I Love Udi’s

I got the most exciting package in the mail about a month ago from Udi’s Gluten Free Foods. It has taken me a while to write up the review because I wanted to taste everything, down to the last drop crumb. I am absolutely in LOVE with Udi’s! I find it so funny how excited I get about new products and great food. Udi’s was so kind to send me a few of their delicious gluten free goods. The products came in a funky box labeled as the “VIP Kit”! 

The first product I tried of Udi’s was their gluten free bread. Wow, I was amazed. I could not believe that what I was biting my teeth into was a piece of gluten free bread. It wasn’t dry, tasteless, no weird after taste, and nor did it have that spongy styrofoam feel. It tasted like a great piece of bread. It was moist, “bready”(you know, it had that elastic-y gluten feel to it), and it didn’t crumble! It made the perfect piece of toast and a great sandwich. I just love a good sandwich. Anyway! I had never tried any of the other products until my package came in the mail…I can’t tell you how impressed I am with this company. My mornings were met with muffins, muffin tops (which I have never had) and my lunches consisted of the delicious bagels with cream cheese (yup, cinnamon raisin bagels and cream cheese are the perfect marriage). I then had the brownies as snacks or a sweet treat post dinner. 
Left to right – Blueberry Oat Muffin Tops, Dark Chocolate Brownie Bites, Cinnamon Raisin Bagels and Blueberry Muffins…ALL gluten free!

INGREDIENTS: UDI’S BEST BLEND (TAPIOCA STARCH, BROWN RICE FLOUR), EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, WHOLE EGGS, WATER, WILD BLUEBERRIES, NON-GMO VEGETABLE OIL (CANOLA OR SUNFLOWER OR SAFFLOWER), PALM OIL, BAKING POWDER (SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, SODIUM BICARBONATE, CORN STARCH, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), SALT, VANILLA (EXTRACTIVES OF VANILLA BEANS, WATER AND ALCOHOL), SUNFLOWER LECITHIN (SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, RICE FLOUR), LEMON FLAVEDO (LEMON PEEL, SUGAR, LEMON OIL), XANTHAN GUM, CRYSTAL SUGAR (SUGAR, CARNAUBA WAX). CONTAINS EGG. 
CONTAINS EGGS

Calories – 260
Protein – 2g
Fat – 10g
Fibre – 1g
Sugar 19g

Per 4 muffins = $6


Verdict: 
I loved the size of the muffins. I’m not going to lie, I like having a good sized muffin if I’m going to indulge in one. I don’t like when gluten free muffins are tiny because they are so dense and don’t rise. These were normal, run of the mill muffins that were moist, fluffy and big! There was a definite flavour of blueberry, and it paired well with a little spread of butter. I am interested to taste the other flavours they have, which are Lemon Streusel (sounds amazing), Double Chocolate (hello!) and Cinnamon Rolls (I have never had a gluten free cinnamon roll…). These definitely did not taste gluten free. No weird after taste or anything. I highly recommend them. 

INGREDIENTS: UDI’S BEST BLEND (TAPIOCA STARCH, BROWN RICE FLOUR), WATER, NON-GMO VEGETABLE OIL (CANOLA OR SUNFLOWER OR SAFFLOWER), RAISINS, EGG WHITES, EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, TAPIOCA MALTODEXTRIN, XANTHAN GUM, TAPIOCA SYRUP, YEAST, SALT, CINNAMON, CULTURED CORN SYRUP SOLIDS (NATURAL MOLD INHIBITOR), ENZYMES. 

CONTAINS EGG.


