Sunday, August 24, 2008

Gluten Free Shopping Spree








Ok- so I went a little crazy over the weekend with Gluten Free Shopping. Among my usual must-buys, I also found a few new things (some not-so-new, just SO good I had to post them).


Among the NEW things I found :


at Uncle Giuseppes (in Smithtown):


Glenny's Marshmellow Brown Rice Treats (think "rice krispy treats"). These were extremely good, and were $4.49 for 5 bars- and get this, each bar is only 100 calories! (just like the 100 calorie packs popping up everywhere!)

Cherrybrook Kitchen's Gluten Free Dreams Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies- pre-made cookies. OK- I haven't tried these yet, but was so excited to see pre-made cookies by this company, so hopefully they will be just as good as their mixes. (I will update when I try them) They were $3.99 for the box.

Xochitl Organic Blue Corn Chips- These are my absolute FAVORITE Blue Corn Chips- I can eat a whole bag at time! (well, almost)- they are so good you don't even need salsa, guacamole, or any dip (although they do go very well with them)- they are SO delicious I had to post these. a bit pricy for corn chips though, but they are SOOOOOOOO good it's worth it! $6.49

Galbusera- Zero Grano “Wafer Al Cioccolato” and “Frollini”- I only tried the Wafer Al Cioccolato ones so far- but they are GREAT. So yummy! And the best part- they are all in individual “snack” packs inside, so it’s great to thrown in a lunch bag, and take with you and the rest won’t go stale until you finish the rest! $.299 (Wafers), $5.49 (Frollini)

At Fairway (in Plainview):

EnviroKidz- Leapin Lemurs- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cearel- These I've seen a few times-but now is among my favorite cereals (yes, I still love Gorilla Munch!)... They are SO good. $2.49

ThinkThin- White Chocolate Chip- I LOVE these bars- and their new flavor- White Chocolate Chip is GREAT!!! (my second favorite is the Crunchy Peanut Butter!) $1.69


And from B-Well Naturally:

Patsy Pie cookies- Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, and Almond Biscotti’s. These cookies are the BEST I have ever tasted. The Chocolate Chip ones are FABULOUS- I had to re-check the package to make sure they were GF!!! I have only seen these at B-Wells’ so every time I’m there, if they have them, I get them, they are just SO delicious. $6.09 each package



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Let me know if you found any new, or not new product that is a MUST try- so I can go get it! I don’t want to waste money on not-so-good GF products anymore!

PS- I’m anxiously awaiting the new “Mary’s Gone Crackers” Sticks and Twigs to be on the shelves of my stores- because I received a sample of these at the Celiac Chicks Chill and Grill BBQ, and they were GREAT!!

The Colin Leslie Walk for Celiac Disease- Rye, NY- Sept 14th

This is a great event. I have gone the past two years, and I always have a good time. Last year, the addition of the workshops was wonderful and the vendor fair was great! It will also be good to meet the new Nutritionist at Columbia- I usually go every summer, but now that Ann was no longer there, I missed this year- so I'm eager to meet her replacement!
Try to make it... here are the details:
The Colin Leslie Walk for Celiac Disease and Vendor Fair will be held on
September 14, 2008 in Rye, NY.

Schedule of Events:

9 am - 3 pm: Gluten-Free Vendor Fair
10 am: Start of Walk. Choose between a 2 or 4 mile route
11 am - 2 pm: Educational Presentations --
*Presentation by the new nutritionist at the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University
*Presentation by Rory Jones, co-author of Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic

Gluten-Free Morning Snacks and Gluten-Free Lunch, Provided by Soul Dog of Poughkeepsie, New York, Available for Purchase Throughout the Day

Online registration is now open on www.colinlesliewalkforceliacdisease.org.

NEW THIS YEAR! - Online Fundraising!
Go to www.colinlesliewalkforceliacdisease.org and click 'Donate'. Click on 'Active Network'. From there click 'Become a fundraiser'. Follow the steps to set up your custom online fundraising page. Invite family, friends, and co-workers to support you!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

New Articles for August

I have posted new articles on my website for August. Check them out! http://www.glutenfreeli.com/resources.htm#Articles

One of the articles, "Gluten-free diets gaining in popularity" from USA Today states :

"Gluten-free diets are catching on at colleges, says Dee Sandquist, a registered dietitian in Vancouver, Wash., and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.
"There is a fad aspect," says Kupper, who also is a registered dietitian. (Both Kupper and Sandquist have celiac disease.)
What can possibly be behind a fad that has college kids giving up pizza and bagels?
"

