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Healthy Gluten Free Barnana Snacks

March 18th, 2014 at 4:31 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I am bananas about Barnana Organic Banana Chewy Bites! Naturally sweet, flavorful Gluten Free snacks that are ready to go with you on your daily adventures! Packed in resealable bags Barnana offers 2 flavors – Organic Original Chewy Banana Bites and Organic Chocolate Chewy Banana Bites.  Oh but there is more to this Organic powerhouse snack, they are verified Non-GMO Project, Dairy Free, Preservative Free, Kosher, good source of potassium, heart healthy fiber and 20 vitamins and minerals.

barnana original chewy banana bites

I love love love these banana-y bites! I especially love that the Original Chewy Bites are raw and help aid in my digestion.  As someone that has Celiac Disease, I am always looking for natural ways to aid my digestion naturally.  Barnana bites are perfect because I feel like it is a naturally sweet little dessert after a meal, after my yoga practice or in between meals. Just a few chewy bites and I am satisfied! The browning is natural and the bite is dusted in banana powder, no added sugar! Barnana snacks are truly GUILT FREE because I am doing something good for me from the inside.

I asked Barnana how their Chewy Bites aid in digestion? They said, “Barnana bananas are  grown in soil alive with nutrients and free of chemicals, the way nature intended. Barnana dehydrates our bananas under 40 °C (104 °F). By using this technique, it allows the nutrition density and natural enzymes to remain intact which are critical in building proteins and rebuilding the body. Raw bananas also harness beneficial mico-organisms that aid in digestion.”

I can say that this original technique allows for the natural sweetness and flavor to come alive on your palate without being overwhelming. I love the chewy texture too which makes it more satisfying for snacking.  Barnana snacks are so great I think I will take them out all Summer long with me on picnics and outdoor concerts as a treat to share with my friends!  Maybe I should get the big bags or a case?! They are also great for traveling too on planes, trains and automobiles! I will definitely need cases! 

The Organic Chocolate Bites are a great way to indulge while making sure you get your beneficial heart healthy flavonoids in your daily diet.  Ok, as if I need an excuse to eat chocolate and bananas but really – 54% Organic Cacao tastes incredibly wonderful around 2 pm when you just want that little something to get you moving and focused again.

organic chocolate chewy banana bites

So how do you get your hands on these delicious and nutritious little treats? You can buy Barnana Super Potassium Snacks  across the US at a variety of stores including Whole Foods Markets, Wegmans, Sprouts, PCC Markets, New Season’s Markets and other local markets.  To find a market near you go to their website to search store locations  or buy directly from Barnana. 

To learn more about how Barnana was created and the company go to – Barnana – Our Story. You can also get social with Barnana to find out more about their products, promotions, news, or just chat.  Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

barnana bags

Thank you to Barnana for reaching out to me to introduce me to their lovely Super Potassium Snacks. I can honestly say that I will be stocking up on Barnana as soon as I get out the door and walk in my neighborhood grocery store.  I was not influenced by Barnana’s 2 complimentary  packages.  I am forever grateful to their company for creating healthy Gluten Free Barnana snacks. 

 

Salud!

Lisa 

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Deliciously Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Desserts

March 5th, 2014 at 9:50 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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MY OH MY,  have we all had some crazy weather the past few … MONTHS! All I can say is do your best to stay warm and think sunny thoughts.  I guarantee SPRING is just around the corner – 14 days, 13 hours, 24 minutes and 6 seconds at the time that I am writing this.  Umm… yeah… Spring Fever is kicking in big time! I’ll bet in a few short weeks we will all be talking about how hot it is and winter will be a faded memory.

In the meantime I have us all covered with the best deliciously Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Desserts, only 80 calories, made with Organic Coconut Milk and NON-GMO ingredients that will remind you of a sunny day. 