Calories – 320

Protein – 7g
Fat – 10g
Fibre – 3g
Sugar – 11g

Per 4 bagels = $6

Verdict: 
I honestly could not believe what I was eating. No joke of a lie, I had to double check the package to make sure they did say “Gluten Free”…of course they did though, it is written in big print right on the bag. These bagels taste like what a bagel should taste like. Wikipedia explains a bagel as “a dense, chewy, doughy interior with a browned and sometimes crisp exterior”. How big of a nerd am I for looking that up on Wikipedia, eh? Anyway. These delicious GF bagels fit that definition of a regular wheat bagel. They were indeed dense, but not dense like a normal gluten free bagel, they were almost light. They were doughy and so deliciously chewy like a bagel should be. When toasted it had a crispy shell and the flavour was exactly that of cinnamon raisin. The cinnamon tasted like cinnamon sugar, and the raisins were jumbo and plump. My sister and I LOVE these bagels, they are gone within days of having them in the freezer. Udi’s also has plain bagels (which are just as good, they make a great sandwich) and whole grain bagels, which I am yet to try!
INGREDIENTS: EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, UDI’S BEST BLEND (SWEET RICE FLOUR, TAPIOCA STARCH), BUTTER, WHOLE EGGS, WATER, COCOA POWDER (COCOA POWDER, VANILLA), CANE SYRUP, CHOCOLATE CHIPS (EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, COCOA BUTTER), TAPIOCA SYRUP, SALT, CELLULOSE GUM, ORANGE FLAVEDO (ORANGE PEEL, SUGAR AND ORANGE OIL). 

CONTAINS EGG, MILK.


(per 2 brownies)
Calories –  180
Protein – 2 g
Fat – 8g
Fibre – 1g
Sugar – 16g

1 pack = $5

Verdict: 
Okay my friends, have you ever had Homestyle Two Bite Brownies? You know, chewy little chocolate brownie bites? Well, let me tell you, if you are gluten free and have been missing out on a good brownie, fear NO more! Udi’s has replicated the taste, texture and consistency of a Two Bite Brownie. My taste buds could not believe what they were tasting. It is a great chocolate fix. Full of chocolatey goodness with a few little chocolate chips inside, they are chewy, moist and dense like a brownie. I need to find these soon, because they were absolutely amazing. 

INGREDIENTS: FILTERED WATER, WHOLE EGGS, EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, OAT BRAN, CERTIFIED GLUTEN FREE OATS, DRIED BLUEBERRIES (CULTIVATED BLUEBERRIES, SUGAR, SUNFLOWER OIL), TAPIOCA STARCH, OAT FLOUR, RESISTANT CORN STARCH, VEGETABLE OIL (MAY CONTAIN ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING: SUNFLOWER, SAFFLOWER, NON-GMO CANOLA OIL), ORGANIC INULIN, CANE SYRUP, PALM OIL, VITAMIN BLEND (CALCIUM LACTATE GLUCONATE, ASCORBIC ACID, ALPHA-TOCOPHEROL ACETATE, ZINC SULFATE, BIOTIN, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE, NIACINAMIDE, RIBOFLAVIN, THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE), NATURAL BLUEBERRY FLAVOR (VEGETABLE GLYCERIN, NATURAL BLUEBERRY FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVORS), BAKING POWDER (SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, SODIUM BICARBONATE, CORN STARCH, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), LEMON FLAVEDO (LEMON PEEL, SUGAR, LEMON OIL), SALT, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN (SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, RICE FLOUR), CINNAMON, VANILLA (EXTRACTIVES OF VANILLA BEANS, WATER AND ALCOHOL), XANTHAN GUM, SODIUM BICARBONATE. CONTAINS EGG.


Calories – 140

Protein – 2g
Fat – 5g
Fibre – 5g
Sugars – 10g

1 Pack (4) – $5.99

Verdict:
This was my first muffin top that I’ve ever had. I know there are those VitaTops, but unfortunately they are not gluten free. I did enjoy this muffin top, however, I think I am a fan of the full muffin. It did make for a great snack though! It had the consistency of what a muffin top should be like, it was crispier on top, but it also had a fluffy and light feel to it. It tasted very much like the Blueberry muffin, you could really taste the blueberry. There were even little blueberries baked within it. I enjoyed this product, but like I said, I am a fan of the whole muffin! Udi’s also has Chocolate Chia muffin tops, those sound very intriguing to me, I think I’m going to go on the hunt for them!

I could just talk on and on about how great Udi’s is. I don’t think they make one product that is bad. I am on the hunt to find and try many of the other products Udi’s has to offer, such as the buns, their variety of granolas, cookies, pizzas and the other flavours of their muffins. 

