Saturday, February 10, 2018

2018 Gluten-Free Girl Scout Cookies

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When Girl Scout troops are hawking their irresistible cookies in front of local supermarkets and all-office emails are sent around when a coworker's daughter is selling cookies, you know it's that special season: Girl Scout cookie time! 

For years celiacs and the gluten-adverse have had to skip out on this annual frenzy, but in recent years, gluten-free cookies have been introduced so that everyone can join in on the fun. Made with care to ensure they truly are free from gluten, these gluten-free cookies come with an added bonus of boosting girls' business skills- what more could you ask of a simple cookie? 

The only downside to these gluten-free Girl Scout cookies is that they are not dairy-free, which is why this post is less of a review and more of a PSA. I hope in the future that the Girl Scouts (and the bakeries that create these much sought after cookies) roll out more allergen-free options to continue to expand the number of people who can enjoy the simple pleasure of a safe cookie. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

5 Easy "Set-and-Forget" Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Meals

Winter is settled in and while the days are short, my workdays are long, which means I'm too mentally and physically tired to cook up a creative meal when I get home from work. 

During times like this my slow cooker has become my best friend, as it patiently cooks a comforting meal over several hours, which is such a wonderful thing to come home to when I'm cold and hungry! 

Slow cooker meals are quite conducive to special diets, as it's easy to choose real ingredients and customize according to restrictions and preferences. 

I am not in the business of creating recipes (restaurant and product reviews are more my beat), so I turn to other blogs and websites for inspiration in the kitchen. This post is a round of recipes I have come to love for their simplicity, and ability to deliver for simple weeknights or weekend gatherings with friends. 
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Instacart Review (Promo Code)

Grocery shopping is one of those tasks you have to do day in and day out no matter how busy your week may be or how lengthy your to-do list is. While delivery services like Amazon and Vitacost can help fill the gap for nonperishable foods, there's no escaping going to the store for fresh produce and other perishable products.

Luckily, Instacart is a great way to simplify the grocery shopping process. In fact, you don't even need to leave the house to use it! Simply shop, set the delivery date, then rest easy knowing that you can cross off one more task of your to-do list. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Event Preview: Washington DC Gluten Free Education Day (Discount Code)

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Last year, I attended the Washington DC Gluten-Free Expo and had a great experience with the speakers and vendors that participated. You can read that blog post right here. The annual event is sponsored by the Celiac Program at Children's National Health System and the Walter and Jean Boek Foundation.

This year, the event is returning but also mixing up the format a bit to focus more on celiac and gluten-free issues. With speakers ranging from physicians to authors, restaurant owners to advocates, this is a great opportunity to brush up on the latest research around gluten-related disorders and become a better advocate in the gluten-free community. 
Sunday, April 9, 2017

NYC Trip Recap: Non-Food Sights to See

Last month on the blog, I shared all of the delicious foodie finds from my recent trip to New York City. I planned each day around visiting restaurants and cafes, but also made sure to mix up my itinerary with non-food attractions too so as to get as full of a New York City experience as I could.

Unlike Washington D.C. (see my favorite D.C. attractions here)), I have only been to New York City a few times, which means that I am still discovering the city. I am by no means an expert. Nevertheless, I figured I would share my experiences both to share the highlights of my trip and relive the experience now that I am back to normal- bogged down by collegiate coursework. 

Although I love to travel, New York City is quite exhausting to visit, because the fast-paced city truly never stops. There's so much to do, and no matter how long you are planning on visiting, you will miss out on things and wish you had another day to explore. 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

How Gluten-Friendly is Your Lunchmeat?

Lunchmeat seems like a simple thing- you chose from turkey, ham, beef, or chicken, and it's sliced in the deli to your specifications. Like with most foods though, there's a potentiality of hidden gluten in some varieties of lunchmeat, which make visiting the deli counter at your grocery store a potential gluten-free pitfall. 

Inspired my recent lunches that feature a turkey or chicken sandwich, I decided to do some lunchmeat sleuthing to see how gluten-free friendly top brands were... or where not. 
Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Back To School Schar Gluten-Free Giveaway

It's that time of year- the start of another semester. I am excited to embark on my senior year, and have started the 11 month countdown to receiving my diploma this December. 

As I return to my on-campus residence hall and dive back into work, classes, and my internship, I am reminded of just how important it is to always have a supply of safe foods on hand to ensure that I am never in a pinch food-wise. An important part of staying on top of my food supply is knowing which brands I can trust, and Schar is one of those brands. Their breads, cookies, and crackers make gluten-free living delicious and easy.

As a way to celebrate the start of a new semester- and my ongoing partnership with Schar- I am hosting a giveaway of their new artisan baker bread, multigrain ciabatta, and chocolate thins. All three easily fit into any active lifestyle, and are all certified gluten-free. Do note that all three contain soy, and that the cookies do contain dairy. 

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Click here to see my review of Schar's shelf-stable pizza crust.

Click here to check out Schar's website and learn more about their products.