So what is this absolutely creamy delectable treat that is guaranteed to make you feel like the perfect sunny day that you crave?  It is SoDelicious NEW Mini Organic Dessert Bars!

new products so delicious mini organic bars

You know you deserve it.  It is approaching mid-day, it’s that time between 2 and 3 o’clock.  You want to reach for another cup of coffee but that just won’t do it.  You want something a little more delectable.  Why not try something a little more satisfying and luscious? Think of your favorite cold and creamy flavors now frozen on a stick – Strawberry, Fudge and Just Java.  These creamy frozen treats are sporting a NEW STICK which is environmentally friendly, made from plants, NON-GMO and compostable.  I love love love the soft frozen texture of these new Mini Organic Bars and the new plant based stick. I feel like I am indulging in a decadent gelato but nothing bad for me with only 80 calories. I love that the stick is soft on my mouth too.

just java so delicious mini bar

just java time

Check out the SoDelicious website to find out more about my favorite Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and Non-GMO verified products.  Save some money too when you fill out some info to get updates on new products and coupons.  Better yet, love text messages?  TEXT SoDelicious at 313131 from your smart phone to get the info sent to your phone.  You can find the NEW Organic Mini SoDelicious Dessert Bars by going to the store finder on their site.  Just put in your zip code, a few clicks on the product you are looking for and bada bing … it’s SoDelicious time!

So as I mentioned in the beginning of this post, Spring is just a few days, hours, and minutes away. I decided to create a countdown for the people that are feeling a wee-bit frozen by now. Please note, I do not live in Minneapolis, MN.  It is a beautiful place but the Mid-West wins the prize this year for the absolute worst winter! 70+ days with subzero temps! YIKES!

So throw another log on the fire and grab your favorite frozen dairy-free, gluten-free dessert bar. I love sharing my mini dessert bars in front of the fireplace with friends, while watching a movie or in front of my sunlight lamp while listening to Pink Martini – Get Happy.

Happy days are here again!

Salud!

Lisa

Disclaimer – Thanks to SoDelicious for keeping me in the loop with all of their new products to try and share with you, my readers.  I appreciate their complimentary packages of Just Java, Strawberry and Fudge New Mini Organic Dessert Bars.  As I have mentioned in the past, I was a big fan of theirs prior to receiving this package and I am not influenced by it. I continue to buy a variety their products every week! 

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Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies 2014!

February 21st, 2014 at 2:03 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I can’t believe I am finally saying it but it is that time of year! It is time to buy Gluten Free Girl Scout Cookies 2014! Well, at least some of us get to enjoy them, in some parts of the country you can now buy the newest addition to the Girl Scout Cookie list – Certified Gluten-Free by GIG – Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies.  Not sure why the Girl Scouts decided to “test market” the cookies because apparently they are selling like Gluten Free hot cakes!    (Umm …no-duh!)

gluten free girl scout cookie bag

I can tell you that you can download the Girl Scout Cookie app for your smartphone to track down the cookies near you but have some patience.  It isn’t exactly working very well.  I think it is overloaded with the overall demand of the yearly sale.  I think I found out some better more direct information for you by using my inner Gluten Free cookie monster investigative skills. I was able to find out that the baker is ABC Bakers and not all Girl Scout Councils use this baker.

A full list of Girl Scout Council by state that use this baker and are selling the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Girl Scout Cookies is listed here.    Honestly, your best bet is to call a friend or family member that lives in an area listed and ask them to order them or buy  and ship them to you especially if you live in WA or OR.

Luckily for me I was able to score a bag from a very dear college friend, Sheila that lives in the Philly area.  She sent me a bag and I couldn’t wait to rip them open and try them! They are bite size, flavorful little treats that are just big enough to quickly dunk into your coffee, milk or hot cocoa. I just wish that we could all enjoy them and be part of the Girl Scout Cookie fundraiser.

gluten free chocolate chip girl scout cookies

I have to say that it makes me a tad bit giddy this year to finally walk by, even virtually, a Girl Scout Cookie stand and to know that we – Gluten Free Foodies are included in the joy of Girl Scout Cookie Season!

So go … search, hunt, find and rip open your bag of Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies! Oh, but make sure you have your favorite beverage ready to go to dunk and devour! As we Girl Scouts say … always be prepared!

Gotta run and make a pot of my favorite coffee and get ready to dunk!

gluten free shortbread girl scout cookies

  I will always have a place in my hear for the Girl Scouts.  I was a Girl Scout, badges and all! I thought I would share one of my favorite memories at Girl Scout Camp around the campfire, multitasking, sewing or crafting and making plans for our next meal! Love the hat with my camp badges on it and the white knee high socks! Yikes! lisa at girl scout camp

 I will forever have the Girl Scout Pledge branded in my memory …

 

Good luck and enjoy! Thanks Sheila!

Yay!

