Pizza Party. Actually it turned out to be an easy “Meatless Monday meal” as well. I chopped up a few of my favorite veggies – purple onion, red bell pepper and fresh basil. I heated the oven to 425 degrees with my perforated pizza pan in it to make sure it gets real hot. Once the oven is ready it takes a little bit of patience, only about 9-11 minutes. In the meantime I sautéed some mushrooms with a little bit of olive oil for a few minutes. When they were done, I placed the toppings in ramekins and let everyone choose favorites to make their own “meatless master-pizza-pieces”.
The Gluten Free Sonoma Flatbread Pizzas are so flavorful with a crisp but tender thin crust. The flatbread makes the cheesy topping and sauce the star without being too bready. You can find Gluten Free Sonoma Flatbread Pizza throughout the US in a variety of grocery stores. Check out Sonoma’s Flatbread store locator here to find the Gluten Free Pizzas in your community. Sonoma also offers a 6 1/2″ personal size pizza, a 10″ pizza for two and a 12″ family size – available with pre-made toppings in 4 varieties – Chicken & Fire Roasted Peppers, Four Cheese, Uncured Pepperoni and Fire Roasted Vegetable. The meats are nitrate and nitrite free and without growth hormones.
Starting May 9th, the Four Cheese Gluten Free Sonoma Flatbread Pizza is available at Costco! The Four Cheese Flatbread Pizza is made with the perfect blend of cheeses – Smoked Provolone, Asiago, Parmesan and Romano. The pizzas are sold in a package of 2 -12″ family size in the freezer section. Check them out at your local Costco throughout Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana, Costco will be sampling demonstrations at these stores throughout the month of May and into the summer.
Well, let me just say that you will be as happy as a big Gluten Free Pizza Pie when you try the new Gluten Free Sonoma Flatbread Pizza. Oh by the way, my guests didn’t realize it was Gluten Free. I just love it when that happens, don’t you?! Go get some Gluten Free Sonoma Flatbread Pizza and tell me what you think!
I wanted to let you know that Sonoma Flatbread contacted me and asked me to try their new Gluten Free Flatbread Pizza – Four Cheese. They sent some samples to me and in no way am I influenced by the fact that the pizzas were gifted to me. You know I love my Gluten Free Pizza! I stand by my rule, if I don’t like it I will not talk or write about it. I must say that I am a really big fan of Sonoma Flatbread Pizza.
Brazi Bites are the perfect for every occasion! What are Brazi Bites? Savory Gluten-Free cheese bread born in Brazil but made in Portland, OR. Brazi Bites are made with 8 naturally Gluten-Free ingredients and are Non-GMO, no preservatives, no sugar, no trans fats and nothing artificial, 100% natural.
I love these little Brazi Bites because they are packed with BIG FLAVOR and are available in four varieties – Asiago and Garlic, Original Cheddar and Parmesan, nitrate free Bacon with Cheddar and Parmesan, Jalapeño and Pepper Jack.
Just imagine cheese bread that is deliciously decadent alone or as a snack that is the perfect pairing in place of crackers or plain bread. Find them in your freezer section of your local store. Make this cheesy bread for breakfast to dip into fried eggs in place of toast or serve with smoked salmon in place of bagels.
It is so fun to make them for a nibble platter for game time. I love the Asiago and Garlic and Bacon with sliced apples and pears. I also like to serve them with a big salad bowl and sliced meats. Everyone can serve themselves and have fun making sliders.
Tip – Always make extra and watch them get devoured in a flash with a hot bowl of chili!
Stock your freezer today so you will always have them ready to enjoy. They are so easy to make 20 minutes from your freezer then into the oven for approximately 20 minutes until golden. Click here to find Brazi Bites in the freezer section at your local grocery store.
Learn more about how Brazi Bites were created by Junea’s craving for a family favorite recipe for Pão de Queijo, Portuguese Cheese Bread, and see how they did on ABC’s Shark Tank on November 20, 2015. Check out their Brazi Bites here.
