These Glutino pretzels and Blue Diamond whole natural almonds are my new go-to snack to pack for myself. Both are incredibly BORING on their own but are surprisingly satisfying and tasty together in one bite! I’ve been keeping a little bag of them in the diaper bag so when hunger strikes, at least I have these! Sometimes it just seems like too much work to go on a hunt for a suitable GF bite to eat for myself while out and about with the kiddos. I often refer to this little piece of advice given by my nutritionist – “Think like a Boy Scout and BE PREPARED.”.
From Gluten Free Products
This Martha Stewart recipe for Classic Rhubarb Fool with Farm-Fresh Cream sounds superb! I didn’t realize it was a traditional English dessert.
Rhubarb is one of those things that evokes some fond childhood memories for me. I remember it growing out of control in my grandparent’s backyard. Those midwest summers were HOT! I’d go out and pick a stalk or two and get to dip it in a dish of sugar. What a treat it was!
This also reminds me of my new favorite yogurt from noosa. The strawberry rhubarb flavor is hands down, the best yogurt I’ve ever had! And, and it’s clearly labeled Gluten Free. Yay!
Gluten Free Dairy Products
I just discovered that not ALL brands of cottage cheese are GF. Yikes! We primarily purchase Organic Valley dairy products since they’re readily available to us and the quality is superb in my opinion. I’m originally from Wisconsin and I’m a bit of a “dairy snob”! Anyhow, they have a nice GF Products List and most of their products are naturally gluten free with the exception of their cottage cheese. They use a barley enzyme as part of the fermentation process. Who knew?! So, I’ll be purchasing Nancy’s brand of cottage cheese from now on as I’ve confirmed it’s GF status here.
Girl Scouts go Gluten Free!
These Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies are being sold this year in select cities. Unfortunately, my city is not one of them. Oh, how I’d love to get my hands on a box of these! I’ve been mourning the loss of my annual gorging on Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Trefoils…….the list goes on. Big sigh.
Seemingly Endless Research
I’ve already figured out that having Celiac disease also means having to spend a ton of time looking things up. After getting our kitchen and food supply de-glutened, I began the difficult chore of going through all of my toiletries and cosmetics. It seemed as if nothing I was using was gluten free! I quickly decided that if I have to spend more than 10 minutes researching whether or not a particular product is gluten free, then it’s not worth my time. I will move onto something that’s clearly labeled or stated GF on the product’s website. So after much research, I came up with my new regimen. And, I must say that I’m pretty happy with all of these new GF products that I’m using!
*Hugo Naturals – Shampoo & Conditioner
Hugo Naturals Smoothing and Defining Shampoo, Coconut, 12 Ounce
Hugo Naturals Smoothing and Defining Conditioner, Coconut, 12 Ounce
*Hugo Naturals – Unscented Lotion
This lotion is fantastic and it’s truly unscented!
Hugo Naturals All Over Lotion, Unscented, 8 Ounce
*Beauty Without Cruelty – 3% AHA Facial Cleanser, Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer & Nourishing Eye Gel
Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser, 8.5 ozs.
Beauty without Cruelty Aromatherapy Oil-Free Facial Moisturizer, 2-Ounce
Beauty without Cruelty Green Tea Nourishing Eye Gel, 1-Ounce
*Tom’s of Maine – Toothpaste
Tom’s of Maine Wicked Fresh Long LasTing Fresh Breath Fluoride Toothpaste, Cool Peppermint, 4.7 Ounce
**The majority of Tom’s of Maine products are gluten free!
**Aquafresh and Crest toothpastes are GF as well.
*EOS – Lip Balm (Sweet Mint)
Eos Lip Balm Smooth Sphere, Sweet Mint – 0.25 Oz
List of Gluten Free Drugs & Tirosint
Gluten Free Drugs is an authoritative site updated and maintained by a clinical pharmacist.
This is where I discovered that my Synthroid may contain gluten! My physician switched me to Tirosint. It’s free of gluten and comes in blister packs.