Lisa

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Easy Gluten-Free Snacks and Meals

January 17th, 2014 at 9:06 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I am so impressed with GlutenFreeda brand foods! All of their products make enjoying easy Gluten-Free snack and mealtime fun and flavorful.  You will love GlutenFreedas products anytime and anywhere. Why? Just look at their mission statement, it says it all – GlutenFreeda mission is “To help people with dietary restrictions return to a normal life of eating by offering convenient, high quality, authentic tasting, delicious consumer products that people eat every day.”

GlutenFreeda offers Certified Gluten-Free Oats in packets, cups and packets of granola in a variety of flavors.  All very delicious and offering the best quality Certified Gluten-Free Oats flavor combinations made in a 100% dedicated Gluten-Free facility in Washington state. Real Apple, Maple and banana flavor is the perfect way to warm up and rev you up!

glutenfreeda-oat-packets

What does Certified Gluten-Free Oats mean to people with Celiac Disease?

It begins with the seed, dedicated farms that only grow oats and equipment avoiding all cross-contamination. Additionally after production, each batch is tested at the facility using the R5 ELISA to ensure <5ppm.  To learn more about the testing and inspections please go to – The Truth About Oats section on their website.

certified gluten free oat cup

This is genius! I love the idea of a instant Certified Oatmeal in a cup. What a great way to travel and enjoy your Certified Gluten Free Oats! Blueberries, Strawberries and Brown Sugar is just one of the ways that you can enjoy a little comfort food anywhere. Additional flavors include Brown Sugar and Flax, Cranberry, Apple, Walnut with Cinnamon and Golden & Brown Raisins with Cinnamon.

How fun is that?!

So easy to get some hot water at your local coffee shop, airport, or on an airplane while traveling and don’t forget your spoon! This is by far an easy Gluten-Free snack or meal anytime and anywhere.

Love it! 

glutenfreeda granola

Don’t forget GlutenFreeda’s pre-portioned, generous portions I might add, granola packets.  Easy to put in your purse or bag for a snack on the go. Great to enjoy alone after a workout, in between appointments or on top of your favorite Gluten-Free yogurt and Ice cream! Fun and easy to use for a crumble topping on your favorite sautéed apples, bananas or pears! Use it in all your favorite recipes to add a nice crunchy texture.

GlutenFreeda also makes additional products that are just as easy to make when time is limited. They offer frozen burritos, pizza wraps, pocket sandwiches.  I love them all!

Thanks to GlutenFreeda for contacting me and sharing their Certified Gluten-Free Oats and granola with me.  I am not influenced by their complimentary products to write this post. I am originally a fan of their Gluten-Free burritos. I love to see that they are expanding their product line. I am now a fan of their Certified Gluten-Free Oat products and am happy to suggest this as a perfect Gluten-Free food to enjoy while traveling to friends and family.

Salud!

Lisa

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Gluten-Free Downton Abbey Party Gift

December 21st, 2013 at 11:02 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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I have been a big Downton Abbey fan since day one. I know there are millions of fans out there  too, so this gift is perfect for everyone!   I can’t wait until January 5, 2014, season 4 premiere, to see what twists and turns will happen with the Crawley family and the many wonderfully delicious lines that Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham will sling this season.

Downton Abbey Tea Pot! Gluten-Free Scone Mix Safely serve your non-GF guests! Sip at home while watching Downton Abbey with your mates. chocolate bacon chips bar Serving set for tea and treats! Downton Abbey Tea gf blueberry scone mix Sip and stay at home.

In the meantime, Christmas is just a few days away so let’s get this Gluten-Free Downton Abbey Party Gift rolling so that everyone on your list will be ready for a party. I selected a few, very proper items to add to a gift bag (Not sure if the limited edition Downton Abbey reusable bag is still available but grab it if you see it.) You can always add the items to a pretty basket  or a serving tray if the bag is gone.  The fun part is that everything can be found at your local World Market in store or online.  Even better they have a few items on sale right now!

 A party is only proper if you serve the proper tea, in a proper tea pot, served in a proper tea set…whew! That’s quite a bit of proper wouldn’t you say! I think I need a cuppa-tea and a Gluten-Free biscuit! Speaking of Gluten-Free biscuits, add Pamela’s Products Gluten-Free Shortbread Cookies, found at your local market, to the gift! 

pamelas gf shortbread

Make sure you go online and enter the World Market Downton Abbey Sweepstakes to win a trip to London and more.  Ends 12/27/2013.

You can always buy the previous seasons on your local PBS station during their fundraising campaigns.