I would love to hear your thoughts about Udi’s. What is your favourite Udi’s product? Have you tried many of their products? How do you find them in comparison to other gluten free foods?

So, what are you waiting for, get you mouse to the Udi’s website and browse around!!!

Nothing but…Wonderful!

Delicious eats, wonderful people, new friends, pictures and a view of the city…this was what I experienced tonight at Chobani’s amazing gathering. 
The night started off with riding a funky elevator to the The Fifth Grill & Terrace. To be honest, I was not exactly sure what kind of event I had been invited to. Once I got up to the terrace and was greeted by smiling faces, I discovered that this was a night of chatting and laughing with fellow bloggers and the lovely ladies from Chobani, and of course Chobani inspired food!
I had an absolute blast meeting everyone. It was so neat to meet other gals like myself who have a love for food and health! 
The hors d’oeuvres were outstanding! Who knew that you could create so many taste tantalizing dishes. I started off by trying the delicious split pea soup with Chobani yogurt and mint. (Sorry I lacked in taking food pictures!). Next was a chicken skewer in a sauce consisting of Chobani yogurt, soy, lemongrass and ginger (YUM!!!). I then had a spoon shooter of chop salad, it was romaine lettuce, red bell pepper, corn, and avocado with a creamy Chobani yogurt dressing. There was then a shrimp cocktail dolloped with a Chobani inspired guacamole, mmm I love avocados…and of course Chobani yogurt!
Stephanie from Snacking on Sunshine and I with the Chobani inspired split pea soup
Chobani inspired guacamole on top of shrimp 
The BEST part was the yogurt parfait bar. Stephanie from Snacking on Sunshine and myself were the first to grab our mason jars and fill up with yogurt goodness…I think we were a little keen on getting our treat! The yogurt parfait bar was almost like Yogurty’s or Menchies, it was just so much fun. I had plain Chobani yogurt with chocolate chips, pomegranate, vanilla and chocolate balls (yes I love chocolate), butterscotch syrup and mixed berries. Mmmm, mmmm, nothing but good ;)! 
My amazing parfait in a mason jar 🙂
Yogurt parfait bar!
Ali, Stephanie, Siobhan, Britta and I!
Britta from Red Bike in a Grey World and I!
I had so much fun taking pictures with fellow bloggers, learning about different blogs and exchanging Twitter names! Thanks for a great night Chobani, it was nothing but good wonderful!
Me and Mr. Yogurt! That is crazy love right there!

Stay posted for upcoming Chobani inspired recipes!

Pancake Sunday

Pancakes are one of my favourite breakfasts! When my sister and I were young our mom would make us teddy bear pancakes, they were the cuttest litte guys. I was never a fan of pancake mixes from a box, but since I have become gluten free, pancake mixes are my go-to. I find it so time consuming to have all of the right flours and gluten free baking powder, etc. (If any of you know of a homemade gluten free pancake recipe, pass it along please!)
 
Are these little guys not the cuttest?
The first gluten free baking mix I ever tried was El Pato…I’m not going to lie, I was so disappointed in the result. They were not my mother’s home made pancakes. They were kind of mushy and floppy, not great pancakes. I then tried Glutino‘s pancake mix, I was much happier. They were fluffy and had the perfect consistency, I was beyond excited. I had been thinking all along that the El Pato pancake mix made an average batch of gluten free pancakes, but I was wrong!
Here is the best news though…King Arthur Flour, which is only available in the states, sent me a box of their mix to try, and I can’t tell you how happy my taste buds and tummy were. My sister (who is now gf) and I were sitting at the kitchen table eating our pancakes with huge smiles on our faces. We were “mmm-ing and yum-ing”, these were the best gluten free pancakes we had ever tried. I have to say that these might be coming close to becoming par with my mama’s pancakes. 
King Arthur Flour’s gluten free pancake mix made about 20 large pancakes. They were golden, crunchy around the perimeter, fluffy in the centre and had the perfect sweetness to them. They were exactly what a pan-cake should taste like. With the perfect dollop of butter and a drizzle of maple syrup, my Sunday morning was “practically perfect in every way“! The mix was pretty simple, it called for 2 eggs, some milk and vegetable oil. You can also make them into waffles if you have a waffle iron. The mix is not only gluten free but also wheat free, soy free, nut free and kosher. If you want to view the nutritional information, instructions and see what the box looks like, there is a PDF version here.
I would 150% recommend these pancakes. They did not taste gluten free at all…so even if you aren’t gluten free, give your tummy a break from gluten and give these a try!