Wow! This year has flown by and I can’t believe that it is already Thanksgiving! This year it is all about making everything “Super Easy”. I decided to try Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Stuffing Mix. It is in the Fearless Flyer this week for $5.99. The mix contains the toasted Gluten-Free bread cubes and seasoning. I love my stuffing or dressing with a bit more heartiness so I like to add locally made fresh sausage. I used sage sausage without the casing. You could also use rosemary garlic or something savory that will compliment the meal. I cooked the sausage up with olive oil, onion, fennel, and garlic. I then tossed the bread cubes in a bowl with some melted butter, olive oil and the seasoning mix. I added the mix to the pan with the sausage and then added the celery. I added approximately 3/4 cup of Gluten-Free chicken broth to it and mixed well – add a little more if you like your stuffing/dressing a bit softer.
I preheated the oven to 350 and cooked it in the oven for 30-35 minutes.
3/4 cup Gluten-Free Chicken or Turkey broth – Pacific Foods
1/4 cup +2 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 tablespoons of butter
1 medium yellow onion diced
3 garlic cloves chopped
3-4 stalks chopped celery
1 small fennel chopped and use the frond
1 lb sage or rosemary garlic sausage without the casing – pork or chicken is perfect!
I know what you are thinking, I am calling this stuffing when I cooked in on the stove and in the oven. So technically it is dressing but call it what you will. I call it deliciously super easy Gluten-Free Stuffing!
A few years ago I wrote a post about Dia de los Muertos. I asked that my readers send me a story about who they wanted to honor and remember on this very special Latin holiday. Over the years I have received so many emails and stories that it warms my heart! I am thrilled to hear that so many children and adults are celebrating this holiday with their Spanish class. I have received emails from parents and teachers telling me about their friends and family….
Please read through the recipe first. Assemble the ingredients and tools so that you don’t forget anything and to make it easier. This may seem hard but it really isn’t. Just think of the people that you are honoring while making this bread and it will be a memorial.
Honor your family by Dia de los Muerto, Gluten Free Pan de Muerto, using smaller pans for “un poquito pan de muertos” are perfect to let your little helpers add the glaze and sugars as they wish. It is a perfect serving size as well. See the tools and pans area for suggestions.
3 cups Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour – *suggestions Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 Flour Mix, King Arthur or Cup4Cup
1/2 cup cornstarch or tapioca
1 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp clove ground
1/4 tsp anise ground
Whisk together in a bowl and set aside.
3 large eggs room temp + 1 egg for egg wash = 4 eggs
1 stick or ½ cup of butter or non-dairy Earth Balance – room temp *plus 2 pats to grease the baking pan
1/3 cup milk or non-dairy milk – coconut or almond
¾ cup cane sugar or 1/2 cup of honey
1 Tbs vanilla extract
1 medium size orange – all of the zest,**save the orange juice for the glaze
Mix all of the above wet ingredients in a standing mixer.
2 Tbs active dry yeast or 1 packet
1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
Warm the milk/coconut milk to 110 degrees. Add the apple cider vinegar and the yeast. Keep in a warm place for 5-10 minutes until you see the mixture froth or bloom.
Add 1/2 cup of the flour mixture to the wet ingredients in the standing mixer. Add the bloomed yeast mixture.
Continue to slowly add 1/2 cup of the flour mixture allowing time for the ingredients to fully incorporate.
Use a large flat silicone spoon or scraper to scrape down the sides of the mixer.
Make sure that all of the flour is incorporated.
Grease the bottom and sides of the pan with butter.
Add the dough. Use a silicone spoon or spatula to smooth and spread the dough evenly.
TIP – if the dough is too sticky dip the silicone spoon into warm water and it will help smooth it out!
Cover with cling wrap and put into a proofing oven or a warm place that is at least 75 room temp degrees for 1 hour.