So put on your Downton Abbey inspired proper party hat, found on Etsy or your local consignment store and get the house ready for prime viewing in 2014.  Now if we only had house staff to help us get things all tidy … the countdown has begun!

“Mary you will be a wonderful mother” …

“you will be my Mary for all eternity and I love you more and more everyday” – Matthew Crawley. 

Good luck shopping and good day to you, 

Lisa 

Please note, I added Hammond’s chocolate bar to my gift suggestion. A party really is never complete without chocolate, at least in my book!  Here is Hammond’s list of Gluten-Free items.  I would suggest adding their toffee to the list.  See their site for where to buy. 

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Gluten-Free Clementine Waffles

December 15th, 2013 at 11:04 am by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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gluten-free dairy-free clementine waffles
Regardless if this is the first post that you have read or the 500+ post, you need to know.  My name is Lisa and I am addicted to my Gluten-Free waffles.  I do not make pancakes because I am obsessed with waffles.  I love the crevices that allow the butter or non-dairy buttery spread, syrup and various toppings to hide in.  I love the crispy with the airy texture.  I love that I can make them sweet or savory.  I love their character, golden with smooth and sometimes nubby edges that are fun to eat. I love that there is never an identical waffle as the last one you just ate. I love to eat them with my fingers as the syrup runs down my hand.  I love that I can enjoy them any time of day or night.  I love my Gluten-Free waffles because they are perfect for every occasion, comfort, celebration or just to satisfy my craving. I especially love my Gluten-Free waffle, directly in front of me, that is hot, steamy dripping with buttery spread, drizzled with my favorite syrup of the season as the first bite melts in my mouth.
 
Gluten Free Clementine Waffles 
Wet Ingredients
2 large eggs
3 Tablespoon Grapeseed Oil
1 teaspoon GF vanilla
**Optional but highly recommended – Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks or Chips – GF/DF to bake into the waffles or add on top.**
approximately 2-3 Tbs for the waffle iron Organic Coconut Spread – Earth Balance
Dry Ingredients
2 pinches of sea salt
1 1/2 tsp GF baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
In a medium bowl, add the eggs, vanilla, coconut milk and clementine syrup.
In a second medium size bowl add the dry ingredients and use a whisk to break up any clumps.
Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet mixture. Use a large silicone spoon to mix by hand.
Please note that there may be some lumps and that is ok.  Perfect actually, because it creates airy pockets.
Let the batter sit and meld for 10 minutes while you heat up your waffle iron.
I like to place my waffle iron on a heat safe board.
Add some of the Organic Coconut Spread to the bottom of the waffle iron
and close it while it is heating.
Set the heat to medium.
Use a medium scoop to place the batter onto the waffle iron.
Cook according to your waffle iron settings.
This recipe makes 6 large round waffles.
Serve with non-dairy buttery spread, Candied Clementine Syrup and chocolate chunks for a more decadent brunch.  Make sure there is plenty of hot coffee or tea and be ready to sit back and dive in! 
 
gluten-free clementine waffle bites candied clementine jar gluten-free clementine-chocolate waffles on rack

 

If you want to make extra to freeze, cook the waffles just under so that when you put them in the toaster they will be perfectly toasty.  Make sure the waffles are completely cooled on a rack to prevent moisture build up, aka ice crystals. I put the waffles in a large freezer bag. I use a sharpie to mark GF DF Clementine Waffles or Clementine Chocolate Waffles and the date I made them on the outside of the bag.  I have a defrost setting on my toaster, I use defrost setting once. Then I set it to medium to toast the waffles! If you do not have a defrost setting, take the waffles out of the freezer bag and place on a rack for 3-5 minutes while you make your coffee or tea.
 
 
 I woke up extra early today.  It the mood for comfort food and a sort of a celebration.  It is somewhat of a mile-marker for me.  Ten years ago today, I was in an auto accident that triggered Celiac Disease and daily Chronic Pain.  I feel very blessed for my life and all experiences that go with it. I have learned so much in the past ten years.  I have met so many amazing people.  Although each day has been felt with many daily challenges, I know that I have a choice to make the most out of each day.   There have been some key people and moments in my life that I will be forever grateful.  I want to thank my mom, my dog Mac, family and friends for their never-ending love and support. I love each day that I am able to create, write and share my thoughts with you on my blog.  I love sharing my experiences and obsession for making the best Gluten-Free recipes that I can dream up. I love my blog because it gives me a reason to get out of bed. It is the best therapy I have ever experienced.  I thank you for reading, baking and cooking along with me over the years.  I love that even if I am away from my blog, usually due to a flare, you are there when I return. Your support means the world to me, more than you will ever truly know. 
 