Nothing but good…

Yogurt is one of my favourite additions to breakfast and I love eating it as a snack. I love the fact that yogurt is filled with probiotics: friendly, good bacteria that helps maintain balance in the digestive tract along with enhancing the immune system. Friendly bacteria can help to fight off bad bacteria in the gut, it also can help with yeast overgrowth, skin conditions, reduces negative affects of antibiotics, can act as a remedy for bad breath and increases the ability to digest food. Why I love healthy bacteria in yogurt, is because of the benefits is has for people who have digestive diseases, such as IBD.

A few days ago the wonderful people at Chobani sent me a few yogurt samples to try and review.  I had only tried Chobani Greek Yogurt one other time at a sports event where they were giving free samples to try. I tried the black cherry….it was delicious! I haven’t been able to find Chobani yogurt in the grocery stores near me yet, but I’m hoping they’ll be popping up in Ontario soon.

Chobani sent me 4 flavours and a very cute lunch bag (with stickers inside)! I have fallen in love with this flavourful Greek yogurt…it’s thick, creamy, sweet but also tart, it’s low fat and it’s packed with protein and probiotics! I also like that is is naturally thick, there aren’t any added thickeners or gelatins, and the fact that everything in it is natural! I also loooove that it is certified gluten free.

The first flavour I tried was the strawberry. My sister and I actually shared the cup, she was eager to see what the hype was all about. We both took a spoon of it and said yum in unison.

YUM to the strawberry! It wasn’t a fake strawberry flavour like many yogurts have. First thing is first though, you must stir these yogurts to get all the fruit mixed in. The fruit is almost like pure jam, there are tiny chunks of fruit and you can actually taste the fruit. I find that the tart of the greek yogurt and the sweet of the fruit mixed in create the perfect balance for your taste buds.

The second flavour I spooned into was peach. This one ties for first with the black cherry for me. I like it because it has the perfect size chunks of peaches. It reminds me of peaches and cream.

The black cherry is my favourite. Like the strawberry, it does not have a fake cherry taste, it tastes exactly like black cherries you would eat off the pit in the summer. I like the ratio of fruit to yogurt in Chobani, there isn’t too much yogurt nor is there not enough fruit. Chobani seems to be just perfect.

If I had to choose a “least favourite”, I would have to pick the pomegranate flavour. I have never had pomegranate flavoured yogurt before, and I honestly thought it would be the best (because I love poms!). I couldn’t really taste the pomegranate though…maybe because they aren’t very sweet to begin with, so the fruit sort of clashes with the tartness of the greek yogurt. It was good though, and I kind of liked the fact that it had extra antioxidants in it.

I don’t know how I’m going to go back to other yogurts after eating Chobani…it is just SO good. Thank you Chobani Greek Yogurt for the taste test, you are so right, it is “nothing but good“.

Favourite Top 5 Gluten Free Breads

After being gluten free for almost 3 years now, I have become well aware of the products that
gain the status of “I can’t believe this is gluten free”! It has taken me a long time to realize which gluten free products I like and don’t like. When I first started my gluten free diet, I was eating bread that tasted like styrofoam, bagels that had a sticky chew to them and cereals that almost seemed fake. It took me a long while to figure out what were the good breads, good crackers, good cereals, etc.Yesterday I ran into a lady shopping at Bulk Barn who was new to the gluten free lifestyle. She was so lost in what to buy and what products are the better ones. I gave her my suggestion on what pancake mix to buy as she was searching for one that would be light and fluffy. I think many people are in the same boat as this lady, wondering what the good brands are. So I thought I would share my top 5 favourite gluten free breads!
Drum roll please!