Tools and Pans
Large scoop and 1 large flat and 1 small scraper silicone spoons.
Thermometer to check temp of milk to activate yeast.
If you want to make one large bread, use a le Creuset braiser pan or an oven proof 12″ fry pan with the sides at least 2 inches high.
You could also use 2 – 9 inch cake pans.
For small individual size breads, use a cupcake pan.
1 egg room temp with 1 Tbs water.
Beat well and brush on top of the bread when it is done proofing or rising.
Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Take the bread out of the oven and let cool in the pan on a rack for 15 minutes.
While the bread is cooling make the glaze.
This makes the shiny, white gloss on the bread to add more flavor and help the sugar stick.
2-3 Tbs powder sugar
**Juice from 1 medium orange
Large pearl sugar or colored sugar for decorating – any color
Brush on the glaze and add the decorating sugar. Traditional designs are of skull and cross bones. If you have a cookie cutter use to place on top then sprinkle sugar to create the shape. Just be creative!
Look for some fun and festive sugar skull decorations filled with candy or to place around your tables. You can make your own sugar skulls or find some pre-made sugar skulls at your favorite party stores in town.
My oh my, I do love graham crackers! Thank goodness Pamela’s Products just came out with their newest Gluten-Free products – Graham Crackers – Cinnamon, Chocolate and Honey in traditional squares or minis.
I can’t remember when I have been so excited to try a new Gluten-Free product. I opened the Gluten-Free Mini Chocolate Grahams first. Oh yummy! They take me back to my childhood days. Such a fun size and great to snack on by themselves because they are full of flavor. I can say that I did a bit of scientific experimentation and they pair perfectly with all sorts of flavors of ice cream too!
I am so happy with the Cinnamon Graham Crackers they have so much cinnamon flavor, more than the ones that I remember when I was a kid. The cracker is sturdy and strong, perfect for making double loaded Gluten-Free S’mores!
Tonight I am getting together with some friends. We decided to have a casual dinner party and I was asked to bring dessert. Since I had a busy day I decided to make one of my favorite super easy desserts but with a twist. You know me never the total traditionalist.
I decided to make Tiramisu with Gluten-Free Chocolate Cinnamon Grahams – of course!
I used both the Gluten-Free Mini Chocolate Graham Crackers and the Cinnamon. I made four medium sized desserts.
2 packages Pamela’s Products Gluten-Free Cinnamon, Chocolate (or Honey) Grahams
Mascarpone cheese – small container – BelGioioso is Gluten-Free!
1/2 cup espresso or your favorite dark coffee – sweetened
1/4 cup Dark Rum – optional
1/2 cup dark chocolate bar – shaved
4 Tbs cocoa powder
Cut up the cinnamon squares or use the minis. Layer the both flavors of the grahams on the bottom of each of the jars. Mix the espresso and liquor and pour some in each jar on top of the grahams. Add a dollop of mascarpone on top of the grahams and the some shaved chocolate. Layer again with the grahams, mascarpone, espresso, shaved chocolate and top with cocoa powder. If there are any crumbs add them to the top. Waste nothing! Put the lid on each jar and chill in the fridge at least 30-60 minutes to meld before serving. Set aside any extra graham crackers to add to each dessert for an extra crunchy texture.
I love making individual desserts in a jars because they are easy to travel, just put in a box or padded bag, basket and then each person just takes a jar when it is dessert time! I also love Pamela’s Products new Gluten-Free Grahams!
Thanks to Pamela’s Products for sending me samples. I was not paid or influenced by their complimentary gift. I have been a fan of Pamela’s Products and have bought their products for years and plan to for many more.
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I am so excited about the NEW Gluten-Free Bob’s Red Mill Muffin Mix! It is so easy to use, just add a few ingredients to the mix – eggs, milk, butter or oil, mix it and bake! Hot fresh muffins from your oven within about 20 minutes. You can also add your favorite combinations to the mix as well. The packaging gives you ideas and instructions to make your favorites such as – Banana Nut, Lemon Blueberry, Chocolate Cherry, Pineapple Coconut and Orange Cranberry. The bag says that the mix makes approximately 12 regular size muffins.