 Many great big, warm hugs and Gluten-Free waffles to you! 
Salud! 
Lisa 

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Gluten-Free Clementine Chocolate Almond Biscotti

December 13th, 2013 at 2:59 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Louis Armsrong is singing “Winter Wonderland” in the background and I am making a pot of Starbucks Christmas coffee and Tazo tea from Starbucks.  I’m getting ready for a good ol’ fashioned evening in front of the fireplace, listening to our favorite music and catching up with friends.  I can’t think of a better treat to serve with coffee and tea than my newest favorite, Gluten-Free Clementine Chocolate Almond Biscotti made with my Candied Clementine Syrup.

Just think Clementine Chocolate and Almond dunking into your favorite hot beverage and creating the perfect bite in one quick swoop! 

gluten-free clementine chocolate almond biscottiGluten-Free Clementine Chocolate Almond Biscotti 

makes approximately 2 dozen biscotti

dairy-free too! 

2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Almond flour

1/3 cup Gluten-Free Multipurpose flour mix, Bob’s Red Mill, Pamela’s Products, or Maninis GF Multiuso *Cup4Cup contains Milk Powder and is not Dairy-Free

1 1/2 teaspoons Gluten-Free baking powder

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup grape seed oil

1 cup Candied Clementine Syrup

1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Pure Vanilla Extract, Gluten-Free 

2 eggs

1/2 cup chopped almonds

1/2 cup Enjoy Life GF/DF Chocolate Chunks or Chips

Combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a food processor.

Slowly add the oil, pulse 1-2 times.

Add the Clementine syrup, pulse 1-2 times.

Add the eggs and vanilla,  pulse until all incorporated.

Gently incorporate the chopped almonds and chocolate.

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

First Bake 

Place a sheet of parchment paper on a baking sheet.

Scoop out  the dough with a silicone spatula or spoon.

Spread the dough out to make a long loaf approximately three inches wide and almost the length of your baking sheet 13 inches long. Smooth the top with the silicone spatula.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Take it out and let it cool for at least 1 hour.

cooling gluten-free biscotti

Second Bake

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Cut slices 1/2 inch thick on the diagonal with a serrated knife.

Place the slices, standing up, next to each other on the baking sheet with parchment paper.       I reuse my previous paper, even if it is slightly messy. 

Bake – 15 – 20 minutes until the centers are slightly dry.

Remove from oven and let cool on a baking rack for at least one hour prior to serving.

Let the biscotti sit out to continue to dry. If you have leftovers,                                                         place in an airtight container or tall jar.

**Add a few biscotti to a bag with a bow for an easy gift with some coffee beans or specialty tea.

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Biscotti = twice baked Italian cookies = bliss

Buon Natale! 

Lisa 

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Candied Clementine Syrup

December 13th, 2013 at 12:47 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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Oh Clementine, Oh Clementine how I love to eat thee!

I absolutely love this time of year because for all of the wonderful flavors that it brings.

Luckily for us ’tis the season for Cuties Clementines!

cuties box

Do you or someone you know love Cuties Clementines as much as I do? I can’t think of a more wonderful gift than a cute little box filled with Cuties!

Did you know that Cuties Clementines contain 36 mg of vitamin C and that 2 Clementines are 80 calories, 400 mg of potassium?!  So the choice is clear, treat yourself, family and friends to a box or two of Cuties Clementines this holiday season.  Clementines are only available November – January so make sure you get them at your local store while they are in stock.  To find a store near you go to – Find Cuties box by entering your zip code.

So what do you do with your Cuties Clementines when you get them? Well remove the skin and eat each juicy section, one-by-one is the easiest way to enjoy nature’s candy. But you could make them last even longer by making …

cooking clementines

Candied Clementine Syrup

makes approximately 3 1/2 cups 

6 washed Clementines, cut

1 cup cold filtered water

2 cups Zulka Organic Cane Sugar

Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place the clementines in a Le Creuset French Oven  or a pot with a lid, with the skin side down.  Add the water and then sprinkle the sugar on top of the Clementines and put the lid on.

Carefully place the pot in the oven and cook for 2 1/2 – 3 hours.

Carefully take out of the oven and remove the lid, keeping away from the steam. 