Udi’s bread is only 2 weeks new to me. I heard from a friend that it was her favourite gf bread, however I could never find it in any of the grocery stores near me. This bread is amazing! I find
that it has the consistency of “regular” wheat bread…however, for those starting off a gluten free diet, nothing can be comparable to a fresh gluten loaf. The bread has a good crust around it and it doesn’t have any after taste that gluten free breads can often leave. The big bonus with
Udi’s, it doesn’t crumble and it isn’t dry. It also toasts! You don’t need to press the toaster down three times until you can see a golden toast, it toasts very easily. The only down side is the small pieces, but hey, portion control right? Udi’s also has a white bread option, but I like the whole grain as it has more flavour to it…and I feel healthier eating
a whole grain option.
This was my favourite bread before I discovered Udi’s, but it is still high up there. I love this bread because of the size. It makes a perfect normal sandwich. The sizes are comparable to a regular slice of wheat bread. There isn’t a whole lot of taste with this bread, and I can’t differentiate between the white and whole grain option. There is not gluten free after taste though and this too toasts wonderfully. I also love how low calorie this bread is. I find many gluten free breads to be very dense with calories, for example, 1 slice of Food for Life Brown Rice bread is 110 calories, along with O’Doughs flax bread, Genius is only 80 calories per slice. I like the white sandwich option because it makes the perfect grilled cheese!

The price of this bread gets me, $6.95 is pretty pricey for a loaf of bread, especially when you compare a loaf of Dempsters Whole Grain wheat bread which is less than $3. This bread is a special treat for me, I just can’t seem to get past how expensive it is. Understandably though. The bread is very dense and full of flavour. I love the quinoa honey bread because it is very different from any other bread. I can taste the sweetness from the honey and there is a bit of a crunch from the quinoa. I like eating this bread simply plain, not even toasted, with a spread of butter!

#4: O’Doughs: Flax Bread $3.99 for half a loaf, $6.99 for full loaf

O’doughs makes the perfect toast. It’s dense and hearty and pretty chewy when toasted. I find that this bread is pretty crumbly eating it un-toasted as a sandwich, and the slices are fairly small, so it’s hard to make a jam-packed everything sandwich. I like this bread with soups or chili. I also like this bread in the morning for toast. The flax does have a slight flax flavour, however I like choosing the flax option for the small percentage of omega 3’s. O’Doughs also has fabulous buns. The buns are pretty hefty though, so if I ever make a sandwich with them, I tend to make an open face sandwich. I also like using the buns for hamburgers.

This is the bread I started with when I first started being gluten free. I really like the sweetness of this bread. However I only like it toasted. This bread isn’t very good on it’s own, nor is it good to make a sandwich with. My favourite way to have this bread is to toast it and top it with almond butter and honey. A great snack before bed!
If you have any other questions about what products are good or where to purchase them, please contact me at thegutgazette@yahoo.com!

Gluten Free “Kraft Dinner”

University foods definitely include Kraft Dinner. I would love to see the numbers on how many students in University/College eat Kraft Dinner a week. I am sure it’s a high number!
Unfortunately the gluten free students don’t have that option to open a box of KD and quickly cook it. However, I found a wonderful gluten free alternative to Kraft Dinner!
The brand is Irresistibles, found at the grocery store Metro (in Canada).

It was definitely delicious, but I wouldn’t say it was “irresistible”. The pasta took a lot longer to cook then the box indicated, so I had to keep checking on it…I didn’t want to overcook it. The powdered cheese was much brighter in colour than Kraft Dinner’s cheese.
I didn’t find the powdered cheese to be that “cheesy” in taste, it was a bit bland, and I had to smother it in Ketchup. I would buy this again, and I would recommend it to those who are gluten free and need a Kraft Dinner alternative. However, if you aren’t gluten free, don’t pick up this box, go straight to the real stuff…it’s not the same as good old Kraft Dinner.
If anyone knows of any other gluten free macaroni and cheese (that is in a box), I would love to hear them!