Well you know me, I love coconut with chocolate and in the morning it just seems perfect to add some extra freshness. Bright citrus flavor from an orange is the perfect compliment to wake up your tastebuds. I followed the instructions and made just a few additions and modifications to make my muffins non-dairy. I used non-dairy butter and 3/4 cup of lite coconut milk from a can. I also added 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon. I zested and juiced one medium size orange. The zest was approximately 1 tablespoon and the juice was 1/4 cup. I also added 1 cup of non-dairy chocolate chips. I followed the directions and folded in all the ingredients. Please note if you do not want your muffins to be non-dairy just use milk and butter or oil.
I made two batches and it turns out that I made 24 Gluten-Free Orange Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins. The mini muffins are so fun to enjoy and easy to add to your bag for a snack anytime of the day. I also made 18 regular sized muffins with a twist because I added coconut flakes to the batter. I lightly folded the coconut flakes into the batter to make sure it was all incorporated. I like to make different sizes of muffins when the ingredients are similar but not exactly the same because I realize that some people do not like coconut. I want everyone to enjoy my muffins so this makes it easier to see the different ingredients and not get mixed up.
I really love how both of the muffins turned out. I highly recommend keeping extra bags, yes I said bags as in several, of the NEW Gluten-Free Bob’s Red Mill Muffin Mix in your pantry. The muffins are light, fluffy and flavorful. The mix is so versatile that you can change the add-ins seasonally to match whatever craving you and your family desire. I noted the number of muffins that I made because it seems as though I got a bonus by baking a total of 42 muffins! The totals may vary so experiment and try them out.
I love Bob’s Red Mill new vintage look packaging for their new Gluten-Free mixes. Look for all of the Gluten Free mixes – Brownie, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Chip Cookie and Muffin Mix online or at your favorite natural market. I haven’t tried them all yet but I am sure they are just as delicious as always!
I love, love, love Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Muffin Mix and I know you will love them too!
I am honored to be a Bob’s Red Mill hero – advocating for Celiac Awareness and better Gluten-Free products – for the past six plus years. They keep me updated with all of their new Gluten-Free products. I would like to thank Bob’s Red Mill for sending me a complimentary bag of their New Gluten-Free Muffin Mix. I was not influenced by this gift. I have been a big fan of Bob’s Red Mill for many years and plan to continue for many more.
Well it’s official, I have found my new favorite slightly sweet and savory, nutty, chocolate bar by Food Should Taste Good, aka FSTG. The new Real Good bars are – Hazelnut Sea Salt and Macadamia Chai. This is exciting news because both bars are certified Gluten-Free, NON-GMO, low salt, certified Kosher and use Fair Trade cocoa.
I really love the exotic flavors of the Real Good Bar – Macadamia Chai, it is the perfect blend of spicy chai with cinnamon, cardamon and ginger that is softly sweetened by the coconut and honey. The perfect compliment with afternoon tea or coffee or by itself as an afternoon snack.
The Real Good Bar – Hazelnut Sea Salt is an excellent treat when you want natural goodness from the pairing of hazelnuts and chocolate. All of the flavors of a homemade cake or pastry but healthier. I love all of my favorite flavors packed into one Real Good Bar – Hazelnuts, Almonds, Macadamia nuts, rich Fair Trade chocolate, orange zest and robust Madagascar vanilla.
Food Should Taste Good, Real Good Bars are simply delicious and ready to go with you anywhere. I love to take them with me on a walk, to an outdoor concert or movie, picnic or when I am running errands. They slip nicely into a purse or pocket and help to chase away the hungriest of monsters distracting you from having a good time or relaxing while at work or play.