Let cool, uncovered on a rack for at least 1 hour.

making candied clementine syrup

Add mixture to the food processor and pulse to the consistency you desire.  I like to keep a few peels visible for a tad bit of texture and extra pretty bites.

Serve with scones, waffles, biscuits or add to recipes to give them a                                     wonderful Clementine flavor. Store in the refrigerator in a tight sealing jar,  for 1 week            or in a freezer bag for up to 2 months.

candied clementine jar

Stay tuned to for my special Clementine recipe coming up next …

Oh Clementine … Oh Clementine … how I love to cook and eat thee! 

Salud!

Lisa 

** I received a box of Cuties Clementines from Cuties Citrus.  They heard I was a Clementine lover and they asked if they could send me a box and I graciously agreed.  I was not influenced to write this post because of the complimentary gift.  Nature made me fall in love with Clementines and sometimes you just can’t deny Mother Nature. 

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Must Have Gluten-Free Stocking Stuffers 2013

December 9th, 2013 at 12:27 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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sun cups break time

Must Have Gluten-Free Stocking Stuffers 2013 that are sure to please everyone!

There is nothing better than taking a mid-day break with a hot cup of coffee and my favorite Gluten-Free, Nut-Free – Chocolate Sun Cups made with sunflower seeds. Even better, this lovely little treat is Non-GMO and Soy-Free as well! All of Sun Cups products are made in a gluten, nut, tree nut free and certified Kosher facility!

YAY!

This chocolate cup is all grown up with a fresh new hipper recipe that is safer for everyone to enjoy.  I have been a fan of Sun Cups since I found them in 2009. Sun Cups has mastered the chocolate candy cup making by creating deliciousness like I remember but without the gluten and nuts! Such a treat with four combinations.  Dark Chocolate Sunflower butter, Dark Chocolate Mint, Milk Chocolate Caramel, Milk Chocolate Sunflower butter.

Don’t ask me to pick a favorite because I love them all.  I know, I love dark chocolate with everything, especially sunflower butter because the creamy flavor pairs nicely with the semi-sweetness of the dark chocolate.  Oh don’t even get me started on my forever love …. Dark Chocolate Mint!  Sun Cups makes their cups with perfectly real fresh peppermint oil.  

sun cups dk mint

 I will say that I usually stay away from milk chocolate because it is usually too sweet but both of the Sun Cups made with Milk Chocolate cups are just enough sweetness to soften your sweet tooth without sending you into orbit!

I say we all enjoy the new hipper and safer chocolate cup for everyone! Buy a case and take them with you while you travel safely on airplanes, share them with friends and remind Santa to add them to stocking stuffers!  Give yourself, your family and friends permission to take a deliciousness break and discover your favorite Sun Cup today. You can find Sun Cups at a variety of stores near you by using the store locator on the Sun Cups site.  Additionally you can buy direct from Sun Cups online.

tri pic sun cups

Thanks to Sun Cups for sending me some samples.  I was a fan in the beginning and will always be your biggest fan regardless of the freebies.

Luckily for me it is time for my Sun Cups break now …

sun cups bite w coffee

Oh wait before you go …

Check out this video from Sun Cups, featuring the founder, David Lurie and fans. Help them raise money for the Sun Cup fundraising campaign. They are trying to raise money so that they can provide free Sun Cups to various events and non-profit organizations. #SunCupArmy

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Must Have Gluten-Free Makeup 2013

December 8th, 2013 at 8:00 pm by Lisa - Gluten Free Foodie
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My newest addition to my gift list, Must Have Gluten-Free Makeup 2013. Who knew that having Celiac Disease and living a Gluten-Free lifestyle meant we had to make sure our makeup is Gluten-Free?  Well I learned the hard way in the very beginning almost 10 years ago.  I am one of those people that habitually applies tinted moisturizer to my lips.  Well, let’s just say that we definitely digest what we put on our lips. But beyond just our lips, anything we put on our skin is absorbed and I believe in only using products that are Organic, Vegan, and Cruelty Free. I have been searching for years trying to find a full makeup line that I can use, believe in and trust.

Introducing my new favorite,

Must Have Gluten-Free Makeup 2013

 

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I love Au Naturale for their simplicity, passion, generosity and social responsibility products. Au Naturale is Organic, Paraben-Free, Gluten-Free, Bismuth Oxycholride-Free, Non-Toxic, Cruelty-Free, Vegan, Sulfate-Free, Non-Nano, Professional and made it the USA.