In Love…….with [me]&goji

Wow. Okay, so I’m not complaining what so ever, but it is insanely hot right now. Especially since I’m in a place with no air conditioning for the time being. It really makes me realize how much I should appreciate air conditioning when I’m in it….and how much I would LOVE to be up at the cottage by a lake. *Sigh*. Oh well :), like I said, I’m not complaining, I think it’s awesome that I get to walk around in a sun dress and sandals!

Hopefully where ever you are, you too are enjoying beautiful weather!
(And good eats too!)

I’ve been loving this gourmet cereal I got to create on [me]&goji.com. I was lucky enough to have [me]&goji give me the opportunity to make my own cereal blend that they shipped to me to review. It was so much fun to click and choose from over 60 all natural and organic ingredients. I went wild and clicked a bunch of delicious add ins!

I just loved this because I could choose what I was putting into my cereal. No refined sugars, no long worded ingredients that I didn’t understand, no preservative or artificial flavours, just pure wholesome and healthy ingredients that were gluten free and safe for me to eat.

It’s quiet fun, you first choose your base (the foundation of your mix). My foundation was gluten free (of course). I chose the GF Goji Oats. There is also one other gluten free option, it’s called Flaxed & Flaked – certified gluten-free corn flakes with flax, amaranth and sesame seeds. I didn’t do this one though because I’m still experimenting with how corn effects me. Next you “enhance you base”, I chose quinoa flakes (gf) and ground cinnamon. This step isn’t required, but why wouldn’t you? There are so many yummy “enhancements”, such as cocoa almonds, cocoa nibs, ground nutmeg, etc. After that you add your dried fruits (again, not required). I chose goji berries, blueberries, bananas, and cranberries. The next step is the nut and seed add in (but again, not required). I clicked sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds, and pumpkin seeds! Finally you choose the name of your creation. You could name it whatever you want, how fun is that!? My mix is called The Gut Gazette’s GF Muesli. You can also choose to upload a photo, with the charge of $2.99 – I passed on that one. As much as I wanted a photo on my own mix, I didn’t see the point as it was only for myself, but it would be a great idea if you were making the mix as a gift.

The capsule they send it in is HUGE!!! It’s also such a creative way of storing the delicious goodness. Why do they use capsules? Well…the website states that it is:
influenced by modern-minimalist interior design, we aimed to create an aesthetically appealing package that sits on your countertop and not in the cupboard.
art meets science: both functional and attractive, the cylindrical design makes pouring easy and mess-free. no more difficult-to-open bags or flimsy boxes.
freshness is locked in with an easy, pull-off foil seal. once opened, a tightly fitting cap keeps cereal fresher, longer.
convenient and portable: fits in standard cupboards (if there is already one on your countertop) and makes taking cereal on-the-go easier than ever.
big value: packed with 50% more cereal (21oz, 600g) than the average box.

Are you in awe yet? Don’t you just want to go and create your own blend???

Unfortunately (yes I know, don’t you hate that word…), [me]&goji does NOT ship to Canada. Boo. They only ship to the States as of now. The reason? Shipping gets pricey!! I totally understand their logic…but also bummed out. Luckily I had it shipped to my grandparents placed in the states, where they kindly brought it back home for me.

(Random…but who knew blogging could be such a workout? It is so hot out that I’m sweating just sitting at my desk!)

Anyway, back to the cereal! The cool thing about my blend is that I can eat it hot or cold. There are instructions on the container on how to eat it as a hot cereal. All you do is cook it in water or milk, just like you would any other oatmeal. I think it would be pretty cool to make Vegan Overnight Oats with it too! All I have been doing is snacking on it by the fist full…tomorrow I’m definitely going to eat it for breakfast though.

There are so many cool things about this company, that I think my post would turn into a large essay if I kept rambling on about how awesome they are. [me]&goji gives 5% of their profits to local and regional charities, whose passion is to change the world. They themselves are also very environmentally friendly, click here to read about it all!

Now, if you aren’t feeling creative enough to make your own mix, don’t worry, they have recipes you can choose from, such as Adam’s Apple, a gluten free blend of flaxed and flaked, apple, cinnamon, cranberry, goji, golden raisins and pumpkin seeds.