Look for the newest products, Real Good Bar from Food Should Taste Good at your favorite natural market or online.
Thank you to Food Should Taste Good for sending me the samples of their two new bars. I really enjoy them and am not paid or influenced by the complimentary gift.
The summer season is in full swing with a busy delicious social calendar of smoky BBQs, garlicky dips and hotdogs overflowing with onions and relish at the ballpark. What is a Gluten-Free Foodie to do in hot and sticky social situations to freshen things up? No worries my friend, Pür Mints has the answer, NEW Pür Mints in pouches with five new flavors – Polar Mint, Spearmint, Peppermint, Tangerine Tango and Mojito Lime Mint – all are Gluten-Free.
Pür Mints are sugar free, naturally sweetened with Xylitol – which helps to keep your insulin level stabilized, vegan, nut and soy free, Non-GMO, Swiss made and NO ASPARTAME. Do you know how hard it is to find this incredible combination? Most sugar free gums and mints are made with the icky man made synthetic sweetener – Aspartame. Did you know that there are at least 92 symptoms from the use of Aspartame reported by the FDA? Let’s KICK ASPARTAME together!
Believe it or not there is a flavor for every passionate Pür Mint purist. I am more of a traditional – Polar Mint, Peppermint or Spearmint gal. But, I must say that the Tangerine Tango was surprisingly refreshing and the ideal way to compliment a glass of iced tea while kicking back at the beach or alone to give you some zip while on a walk. Each mint gives you just enough flavor by itself or as a little something extra to help beat a dry mouth.
The real surprise is the Mojito Lime Mint, not too much lime or mint. After further research of consuming certain foods and pairing them with the Pür Mints, the Mojito Lime Mint was the unforeseen, yet obvious winner to compliment a Mexican food meal. It also won high marks when it was enjoyed after consuming Mojitos – the namesake. I don’t know about you but sometimes after a meal I don’t want to add another flavor to my palate to compete. I like to peacefully end my meal. Sometimes I like to subtley enhance the end of the meal by savoring the flavors just a little bit longer.
Ok, I’ll admit it, I am passionate about Pür Mints, they are the perfect size mint to savor. The mint may be big but the pouches are small, resealable and easily slip in a pocket or the tiniest of purses. Oh, Oh and the flavors, I’m just going to make sure they are with me wherever I go!
Well my friend are you just as passionate about the Summer social season as I am?!?
Want to join in on the celebration of all things Summer?
Well this is your lucky day – Pür Mints is extending a super special offer just to you.
You don’t have to say no to mints anymore. Get your Pür Mint on – it’s Gluten-Free!
Thank you to Pür Mints for sending me five complimentary sample pouches of their new product. I was not influenced by this and the thoughts expressed are mine. I was not paid nor will be paid if you place an order with Pür Mints.
I have to share one of my new beauty secrets with you. It is Andalou Naturals – skin, hair and body care that is certified Gluten-Free. It is made with Fruit Stem Cell Science, a minimum of 70% certified Organic and Fair Trade ingredients. Who knew that looking for a natural and Gluten-Free SPF 30 for my face could be so enlightening?!
Earlier this year, I discovered the skin on my cheeks had become extra red and sensitive. It would get worse with flares or when I would consume certain foods. My dermatologist said that it was early stages of Rosacea. She advised me to stay out the sun, wear a hat and wear least SPF30 on all exposed skin, preferably with zinc oxide. So the search was on for me to find a product that would provide multiple duties, be natural, NON-GMO, moisturizing without greasiness and Gluten-Free. I also wanted a product that would blend the unmentionable blotchiness, cover the redness and would assist me in hopefully hiding my age just a little bit longer.
Much to my surprise I found the answer to all my wishes! I found Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses + Color Correct in Sheer Tan SPF 30. It is Certified Gluten-Free, NON-GMO Verified, Vegan, Fair Trade and Organic. It is the perfect combination of moisturizer and color coverage that blends so well with my skin tone. It has a bit of a yellow tone to it that hides my red patches perfectly. I love that it has SPF30, which was not easy to find, so that I can get maximum protection and avoid further sun damage.