I am totally annoyed that the Gluten-Free Diet is referred to as a "fad", because for those of us who are Celiacs, this is NOT a "fad", it will not "go out of style", nor will we (currently) all of a sudden be able to eat gluten again! The only cure for Celiac Disease is the LIFE LONG remainder on a Gluten-Free Diet! Those that are choosing to eat Gluten-Free for other benefits yes, might be in a "fad" stage, but it gives it a bad name labeling it a "fad". Less food companies will be willing to change their product lines to cater to "fads"- if they think that is what Gluten-Free eating is!
Yes, I intend to write in to the author of the article. :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Autistic Kids Study on Gluten and Dairy

According to a recent article " Gluten, dairy tested in autistic kids" on UPI.com, there is a study beginning at the University of Texas Health Science Center that will test the effects on behavior Gluten AND Dairy have on Autistic children. The study is testing the "Casomorphin, a peptide in milk, and gliadomorphin, a peptide in gluten," which "are thought to affect behavior in these children."
The study would eliminate both Milk and Gluten from the diets of the study group for four weeks, then have a control group who will receive gluten/milk pill, and a group that will receive a placebo not containing those ingredients.
It seems silly to me that this study would test both Milk AND Gluten at the same time?!? They should increase their participant pool, and have one group to test the elimination of gluten, one group to test the elimination of milk, and one group to test the elimination of both gluten and milk, while keep the control group on both milk and gluten.
We'll I guess I should be happy that someone is TRYING to find some legitimate correlations to Gluten on Autistic behaviors, at least it's a start.

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Celiac Chicks Chill & Grill!

We had a great time at the Celiac Chicks GF "Chill and Grill" today at Mickey Johns in Sunnyside, Queens!


Among the best were the GF dumplings from Lili 57, and S'MAC's mac and cheese! Both of those I had not had before and I was extremely impressed with both! My favorites among the items I have had before, were of course, Smokin Sloes BBQ baked beans, and pulled-chicken, and Grainless Baker's Hamburger buns/Hotdog buns! It was also great being able to get Redbridge Gluten Free Beer at the bar! (note to Budwiser- do NOT discontinue this line of beer- we LOVE IT!)

The day was filled with FABULOUS food, great weather and we got to meet some wonderful people (and fellow bloggers out there ;) , even if they won't get in pics with me!)
CeliacChicks we can't wait until next year!

UPDATE: go to Celiac Chicks blog for awesome pics of the BBQ (and Me!) http://celiacchicks.typepad.com/celiacchicks/2008/08/chill-grill-pho.html#more

Friday, August 8, 2008

New Blog Name: www.GlutenFreeLI.blogspot.com

OK- so now to THROUGHLY confuse people I am moving my old blog (http://www.glutenfreelongisland.blogspot.com/) to http://www.glutenfreeli.blogspot.com/ to be consistant with my WEBSITE http://www.glutenfreeli.com/


I am going to still blog, and have this blog featured on my website (because frankly, I like the way Blogger sets up it's blogs as opposed to my hosting site's one, with their advertisements!)... But I didn't want two different names to have to remember, so I am going to work on moving everything over here, so hopefully I won't confuse too many people-

If you have my old blog bookmarked- Please make sure to update your link!

THANKS!
-Sue
GlutenFreeLI

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Triumph Gluten Free Dining Card Giveaway to Promote Celiac Awareness

Gluten Free Dining Card Giveaway to Promote Celiac Awareness

Triumph Dining is giving away FREE American Dining Cards until the end of August. There’s absolutely no purchase necessary.

You can simply visit http://www.triumphdining.com/freediningcard.aspx to participate and get a free dining card.The purpose of this give-away is to raise money for Celiac Disease Awareness. If 15,000 people to sign up for free dining cards, Triumph Dining will make a $10,000 donation in support of a national celiac disease awareness campaign. When they hit their goal, Triumph Dining will ask you and the gluten free community to help decide which non-profit(s) receives the donation. Triumph Dining is trying to build awareness on two fronts: With 15,000 more dining cards on the street, they will educate more restaurants about the gluten free diet faster. And, with $10,000 funding behind a national campaign, they can diagnose and educate more Celiacs.

The FREE dining card offer is available at http://www.triumphdining.com/freediningcard.aspx and Triumph Dining will post regular progress reports on their blog at http://blog.triumphdining.com/.