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Thursday, January 11, 2018

National Gluten-Free Day Product Roundup & A Giveaway

Looking for healthy gluten-free products that taste good? Keep reading to discover how you can enter to win a delicious gluten-free product.

  Going gluten-free no longer means going hungry as there is such a wide variety of products available. Many years ago it was hard to find gluten-free products in grocery stores and the ones that were available lacked flavor. That meant people who could not eat gluten had to give up many of their favorite foods. Now that more companies are aware of the need for gluten-free products, it is so much easier to find gluten-free products that taste good.

  To celebrate National Gluten-free Day- January 13th, I decided to eat only gluten-free foods for a whole day. While I don't have any gluten issues, many of my friends do so I wanted to share some gluten-free products that I discovered. These are all products that I enjoy eating and many of them are also very healthy. I incorporated many of the products into my day of eating gluten-free and others I will be using in future recipes.

  My gluten-free day started with a delicious vegan lemon coconut protein bar. This protein bar not only had lots of protein in it but also gave me some digestion support with a wonderful fermented protein blend. The lemon flavor was so delicious and I really loved that it had flakes of coconut on it. I really liked that this bar was made with all natural ingredients and had no artificial colors or flavors. The 10 grams of fiber was a plus for me so it kept me full until lunch. This protein bar was made by Genuine Health. The protein bars come in other delicious flavors. I will be enjoying these protein bars for snacks also and they will be great for eating healthy while traveling as these tasty bars can replace a meal. I found these gluten-free bars at Sprouts. You can order them online or use their store locator to find them in stores near you.


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For lunch, I had a tasty kale and quinoa cake that was loaded with veggies. Garden Lites® Superfood Veggie Cakes contained healthy natural ingredients like veggies, quinoa, egg whites, and spices. I really like that these gluten-free cakes were packed with nutrient-rich superfood veggies like kale and only had 90 calories each! Since they are meant to be a snack or side dish, they only had 3 grams of protein in them. So I also ate some scrambled eggs and broccoli with them. These tasty veggie cakes are also dairy and nut-free. 

These Veggie Cakes can be found at Kroger, Meijer, Target, Costco, Shop Rite, Publix, Stop & Shop, Giant, HEB, Ralph’s, Fry’s,
Whole Foods, and many more retailers. You can also buy them online for home delivery at thehealthfoodstore.com

My afternoon snack was another tasty product from Garden Lites®. I enjoyed a decadent chocolate gluten-free muffin that had hidden veggies in it. My boys enjoyed the chocolate muffins with me and they had no idea that there were carrots and zucchini in them. All my boys knew was they were enjoying a chocolate muffin, as this mom was not revealing her secret way of getting them to eat veggies. These delicious chocolate muffins had only 120 calories, 4 grams of protein, and 3 grams of fiber along with vitamin A, iron, and calcium. The muffins were made with natural ingredients and were also nut and dairy free. Garden Lites sells many other gluten-free items.

For dinner, I made gluten-free chicken nuggets and gluten-free fish sticks. These tasty fish and chicken items from Ian's were made with simple ingredients and contained no trans fats, no added hormones or antibiotics! My family was happy to see meat on the table. This mom felt good about serving them meat that had no hormones or antibiotics in them. In fact, my husband said "these taste great for being gluten-free. You should buy these more often." I really like the way Ian's labels their boxes so I could see right away which allergy items were not in the product. Since these items had no nuts or dairy in them, I could serve them to my daughter when she comes to visit. I also served carrots and brown rice with the fish sticks and chicken nuggets. Ian's sells many other gluten-free items. Check out there where to buy link to see what stores carry their products. I bought mine at Target.

My boys enjoyed a delicious oatmeal fruit squeeze for their after-school snack. Munk Pack's ready-to-eat oatmeals are packed with grains and fruit bites, perfect for a quick breakfast or snack on-the-go! Available in five delicious flavors, including Apple Quinoa Cinnamon, Maple Pear Quinoa, and more, they are gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan and high in fiber. Munk Pack also makes delicious gluten-free cookies that have 18G of plant-protein and 6G of fiber per cookie. These vegan soft baked cookies come in flavors like Double Dark Chocolate, Coconut White Chip Macadamia, Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip, and Oatmeal Raisin Spice.

These products arrived a couple days ago so I have not had a chance to try them yet. Once I do I will update this list or share my opinions on social media. Many of these products I will be using in future recipes.

Snacking on the go is easy with these Veggie Snacks. Gaea makes these unique shelf-stable vegetable snacks. The gluten-free snacks are made with all natural ingredients with no preservatives and are packed in a re-sealable pouch. They are available in three savory varieties – Carrot, Cauliflower, and Gherkin. Who knew that snacking on veggies could be so tasty!

Enjoy pasta once again with these vegan, gluten-free pasta meals.
Explore Cuisine integrates beans, peas, lentils, and rice to provide you with nourishing meals which are easy, quick, colorful, and simply delicious! All Explore Cuisine products are vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO and jam-packed with nutrients. You can find these delicious pasta meals at stores and online.

My boys love these fruit snacks and I am pleased that they are gluten-free. That means they are a good option to bring to give out in Valentine cards. Welch's Fruit Snacks are a classic favorite that is Fat-Free, Gluten-Free and contain no preservatives. I love that fruit is at the top of the ingredient list. The Fruit Rolls were new to my boys and they were excited to try all three flavors: Berry, Tropical Punch, and White Grape Strawberry. 

The boys have enjoyed Go Organically Fruit Snacks before and this mom loves that this gluten-free snack is also organic. My boys love all three flavors: Fruit Medley, Mixed Berry, and Tropical.

I have baked with Carrington chia seeds before and I am excited to try these other products in my baking. The chia and flax seed blends are perfect for adding a protein punch to smoothies, oatmeal, yogurt, and my baking. I have never baked with coconut flour so the Carrington Farms Organic Coconut Protein Blend will be a great way to add protein and fiber to my baked goods as it contains  20g of protein and 8g of fiber per serving. The Carrington Farms line of Paks will be awesome for my upcoming traveling so I can sprinkle them on the yogurt that I get at the hotel breakfast buffet. All these products are gluten-free and loaded with fiber and protein.

Now on to that Giveaway that I mentioned earlier. I am giving away a box of Genuine Health fermented vegan proteins+ bars. The winner gets to select the flavor and entering is easy. Head over Here to enter and good luck!

I received samples of the above-mentioned products to facilitate this post.
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