I found it at one of my favorite stores, New Seasons Market, in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA area. They have a lovely wellness department that includes supplements, skin care and makeup items that are all natural. Luckily, the stars must have lined up when I made my wish because I found it on sale! I purchased the 1000 Roses Color+Correct Sheer Tan SPF30. I went home, washed my face and put it on. Later that evening I realized that my face felt very happy, soothed, light – almost forgot I had any product on my face. I tried it for a few more days and ended up going back to try more products. I found the perfect kit to test five new products with the Andalou Naturals Starter Kit. I purchased the 1000 Roses for Sensitive skin, additionally they also offer products for Age Defying, Brightening and Clarifying.
1000 Roses Get Started Kit that includes -Kit Contains:
– .8oz 1000 Roses™ Pearl Exfoliator
– .5oz 1000 Roses™ Rosewater Mask
– 1oz 1000 Roses™ Floral Toner
– .4oz 1000 Roses™ Beautiful Day Cream
– .4oz 1000 Roses™ Heavenly Night Cream
The day and night creams are rich and soothing without greasiness. They absorb quickly and have a light fragrance. The pearl exfoliator is my favorite go to when I am feeling like my skin looks a little sluggish. The pearl exfoliator and toner also help the creams absorb more easily. The mask is purifying and gives me the perfect time to kick back for a few minutes and listen to my favorite music.
I loved the night cream so much I went back to get the full sized night cream and another kit to use for possible travel down the road. So yes, you can say I am a bit obsessed with Andalou Naturals. I went online to learn more about the company and additional products. I had more questions because I knew I just had to share this good news with you. I decided to contact them. I was connected to Amy McKelvey – Brand and Communications Director for Andalou Naturals. We had a nice chat and I thought I would share our Q& A with you..
Lisa – I am very appreciative of the certified Gluten-Free label. What was the thinking behind getting it or what provoked the company to do that?
Amy – We still have so much to learn about the inflammatory process and ingredient sensitivities. For people with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, there is a very clear need for skin and hair products that are certified gluten-free.
Over 40% of Americans are affected negatively by gluten. Reactions vary from rashes to hugely debilitating digestive and energetic responses. Studies show that up to 60% of what we put on our skin is absorbed into the bloodstream, so when it came to creating our formulas over 4 years ago, we knew they had to be Certified Gluten-Free and made with the best in organic, vegetarian, cruelty-free, Non-GMO Verified, vegan and natural ingredients available.
It’s not enough to say we don’t use any gluten in our products, brands that care-brands that understand must go the extra step to get certification. Andalou Naturals’ champions label transparency and always has. We were the first personal care company to be 100% Non-GMO Project Verified. The consumer’s right to know is a cause that we will always support and defend–as a brand we make decisions that help the consumer to make informed decisions about their product purchases and their health. No one should have to guess about product ingredients.
Lisa – I have had Celiac for approximately 11 years, it seems that my skin changes all the time. I tend to have Rosacea symptoms and that is what lead me to try Andalou – 1000 Roses. Is that the best product for Rosacea? Or is there another one?
Amy – One of my dearest friends has Celiac and it took a long time for her to get a diagnosis. I empathize with your journey and know that it has been very difficult at times. I love that you are actively sharing, educating and celebrating. Our 1000 Roses Line is formulated specifically for sensitive and reactive skin. The line is dermatologist tested and clinically proven to reduce redness and calm irritated skin by reviving the skin’s hydro lipid barrier. The Get Starter Kit is a great way to experience the routine for under $20 Serums are very important for rosacea, as they deliver critical nutrients deep within to address inflammation and cellular damage, so I would add to this kit the 1000 Roses Absolute Serum in the morning and the Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum at night. Turmeric is a powerful ingredient that works to block inflammation and increase circulation. Our consumers with rosacea rave about this combo.