Friends Ashley and Alexandra, owners of Au Naturale, created their makeup with a goal to assist women in finding a makeup that embodies their values, without sacrificing their health. All of their products are made fresh and then shipped. They believe in their mantra so much that every package is marked with the 3 words – healthy. pure. glowing.

In a recent chat with Ashely Prange, I asked her about the company philosophy. Ashley said, “Au Natuale’s vision is to empower women, girls and the global community to flourish in a positive, healthy and productive world.” Au Naturale is based in Washington, D.C., and produces “meaningful makeup” which means with every purchase, 10% of sales is donated to support education in a partnership with Zambia Open Community Schools (ZOCS). Ashley worked closely with ZOCS while attending college and recognized the need for assistance in fundraising to educate the Zambian children.

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I was telling Ashley, when I was a little girl all I ever wanted to do was play “makeup”. I remember going over to my friend’s house and playing with her mom’s makeup case that had all sorts of colors in small containers that I thought were so beautiful. I used to try every color for my eyes, cheeks and lips. I never worried about foundation or mascara because I was too young to realize how it really worked. (Now I totally get it!) We would dress up, putting on outfits, high heels, hats, costume jewelry and then the grand finale … a fashion show! Oh what fun! Looking back, I haven’t had that much fun with makeup since then.

I also remember 10 years ago, when I was very sick, from an auto accident. My health was declining rapidly and I had been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. I remember one particular day, looking in the mirror and crying because I looked and felt so horrific! I was so sick that I didn’t care how horrible I looked. Wearing makeup was the farthest thing from my mind but I knew I had hit rock bottom. I vowed to get my health and glow back as I picked myself off of the cold bathroom floor.

Well, I can tell you that I am having fun with my makeup once again! When I found Au Naturale this year they were so wonderful when I contacted them. I was so excited that I found a company that had the same standards and philosophy as I did. I couldn’t believe how many different products they had. The beautiful colors for lip gloss and lipsticks! I love love love the eye shadow cremes, blushes, bronzers, powders, foundations and more! My inner giddy girl couldn’t wait to play!

Au Naturale sent me a generous sample makeup package. I absolutely love all of the makeup. I will be honest with you. When I look at the colors that they sent to me, I hesitated. This was not my habitual, comfort zone color palette. I opened the lip gloss first, it was coral?! Wow, I had never seen a prettier, more natural color. I loved it. I am typically a red lip lady. So when I saw this on me I was very surprised and grateful. I realized that by just putting on a new lip color it gave me pep! I continued to try the rest of the makeup on and I have to say I am a new woman! It opened my eyes to new colors that looked really nice and natural on me. Even though I don’t feel great every day because of my Chronic Pain, when I put on a little makeup I feel pretty. It does a world of good for my mind, body and spirit that just lifts and reminds me that I do care about myself. You can see some of the products that were sent to me in the photographic gallery that I created above.

All I can say is that you need to play too. Lucky for us Au Naturale is extending a special Gluten-Free Foodies, holiday discount of 20% on all orders placed until January 1, 2014.

Please use the code = GFF20

in the promo code box at check out.

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Additionally, Au Natuale has a couple of Red Cross products – Red Cross Red Lip Gloss and Red Cross Red lipstick, made with Certified Organic Ingredients and will donate 20% of the sales of these products to the Red Cross.

That is a great incentive to continue my signature red lips!

Thank you Au Naturale for making a makeup that we can play with, feel beautiful wearing and not sacrifice our health. When I wear your makeup I feel healthy, pure and glowing!

Namaste,

Lisa

 Please don’t wait another minute, place your order today so that you have time to take advantage of the -Gluten-Free Foodies discount code GFF20 to save 20% on your order until January 1, 2014. I know you will be as happy as I am with Au Naturale.

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Learning to live Gluten Free is a challenge. Gathering with like minded people while exchanging ideas, life experiences and gluten free food is more interesting! So I created, Gluten Free Foodies, to support people with Celiac Disease, Gluten Intolerant and other Food Sensitive people by gathering at events and celebrating the foods that we can eat! Do you have a Gluten Free question you want the answer to? Feel free to send me an email at glutenfreefoodies@gmail.com Original blog - GlutenFreeFoodies.co After all, didn't Erma Bombeck once say ... "I am not a glutton, I am an explorer of food."

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