[me]&goji also makes great gifts! You can send a mix, give a gift certificate, or give a cereal subscription. Wow, I would love to get that gift!!

I could go on and on about this company, but I think I will leave you to click around their website yourself, who knows, maybe you will leave a few bucks less! Hopefully you do though, because this stuff is amazing!

Well, I think I should probably go get groceries, since dinner for me is almost here.

Have a great night!

Good for your SOL.

I finally got around to trying Sol Cuisine’s veggie burgers. I’ve been hearing so much about these frozen gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian patties, but there was never really a time that I wanted to eat them. I feel like burgers are a total summer bbq kind of food – they’re not something I usually crave in the winter.
Up at the cottage this weekend, we were having a bbq for dinner one night, so I decided I would buy these veggie burgers for our Sunday night bbq. Not going to lie – they don’t really compare to a juicy beef burger…but it was still nice to eat something that looked sort of similar to the rest of the families dinner. I felt normal having my dad bbq me a burger that I could eat, and I felt normal when I was sitting around the table layering condiments and veggies on a patty with the rest of the family.
I had my Mushroom and Rice burger on 2 slices of gluten free bread – the best gluten free bread in the universe, as the little bakery I get it from says it is. It is quite good. Full of seeds and different gluten free flours. It still doesn’t beat Organic Works gluten free bread though.
I think you have to like mushrooms to enjoy this patty, as you could definitely taste the mushroom flavour. I love how there are gluten free, vegetarian burger options out there, but I’m not going to lie, I don’t think I’ll be running out any time soon to buy these again. They were okay, but they weren’t the greatest. There wasn’t much flavour to the patty, I had to try really hard to figure out the tastes in it. It did have the texture of a beef patty though, the box was right! I’ll never say never though – I may try one of Sol’s other veggie burgers (I do love Sol’s soy yogurt though!!). I would love to make my own veggies burgers…anyone have any good recipes to share??
Beside from the “okay” burger…the weekend was SO lovely. It was such a beautiful hot weekend at the cottage, the lake was just screaming for me to jump in…however, the lake was a little too cold for my liking. I think I’ll wait a few more weeks before I’m ready to take my first swim of the year.
Today is a really hot day, I probably should be outside enjoying it…but I’m feeling quite tired and lazy today. I had a really bad little flare up yesterday…it totally knocked me out…but I think I have to attribute it to the gin and tonic that I had for the second night in a row…I thought I was onto something! The first night I had it the alcohol didn’t do anything to me…but once I had it the second night it hit me right away…stupid gut!
Anyway! Enjoy your Tuesday!! Anyone watching Glee/American Idol/The Biggest Loser tonight??? So many shows to juggle tonight 🙂

CheeCha, CheeCha, CheeCha!

A couple months ago the wonderful people over at CheeCha sent me a box filled of their delicious potato puff snacks, in an array of yummy flavours. It was SO nice of them to send me it, my tummy has been very happy! Also in the box were some post it notes (perfect for studying), a pen with a highlighter on the tip (so cool), and a great alternative to a plastic water bottle.
I really like CheeCha Puffs, they sort of taste like potato chips, but a lot more lighter and not oily at all, as they are air puffed. I kind of think of these little guys as a cross between chips and popcorn, as they taste like chips, but they’re popped like corn. The best thing about this snack is that they’re gluten free, dairy free, nut free, cholesterol free, MSG free and non GMO! How great is that!?

There are 5 flavours: Luscious Lime, Mediterranean Ginger, Original, Sea Salt and Spiced Pepper, and Sea Salt and Vinegar.

The Lusicious Lime was not included in the package from them, but I found it at one of my local grocery stores and picked up that flavour.

Mediterranean Ginger: Tastes a bit like the Lusiciuos Lime, but with lemon instead, not a very strong flavour though – I couldn’t really taste the ginger. There wasn’t a huge hint of lemon, the flavour was very close to the Original. Rating = 7/10

Original: Tastes like plain potato chips, without the grease. I feel like these would be good dipped in hummus or chip dip, yum! Rating = 7.5/10

Sea Salt and Spiced Pepper: Have you ever had Lay’s Salt and Pepper chips? They taste a lot like those, again without the grease, and 1/3 less the calories and 1/6 less the fat. I enjoyed the initial taste, but I wasn’t a fan of the after taste – I had the taste of onion and garlic left in my mouth…yuk. Rating = 6/10

Sea Salt and Vinegar: Tastes exactly like salt and vinegar chips, smelled like them too. I really liked this flavour! Rating = 10/10!