Lisa – I really appreciate the SPF 30 in the CC & BB products. Does Andalou plan on adding SPF to the body lotions any time soon?
Amy – Our SPF 30 CC & BBs are the best! We do have a lot of new products launching soon but we do not have an SPF body lotion, as of yet. What a great idea though. I love our body lotions and butters made with organic and fair trade shea, cocoa butter, aloe vera, emollient rich plant oils, superfruits and Fruit Stem Cell Science®. I’m putting in a request to product development now!! Thank you.
Lisa – What is the most popular Andalou product?
Amy – We have a number of products that are consistently ranked in the top industry wide—but the number one seller is our Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream. When you have dry skin that is mature or showing signs of aging prematurely this cream is your ally. It is clinically proven to increase elasticity by 87% and renews cells while stimulating collagen production. Consumer’s love waking up to a reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and skin that is supple and revitalized—properly nourished and hydrated. It’s a dreamy product.
Lisa -How do you decide which product to use if you want to accomplish all – Age Defying, Clarifying, Brightening and have Sensitive skin? Not to be funny but don’t we want it all? I am guessing that some of the properties are similar throughout each product or can you clarify a bit more please?
Amy – Fruit Stem Cell Science® is clinically proven, award winning Age Defying Innovation, so all of our products, at their core are Age Defying. The different lines were created to help the consumer identify and address their key areas of concern. Naturally, most consumers have many areas of concern. I’m 43 and while my skin is primarily dry and showing more signs of aging, it is also sun damaged. I garden and have spent a lot of time outdoors–while I use the Age Defying line I also use the Brightening serum, BB and Probiotic + C renewal cream regularly to address hyperpigmentation. I also love the 1000 Roses Toner and Eye Revive Gel and the Clarifying Lemon Sugar scrub is amazing when I’m hormonal and showing more oil production in my skin. Start with one line and then incorporate different treatments from lines that are also areas of concern. They all work beautifully together. Email email@example.com if you have any questions about which products are right for you.
Lisa – Can you please give me a bit of background about the founders and the company?
Amy – I love our founders and what they have done for the natural products industry. They are fearless leaders who are guided by an innate desire to create affordable, clinically proven, clean products that are good for people and planet. While Andalou Naturals is only 4 years old, Stacey and Mark have built numerous brands that have defined everything that our industry has come to stand for. Beauty Without Cruelty, Avalon Organics, Alba Botanica-I mean, it’s great when brands decide to do the right thing, but when they do what’s right before it’s trendy or in demand—that’s just wildly exciting! A lot of people don’t know about our founders’ commitment to supporting women’s education, equality and empowerment worldwide. 100% of the net proceeds from our A Path of Light Hand Creams directly supports Vital Voices Global Partnership, Open a Door Foundation and SHE-CAN scholarships and their shared commitment to support the next generation of young women leaders.
“When we launched Andalou Naturals it was with the intention to create a sustainable source of revenue for socially responsible people and projects; A Path of Light® is at the intersection where entrepreneurship meets philanthropy.”
~Stacey Kelly Egide, Founder & CEO of Andalou Naturals
It just so happens that June is not only the beginning of my favorite season – Summer – it is my birthday month. I wanted to celebrate with you and now you can enjoy one of my new favorite products at 25% off your order until June 30, 2015, by using the special code GF25.
Just go to their site – Andalou Naturals to learn more about all of their products and to begin shopping now.
Thank you to Amy and Andalou Naturals for joining in on our celebration this month! I also want to thank them for making such incredibly luscious products that are certified Gluten-Free.
I paid for all of the products mentioned in this post. I was not paid to post this. I will not be paid if you place an order with Andalou Naturals. This post is just my thoughts and inside scoop on my favorite things to help keep us all looking and feeling beautiful, from one Gluten-Free Foodie to another.