Attended the Gluten Free Food Allergy Fest last Saturday in Minneapolis and was treated to all kinds of gluten-free food samples, ranging from sweets to savories.
Among the many booths, a few really stood out for us. We really enjoy Kinnikinnick treats, and they did not disappoint. Samples of their donuts were like bits of heaven, as moist and tender as the regular kind – maybe even moreso! The big guys Enjoy Life, Glutino Coconut Bliss and So Delicious all had yummy snacks to offer, and Grandpa’s Farm Organics was a surprise local (MN) favorite.
Living Paleo, we don’t eat many of the GF substitutes because grains are not nutrient-dense. They’re just “filler foods” and may even contain anti-nutrients. But. Sometimes you just have a craving or want to fit in. Enter bread…the one food item that is so very difficult to replace.
Thanks to Three Bakers, our search is over! Wow. Their white bread is just like the “real” thing. Luckily our local co-op carries it, so we are in business! The trade-off is that the loaves are smaller than in pre-celiac days. But hey – who cares?! My kiddo can now sometimes have a tasty sandwich in his lunch box, just like the other kids. Love it.
Why?! Why would a company go back to using gluten-containing ingredients after years of proudly not using them?! I am more than a little annoyed with Bare Minerals right now.
I was a big fan of the READY foundation due to its color, coverage and ease of application. After a recent visit to the Mall of America location, I came away with a cute little kit containing the foundation, concealer, mineral veil, bronzer and highlighter. In my excitement, I forgot to read the label at the store. Big mistake.
Needless to say, the item was promptly returned. I should have taken note of the fact that color codes/names had changed, which could mean reformulation. It just goes to show, you must ALWAYS read labels and NEVER take anything for granted when it comes to food/product safety!
So now what will I do?
Turns out I am also a big fan of both Primal Life Organics and Tarte products. Both are gluten-free and perform well. I now alternate between the two, depending on my mood.
This is some good stuff – in more ways than one! The ketchups, mustards, and mayonnaises are about as close to Paleo as you can get, short of making them yourself.
Quality ingredients, non-GMO and gluten-free! And VERY tasty! Check them out:
Hubby and I discovered another burger joint here in the Minneapolis area that has both GF burgers and fries. Red Robin Gourmet Burgers in Plymouth has a separate, dedicated gluten-free fryer! Now we have another option besides Ernie’s.
Other items are on the menu, but the burgers are the stars here. Options include lettuce wrap or gluten-free buns, along with their famous fried egg topping. Good stuff!
Completely enjoyed the Royal Red Robin burger with the famous fried egg on a gluten-free bun – but without the cheese!
And check out these chunky, meaty fries! (Also in sweet potato.)
Seriously – are they new or did I just miss the boat? Wow. Found these at the co-op today. Gluten-free, all-fruit snacks that taste like Twizzlers! And no tapioca, either. Love the Annie’s Bunny Fruits to bits, but the tapioca can be bothersome for me. The cherry are my faves, but the strawberry and grape are nummy too.