Luscious Lime: My favourite flavour. They were sweet and tangy at the same time. They made you pucker a little bit, but they also had a sweet falvour, probably from the evaporated cane sugar. These reminded me a bit of Tostitos Hint of Lime 🙂 Rating = 10/10!


Thanks again CheeCha!!!

Well, I am officially done for the summer! I had my last exam last night, and it feels so great to just sit down with a cup of tea and blog without the nagging feeling of having to study, study, study! Have a wonderful weekend!

Product Review: Nature’s Path Gluten Free Cereals


A few months ago the people over at Nature’s Path were nice enough to send me some of their new gluten free products to try out. Thank you, they were yummy!

I got sent the Crunchy Maple Sunrise and Whole O’s cereal, along with the Lemur Peanut Choco Drizzle Crispy Rice Bars, but unfortunately I had to have my sister taste test the rice bars as chocolate doesn’t agree with me.
I have also been buying the Whole Grain Brown Crispy Rice cereal, it is one of my favourite morning breakfasts!
So the verdict?
Crunchy Maple Sunrise Cereal: A combo of corn, rice, flax, quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth…so many different gluten free grains in one! Although corn is on my “no list”, I wanted to give it another try and see how I reacted. Unfortunately I tried to many “no” foods at once, so I’m not really sure if the corn made me sick or it was something else. I’m going to have to be more strategic in introducing the “no” foods back into my diet. It was amazing none the less, I completely emptied the box. The maple was a great flavour, and there wasn’t any refined sugar in it…just evaporated cane juice, which I could justify as there were only 7g of sugar per serving. The ingredients = organic whole grain corn meal, organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice flour, organic yellow corn flour, organic inulin, organic quinoa puffs, organic maple syrup, organic flax seeds, natural maple flavor, organic buckwheat flour, organic quinoa, sea salt, organic amaranth, organic molasses, tocopherols (natural vitamin E). I ate it with rice milk, topped ontop of soy yogurt, mixed with apple sauce and eaten just by itself. My favourite way was probably with the yogurt, as I made a fruit and yogurt parfait, and having a crunch in it just made it even better…especially a maple crunch!

Whole O’s: This was another great cereal, reminded me of Cheerios. Again, there was corn in it, so I haven’t yet finished off the box, I’m taking a break of introducing back foods, since I’m still in an “inflamed state” from my last flare up and bringing trigger foods back into my diet will just lengthen the healing process. The taste was a little nutty and it wasn’t too sweet. It was nice with rice or almond milk. The ingredients = organic brown rice flour, organic corn flour, organic evaporated cane juice, organic pomegranate juice concentrate, sea salt.

Whole Grain Brown Rice Cereal: My favourite out of the three. I used to love having Kellog’s Rice Krispies, but unfortunately they’re not gluten free, and they have refined sugar added. These taste like Rice Krispies though, and they’re not to sweet at all…only 2 grams of sugar per serving. The ingredients = Organic brown rice flour, organic evaporated cane juice, sea salt, organic molasses. I like having this straight up with rice milk, but sometimes I’ll add a tablespoon or so of carob powder, to make it “chocolately”. I also mix it with apple sauce, or of course with soy yogurt. It’s a little bland eating it plain…I don’t know how I used to eat cereal without milk when I was younger.

Nature’s Path has so many other gluten free options, such as Crunch Vanilla Sunrise (doesn’t that sound so yummy?), Corn Flakes, Mesa Sunrise Cereal, Amazon Frosted Flakes, a bunch of different gluten free cereal bars and more…check their website out!

I haven’t tried many other packaged gluten free cereals, but I am a huge fan of hot cereals, like gluten free oats, quinoa and brown rice cereal.


What are your favourite cereals?