As you may already know, I had the privilege of being chosen as one of the Official Bloggers at the GFAF Expo in Chicago a few weeks ago. You may have had a chance to read about my fun experience working the Red Apple Lipstick table with my friends Jay and Andrea Harper.
What I haven’t told you yet, was the amazing products I learned about while there, or the new rollout products from some of our family favorites. So here goes….
The Fabulous Five: My Top Five Picks of the Weekend
Outrageous Baked Goods
Hands-down, the BEST GF breakfast bread you’ve ever had in your entire life. No, seriously. And made by the sweetest peeps on the block too. Pamela and her beautiful daughter, Grace, were across the aisle from us at the Expo. When the day cam to a close and we could breathe a bit, we raided what was left of her samples. Who could blame us with scrumptious flavors like: Chocolate Zucchini, Pumpkin, Orange Cranberry, Lemon Poppyseed and Cinnamon Streusel. What’s the best part?! It’s all gluten and dairy free! Hallelujah! (you know you sang that part) Seriously, they took the show for me. Visit their website www.outrageousbaking.com to place an order and see for yourself! I honestly couldn’t pick a favorite flavor!!
TrueBar is an extension company of the amazing Conneticut-based bakery, Bakery on Main. These guys had a lively table! They were passing out stickers that said “I’ve got nothing to hide” which referred to the clean ingredients contained within these delicious bars (“low glycemic index ingredients and 5% chia seeds for a good source of Omega 3 and is dairy and casein free, GFCO Certified Gluten Free, Kosher OU Parve and Non-GMO Project Verified“). These GF nutrition bars are a great on-the-go snack, and the kiddos love it too! Comes in these fab flavors: Hazelnut Chocolate Cherry, Walnut Cappuccino, Coconut Cashew, Fruit & Nut, Raspberry Chocolate Almond and Apricot Almond Chai. My favorite was the Raspberry Chocolate Almond and the Walnut Cappuccino.
Enjoy Life Plentils
Enjoy Life is an excellent allergy-friendly company, and definitely a favorite of our family! Of the many things I saw and tasted from my friends at Enjoy Life, I was excited to see and try these Plentils chips! I LOVE lentils! These Plentils chips were great as they are free of the top 8 common allergens (wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, fish and shellfish), and had great flavors like: Dill & Sour Cream, Garlic Parmesan, Margherita Pizza and Sea Salt. My fav flavs were: Dill & Sour Cream, and the Margherita Pizza.
Green’s GF Belgian Beer
I’m not a beer kinda girl (an occasional cocktail or hard cider does me just fine), but I know my husband enjoys a good beer–so I tried a few over the weekend with him in mind (How thoughtful! Tough job!….I know). Green’s Beer intrigued me as it was very allergy friendly (“Green’s beers are made from gluten-free ingredients and DO NOT contain any of the following allergens or products thereof: Gluten, Crustaceans, Eggs, Fish, Peanuts, Soybeans, Milk, Lactose, Nuts, Celery, Mustard, Sesame seeds, Sulfur dioxide nor Sulfites“).
I tried the Samuel Smith’s Organic Cider first. They make their cider from organically grown apples–and you can certainly tell! It was nice and not hardly sweet at all, which was a nice change since most ciders are quite sweet. Then, I tried the Green’s GF beers. Made from ancient grains (and some common) using a Belgian brewing method—goodness was born. They offer three styles: Discovery Amber Ale, Dubbel Dark Ale, and Quest Trippel Blond Ale. Of the three, my favorite was the Dubbel Dark Ale. My host was Australian (*swoon) and gave me a taste of each ale before asking my preference. I certainly found my favorite and have found it here locally for my husband. Yay!
These little yummy bars are great for stifling a sweet tooth craving! Developed to curb cravings and sustain energy, these can do the trick, all while honoring allergies and food needs. More about the NOW (meaning No Opportunity Wasted bars):
“For adventure TV personality Phil Keoghan, “energy” is something that you can never fall short on when you live every day of your life to the fullest. Actually, one may say that by looking at Phil’s globetrotting endeavors over these past twenty years that he’s somewhat an authority on “energy,” or the need for it.
Nutritionally speaking, a demanding schedule like Phil’s can also provide its share of pitfalls. That’s why Phil turned to the leading authority in Sport’s Nutrition Product Development, Shubox Inc. to develop what they are collectively considering The World’s Best Energy Bar – The NOW Energy Bar – an All-Natural, Great Tasting, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free Nutrition Bar.
“NOW stands for No Opportunity Wasted, my personal philosophy for living each day as if it were your last,” says Phil Keoghan. He adds, “I’ve been traveling around the world for more than 20 years, working in over 100 countries, and one of the biggest challenges I face is making sure I get the right nutrition. After searching the planet for the perfect bar, I found the answer in an all-natural great tasting bar made with MANUKA HONEY, a natural preservative found in my homeland New Zealand, with special medicinal properties and jam-packed with high-potency energy that will power any adventure.””
They came in two flavors: Strawberry and Manuka Honey. My kids loved the Strawberry, while I preferred the Manuka Honey flavor.
What are some of your Gluten Free Favorites?
Be Healthy. Live Beautifully.